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The NBA All-Defensive First Team performer gets the top slot because, at the ripe age of 22, Ibaka's already formidable skill set is still flourishing.
Ibaka is one of the 10 most athletic players in the league. He led the NBA in blocked shots with a monstrous 3.7 a game. If Ibaka continues blocking shots at this clip, he could conclude his career as one of the five leading NBA shot blockers of all time.
Ibaka also grabbed 7.5 rebounds a game (2.8 offensive). That number looks a little low at first glimpse, but Ibaka played only 27 minutes a night on a very deep Oklahoma City Thunder team.
Expand Ibaka's playing time to 36 minutes a night (say, on a new team during the 2013-14 season), and Ibaka would be averaging 10 rebounds and 4.8 blocked shots a night.
Mind you, Ibaka is still raw. While he only averaged nine points a night (albeit on 53 percent shooting), his scoring was minimized thanks to the Thunder's jump-shot focused offense, led by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Just as a taste of what Ibaka can do when given the ball more, he shot 11-for-11 in OKC's pivotal Game 4 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals.
Ibaka could transcend into one of the best all-around players in the NBA in the right kind of offense. As for now, he's the best role player in the NBA on a championship-contending squad.
Perhaps the big question for Ibaka is which role would he prefer?