The X-Men, from AI2 to Zo

Every team has someone they can't live without, whether you know him or not.

Updated: April 25, 2005, 8:22 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

You know the main men of the playoffs. Let's proceed, then, to the X-Men.

You know.

Let's proceed to the identities of the proverbial, not-so-obvious X-factors for each of the 16 playoff qualifiers.

Mark Blount, Boston Celtics After signing a new contract worth $40-plus million over the summer, Blount barely registered. He averaged a measly 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds to quickly scuttle the notion that he and Raef LaFrentz would form one of the East's more productive frontcourt ...

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