Every year a group of players enters the NBA playoffs with the weight of their legacy on their shoulders. And every year, all but one player exits bearing even more weight than they went in with. This season is no different, despite the unprecedented parity in the league. So we’ve pinpointed the players, both veterans and young superstars, who have the most pressure entering the 2023 playoff picture.
The players on this list have their spots for various reasons. Some need to have their first dominant playoff series. Others need to finally go deep past the first round. And some need to rewrite the narrative around their playoff legacy. So let’s discuss which of these players are facing their toughest test and what challenges lie ahead for each.