The NBA has seen a lot of outstanding players on their courts since the very first day, and new stars keep surging on a yearly basis in the best competition in world basketball, making it harder to reach the top of the league due to the great amount of talent we have nowadays.
So now, as we’ve finally reached the end of the regular season, we can take a look back on the performances of the top players in the Association. Having said that, let’s review the top 10 players in today’s NBA.
Honorable Mention: DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo
10. Chris Paul
The eleven-year veteran remains as one of the main players in the NBA, being considered by most as the last true point guard in the league, and the best passer in the Association. Besides, he doesn’t get the credit he deserves as the main guy on the Clippers, as Blake Griffin is constantly getting injured, but he still manages to carry the team.
Averaging 18 points, 5 boards and 9.2 assists per game as well as a couple of steals per game, Chris Paul is the definition of consistency on both ends of the floor, although it seems quite far-fetched that he wins the championship this year with Blake sidelined.
9. DeMarcus Cousins
There’s absolutely no doubt about DeMarcus and his talent, being arguably the best center in the NBA on both ends of the floor with his dominant presence and his incredible scoring ability from long and short range against pretty much all opposition.
Through the entire season, Cousins tried to help both of his teams in losing causes, but he still managed to put up outstanding averages of 27 points, 11 boards and 4.6 assists on 46% from the floor, as well as 1.5 steals and 1.1 swats per game.
8. Isaiah Thomas
The ultimate underdog was even a regular name in the MVP conversation this year, especially towards the end of the season, becoming the most clutch player in the league while being practically unguardable, leading the Boston Celtics to the 1st seed in the East.
28.9 points and 5.9 assists made the 5’9 point guard become a major force in the East despite being a huge liability on defense for the Celtics, and he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down even after the tragic passing of his sister a couple of weeks ago.
7. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis remains as the best power forward in the Association after a monstrous season, and his back must really hurt, as he spent the entire year trying to carry the New Orlean Pelicans to the playoffs with little help from his teammates.
With averages of 28 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 assists and 2.2 blocks per game in 50.4% from the field, the Brow keeps getting better and better, and if he keeps developing his long-range shot, there’s no doubt that he’ll win the MVP very soon.
6. Stephen Curry
The defending MVP had a subpar season if you compare it to the last couple of years where he was a complete beast, but the Warriors are still the best team in the NBA and the fact that his numbers took a dip is quite understandable considering he has to share touches with Kevin Durant now.
Nonetheless, the best shooter in NBA history still scored 324 three pointers on 41% from downtown, as well as averaging 25.3 points and 6.6 assists and putting the team on his shoulders when Durant wasn’t able to step on the court.
5. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is still the best offensive player in the league while also taking his defense to a whole new level, and he adapted perfectly to the run and gun fast paced stretched offense of the Golden State Warriors in his first season in the Bay.
A calf injury nagged him through the last passage of the season, but he was an early MVP candidate thanks to his 25.1 points, 8.3 boards and 4.9 assists on 53.7% from the floor and 37.5% from three, really boosting the Warriors’ chances of getting revenge in this year's Finals.
4. James Harden
Harden is one of the two frontrunners to win the MVP this season after playing as Mike D’Antoni’s point guard in the team that shoots the most three-pointers in the association, recording some pretty impressive stat lines this year with career highs in points and assists.
At 11.1 assists per game, The Beard led the entire NBA while also scoring 29.1 points, being responsible for most of the points the Houston Rockets scored and trying to carry them back to the NBA Finals now that he finally has some help.
3. Russell Westbrook
The other clear frontrunner in the MVP race is Russell Westbrook, who managed to put together one of the most impressive seasons the league has ever seen, averaging a triple-double for the entire year with 31.6 points (leading the league) with 10.7 boards and 10.4 helpers per game.
Sadly, that wasn’t enough to lead the Thunder to the Finals, and he made some key mistakes during crunch time trying to play hero ball instead of trusting his teammates, but there’s absolutely no way to underestimate this guy anymore after all he did in the regular season.
2. Kawhi Leonard
The quietest superstar in the NBA is going to be a regular name in the MVP consideration for many years to come, as well as being one of the frontrunners to put his -huge- hands on the Defensive Player of the Year award as well.
Kawhi has lived up to the expectations and successfully completed the task of leading the San Antonio Spurs on both ends of the court, averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 boards and 3.5 assists, the Klaw has become a major force after just 5 seasons in the league.
1. LeBron James
Once again, the King makes the top of the list as the ultimate NBA player, with his outstanding physique, his great basketball mind and his skill, even if the Cavs have lost a lot of consistency, especially on defense.
At age 32 in his 14th season in the NBA, LeBron has shown no signs of fatigue or elderliness, averaging 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game on 54.8% from the floor and 36% from three, being the best player in the league in one of the most competitive seasons we’ve seen in ages.