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5) David Lee, Golden State Warriors
There's very little not to like about David Lee. He averages a double-double (19.9 PPG, 10.9 RPG), he shoots at a pretty decent clip (53.3 percent from the floor), and he even throws in a few assists for good measure (3.7 APG).
He doesn't do much more than that, but what else do you need from a big man who has put up more than a dozen 20/10 games this year?
4) Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
3) Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Clippers may be the current kings of Hollywood, but Kobe Bryant is still the best player who calls Staples Center home.
Sixteen-year veterans don't usually lead the league in scoring. The Black Mamba cares little about typical conventions (Bryant leads the league with 30.5 PPG), and is a legitimate MVP candidate even though his team would be sitting at home if the playoffs started today.
This season, Chris Paul has firmly established his standing as the best point guard in the NBA. While he isn't a prolific scorer, he leads the league in steals (2.6 SPG) and is good for at least nine-to-10 dimes per night.
2) Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant is the best scorer in the NBA: That statement is not up for discussion. Even more importantly (from a rotisserie perspective, anyway), his residency in the VIP section of the 50/40/90 Club (51.7 FG%, 41.9 3PT%, 90.3 FT%) means that he isn't killing fantasy owners with tons of missed shots.
At some point in the near future, Durant will be No. 1 on this list. Until then, he remains in the shadow of The King.
1) LeBron James, Miami Heat
Much like The Highlander, there can be only one.
Are there players who score more than James? Sure. Are there those who grab more rebounds? Absolutely. But James' ability to fill the box score is unparalleled in the Association. No other player in the league is a legitimate threat to post a triple-double every single time that he steps out onto the floor.
The best player on the planet is also the best player in the world of fantasy basketball. And if you are fortunate enough to have him on your team, don't even entertain the thought of trading him, regardless of how attractive the offer may be.