NBA Playoff MVPs (4/19/18)

By Paul Bessire

In this new weekly feature iwe crown the NBA Playoffs' MVPs to-date by looking at the player who most positively impacted his team. To determine this, we sum up a player's net expected win percentage added/subtracted based on the offensive and defensive plays he was a part of during the game. Our free Live ScoreCaster app, that updates simulations in real-time after each play is used to get this info.

Players who consistently make critical plays to improve their team's chances of winning (without also giving up such plays) will perform well in this metric, especially if the team was not originally projected to win and does.

This week, we are reviewing the MVP from the first week of the postseason. In future weeks, we will have a weekly and full playoff MVP to track.

NBA Playoffs MVP (thus far): Terry Rozier, G, Boston Celtics
Rozier has been the most valuable player thus far on a team up 2-0 in what we expected to be a close series. Not only has he led the team with 23.0 ppg, 5.5 apg and 50% shooting from three, Rozier had the team's biggest shot of the playoffs thus far when he crossed up Eric Bledsoe (alluded to above) and drained a three to go up 3 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation (Khris Middelton tied it, but the Celtics still won in OT).

Honorable Mentions (in order by Net Value Rating):
Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks
Anthony Davis, C, New Orleans Pelicans
Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City
LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers
Khris Middleton, G, Milwaukee Bucks