Top 5 NBA players under the most pressure in the upcoming playoffs



Legacies of players will be built and tarnished in the upcoming NBA Playoffs

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James Harden and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The NBA playoffs are upon us, and these upcoming months of scintillating basketball promise to be absolutely thrilling for every basketball fan around the world.

Phoenix Suns were the team that had the best record in the regular season and are currently the favorites to win it all this season, followed by the likes of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets of the Eastern Conference.

There are many teams and many players around the league who are under immense pressure to perform well in the upcoming playoffs, due to all the circumstances which are around them or have led them to this point of their career.

These playoffs can build or enhance their legacies, while also can absolutely tarnish their legacy in the history of the NBA, which is why they have to be at their extreme best throughout the playoffs.

Here are the Top 5 NBA players who will be under the most pressure in the playoffs:

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Rudy Gobert, C for the Utah Jazz.

5. Rudy Gobert – Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert is always among the race for the Defensive Player of the Year award, and everyone knows how great of a player he really is for the Utah Jazz, but the he and his team are under immense pressure during the upcoming playoffs. If the Jazz doesn’t make a deep run into these playoffs, and Rudy doesn’t step up like last year, we can see him getting traded away from the Jazz in the upcoming offseason, as the franchise wants to keep Donovan Mitchell at any cost, and a full blowing up of the roster could be possible.

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Jimmy Butler, SF/SG for the Miami Heat.

4. Jimmy Butler – Miami Heat

The Miami Heat finished the regular season as the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference and people have championship aspirations for them due to their all-around talented roster. However, Jimmy Butler will be under immense pressure to lead this team to the promised land, as he had a terrible series against the Bucks last season, where they got swept. Jimmy Butler will be required to show the franchise and the world that he is a player who deserves that Max Contract that is given to him by the Miami Heat.

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3. Kyrie Irving – Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie Irving is under a lot of pressure in the upcoming playoffs to lead his team to a deep playoff run, as he was the reason why the Nets didn’t have a good regular season and James Harden quit on them because of Kyrie’s unavailability during the regular season due to vaccine mandates, and Kyrie will need to show the world why he and KD are the best duo in the league.

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Chris Paul, PG for the Phoenix Suns.

2. Chris Paul – Phoenix Suns

CP3 led the Phoenix Suns to the best record in the league, while also setting the franchise record for the most amount of wins in the regular season, and he will be under a lot of pressure to win the Championship for this team. Last year, they lost in the Finals but this year they are the favorites to win it all and CP3 will be needed to deliver it, as it quite arguably will make him a top 3 point guard of all-time in the history of the NBA.

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James Harden, SG of the Philadelphia 76ers.
  1. James Harden – Philadelphia 76ers

Yes, James Harden is the player who is under the most pressure to perform in the upcoming playoffs for his team, as he requested a trade from the Nets to Philly during the season which has brought a lot of outburst on him from the media. Harden has had an history of underperforming in games where it mattered the most, and he has to step up big time in these playoffs, otherwise his legacy will absolutely be tarnished.

These were the Top 5 NBA Players who are under the most pressure in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

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