3 Under-the-radar difference makers who will have a huge impact in NBA playoffs

Keon Ellis (left) and D'Angelo Russell (right)
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NBA championships are often won by having the right kind of superstar player(s) who can carry a team when needed. Those players can also get the needed help from supporting players to hopefully hold the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the season.

With the playoffs around the corner, teams and players are rounding into form for a long, strenuous postseason. A postseason that will require a few players to be the difference-makers if their team wishes to advance. The following players have all made significant strides this season, proving their worth to their teams and either increasing or justifying their roles on their respective rosters.

From players who stepped in the event of injuries to players who have transformed into transcendent two-way, '3-and-D' wings, or players who were nearly traded at the trade deadline, each has rejuvenated their careers and set themselves and their teammates up for success. Next, we'll take a look at three under-the-radar difference makers who will impact the NBA playoffs.