With the NBA in full swing, it’s only right I drop my top 10 NBA players for this 2016/17 season. Find out if your favorite player falls on my list, and make sure to let me know what you think!
10. Damian Lillard “Video game Dame”
Lillard can score with the best of them. He’s arguably the best point guard in the game, and don’t forget he sent the Houston Rockets packing after a huge game winner. Also since Seattle doesn’t have a basketball team, he’s putting on for the Pacific Northwest. And he will be an All Star this year!
9. DeMarcus Cousins “Boogie”
Cousins is the best center in the NBA, averaging 26 PPG and 10 RPG. His ability to score in the post and off the dribble puts him in a class of his own. He’s not higher on the list because his attitude is awful. But the sky is the limit for this young big. When his head is in the game he can’t be stopped and defensively he can be a huge factor. For Cousins, it’s all about consistency.
8. Paul George “PG-13”
After an injury sidelined him for the entire 2014-15 season, George came back last year and finished with 23 PPG and 7 RPG. He’s making this list because he plays on both sides. It was a few years ago he led the Pacers to back to back Eastern Conference Finals. Look for him to climb for that top five spot again!
7. Kawhi Leonard “The Claw”
Did y’all watch the opener versus the Warriors? Oh my goodness! The best defensive player in the NBA found his rhythm on offense and that’s scary! In addition he is creating his own shot at a much higher rate this season. I have to say he’s also making a run for the Most Valuable Player.
6. James Harden “Step Daddy”
I get it–he plays zero defense, but I can’t leave him off this list. His ability to draw the foul is unmatched. He seeks out contact and lives at the foul line. Hey his nickname is “Step Daddy” because of his crazy footwork. He’s a nightmare for defenses. This season will be tough without Dwight Howard who is with the Atlanta Hawks but expect Harden to average 29 PPG, 7 APG and 6 RPG.
5. Chris Paul “CP3”
He’s consistent–just not in the playoffs. You have to love his grit and the passion he plays with. He controls the Clippers offense and is smooth. His ability to come off the screen to score or pass is like something we haven’t seen from a point guard in some time. Hopefully this season he can catapult the Clippers to a Western Conference Finals appearance against the Spurs or Warriors and perhaps appear in the NBA Finals.
4. Steph Curry “The Chef”
Curry is the best shooter ever, he creates shots anywhere within half court. He isn’t athletic, but boy is he silky with the basketball. The guy hit 402 threes last season, destroying his previous record by 116 makes! He’s a handful to guard!
3. Russell Westbrook “Mr. Triple Double”
Cue “Now I do what I want, now I do what I want” From Lil Uzi Vert’s sophomore project “The Perfect Luv Tape,” because that’s the vibe Westbrook is embracing. He’s the MVP well through six games as he piles up the triple doubles. And his averages (33 PPG, 9 RPG, 9.7APG.)
2. Kevin Durant “Iceberg Slim”
I hate the fact he ran away to join the Warriors, but it doesn’t matter. He’s the best player on the Warriors. He’s a 6-11 small forward that can score at will, and in this new-look Warriors offense, expect Durant to be the leading scorer and become the face of this team. His dreams of being number one is as close as it has ever been.
1. LeBron James “The King”
James’ durability through his successful career is like none other. When facing deficits (3-1) where everyone counts him out, he still finds a way. Sure the NBA is rigged, he had to go to the Miami Heat to win, blah, blah, blah. The man has three rings and has been to the NBA Finals six straight times. Put him anywhere in the NBA and he will lead the way! For now watch how the Cleveland Cavaliers dominate the East and prepare for another shot at the Larry O’Brien trophy.