The NBA playoffs are less than two weeks away, and the league is littered with players who have enhanced their respective legacies by consistently piecing together some exceptional postseason performances.
Here's a ranking of the 12 active players that have achieved the most playoff success, with a couple of parameters to keep in mind.
This is a historical ranking of active players, so while Paul Pierce may only be a shadow of himself at this point in his career, his lifetime accomplishments in this area are impossible to ignore. And, if an active player has earned himself a Finals MVP award, he's automatically earned a spot on this list.
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Andre Iguodala, SF, Golden State Warriors
Iguodala was named Finals MVP in 2015, when a lineup change involving the veteran forward helped spark the Warriors to their first championship since the 1975 NBA season. But he's always been a playoff producer throughout his career and was the postseason leader in minutes per game as a member of the Sixers in 2009.
Chris Paul, PG, L.A. Clippers
Paul has yet to make it past the second round of the playoffs in his 12 NBA seasons, but don't blame him for that.
Paul is third all-time in assists per game in the postseason, behind only John Stockton and Magic Johnson. He's been the playoff leader in assists per game in three separate seasons, and has been the postseason leader in steals per game twice.
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Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers
Did you happen to catch Sunday night's epic double-overtime battle between George and LeBron James? George finished with 43 points, nine rebounds and nine assists while battling toe-to-toe with the NBA's best player in a game Indiana lost in double-OT.
That's what we saw the Pacers' star do in consecutive Eastern Conference finals clashes against LeBron in 2013 and 2014, and his performance was so stellar that James had no choice but to recognize it in the middle of one of those heated contests.
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Westbrook ranks 14th all-time in assists per game in the postseason and 17th all-time in scoring average. He was the playoff leader in assists per game last season and has averaged at least 26 points per game during each of his last two postseason runs. Something tells us he'll be even more spectacular this season, even if his effort will almost certainly result in a first-round loss.
Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State Warriors
Durant should be back from his knee injury in time to begin his first postseason with the Warriors, but he's already put together an impressive résumé from his time in OKC. Durant is fourth in the league all-time in playoff points per game, just ahead of LeBron James in that category. But no championships and just one Finals appearance are the reasons he's relatively low on our list.
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Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks
Nowitzki will miss the playoffs this year for just the second time in the last 17 seasons, but he's 15th on the all-time list for total postseason points scored and won a championship in 2011. He's averaged 25.3 points and 10 rebounds in 15 career postseason appearances.
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Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
Any list that has Curry ranked sixth only shows how stiff the competition is. Curry has a title to his name and ranks ninth all-time in postseason scoring average.
The Warriors have been incredible for the past two years, but for Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the team's stars, all those wins aren't going to mean much if the team can't begin to string together a few more championship seasons.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs
The reiging two-time Defensive Player of the Year took home Finals MVP when the Spurs won the title in 2014, and he figures to be as much of a factor in the playoffs this season. San Antonio's continued tradition of success has been well-documented, and if Leonard wants to differentiate himself from guys like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, he'll need to be the focal point of a few more championship teams.
Dwyane Wade, SG, Chicago Bulls
Dwyane Wade was the face of the Miami Heat franchise for 13 NBA seasons, even when LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach for four of those years. Wade won a title before Bron got there, and won two more with The King after he arrived.
Wade was the playoffs' leading scorer in 2010, and he holds career postseason averages of 22.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocked shots in 11 playoff appearances.
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Paul Pierce, SF, L.A. Clippers
It's true that Pierce will be of very little value to the Clippers this season in terms of their chances of (finally) advancing past the second round for the first time. But as one of the greatest Celtics to ever wear the storied uniform, he's more than deserving of his high ranking on this list.
Pierce has just one title and one Finals MVP to his name, but his heroics against LeBron James in Game 7 of the 2008 semifinals are responsible for making that championship possible.
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs
Parker was the starting point guard for four different San Antonio title teams over 12 NBA seasons and took home Finals MVP honors in 2007. The Spurs are without question the most successful franchise in all of professional sports over the past 20 years, and for the majority of those seasons, Parker was the player who made everything go.
LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
The greatest player of his generation has cemented his legacy with his recent postseason success.
James earns the top spot on our list thanks to his six straight Finals appearances with two different teams, along with the fact that three of those trips have resulted in NBA titles. He's fourth all-time in postseason minutes and fifth all-time in postseason scoring. He's been the playoff leader in total points scored four different times.
LeBron has consistently been the league's greatest player, and he plays even better when the stakes are at their highest.