10. Mike Conley If the Jazz are going to similarly shed their "very good regular season team, but wake me up when they actually win something" label, they will need Conley to be humming on all cylinders in April, May and June.

9. Kyle Lowry The 35-year-old may no longer be at his athletic peak, but Lowry still does all of the little things to help his team win. He hits open shots off the catch or off the dribble. .

8. De'Aaron Fox Fox jumped up to 25.2 points per game last season, a higher mark than LeBron James (25.0) and Kawhi Leonard (24.8). he would significantly raise his ceiling. .

7. Russell Westbrook The former NBA MVP averaged a triple-double (again) in his lone season with the Wizards, and he was a big reason why Washington reached the playoffs after a brutal start to the season. . .

6. Jrue Holiday He averaged 17.7 points, 6.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals while shooting a career-high 50.3 percent on field goals and 39.2 percent on 3-pointers during the regular season.. .

5. Chris Paul Paul's impact goes beyond the numbers, though. His basketball IQ, communication skills and overall leadership are so important for a locker room full of youngsters. . .

4. Trae Young Young made a leap in Year 3, guiding the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals by posting 28.8 points and 9.5 assists in 16 playoff games.

3. Damian Lillard He rises to the occasion when the game is on the line, as he led the league in clutch points last season while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc in clutch time.

2. Luka Doncic Doncic has undoubtedly been spectacular in 13 career postseason games, but the Clippers have eliminated the Mavs in back-to-back first-round matchups. .

1. Stephen Curry Curry returned to form last season, averaging a league-leading 32.0 points per game with 48.2/42.1/91.6 shooting splits (field goals/3-pointers/free throws). . .