What playoff stars do best

Breaking down the skills of five top postseason players

Updated: May 10, 2013, 3:46 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

Stephen CurryGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesGolden State guard Stephen Curry is shooting 43 percent from 3-point range in the playoffs.

With the second round of the 2013 NBA playoffs underway, the spotlight continues to shine on the league's top stars who lead their teams on a nightly basis. It's no secret that the NBA is a stars' league, where the actions of one individual largely can determine which team wins. We marvel at their abilities and at how they are able to impose their will on the game.

We might even recognize their strengths in a generic fashion -- in statements such as "he's tremendous in the post" or "he's an excellent one-on-one defender" -- but what do those really mean? What specifically makes the NBA's top players so special?

Here's a scouting look at five stars from these playoffs, including a breakdown of their top skills and what makes them great.

Stephen Curry | PG | Golden State Warriors

Curry

Skill: Shooting

In the playoffs, Curry is shooting 17-for-47 (36 percent) from beyond 25 feet (the NBA 3-point line is 23 feet, 9 inches at its farthest point). To put that into perspective, he's shooting an above-average 3-point percentage from 2 feet farther than where anyone else is shooting. And those 47 attempts from beyond 25 feet are more than any other player's total 3-point attempts other than Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.