Apr 26, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) smiles on the court during the second quarter of game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Five Players With The Highest Usage Rates in the Playoffs (so far...)

Which players in the playoffs are relied on the most for their offensive production?  In other words, which players have the highest playoff usage percentage — a statistic that measures the percentage of a team’s plays used by a player when he is on the floor.

  • Carmelo is responsible for nearly 40% of the Knicks offense.  How he plays determines how well the Knicks execute offensively.  When he’s doing this he’s pretty much unguardable (and the Knicks can compete with any team in the NBA).

  • This chart is for all those people that think that Durant will take over for the Thunder and that the Thunder won’t miss Russell Westbrook (and his rather suspect shot selection).  Westbrook accounts for nearly one-third of all of the Thunder’s plays.  You can’t just make that up, especially not this playmaking:

  • How much do you think the Thunder are regretting trading James Harden.  He could step in right now and play almost as well (if not better) than Russell Westbrook.  Instead, he became a Top-10 player this season and had a 12 minute Youtube video dedicated solely to his offensive moves.



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