Hasheem Thabeet: He has resurrected his career with solid play off the bench. He’s found a nice niche on the young but extremely talented Thunder squad that has a chip on their shoulders. With Perkin’s style of play, Thabeet might find himself in meaningful minutes with chances of making a pivotal impact in the playoffs. He’ll need to focus on rebounding and clogging up the lane. Any points from him will be a bonus for the Thunder.
Caron Butler: The Clippers are a hard team to read. They have the core talent to match-up with anyone in the playoffs but to do that they will need
Butler to step up and contribute more than he has in his previous playoffs. His last couple of playoff runs have been sub-par for him and he’ll want to make amends for that.
Rip Hamilton: The Bulls are reeling into the playoffs with a team lacking that superstar to carry them. They’ll need Hamilton to step up and be a 15 to 20 point scorer for them to make some noise in the playoffs. This might be it for Hamilton and he’ll want to leave it all on the court.