Showtime at conference tourneys

Updated: March 11, 2010, 6:04 PM ET
By David Thorpe

As NBA prospects prepare to play the potentially final few games of their careers, there is definitely a case to be made for finishing with a bang instead of a whimper. Study the NBA draft results over the years and you will see why that's the case. Many of the first-round guys played well late in the season and on teams that fared well in the postseason.

It's one reason so many guys end up getting drafted higher than they should -- NBA executives can't help but be swayed by mesmerizing performances in front of big crowds in meaningful "do or die" games. As we talked about last week, the conference tournaments present some unique circumstances for NBA evaluators to utilize. So who are some guys who can really cement their status, or perhaps rocket up the charts, with a big week?

Here are 10 names who can make some big strides with big performances this week: