Just like teams need a coach, they need a star, a leader; they need someone who support them, inspires them and make them play better.
Even though you’re considered the worst team in earth, you will always have a star, a referent, somebody who can attract people. The NBA is a big example of how these examples take place, as even the worst squad in the association has a player that is worth to see.
In case you’re wondering who could be the stars of each team, let’s take a look; there could be some surprises, so be ready because these are the best players of every NBA team
Atlanta Hawks: Dennis Schroder
Let’s start off with Dennis Schroder, the man in charge to lead the Atlanta Hawks’ game. Dennis is currently part of a team trying to start a rebuilding process, making him the only player who is worth to see -besides Kent Bazemore, maybe.
Schroder is averaging 20.4 points per game in 24 matches this season, with 6.4 assists and a good field goal percentage of 45.7, enough proof for him to be the best and most important player in his team. The German point guard has known how to become the leader of a team lacking supporting role, but if they are able to assemble a good team, Dennis might be leading a competitive team soon.
Brooklyn Nets: D’Angelo Russell
Albeit he’s not active right now due to a knee injury, there was no doubt that Russell was the best player in his team, the inconsistent Brooklyn Nets. D’Angelo teamed up with players like Jeremy Lin or Demarre Carroll, but he was the one that stood out, putting some good numbers on the sheets.
At this very moment, it is unknown how many time he’ll spend on the injury list, making things harder for his squad. At the time of hurting, Russell averaged 20.9 ppg, 5.7 assist in the 12 games he played with the Nets.
Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving
There is no secret here. Kyrie Irving is not only the best player on his team, but arguably the best player in the world at this very moment. Kyrie was expected to have a very good season with his new team, but following the injury of Gordon Hayward in season-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving knew he had to take over and lead the Celtics.
So far he’s done it in a wonderful way, being a leader for the team both inside and outside the court, somehow teaching and helping young blood to improve their game while he does the same on his own. Although his 23.7 points per game aren’t as impressive when you compare them to James Harden or Damian Lillard, Kyrie has done a great job in Boston and if both parties manage to keep working together, Celtics fans are going to have really good times.
Charlotte Hornets: Kemba Walker
Maybe not with the same impact or effect, but Kemba Walker did something similar to what Kyrie Irving did in Boston with his Hornets. Ever since he arrived in the team, there was a visible improvement from the team, but seeing how their teammates leave the squad at the end of the seasons haven’t been the nicest thing for the point guard.
It’s true that the season hasn’t been precisely the best for Kemba, but he remains as the best player in his team, of course, wanting to do more than he has already done for Charlotte. The Hornets are trying to overcome the bad situation they’re experiencing now and Walker is trying to lead them alongside Nicolas Batum and Dwight Howard. His 22.5 points per match are a big sample of that.
Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine
This one might create a little of troubles but it is true: Zach LaVine is the best player the Chicago Bulls have at this point. People can say he’s injured, he hasn’t played yet, but he has proved his value throughout the years he spent with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As usual, a player needs some space to get the spotlight and that’s what’s LaVine doing. He landed on a team with zero expectations but with a core of young and decent players that maybe won’t do anything this season, but are going to be the spine of the organization in future. LaVine had a pair of good seasons with the T-Wolves and now is time to finally show what he wouldn’t be able to show in Minnesota.
Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James
This is an obvious answer. Unless LeBron is playing on a team with Michael Jordan, he will always be the best asset in any squad. LBJ suffered the departure of Kyrie Irving to the Celtics but watched how people like Dwayne Wade or Isaiah Thomas landed in his team to revalidate the Eastern Conference championship and try to dethrone the Golden State Warriors for the Larry O’Brien.
LeBron James took his team from having a bad season beginning to win 14 of their last 15 games, demonstrating that neither James nor the Cavs are dead. The King is getting better over the years, as he not only play better but makes his teammates to have a remarkable improvement. He is one of the scoring leaders in the association with his 28.3 points per encounter; his 8.3 total rebounds and 8.7 assists per game can tell you how good the King is playing this season.
Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki
This is kind of sad given the fact that Dirk’s career is coming to an end, but he’s part of a team with zero expectations this season, with several young talents that still needs to be developed, so we only have the one and only, Dirk Nowitzki.
We all know the meaning of that name not only in Dallas but the entire basketball world. Nowitzki has been one of the best players of his generation, leading his team to achieve unthinkable things and now being more a tutor than a star. Although his current 11.3 points per game are far from his career average (21.3), Dirk has maintained himself as a very reliable player and still a threat for any defender that faces him.
Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic
The Serbian center is part of a team with plenty of talent and still manages to be the best one in the ranks. Jokic landed in the league as a second-round pick but quickly became a good surprise for both Denver fans and front office.
Albeit the Nuggets suffered the absence of Paul Millsap, Jokic did his job and is currently the best player on the team. The 22-year-old big man is doing very good things in Colorado, putting really good stats on the sheets. At this moment he averages 15.5 points per game, 10.6 total rebounds and the not-so-bad number of 4.6 assists, nothing bad for a man who is 6 ft 10 in.
Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond
So, at this point, we’re going to be talking about big man, as the next in the list is another center. This time is one more athletic than Jokic, the one and only Andre Drummond. Detroit’s pivot has been one of the best in his position since he entered the league back in 2013 and now seeing the present of Detroit, he has taken a major role in the team in order to keep on the good pace.
Although this one hasn’t been his best season when it comes to scoring, Drummond is putting career-high numbers in several items such as total rebounds (15.3), free throw percentage (.607) and even assists (3.8). Perhaps the Pistons have a really good roster right now, but there is no doubt that Drummond is having a hell of a season, and the team has taken advantage of that.
Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry
Yes, you read that right. The Golden State Warriors is none other than Stephen Curry. Curry has been the body and the soul of this team since he arrived in 2010 via trade, but even nowadays when the squad counts with players like Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant, Curry still manages to be the best player in the team.
Albeit his numbers has decreased a little bit, they still are incredible, but now that makes Curry a better player is his maturity and the way he faces his challenges. He knows his team needs a leader and he’s willing to take that responsibility. Dell Curry’s son is currently injured, but Golden State knows they’re 10 times a better team when Curry is healthy. Which is not the case of others.
Houston Rockets: James Harden
It’s kind of hard to decide who is the best player in Houston when you see the roster, but now it’s a lot easier seeing the development of the season. James Harden started this campaign the same way he finished last one: being unstoppable. The Beard looks ready to take it all this season and started to display that early in the term.
He was blessed with the company of Chris Paul and that will only increase the chances of the Rockets to win the trophy this year with this two monsters playing alongside on a nightly basis. James Harden is the scoring leader of the league this year with their stunning 32.0 points per game; Harden is averaging 40.6% from the 6.75. Plus, he’s not playing as a point guard and his 9.5 assists per game is mind-blowing. He was an MVP favorite last year and will probably be this year, as well.
Indiana Pacers: Victor Oladipo
Being traded to a non-contender team is always hard but this time Victor Oladipo knew how to get the best of that situation, becoming the best player in the weakened Indiana Pacers that are trying to relive the old glories they had when they were the only competition in the conference for LeBron James and his Miami Heat.
Oladipo landed from Oklahoma City with many people believing his career was over, but the Maryland native proved that was far from right, quickly becoming an important player in the organization until he finally the best agent in the Pacers, relegating the expected to be a leader of the team, Myles Turner, to the background. Victor currently ranks 10th in the scoring leaderboard with 24.5 ppg, shooting 44.4% of triples and getting 5.3 rebounds per game.
Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin
We already knew Blake was meant to do big things with the Clippers if he remained healthy, but injuries has been ruthless with the talented power forward. However, this season things have been a little bit different and Blake has taken the lead of the Clips after Chris Paul departure to the Rockets.
Blake was one of the figures of the team alongside DeAndre Jordan and CP3 himself, but now seeing the kind of teammates he has, Griffin took his responsibilities to another level. Right now he’s ranked as the 14th in the scoring leaderboard thanks to his not-so-bad 23.6 points per game. Blake averages 7.9 rebounds and the surprising number of 5.1 assists per game. I don’t know about you, but if that’s not a commitment, I don’t what it is then.
Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball
LaVar Ball’s son didn’t start the season the best way, as he faced a couple of troubles before getting used to the league and his pace. Luckily for the Lakers and unfortunately for their rivals, Lonzo is now ready to make a statement in L.A. with the gold and purple.
Good thing he found a good partner in crime in rookie Kyle Kuzma and now both players are keen to steal the show in the Staples Center. Lonzo average 8.6 points per match, with 7.1 assists and 6.8 total rebounds per game. Maybe not impressive numbers, but the way he plays and how he makes his teammate plays is something that makes Ball the best player on his team without any hesitation.
Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol
This is a no-brainer; it was Marc Gasol or nobody else. The Spaniard big guy has known how to make himself a respected and intimidating name in the league as he’s considered by many as the best center in the league. Gasol has played his entire career for a team with good squads, but never with the necessary to take the next step and be an actual contender, and now it is worse.
Both the Grizzlies and Gasol watched how Zach Randolph abandoned the team to play for the Sacramento Kings, but this only made the Spaniard become a better player in both flanks of the court. Gasol is averaging 19.0 points per game, with 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, nothing bad from a 7-footer.
Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside
Alright, so Hassan Whiteside became the best player in the Miami Heat locker room, where there are very talented players such as Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic. There must be something really good behind all that. Well, you’re right, there actually is something really cool that made us make this decision.
Hassan Whiteside has done nothing but improves his game since his arrival in the league, being a very reliable player in defense who always tried to be better at the offense. Whiteside is finally becoming a monster in both ends of the court. Right now he averages 14.9 points per game, with 12.7 rebounds per game and shooting 58.1% of field goals. Maybe he still has things to improve, but Hassan is looking pretty good right now.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns
Ok, this was well known, Karl-Anthony Towns was, is and going to be the best player on his team. The Dominican center is seen as one of the future faces of basketball alongside several young players that are competing with him this season. Even one of his teammates, Andrew Wiggins, is expected to do big things in the league, just like Anthony-Towns.
However, right now the big man is the best player on his team, the promising Minnesota Timberwolves. Karl has shown on several occasions how thundering he is whether he attacks the rim or defend a rival, he is massive and knows how to take advantage of that for the well of his team. Anthony-Towns is just starting his career, but if his development continues, he will be one of the greatest.
Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Talking about greatness, here we have another example of that. We are in front of one of those players who are going to make history in basketball. Giannis Antetokounmpo has become a really good surprise for the NBA, as the Greek Freaks does nothing but impress basketball fans around the world every night.
In case you’re doubting about this, here are some numbers to change your mind. Antetokounmpo ranks as second on the scoring leaderboard with 29.8 per game plus 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. During the offseason, Kobe Bryant challenged Giannis to win the MVP award and it appears that Antetokounmpo is set to do it. He’s improved his game in a really good way; he’s the most entertaining player to watch in the league right now.
New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis
Davis has been the best player on his team ever since he was drafted in 2012. The former University of Kentucky player has been one of the most talented big men in the league since his arrival, and even now that he’s teamed up with DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo, he remains as the best agent the Pelicans have in the roster.
As usual, Davis has been putting all his best to thrive with his team, scoring 25.1 points per game, being one of the leaders in that item in the league. Besides, his 10.6 rebounds are enough proof to make people know Anthony Davis is the best players the New Orleans Pelicans have right now.
New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis
There wasn’t so much thinking to do here, Kristaps Porzingis became the best players on Knicks roster as soon as he was drafted in 2015. Ever since that, Unicorn hasn’t done more than delight New York fans on a nightly basis.
After Carmelo Anthony’s departure to Oklahoma City, Porzingis knew this was his chances to become the leader and the maximum figure of the team -if he wasn’t already- and that’s exactly he started to be, the man in charge, the boss of the New York Knick. Well, right now the Knicks are playing better than people initially thought they were going to play and Kristaps has done his part to achieve that. He scored 25.5 points per game with 6.6 rebounds, stating how good he has been for New York this term.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook
Not even the additions of Carmelo Anthony or Paul George were going to change that. Russell Westbrook is and will be the best player in OKC ranks. The frenetic point guard has earned the title with hard work, sacrificing for the team and it's well several times: Russ has displayed that he eats, drinks and breathes Thunder.
This year he received two new partners in PG and Melo, but nothing has changed for Westbrook -besides the fact that the record of the team is not exactly what fans wanted before the season beginning-; he remains a guy who likes to have the ball for long periods and even though he plays with two rim killers now, he tries to do the things his way no matter what. The current MVP of the league averages 23.0 points per game, with 9.1 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game, the kind of numbers that don’t make doubt about the quality of a player.
Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon
The Magic is one of those team that doesn’t have much to offer and that’s why Aaron Gordon is the best player they have. Gordon is not precisely a superstar, but seeing the players Orlando has in their ranks, he’s the best we can find.
The small forward has exceeded his career numbers this season a great way, improving almost every item. He averages 18.5 points per game, 8.1 total rebounds and 2.2 assists, which make the improvement of Aaron one of the best in recent years. Maybe the Magic won’t have any good future, but Gordon will surely have chances to make it in another city.
Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons
It is hard to stand out when you play in a team full of young and talented ballers, but that’s the case of Ben Simmons. Simmons was selected two years ago by the Philadelphia 76ers as the first overall pick of the draft, but he was able to make his debut this season with Philly and instantly made an impact in the team.
Simmons has become the leader of the team alongside Joel Embiid, but the Australian has given the squad something they were missing in previous seasons. The forward started off the season having good performances, helping his team to get W’s and now the Sixers fans couldn’t be more grateful. During his first 25 professional games, Simmons scored 18.0 points per game, 9.2 rebounds and 7.7 assists. Maybe it’s too early, but we can say we have an upgraded version of LeBron James.
Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker
Devin Booker is one of the most talented youngsters in the NBA, as Devin has had good performances and has demonstrated he has what it takes to shine in the association. It is not a craziness that many people call him “mini Curry” thanks to his style of playing.
Being part of a team going through a rebuilding process is always hard, but Booker has found a way to bring joy to the Suns fans and give the rest of fans something to talk about. He is a teammate of Josh Jackson, but Booker is clearly the figure of his team. He averages 24.3 ppg with 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists, being without any doubt the most important players in the Suns.
Portland Blazers: Damian Lillard
Well, Lillard is the lone ranger and that’s it. Damian never had a problem with carrying the team by himself, but during the offseason he stated he wanted to have some good company that can help him achieve more things than he and the team have already achieved.
Lillard, as usual, has been the main figure of his team, being the face, the heart and the soul of the Trail Blazers once again. Even though he counts with C.J. McCollum in the team, he hasn’t lost his spot as the biggest figure of the team. Lillard has recorded 26.6 points per game plus 5.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists. He still waits for teammates that actually help him to create a better team, but by now he keeps carrying it.
San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard
This is a clear answer. Kawhi Leonard is the best Spurs players even when he’s injured and nobody can change that. Leonard has missed several weeks due to an injury, but that hasn’t made him lost his place as the most important and dangerous team in his squad,
Albeit LaMarcus Aldridge is having a really good season, the former Trail Blazers' player doesn’t appear to steal Leonard’s job in the AT&T Center. Kawhi has led this team to win a championship, he has improved his game through the season he has spent in the league and this one he’s expected to take the team to another level; unfortunately, wounds haven’t let him.
Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox
Fox was one of the most promising players in last NBA draft and good for him he’s living up the expectations. Fox landed in a young team that is trying to come back or being for the first time playing at the highest level and De’Aaron looks like the right candidate to carry out the job.
Albeit he teams up with Frank Mason III, Fox has managed to be the best players in Kings roster, becoming the only good thing the organization has to offer. At this moment, he averages 10.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. There is no doubt that the youngster is going to keep improving his game, but if Fox is the best player in his team with those numbers, that’s the best sample of how bad Sacramento is at this moment.
Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan
Just when everybody thought the Raptors were about to lose everything, they surprised those people and started winning games. Right now they’re placed as third in the Eastern Conference standings and most of that has been thanks to one of the most electrifying ballers in the world, DeMar DeRozan.
DeRozan has been the figure of Toronto for several years, always trying to do his best for the team and this year that has taken a new meaning. DeRozan knows how important he is for his team and that’s why he started to improve his numbers, and even more knowing that now the Celtics are bigger competitors in the conference. DeRozan ranks right now 16h in the scoring leaderboard with 23.2 points. Besides, he’s recorded 4.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists, twice more than his historical record.
Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert
If Gordon Hayward stayed in Utah, this spot would be very different; however, Rudy Gobert still has the material to be a franchise player. The French man was always subject of good comments towards his game and this game those comments increased.
Rudy Gobert is now the leader and the best player of the Utah Jazz, creating a good association with Spaniard point guard Ricky Rubio. The 25-year-old center knows the size of his responsibility now and that’s why he’s been having really good games this season. Gobert is not only expected to lead his team but his national squad since Tony Parker has decided to retire from France.
Washington Wizards: John Wall
We couldn’t end this list with none other than John Wall, the man responsible of the great season the Washington Wizards had last year. Wall was selected as the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft and quickly started creating troubles for the rest of teams in the league.
Right now he’s keen to dethrone LeBron James and his Cavs and make it to the NBA finals, but seeing the competition they are going to face this campaign, Wall will need to put all his best if he wants to actually reach something this season. John has remained as the best player on his team with his 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game, demonstrating that he’s serious when it comes to lead his team.