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NBA: 5 Up-and-Coming Players to Watch In The 2013-14 Playoffs

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NBA: 5 Up-and-Coming Players to Watch In The 2013-14 Playoffs

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In the 2012-13 NBA playoffs, role players such as Danny Green and Nate Robinson electrified the postseason seemingly out of nowhere. Here is a top five list of players who have the ability to do the same this year.

5. Reggie Jackson

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5. Reggie Jackson

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Playing alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has made life so easy for guard Reggie Jackson. But with the ability to score in bunches, the 23-year-old Jackson has become a dangerous weapon for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Keep an eye on Jackson as he could be the leading X-Factor in the Thunder's playoff run.

4. Goran Dragic

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4. Goran Dragic

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With the Phoenix Suns playoff hopes still in question, it's hard to put any Suns on this list at this point. However, it is hard to keep Goran Dragic off this list with the way he has been playing all season long. If the Suns do make the postseason, expect Dragic to have a ton of highlight reels with his spectacular playmaking and scoring at the point guard position.

3. D.J. Augustin

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3. D.J. Augustin

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D.J. Augustin has not only taken over Nate Robinson's spot at backup point guard, but he is also the Chicago Bulls' leading scorer since signing with the team in December. Augustin's offensive production already gives the Bulls a much-needed spark on a nightly basis, so it won't be difficult to imagine him doing the same in the playoffs. Consider Augustin a more controlled version of Robinson.

2. Klay Thompson

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2. Klay Thompson

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When playing alongside fellow 'Splash Brother' Stephen Curry, the younger Klay Thompson can sometimes get over shadowed. But whatever the case, Thompson is not a player to sleep on when the postseasons comes around for the Warriors. Thompson is averaging a career-high 18 points per game while shooting a solid 42 percent from behind the 3-point line.

1. DeMar DeRozan

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1. DeMar DeRozan

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The trade of leading scorer Rudy Gay was supposed to spiral the Toronto Raptors down the standings in the NBA. However, it did the opposite due to the stellar play of shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan is scoring a career-high 22 PPG in just under 40 minutes per game. He also has the ability to embarrass opposing defenders on a nightly basis. DeRozan is a must-watch player once the playoffs begin.