Check out these nine stunning portraits of NBA playoff stars

Basketball is probably one of the more artistic sports -- it values creativity and original thinking more than, say, baseball. Artist Ryan T. Simpson was inspired by this year's NBA playoffs to create portraits of some of the players involved -- plus one coach.

I think he captured their essences quite well, don't you?

James Harden

Joakim Noah

Gregg Popovich

Anthony Davis

Dirk Nowitzki

Blake Griffin

John Wall

Tim Duncan

Marc Gasol