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No. 10 - Ty Lawson
Points Per Game: 21.3
Sneaker: Nike Zoom Soldier VI
Early in the postseason, Denver looked like a serious contender thanks to players like Ty Lawson. Unfortunately for the Nuggets, their first round opponent was the red-hot Golden State Warriors. Denver put up a fight, taking Golden State to six games, but they were eliminated 4-2 by the Steph Curry-led Warriors.
Over six games, Lawson averaged 21.3 points per game, providing the backbone for the Nuggets as they made their playoff push. His main sneaker of choice was the Nike Zoom Soldier VI, which he wore without its traditional forefoot strap. If you're feeling the Lawson look, you can pick up the Zoom Soldier VI for $120.
No. 9 - Brook Lopez
Points Per Game: 22.3
Sneaker: adidas Ghost 2
There's no doubt about it: the Brooklyn-Chicago series was the most entertaining first round match-up of the playoffs. The two teams went back and forth each night, extending their series to seven games. In the end, the Nets were unable to overcome the Nate Robinson-led Bulls, but center Brook Lopez managed to leave his name in the record books.
Lopez averaged 22.3 points per game over the seven game series while wearing the adidas Ghost 2. With enough support for a big man like Lopez, the Ghost 2 is available for $60.
No. 8 - Chris Paul
Points Per Game: 22.8
Sneaker: Jordan CP3.VI AE
Many NBA fans were surprised to see one of the league's premier point guards and his Los Angeles Clippers eliminated in the first round. Chris Paul pulled everything out of his playbook to top the Grizzlies, but the Clippers were defeated 4-2. Averaging 22.8 points per game, Paul wore the Jordan CP3.VI AE, which is an update to the standard CP3.VI. Ball like Paul today for $125.
No. 7 - Tony Parker
Points Per Game: 23.0
Sneaker: PEAK Team Lightning
In his eleventh season in the league, veteran Tony Parker has been having one of the best postseason runs of his career. Led by Parker and Tim Duncan, the Spurs are heading to the Finals for the first time since 2007. Parker's fourteen-game playoff stretch has been one of the longest among the top ten scorers, and he's been extremely consistent with a 23 points per game average.
After a lengthy endorsement run with Nike, Parker kicked off the season by switching to Chinese brand PEAK and his signature Team Lightning model. You can pick them up today for $94.
No. 6 - Stephen Curry
Points Per Game: 23.4
Sneaker: Nike Hyperfuse
If there's one breakout performance of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, it's Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors. Their impressive run took them to the Western Conference Semifinals where they were eventually eliminated by the Spurs. Along the way, Curry had some of the postseason's best offensive showings. He averaged 23.4 points over the 12 game period while shooting 40% from the three point arc.
No. 5 - Russell Westbrook
Points Per Game: 24.0
Sneaker: Air Jordan XX8
There was no bigger heartbreak in the 2013 Playoffs than the injury of Thunder leader Russell Westbrook. Despite Kevin Durant's best efforts, the void left by Westbrook's absence ended up sealing the deal for Oklahoma City.
Although he played just two postseason games, Westbrook scored big, averaging 24 points. The Jordan Brand athlete wore the latest legacy model, the shrouded Air Jordan XX8, for his final game.
No. 4 - LeBron James
Points Per Game: 26.2
Sneaker: Nike LeBron X PS Elite
You know you'd see him sooner or later. King James has been picking up the slack for Miami as Bosh and Wade have struggled offensively. As he heads into the Finals, LeBron sits at the number four spot for the playoff's points per game leaders with 26.2. What makes the figure even more impressive is the fact that James has played sixteen games, more than any other player in the top ten. With 51% field goal shooting, he's also been one of the most accurate thus far.
LeBron's Nike signature line has been one of the most innovative of all time, and his latest model may be the most advanced yet. The Nike LeBron X PS Elite is tailored made for the postseason with battle-ready Kevlar details and Carbon Fiber overlays. Take your game to the Elite level for $260.
No. 3 - James Harden
Points Per Game: 26.3
Sneaker: Nike Hypergamer Low
In just six games, James Harden averaged 26.3 points per game, which earns him the number three slot on the postseason's top scorers list. Harden pushed the Houston Rockets to the playoffs, but they were eliminated in the first round by the Kevin Durant-powered Oklahoma City Thunder. Nonetheless, his consistent performance of the course of the first round was among the league's best.
Harden wore the Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low, which offers the benefits of Hyperfuse construction and Lunarlon tooling in a low-profile package.
No. 2 - Carmelo Anthony
Points Per Game: 28.8
Sneaker: Jordan Melo M9
Melo and the New York Knicks were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but we can still hear the crowd's chant of "M-V-P!" ringing in our ears. Anthony had one of the best seasons of his career, which extended to the postseason while the Knicks dropped the Celtics and eventually fell to Indiana. With 28.8 points per game over a 12 game period, there's no question that Melo was one of the top tier performers.
Anthony stuck with his latest signature model, the Air Jordan Melo M9, for the majority of the playoffs. Ideal for high performing forwards like Melo, they feature supportive Flywire overlays and visible Zoom Air cushioning. Try them out for $140.
No. 1 - Kevin Durant
Points Per Game: 30.8
Sneaker: Nike KD V Elite
With team leader Russell Westbrook on the injured list, Kevin Durant took over for OKC. Leading the postseason scoring by a considerable margin, Durant's run ended in the Western Semifinals against the Grizzlies. Despite his early departure, KD played in 11 games and averaged nearly 31 points a night.
Since 2009, Nike's been lacing Kevin Durant in sneakers suited to his unique style of play. His 2013 playoff-specific model, the Nike KD V Elite, is equipped with responsive Zoom Air cushioning and supportive Flywire. Take a page from the league's top postseason scorer with the KD V Elite for $180.