2013 NBA Rankings: Top 5 Players Not in NBA Playoffs

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2013 NBA Rankings: Top 5 Players Not in NBA Playoffs

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Eric Hartline - US PRESSWIRE

Competing for a championship is the top goal for just about every player in the NBA. Unfortunately, only a little over half of them get that opportunity every year as those who are a part of losing teams must watch their peers from a distance vie for that ultimate prize.

Whether you are an all-star caliber player, or a role guy coming off the bench, you need to be a part of a solid, well-rounded winning team that can compete at a high level just in order to make the playoffs.

Competing for a championship is the top goal for just about every player in the NBA. Unfortunately, only a little over half of them get that opportunity every year as those who are a part of losing teams must watch their peers from a distance vie for that ultimate prize.

Whether you are an all-star caliber player, or a role guy coming off the bench, you need to be a part of a solid, well-rounded winning team that can compete at a high level just in order to make the playoffs.

While the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs of the world duel with opponents in intense competition, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats of the league sit on the sidelines and worry only about what already-eliminated teams can … next year.

Do we get rid of our coach? Who should we draft? Why do we suck so much as to play in the Eastern Conference and not be good enough to make the playoffs? Can we trade back Andrew Bynum?

Non-playoff teams typically have loads of questions to answer going into next year. While management stews over what needs to happen next, stars of these teams agonize at not having the opportunity at a playoff run, “I made the all-star team, am top 5 in scoring, grab a ton of rebounds, find my teammates for open looks and am completely healthy. It’s not fair!”

Well, that is what happens when your team fails to win games, regardless of whether or not is the star’s fault. Here, we look at the top five players whose seasons finished after the final buzzer in their 82nd game of the regular season.

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#5 John Wall

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Anthony Gruppuso - US PRESSWIRE

Wall may have only played a little over half of the 2012-13 regular season, but when he did, this Wizards squad was a completely different team as they secured wins over the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks among others.

John may just have a max contract coming his way as the improvement he has made to his mid range jump shot makes almost impossible to stop.

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#4 LaMarcus Aldridge

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Steve Dykes - US PRESSWIRE

Portland's big man posted up a big year with averages of 21 points and 9 rebounds per game. It will be very interesting to see how the Trail Blazing duo of Aldridge and Damian Lillard develop going forward.

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#3 Kevin Love

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Brace Hemmelgarn - US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Love may have only played 18 games this year, but that doesn't stop him from landing in the number three spot on this list. Minnesota's three-point-shooting rebound machine improved on his career averages as he put up 18 points and 14 rebounds per game during his injury plagued season.

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#2 Dirk Nowitzki

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Matthew Emmons - US PRESSWIRE

With only a few years left in his future hall-of-fame legs, Dirk has to undoubtedly still be frustrated at Mark Cuban having broken up their championship-Miami-Heat beating squad. Hopefully for Nowitzki, the Mavericks can make a playoff run next year and give him another shot at a title.

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#1 Kyrie Irving

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Steve Mitchell - US PRESSWIRE

"Uncle Drew" has taken the league by storm as he has put up 22.5 points, 6 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game in only his second year in the NBA. He has done his best to make Cleveland fans forget about The Chosen One, but their nightmare may just turn into a dreamy reality with rumors of LeBron potentially coming back to join the Cavaliers.

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