Top Players Not In Playoffs
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With the playoffs right around the corner, excitement is high for the talented players and teams who will be taking the next step into the postseason and competing for an NBA championship. Unfortunately, the gain of 16 teams is the loss of 14 others, and there is a herd of fantastic basketball talent playing for poorer teams -- talent that we will be deprived of in the playoffs.

Excluding players who have missed the chunk or the whole of the season like Kevin Love and Andrew Bynum here is the list of the five best NBA players heading out for an early vacation.

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