With the start of the new NBA season beginning in less then one day, it is time to celebrate. And there is no better way to celebrate the start of the season other than to create some controversy. Today’s topic will be focusing on the top 5 players in the NBA. Everyone has their own opinion, but choosing the best players will lead to an argument. And to add to this post, I will be including my own list of who I think the top 5 players in the NBA are.
Now before I say my list, I must clarify something. The best players to me are players who can carry a team. This means any team in the league at any point or time. The best player on the best team is not always the best player in the league. Sometimes that is the case, but that is not the way I am creating my list. So with that being said, here is my list.
1. LeBron James – How can he not be number one after such a terrific playoffs? He took his team to victory after trailing 3-1 to the Warriors, who was the team with the best season record in NBA history. If this is not the definition of carrying, I don’t know what is.
2. Russell Westbrook – Although losing after leading 3-1 to the Warriors, Westbrook is not entirely to blame. And even with that loss, he still is number 2 on my list because of his ability to lead his team. His play can be erratic, stat sheet stuffing and killer instinct would greatly benefit any team with his presence.
3. Chris Paul – Chris Paul has demonstrated for years he is a leader, and the best player on his team every time around. It does make for a sad story that he has yet to win a ring. But his presence, or lack there of is the perfect example as of why he is number 3 on my list. After getting hurt in game 3 in the first round against the Trailblazers, the Clippers never managed to win another game and ultimately lost 2-4.
4. Damian Lillard – Coming in at number 4 is Damian Lillard, and for a few good reasons. One, his best teammate LaMarcus Aldridge leaves him, yet they both lost in the same round. Two, no one had the Trailblazers making the playoffs. And three, in he playoffs, Lillard was a monster who beat the Clippers, and gave the Warriors a Run for their money.
5. James Harden – Some will say he has no defense. I say he took a Dwight Howardless Rockets to the playoffs in back to back years. I should also add there are not many who can carry a team to the playoffs in the Western Conference. And if placed on any other team, I’m sure he would take them to the playoffs as well.
Notable Candidates -Paul George, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kawhi Leonard.
Also, share your thoughts below and remember to watch the season opener tomorrow between the Knicks and the Cavaliers.