Being an NBA superstar is not something that happens overnight and it’s perhaps one of the most difficult levels to achieve in any competitive sport, considering that hundreds of incredibly talented athletes collide in the world’s best competition.
And spending your time in the NBA definitely means to share a lot of time with your teammates, as well as sharing touches with other players that can help the team compete, as winning on your own is practically an impossible thing to do.
Of course, every team has their go - to - guy, although you just can’t deny the fact that some players are way better or more complete than others, so even if they’re stars where they are, they would struggle to shine as much as they do there if they decided to leave the team, like Kevin Love or Chris Bosh when they decided to join forces with LeBron James.
Today, we’ll let you know about the only 5 guys that would definitely be any team’s first option regarding of where they play. Sorry James Harden, sorry Chris Paul, sorry Anthony Davis, sorry Kyrie Irving, sorry Jimmy Butler, sorry DeMarcus Cousins, sorry DeMar DeRozan and sorry Blake Griffin.
I just want to add about Harden and Chris Paul... James Harden couldn't be the 1st option with Kevin Durant on the court, and the same case is for Chris Paul with LeBron James.
What can we say about the King LeBron James that hasn’t been said before? As he’s proven to be probably the most dominant and smart player this league has seen since Michael Jordan decided to retire for good.
James has been the ultimate owner of the Eastern Conference, and he’s been the team’s first, second and third option whether he’s on a Cleveland Cavaliers or a Miami Heat uniform despite always playing alongside All-Star caliber players.
Kevin Durant has surged as one of the league’s elite two-way players after entering the league as a very subpar defender with a lot of versatility on offense and a never ending ceiling, becoming an underrated rim protector as well as dominating every aspect when it comes to scoring.
So, regardless where he is, if Kevin Durant’s on the court, you definitely have to look for him, as you know something good’s about to happen when this guy has the rock on his hands, considering he’s also a very unselfish player.
And what makes the Golden State Warriors such a dreadful squad is the fact that they actually have two go-to-guys that can get hot in a heartbeat, also featuring Stephen Curry at the point, the best shooter in the history of the league.
Curry’s presence makes helping on the post impossible, as you just can’t leave him alone behind the three point line, and his ability to pull up from everywhere on the court would make him an unstoppable player no matter who he plays with.
When LeBron James finally decides to retire, there’s absolutely no doubt that the league’s best small forward spot will definitely go to Kawhi Leonard, a youngster that has surged as an offensive beast as well as being the league’s best defender.
Being a steady Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player candidate, the standout San Antonio Spurs forward has made a name for himself in the league despite his quiet nature, improving in every single aspect of the game on a yearly basis.
And of course, the top spot of our list has to go to Russell Westbrook, Mr. Triple Double himself, the guy that was finally able to shut his haters up and shake off Kevin Durant’s shadow proving his worth over the prior campaign, winning the MVP award for the first time in his career.
Westbrook filled the stat sheet on a nightly basis and kept recording milestones until the very last day of the season, proving not only that he’s up to the task of doing it all for his team, but that he’s also built to do it properly and that he’s here to take the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals once again no matter what.