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By The Numbers: Primetime Playoff Performers


Mr. Playoffs: Reggie Miller has a +4.6 postseason scoring differential.
(David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images)
Which players step up their performances from the regular season to the NBA Playoffs?

Quantifying statistics to find the answer is an inexact science, but NBA.com compiled the scoring averages for every player in NBA Playoffs 2003 to determine which players had the best and worst scoring differentials between their regular and postseason career scoring averages.

Not surprisingly, NBA Playoffs 2002 stalwart Mike Bibby ranked high with a scoring differential of +5.6 and perrenial postseason hero Reggie Miller came up smelling like roses with a +4.6 differential in a whopping 109 postseason games.

On the other end of the spectrum among players with at least 30 playoff games played, New Orleans' Jamal Mashburn and Detroit's Clifford Robinson will look to improve upon their -4.8 and -4.4 differentials ... and look to become Mr. April, Mr. May or even Mr. June.

All statistics entering NBA Playoffs 2003; due to the rounding of scoring averages to one decimal place, differentials listed might apear to be off by one-tenth of a point for some players.

THE RANKINGS
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
1.
Tracy McGrady (ORL)
420
20.2
11
28.0
+7.8
2.
Mike Bibby (SAC)
349
14.7
16
20.3
+5.6
3.
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL)
367
20.1
18
25.6
+5.5
4.
Anfernee Hardaway (PHO)
571
16.9
54
21.5
+4.6
5.
Reggie Miller (IND)
1243
18.9
109
23.5
+4.6
6.
Calbert Cheaney (UTA)
649
10.6
3
15.0
+4.4
7.
Baron Davis (NOH)
296
13.4
23
17.6
+4.2
8.
Shawn Kemp (ORL)
1051
14.6
81
18.5
+3.9
9.
Bimbo Coles (BOS)
830
8.0
8
11.5
+3.5
10.
Allen Iverson (PHI)
487
27.0
45
30.3
+3.2
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
11.
Tony Parker (SAS)
159
12.4
10
15.5
+3.1
12.
Aaron McKie (PHI)
626
8.0
57
10.7
+2.7
13.
Michael Finley (DAL)
599
19.4
18
21.9
+2.5
14.
Kenyon Martin (NJN)
218
14.6
20
16.8
+2.2
15.
Steve Smith (SAS)
821
15.5
73
17.7
+2.2
16.
Danny Manning (DET)
883
14.0
39
16.1
+2.1
17.
Avery Johnson (DAL)
1008
8.5
90
10.5
+2.0
18.
Ben Wallace (DET)
461
5.5
10
7.3
+1.8
19.
Darrell Armstrong (ORL)
502
11.7
17
13.5
+1.8
20.
Olumide Oyedeji (ORL)
93
1.4
3
3.0
+1.6
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
21.
Robert Horry (LAL)
775
8.0
153
9.4
+1.4
22.
Scottie Pippen (POR)
1155
16.3
204
17.7
+1.4
23.
Grant Long (BOS)
1003
9.5
34
10.9
+1.4
24.
Paul Pierce (BOS)
364
23.3
16
24.6
+1.3
25.
Antoine Walker (BOS)
528
20.8
16
22.1
+1.3
26.
Rasheed Wallace (POR)
564
16.0
43
17.3
+1.3
27.
Austin Croshere (IND)
340
7.6
32
8.9
+1.3
28.
Derrick Coleman (PHI)
742
17.0
27
18.3
+1.3
29.
Jason Kidd (NJN)
653
14.7
42
15.9
+1.2
30.
Karl Malone (UTA)
1434
25.4
167
26.5
+1.1
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
31.
Tim Duncan (SAS)
451
22.9
48
23.9
+1.0
32.
Chucky Atkins (DET)
307
10.3
10
11.3
+1.0
33.
Desmond Mason (MIL)
233
10.9
5
11.8
+0.9
34.
Tariq Abdul-Wahad (DAL)
236
7.8
5
8.6
+0.8
35.
Vlade Divac (SAC)
1038
12.1
97
12.9
+0.8
36.
Hedo Turkoglu (SAC)
221
7.5
24
8.3
+0.8
37.
Pat Garrity (ORL)
358
9.1
11
9.9
+0.8
38.
Rod Strickland (MIN)
1017
13.8
46
14.6
+0.8
39.
Antonio Daniels (POR)
417
7.1
42
7.8
+0.7
40.
Michael Curry (DET)
579
4.8
21
5.4
+0.6
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
41.
Derek Fisher (LAL)
462
7.5
83
8.1
+0.6
42.
Shaquille O'Neal (LAL)
742
27.6
124
28.2
+0.6
43.
Dikembe Mutombo (NJN)
864
12.2
66
12.7
+0.5
44.
Lucious Harris (NJN)
658
7.6
23
8.1
+0.5
45.
Arvydas Sabonis (POR)
470
12.0
45
12.4
+0.4
46.
John Stockton (UTA)
1504
13.1
177
13.4
+0.3
47.
Bruno Sundov (BOS)
76
1.8
1
2.0
+0.2
48.
Scott Williams (PHO)
684
5.3
85
5.4
+0.2
49.
Tim Hardaway (IND)
867
17.7
52
17.9
+0.2
50.
Kendall Gill (MIN)
896
13.7
21
13.9
+0.2
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
51.
Steve Nash (DAL)
471
12.1
26
12.3
+0.2
52.
Tim Thomas (MIL)
437
11.5
26
11.7
+0.2
53.
Kevin Garnett (MIN)
611
19.4
23
19.5
+0.1
54.
Bo Outlaw (PHO)
718
6.1
11
6.1
+0.0
55.
Kevin Willis (SAS)
1342
12.7
73
12.6
-0.1
56.
Kedrick Brown (BOS)
80
2.6
2
2.5
-0.1
57.
Tracy Murray (LAL)
652
9.1
7
9.0
-0.1
58.
Brent Price (SAC)
418
5.9
9
5.8
-0.1
59.
Kirk Haston (NOH)
27
1.2
2
1.0
-0.2
60.
David Wesley (NOH)
702
13.2
35
13.0
-0.2
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
61.
Jamaal Magloire (NOH)
1238
7.9
18
7.6
-0.3
62.
Adrian Griffin (DAL)
248
5.3
4
5.0
-0.3
63.
Ervin Johnson (MIL)
715
4.6
50
4.2
-0.4
64.
Jeff Foster (IND)
249
3.7
9
3.3
-0.4
65.
Mark Jackson (UTA)
1254
9.9
121
9.5
-0.4
66.
Gary Payton (MIL)
1027
18.3
94
17.7
-0.6
67.
Jamison Brewer (IND)
23
1.1
2
0.5
-0.6
68.
David Robinson (SAS)
987
21.1
100
20.4
-0.7
69.
Kobe Bryant (LAL)
496
21.5
85
20.8
-0.7
70.
Eric Snow (PHI)
497
7.8
59
7.1
-0.7
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
71.
Jarron Collins (UTA)
92
6.2
4
5.5
-0.7
72.
George Lynch (NOH)
652
7.0
49
6.2
-0.8
73.
Chris Webber (SAC)
596
22.2
40
21.4
-0.8
74.
Bruce Bowen (SAS)
384
5.8
23
5.0
-0.8
75.
Jon Barry (DET)
675
5.7
36
4.9
-0.8
76.
Chauncey Billups (DET)
371
12.3
6
11.5
-0.8
77.
Anthony Peeler (MIN)
712
10.4
33
9.6
-0.8
78.
Damon Jones (SAC)
266
5.2
10
4.3
-0.9
79.
Raef LaFrentz (DAL)
318
4.2
8
11.3
-0.9
80.
Aaron Williams (NJN)
485
6.7
23
5.7
-1.0
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
81.
P.J. Brown (NOH)
762
9.2
58
8.2
-1.0
82.
Brian Shaw (LAL)
943
6.9
115
6.0
-1.0
83.
Brad Miller (IND)
299
10.5
9
9.6
-1.0
84.
Greg Ostertag (UTA)
562
4.9
82
3.9
-1.0
85.
Tony Battie (BOS)
378
7.1
16
6.1
-1.0
86.
Troy Hudson (MIN)
330
9.6
8
8.5
-1.1
87.
Anthony Mason (MIL)
882
10.9
90
9.8
-1.1
88.
Kenny Anderson (NOH)
771
13.4
27
12.3
-1.1
89.
Greg Buckner (PHI)
204
5.9
12
4.8
-1.1
90.
Raja Bell (DAL)
154
3.2
18
2.0
-1.2
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
91.
Eric Williams (BOS)
483
9.0
16
7.8
-1.2
92.
Ron Artest (IND)
272
13.1
5
11.8
-1.3
93.
Vin Baker (BOS)
702
16.0
20
14.7
-1.3
94.
Tony Delk (BOS)
432
9.1
26
7.7
-1.4
95.
Grant Hill (ORL)
482
21.0
15
19.6
-1.4
96.
Bobby Jackson (SAC)
410
9.4
31
8.1
-1.4
97.
Dale Davis (POR)
883
9.0
102
7.6
-1.4
98.
Steve Kerr (SAS)
910
6.0
118
4.5
-1.5
99.
Nick Van Exel (DAL)
723
15.5
44
14.0
-1.5
100.
Scot Pollard (SAC)
305
5.6
33
4.0
-1.5
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
101.
Don Reid (DET)
403
3.6
15
2.0
-1.6
102.
Malik Rose (SAS)
446
7.0
51
5.4
-1.6
103.
Robert Traylor (NOH)
293
4.5
12
2.8
-1.7
104.
Devean George (LAL)
261
5.4
35
3.7
-1.7
105.
Corliss Williamson (DET)
566
12.2
21
10.5
-1.7
106.
Anthony Johnson (NJN)
335
4.4
28
2.6
-1.7
107.
Andrew DeClercq (ORL)
508
5.1
6
3.3
-1.7
108.
Todd MacCulloch (PHI)
223
6.1
43
4.3
-1.8
109.
Eduardo Najera (DAL)
150
5.7
15
3.9
-1.8
110.
Keon Clark (SAC)
351
8.2
16
6.4
-1.8
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
111.
Mark Bryant (BOS)
797
5.4
78
3.6
-1.8
112.
Chirs Dudley (POR)
886
3.9
59
2.0
-1.9
113.
Kerry Kittles (NJN)
414
14.6
23
12.6
-1.9
114.
Joel Przybilla (MIL)
136
1.9
1
0.0
-1.9
115.
Rasho Nesterovic (MIN)
316
7.5
14
5.5
-2.0
116.
Donny Marshall (NJN)
119
2.5
8
0.4
-2.1
117.
DeShawn Stevenson (UTA)
168
4.1
1
2.0
-2.1
118.
Walter McCarty (BOS)
408
5.2
16
3.0
-2.2
119.
Tyrone Hill (PHI)
796
9.5
64
7.2
-2.2
120.
Jason Collins (NJN)
158
5.1
17
2.9
-2.2
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
121.
Mark Strickland (DAL)
281
4.6
10
2.3
-2.3
122.
Rick Fox (LAL)
892
9.8
91
7.5
-2.2
123.
Reggie Slater (MIN)
259
5.6
4
3.3
-2.3
124.
Scott Padgett (UTA)
231
4.9
12
2.6
-2.4
125.
Mark Madsen (LAL)
183
2.6
20
0.3
-2.4
126.
Toni Kukoc (MIL)
655
13.1
85
10.7
-2.4
127.
Brian Scalabrine (NJN)
87
2.8
6
0.3
+2.4
128.
Mark Blount (BOS)
189
3.9
4
1.5
-2.4
129.
Rodney Rogers (NJN)
739
11.5
47
9.0
-2.5
130.
Samaki Walker (LAL)
391
5.7
35
3.2
-2.5
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
131.
Danny Ferry (SAS)
917
7.0
51
4.5
-2.5
132.
Wally Szczerbiak (MIN)
289
15.3
11
12.7
-2.6
133.
Andrei Kirilenko (UTA)
162
11.4
4
8.8
-2.6
134.
Zeljko Rebraca (DET)
104
6.8
5
4.2
-2.6
135.
Evan Eschmeyer (DAL)
153
2.8
3
0.0
-2.8
136.
Stacey Augmon (NOH)
841
8.7
66
6.0
-2.8
137.
Jake Tsakalidis (PHO)
157
5.8
4
3.0
-2.8
138.
Felipe Lopez (MIN)
249
5.8
7
3.0
-2.8
139.
Peja Stojakovic (SAC)
340
16.7
28
13.9
-2.8
140.
Gerald Wallace (SAC)
101
3.9
5
0.8
-3.1
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
141.
Monty Williams (PHI)
456
6.3
20
3.2
-3.1
142.
Jacque Vaughn (ORL)
386
5.1
21
2.0
-3.1
143.
Matt Harpring (UTA)
269
12.5
9
9.3
-3.2
144.
Gary Trent (MIN)
438
9.1
9
5.9
-3.2
145.
Hubert Davis (DET)
668
8.4
49
5.1
-3.2
146.
Randy Brown (PHO)
655
4.8
47
1.6
-3.2
147.
Terrell Brandon (MIN)
724
13.8
38
10.5
-3.3
148.
Bryce Drew (NOH)
228
4.7
3
1.3
-3.4
149.
Tom Gugliotta (PHO)
661
14.4
10
11.0
-3.4
150.
Derek Anderson (POR)
396
13.5
14
10.1
-3.4
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
151.
Stanislav Medvedenko (LAL)
136
4.5
7
0.9
-3.7
152.
Doug Christie (SAC)
679
11.9
34
8.1
-3.8
153.
Stephon Marbury (PHO)
502
20.5
8
16.6
-3.8
154.
Sam Cassell (MIL)
662
15.9
81
12.1
-3.9
155.
Robert Pack (NOH)
526
9.3
29
5.3
-3.9
156.
Damon Stoudamire (POR)
566
14.6
39
10.6
-4.0
157.
Charles Smith (POR)
120
5.4
4
1.3
-4.2
158.
Jason Caffey (MIL)
462
7.3
35
3.1
-4.2
159.
Lawrence Funderburke (SAC)
316
6.4
15
2.2
-4.2
160.
Chris Whitney (ORL)
563
6.6
3
2.3
-4.2
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
161.
Jonathan Bender (IND)
207
5.5
15
1.2
-4.3
162.
Speedy Claxton (SAS)
97
6.7
5
2.4
-4.3
163.
Clifford Robinson (DET)
1097
15.8
108
11.4
-4.4
164.
John Amaechi (UTA)
294
6.2
5
1.8
-4.4
165.
Keith Van Horn (PHI)
388
17.7
23
13.2
-4.5
166.
Jamal Mashburn (NOH)
592
19.0
48
14.2
-4.8
167.
Bonzi Wells (POR)
297
13.3
17
8.4
-4.9
168.
Jamaal Tinsley (IND)
153
8.6
5
3.6
-5.0
169.
Shawn Bradley (DAL)
689
9.2
17
4.1
-5.1
170.
Ruben Patterson (POR)
334
10.4
11
5.2
-5.2
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
171.
Erick Strickland (IND)
396
8.2
12
2.9
-5.3
172.
Walt Williams (DAL)
708
11.8
20
6.5
-5.3
173.
Richard Jefferson (NJN)
159
12.5
20
7.0
-5.5
174.
Jermaine O'Neal (IND)
441
11.0
29
5.2
-5.7
175.
Zach Randolph (POR)
118
6.5
1
0.0
-6.5
176.
Tony Massenburg (UTA)
563
6.7
1
0.0
-6.7
177.
Shawn Marion (PHO)
292
17.6
13
10.8
-6.8
178.
Ron Mercer (IND)
375
14.8
5
7.8
-7.0
179.
Joe Smith (MIN)
557
13.1
11
5.5
-7.5
180.
Al Harrington (IND)
275
9.2
3
1.7
-7.6
RANK
PLAYER
REG. SEAS. GP
REG. SEAS. PPG
PLAY. GP
PLAY. PPG
DIFF.
181.
Marc Jackson (MIN)
164
7.6
1
0.0
-7.6
182.
Jim Jackson (SAC)
701
15.5
13
7.3
-8.2

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