Houston Rockets guard James Harden comes in at number 9 with a salary of $26.6 million and endorsements adding up to $20 million. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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James Harden, Anthony Davis and 14 Other Players to Watch in the NBA’s Final Month

These players will all be vital in determining how their teams finish the season.

March Madness in the NCAA is just around the corner, which means college hoops fans can start looking forward to getting their annual fix of Cinderella stories and “One Shining Moment.”

For fans of pro ball, the onset of the tournament also means they have something to begin to get excited about: the NBA playoffs.

While the April 14 start of the first round of playoffs is ironclad, the list of teams that will be making the postseason is far from set in stone.

That being the case, The Ringer has some predictions about who the 16 most important NBA players will be down the home stretch.

From a presumptive MVP (James Harden, Rockets) to a mid-season acquisition (Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers) to a fill-in point guard (Tomas Satoransky, Wizards), these 16 players will be vital in determining where their teams finish in the standings and if that position is in, or out, of the playoff picture.

Read the full story at The Ringer