Top 10 NBA players right now, going into the (2017–2018 Season)
- LeBron James: LeBron is pretty unanimously called the best player in the NBA. I don’t think anyone disputes that.
2. Kevin Durant: This may come as a surprise for many, but Durant is the second best player. If you were to create a prototypical basketball player, he is that player. Almost 7 feet tall with a massive wingspan and a killer jumpshot, he’s almost unguardable.
3. Russell Westbrook: The athleticism of Russell Westbrook is unmatched by almost anyone in NBA history. The reigning MVP averaged a triple double and can do everything very well. This guy would be number 2, but it became clear in the 2017 playoffs that sometimes he tries to carry his team so much to a fault. He starts casting up incredibly tough shots that cost his team the game.
4. Kawhi Leonard: Leonard has always been one of the best defenders in the NBA but his offensive game rose to that same level last year. The guy is a two-way stud who is only 25.
5. Stephen Curry: Curry is the greatest shooter of all time whose persistent work ethic has led him to also have a terrific handle and not be a liability on defense. His performance in the 2016 NBA finals is what keeps him from going higher. If his jumpshot stops falling, he is not a superstar.
6. James Harden: Harden is one of the best offensive players in the game. He also almost averaged a triple double and has a wide skill set. He is, however, a liability on defense which keeps his team from going to the next level. If he improves his effort on that end, he would be a top 3 player.
7. Chris Paul: The most underrated player in the NBA, Paul consistently leads a top 3 offense in the NBA and does so with or without Blake Griffin. He is a terrific defender who consistently has the highest assist/turnover ratios in the NBA. He is a little passive but makes everyone on the court play better.
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Greek Freak might be number one in 5 years. He has insane potential at 6′11″ and a massive wingspan. He has a great handle and a good passing ability. He is excellent at getting into the lane and finishing at the rim. If he improves his jumpshot, there’s no telling how good he can be.
9. Anthony Davis: If Anthony Davis was on a contender he would be in the top 5. But besides him, DeMarcus Cousins, and Jrue Holiday, there is just no talent on that roster. But even after his rookie year many were saying that he would win multiple MVPs, and he still can if the Pelicans improve.
10. Draymond Green: The tenth spot was a little up for grabs but I had to give it to the reigning defensive player of the year. His value to the Warriors is immense and he showed it last year. Even without Andrew Bogut, their rim protector in 2016, he still led the Warriors to the number one defensive team in the NBA. His defense is top notch and he is a triple double threat on any given night.
Honorable mentions: Isaiah Thomas, Jimmy Butler, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Klay Thompson, many others.