2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors – East

Which players will separate themselves as 2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors? Which unsung hero will come through for their team in the clutch?


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Philadelphia 76ers

49-23, 1st in East

Playoff Matchup: (8) Washington Wizards

Sean: Tobias Harris

Tobi is a no brainer here for me.  He’s averaging 19.5 ppg and he was a couple percentage points away from the 50/40/90 club.  He’s Philly’s second option behind Embiid and he might be their most important player in crunch time. 

It’s simple for Harris: he’s gotta make shots. If he’s his regular-season, efficient self; the Sixers are a lot harder to guard.  Embiid will dominate this postseason and Ben Simmons will do his thing but Harris is the make or break piece in terms of the Sixers’ championship chances. 

James: Tobias Harris

Tobias Is always hiding in the background in Philly, but in previous failed to show up when it mattered most. This season he’s much more aggressive, and letting the game come to him. A huge improvement in his shot selection taking roughly 15 shots on night and capitalizing on 55% of them 

Needless to say he’s been the third option to a team that’s been building their expectations. New coach, better supporting cast is allowing him to feel more comfortable on the floor. Probably one of the most under the radar players who averages 17 a game for the majority of his career. If he can put up his regular season numbers In the lost season philly’s playoff run will be longer than they anticipate.


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    […] For the second year in a row; my friend, colleague and NLJ founder James Macey joins me as we breakdown our favorite unsung hero’s. The players who could swing a game or series based on their hustle, skill or indefinable qualities. Players otherwise known as “X-Factors.” Join us as we breakdown our favorite 2021 NBA Playoff X-Factors in the Western Conference. To view our post on the Eastern Conference X-Factors, click here. […]

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