Kobe Bryant & Shaquille O'Neal

Kobe Bryant (R) and Shaquille O’Neal (C) (Photo by JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)

Legendary NBA playoff runs are the things that Hall of Fame contracts are built on. Right now fans are watching Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard jockey for the title of best player in the world today on the backs of dynamic playoff runs. Luka Doncic was doing much the same before he was dismissed from the postseason. Historically speaking, the tale of the league are told through these uns.

Given how impactful postseason runs are, we are going to look back at 30 of the most unforgettable playoff runs in history. The parameters to make this list are pretty simple. First, the cutoff for the runs is the merger of the NBA and ABA in 1976. Furthermore, the minimum number of games in a run for this list is 12. The rationale behind this cut-off is this is the lowest number of games needed to make sure that at least a deep push into the second round is the result. As good as having a dominant first-round series is (the Tracy McGrady special) the truly special runs involve knocking at least one opponent out of the playoffs.

Among all of the most memorable playoff runs in history, who ranks at the top of the most unforgettable individual playoff run in the modern era?

Almost every player on this list has either already made the Hall of Fame or is waiting for the appropriate amount of time to elapse to get their own call. The list starts with a player currently putting together another historic run that may outdo some of those listed by the time all is said and done.

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