Postseason MVP rankings: Top 10

Originally Published: May 9, 2014
By David Thorpe | ESPN Insider

Bobby Knight once said in regard to the game of basketball, that "mental is to physical as 4 is to 1." The NBA playoffs are testament to that, as mentally tough plays stand out almost as much as mental meltdowns. Just as some elite guys step forward, others who we thought were elite take steps back.

As we get deeper into each postseason, the stars earn their reputation. As teams grind down on defense, the world's top players find new ways to help their teams win.

For every winner there's a loser, so great players flame out about as often as they shine. For every Chris Paul crunch-time debacle we have a LeBron James late-game triumph, or a clutch performance from Kawhi Leonard.