Basketball is a team sport and as such, it requires a lot of team effort, as nobody can single handedly win a match and obviously a Championship either, although obviously every team has their own go-to-guy to trust when things get difficult.
Either via Draft, trade or free agency, teams are always looking to get better and in order to do so, they need to land top-tier talents that can take them to distance and also lure other stars to town, even if it may take a while when teams are amidst a rebuilding process.
Of course, some teams are better than others because they have better players, and even among the best players in the league, some of them are even more talented and productive than other top-notch ballers.
Today, we’re bound to let you know about the best player from every single team in the Association, so if you disagree, feel welcome to do your own ranking in our comments to get the debate going!
Atlanta Hawks: Dennis Schroder
“The German Rondo” is the first guy on our list, mostly because of how shorthanded the Atlanta Hawks talent wise right now. Schroder has grown to be a terrific scorer, but he lacks the kind of support cast around him to actually prove his worth.
Taking the reins of the Hawks offense, Schroeder is currently averaging career highs in points and assists with 19.7 and over 7 dimes per contest, but his defense still needs to improve if he wants to become a top-tier point guard in the league.
Brooklyn Nets: D’Angelo Russell
D’Angelo Russell’s NBA career didn’t get off as good as expected, spending his first couple of months in the bench and then struggling to adjust to the pace of the Association, as well as having some troubles with Nick Young until he was finally dealt out of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nonetheless, he hasn’t missed a beat since arriving in Brooklyn, completely leading the team even though their record isn’t quite impressive. Through this season, the former Buckeye is posting averages of 20.9 points, 4.7 boards and almost 6 dimes per game, showing glances of what was expected out of him, although his stroke from distance is still missing.
Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving got sick and tired to be LeBron James’ sidekick and decided that it was best for him to be the man in town, and he has lived up to the task to lift the Boston Celtics after a 0-2 start when Gordon Hayward fell down to injury, carrying them to a 16 game winning streak.
Irving is playing at an MVP level and is the main responsible for that impressive Celtics run, leading them to the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference with a lot of authority. Even though his numbers haven’t changed much from his Cleveland stint, he’s still leading the C’s with over 22 points and 5 dimes per game, coming huge down the stretch for them.
Charlotte Hornets: Kemba Walker
Coming off a career-best season, it seems like Kemba Walker has improved even more this year paired alongside Dwight Howard, with his scoring taking a minor dip but his assists numbers rising up despite the Hornets’ struggles to get numbers in the W column.
Walker is constantly snubbed and undermined, but he’s a top-tier scorer in the league and a very good facilitator, currently averaging almost 23 points to go along with 6.3 assists and almost 1 steal per game, some Kyrie-esque numbers.
Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine
Even though Zach LaVine hasn’t been able to make his Chicago Bulls debut, it’s pretty clear that he’s the best player in that mediocre roster, especially considering how terrific his performances were just before he was forced to miss the remainder of the prior campaign due to injury.
LaVine is one of the most athletic players in the league and has grown to be a consistent shooter as well as a very good playmaker, and he’s capable of playing as much as 3 different positions. Being cleared to go through contact drills, he’s expected to come back as early as December.
Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James
What can we say about LeBron James that hasn’t been said before? He’s the best small forward in the history of the league and a top 5 player in the history of the game, and he hasn’t missed a beat despite his age, getting better and better with the years.
James is an incredible playmaker, a fierce scorer and a terrific defender, and the main reason why the Cleveland Cavaliers have been so successful over the last couple of years. So far, the King has posted averages of 28.3 points, 7.4 boards, 8.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki
Even though Dirk’s on his way out of the league, he’s still the best player in the Dallas Mavericks roster and one of the best players to ever lace them up, with his signature unblockable one-legged fadeaway shot.
Dirk’s one of the league’s historic leading scorers and even though he can’t put the same numbers he used to a couple of seasons ago, he’s been a great mentor for young ballers like Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. Through his career, he’s averaged 21.6 points and 7.8, scoring over 30 thousand career points.
Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic beats Pau Millsap and Gary Harris by a little due to his upside and versatility, as he’s the best and most skilled big man in the Association when it comes to crafty passes and highlight assists.
The Joker still needs to do a lot of work In the defensive end of the hardwood to become a top-tier center, but his ability to stretch the floor and shoot from all over the field as well as making his teammates better make him an elite asset and a nightly triple-double threat.
Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond’s development has kind of stalled over the last couple of campaigns, but he’s still one of the most skilled centers in the league with his ability to completely own the glass on a nightly basis.
Sadly, he hasn’t been able to build up some nice chemistry with his point guard Reggie Jackson and he’s not very good in the pick and roll, but he’s still quite young and has a lot of upsides, averaging 13.5 points, over 15 boards and more than 4 dimes per game this season.
Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant
It wasn’t easy to make our minds here, but we had to go with Kevin Durant as the best player of the Golden State Warriors, as he’s perhaps the most dominant player in both ends of the hardwood with his unlimited skillset.
Durant has the handles of a point guard and can play and guard all 5 spots, being able to shoot lights out from everywhere on the floor as well as being an elite rim protector. So far this season, the defending Finals MVP has posted averages of 25, 7 and 4 helpers per contest.
Houston Rockets: James Harden
Harden is coming off the best season of his career and the one reason why he wasn’t elected the Most Valuable Player is because Russell Westbrook managed to average a triple-double throughout the campaign.
Now, the Beard is once again playing at an MVP caliber and he’s single-handedly taken the Rockets to a terrific start after losing Chris Paul to an injury, averaging almost 10 assists per game to go along with 31 points on 45% shooting.
Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner
Victor Oladipo nearly takes Myles Turner’s spot, but there’s absolutely no doubt that the big man is the most talented player in their ranks and that has the kind of skillset to become one of the most dominant two-way players in the league.
Turner is a very solid shooter from beyond the arc and the charity stripe, and his ability to swat shots make him an elite asset for the young Pacers project, although he’s gotten off to a slow start this year due to injury, averaging 13.6 points, almost 8 boards and 2.7 blocks per game.
Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin decided to stay put at the Staples Center as their franchise cornerstone after Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers completed that sign and trade move that sent CP3 to the Rockets, leaving Blake on an island alongside DeAndre Jordan.
Griffin has improved in every aspect of his game but his defense ever since entering the league and he’s one of the best passing big men in the league, although he hasn’t been able to single-handedly lead the Clippers to a good start of the season despite his averages of 22.7, 7.8 and 4.4.
Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball
There’s no doubt whatsoever about Lonzo Ball’s talent, and inconsistency is always an issue for rookies, especially someone so overhyped as the older Ball brother, who has alternated outstanding performances with horrid outings.
Ball is already the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double and he’s proven to be one of the best young passers the league has seen in a while, although his pathetic shooting percentages have been a major issue so far this year, and it’s going to take a while to make the adjustment period.
Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol doesn’t want to hear anything about a rebuild and he just won’t let his Memphis Grizzlies fall down in the standings, leading them to a very good start of the season despite losing Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Vince Carter.
The former Defensive Player of the Year has blossomed into a very complete scorer and a reliable threat from beyond the arc as well as a point center that can run the team’s offense with ease, averaging 19.7points, 9.3 rebounds and almost 4 dimes per game this year.
Miami Heat: Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic has to be considered as one of the few mistakes in Gregg Popovich’s successful career, as he’s proven to be a lethal scorer and great facilitator ever since taking the reins for the Phoenix Suns, and currently running Erik Spoelstra’s offense.
Dragic has developed an outstanding chemistry with Dion Waiters and Hassan Whiteside, and even though the Heat is still trying to figure things out, his averages of 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.7 helpers and 0.9 steals have been quite impressive for the former Most Improved Player
Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns
Ever since making his professional debut, it was pretty clear why Karl-Anthony Towns was so overhyped and his arrival so expected, as he made an instant impact for the young Minnesota Timberwolves and became their ultimate leader despite Andrew Wiggins’ presence.
Towns is incredibly talented and the perfect combination of old school ball and the modern era, and his defense has improved a lot ever since his first matchup. Still, he’s got to be a better facilitator, but his averages of 20.6 points and 11.4 rebounds have been extremely impressive through his young career.
Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo came completely out of the blue to take the league for assault and ever since, he’s led the Milwaukee Bucks in pretty much every relevant category with his ability to fill up the stat sheet and do a lot of everything in both ends of the hardwood.
Antetokounmpo is already an elite player and he’s not even 25 years old, and there’s at least one MVP coming his way for sure. He can play and defend all 5 spots, and he’ll become the best player in the world as soon as his shot starts falling.
New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis
There are just a couple of flaws in Anthony Davis: his proneness to get hurt and the fact that he plays for a mediocre team like the New Orleans Pelicans. Other than that, he’s pretty much a perfect big man vastly suited for todays up-tempo kind of gameplay.
Davis one of the league’s best rim protectors and has the handles of a point guard, as well as the ability to smash and destroy the best defending big men in the world. 25 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2 swats per game are definitely numbers to brag about, and that’s why he makes our list.
New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis
This one was a complete no-brainer, as the New York Knicks really don’t have much talent in their ranks beside him right now, but he’s still been able to carry them to a very impressive start of the season in the post-Carmelo Anthony era.
Porzingis’ ceiling is pretty much unlimited and he’s proven to be a much better defender than everybody expected out of him at first glance. Entering his 3rd NBA season at age 22, he’s averaging over 27 points, more than 7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook
Even though Russell Westbrook was recently joined by Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, the reigning MVP is still the best player in their roster, and he hasn’t hesitated to give up touches and his own personal glory for what’s best for the team.
After averaging a triple-double throughout the prior campaign and playing monster ball, Westbrook’s number have taken a major dip this season, but he’s shown a lot of maturity and determination to finally end their Championship drought.
Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon
The Orlando Magic doesn’t have much talent in their ranks this year despite always having high lottery picks, but there’s still a huge chance that Aaron Gordon will wind up being a very solid player after some subpar seasons to start his career.
Gordon is playing the best ball of his career right now and his shot finally seems to start falling, especially from deep where he’s averaging a career high 43% to go along with 17 points, 8.1 boards and over 2 dimes as the cornerstone for the team’s future plans alongside Jonathan Isaac.
Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons
After sitting through his entire rookie season, Ben Simmons is already turning a lot of heads and proving that the Philadelphia 76ers were right playing it safe with him and keeping him sidelined until he was ready to go at full speed.
Simmons is already one of the best players in the league and a walking triple-double, as well as an outstanding playmaker and passer as a LeBron James type of point forward. So far, he’s recorded a double-double in every game this season, averaging almost 20 points and 10 boards with over 7 dimes per game.
Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker
Devin Booker has been extremely lucky to play for such a bad team like the Phoenix Suns, and now that he doesn’t have to share touches with Eric Bledsoe, he can chug as many shots as he wants to keep blossoming as one of the league’s best players.
Booker has the kind of skillset to lead the league in scoring on a yearly basis, and he’s also improved his playmaking and defensive abilities as well. So far, the youngster is averaging over 23 points to go along with 4.3 boards and 4.4 assists on 45% from the floor, showing a lot of versatility to send the rock to the bottom of the net.
Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard hasn’t hesitated to stay put at the Moda Center and be Rip City’s go-to-guy for the long run, and he just doesn’t get enough recognition from his doubters despite being perhaps the clutchest scorer in the league right now.
Lillard is just unconscious when it comes to scoring the ball and he’s a terrific passer as well, but his poor defense has taken a major toll in his image. Nonetheless, he’s averaging 24.4 points, over 5 rebounds and more than 6 assists per game so far for the Portland Trail Blazers.
San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard’s career numbers aren’t really impressive, but his yearly progress and overall impact make him a one of a kind talent the league haven’t seen ever since Scottie Pippen’s early years as a lockdown defender with a lot of offensive ability.
The Spurs have really struggled since Kawhi fell down with an injury, and he seems to be the Golden State Warriors kryptonite, and he’s the best two way player in the league and a yearly MVP and DPOY candidate despite his quiet temper.
Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox is already making a lot of noise despite having played in just 17 career games, and he’s already shifted to the starting 5 after starting the year off the bench, even recording a game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers not so long ago.
Fox has things you just can’t teach and he’s a terrific playmaker, although he’s mightily struggled with his shot so far. Nonetheless, his per 36 minutes averages have been quite impressive for a rookie, with almost 15 points and 6 assists to go along with 1 steal and just 2.8 turnovers.
Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan has quietly improved on a yearly basis and he’s taken the Toronto Raptors as his own team, leading them to constant playoff runs but falling short when it matters the most due to the lack of a good support cast.
DeRozan can just score in bunches and he’s an athletic monster that can just grab whatever he needs when he drives to the lane, but his lack of touch from beyond the arc has bitten him in the rear at times. Still, his averages of 25.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 are top notch nowadays.
Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert was one of the league’s best kept secrets until the prior campaign when he finally had a breakout year, and he’s perhaps the best defensive big man in the world right now with also an improving offensive game.
Now, he’s in for a treat with such a great pick and roll point guard in Ricky Rubio, and he’s set to lead the way now that Gordon Hayward left town. Gobert has what it takes to become the best center in the league, and his averages of 13.9 points, over 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in 63% from the floor prove it.
Washington Wizards: John Wall
After entering the league with a lot of doubts regarding his shot and defense, John Wall has grown to be the best pure point guard in the Eastern Conference and a huge threat in passing lanes, being the fastest player in the league and the ultimate leader of the Washington Wizards.
Wall is a lock to be among the league leaders in dimes and steals as Chris Paul did through most of his career, and his yearly averages of 19.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and over 9 dimes per game as well as 1.1 steals per contest make him an elite talent that needs to get out of the capital if he wants to win an NBA Championship.