Jameer Nelson Steps His Game Up in the Postseason

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 04: Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic points up after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 4, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has helped keep his team a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs with his shooting and ability to break down opposing defenses off the dribble. There really ought not to be a debate about who the Magic's playoff MVP is to date, and you could make a decent case for him being the league's Most Improved Player in the postseason as well. Here's a quick look at how his stats have improved in the playoffs, and where he stands among his peers in these categories.

Stat Reg. Season
(PG Rank, of 68)
Postseason
(PG Rank, of 29)
PPG 12.6 (16th) 22.3 (3rd)
True Shooting 54.0% (25th) 65.9% (1st)
Player Efficiency Rating 15.55 (27th) 28.34 (1st)
TO Rate 11.1 (34th) 6.4 (4th)
Estimated Wins Added 4.2 (27th) 1.8 (2nd)
Usage 22.0 (23rd) 24.2 (7th)

That sort of uptick in production, especially after an iffy regular season? Crazy. CrazyNuts, even.

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