To those of you who already know this: This article isn’t aimed towards you. It’s aimed towards those who cluelessly follow all of those great “sports experts” who believe otherwise.
Since 2015–16, Stephen Curry has been labelled as an all-time great regular season player who can’t produce at the same rate once the playoffs roll around. Five days ago, Steph’s lack of a Finals MVP award even led FS1 radio host and sports journalist Rob Parker to say,
“Steph can make all the regular season threes he wants, but he doesn’t make the big shots. He’s more like a high-paid…
Three days ago, a video surfaced on social media showing 40 year-old and retired NBA player Mike Miller destroying various D-1 college basketball recruits. The story goes that the each of the players challenged Miller to a game of 1-on-1; he obliterated each and every one of them.
Oddly enough, people on social media were shocked. How could a 40 year-old NBA vet do such a thing at his age? How is he still that good? Why didn’t he look that good in the latter part of his career if he still had (and has) that much game left? 6…
Over his past two seasons, Rockets combo-guard and iso-scorer James Harden has accumulated seasonal averages of 36–8–7 and 34–7–6, respectively. In other words, James Harden has averaged 35–7.5–6.5 for two straight years now.
Yet, he’s one of the most hated and most under-appreciated players in the league.
Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more apparent that as time goes on, James Harden isn’t going to get the respect he deserves from fans and the media until he’s old, or even out of the league.
That’s a shame.
This list assumes that every player in the league is currently healthy. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some honorable mentions before getting into the top 10 players currently playing in the NBA.
George probably would have placed 11th in my list. Besides, the two-way forward was injured/not-fully-healthy for the majority of this past season, and still put up per-36 numbers of 26–7–5. No hard feelings, Paul.
Embiid is a beast, but wasn’t used properly this past season, and therefore it ultimately reflected poorly on his game.
The era we are all currently living in calls for nonstop entertainment and an endless search for the newest and most flashy storyline. Fans and media members cling to these movie-like storylines, in an attempt to gain a sense of control over something they can’t admit they have no control over. Unfortunately, this social-media-induced hunt for something new each and every season has officially made the concept of a back-to-back MVP the most boring storyline imaginable. It isn’t as fun. It doesn’t spark enough of a debate for two casual NBA fans at a local bar.
Repeating over and over…
Allow this article to serve as a reminder of the endless talent the NBA has to offer right now. It truly is a golden age.
1.) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has some of the most ignored potential I’ve ever seen. It’s time his name gets mentioned.
Gilgeous-Alexander has nights where he looks like he’s primed to be a top 10 player in the league one day, showcasing extreme confidence and terrifying defenses. At 6'5" with a wingspan of 7'0", Shai has an advantage over most players he finds himself faced up against, and has already shown the ability to play…
Don’t get me wrong. Zion Williamson is special. In his rookie season, he averaged 24–7–2 on 59% shooting, while hitting 6 of his 13 attempts from beyond the arc in only 29.7 minutes per game. That’s seriously unheard of. If he had played the same amount of minutes Brandon Ingram did this season (34.3), his season averages jump to 27–8–3. But what about Brandon Ingram?
“Oh, well yeah, no one is saying Ingram isn’t great too.”
I can’t stand hearing that anymore. I don’t think people understand the argument I’m trying to make for Brandon Ingram. …
Before we begin, I must preface this article by stating that the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Utah Jazz will not be on this list. The Lakers and Clippers are the present, and while they are expected to have great success in the near future, they do not have cores that will realistically last for more than 5 years.
While there is certainly a case to be made that both Giannis and Donovan Mitchell/Rudy Gobert could be considered young cores in-and-of-themselves, the players around them are old. …
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Dallas Mavericks have received Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, Trey Burke and “future first-round draft considerations” for Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and … cap space.
The trade alone suggests that the Mavericks just robbed the Knicks blind. However, before I go into stating the simple fact that the Mavericks won the trade, I’d like to warm up Knicks fans to a few possible scenarios that may come from this.
Read the subtitle. Now read it again.
Yesterday morning, Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 protected first round pick.
My initial thoughts are that the Spurs won the trade, in terms of what the spurs were looking for. Had it been clear that their plan in the post-Kawhi-era was to rebuild, I wouldn’t be saying this; however, it was obvious that with only a few years left of Gregg Popovich, the Spurs got exactly what they were hoping for. They somehow managed to turn a depreciating asset into an All-NBA…
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