The NBA is blessed to have the best athletes from around the world. No other sport can match the speed, elegance, athleticism, and coordination like basketball.
I am here to break down the greatest players in the NBA, which has star power that is unmatched in any North American sport.
Breaking these players down will be extremely tough since the difference between a Dwight Howard and a Derrick Rose is barely visible.
I will use many factors including: age, position, what they do as a player, what they are capable of, among many more factors in the decision making process.
All of the players are on Team USA, and that is how it should be. I am not saying it is OUR sport but I am saying OUR athletes are the best in the world and basketball is the best sport in the world.
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Brandon Roy 22 PPG, 4RPG, 5 APG, 1 SPG
Why do I feel like Brandon Roy has been around forever?
He is still only 24 years old and is the perfect size (6’6”) for a SG. His PPG will only increase and he will remain the star in Portland until they can get someone else to help carry the load.
Roy has a flair for the dramatic and can take games over when he needs to. He has two All Star appearances in only three years, and was named to the All-NBA Second team last season.
Roy has a multi-dimensional game that can only improve and should make Portland a contender in three years time.
Carmelo Anthony 23 PPG, 7 RPG, 3 APG
Carmelo actually had a down year in ’08-’09 but his playoff series versus the Lakers inspired me to put him into the top ten players in the NBA.
He is a bruiser of a SF—somewhat of a Barkley type. He can overpower the majority of SFs around the league, and PFs cannot hang with him.
Melo is considered one of the best scoring Forwards in the NBA and next season is a big season for Melo’s legacy.
Can he win as the focal point or will he become a sidekick?
Amar’e Stoudemire 21 PPG, 9 RPG, 1 SPG, 1 BPG
Amar’e’s (yes that is proper grammar) best season came ’07-’08 and last season was mediocre, at best. He has a propensity to get injured but can dominate when the conditions are right.
Stoudemire’s offensive game is unlimited due to his supreme athleticism and in the aforementioned ’07-’08 season, he nearly averaged 25 PPG and 10 RPG.
When Stoudermire’s team is a contender, he is a big reason why.
Dwight Howard 20 PPG, 14 RPG, 3 BPG
With the help of his teammates, Howard led the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals. Howard’s offensive game lacks luster, his basketball IQ is awful, and last season he finally figured out he needs to work on his post game.
Superman has the abilities to dominate a game by blocking shots, rebounding, and controlling the paint.
His offensive game will eventually be a strength but good teams will be able to guard him for the foreseeable future.
Until he hones his offensive game, he will not be a top five player in the NBA.
Chris Paul 23 PPG, 11 APG, 5 RPG, 3 SPG, 50% FG, 87% FT
CP3 is arguably the best fantasy player in the NBA right now.
His stat sheet is taller than he is, and Paul had much better numbers last season than Steve Nash did in both of his back-to-back MVP seasons.
CP is not tall or athletic enough to be considered the top player in the NBA but his basketball IQ is the highest in the NBA—which leads to his mind-blowing stats.
Derrick Rose 16 PPG, 4 RPG, 6 APG
The 20-year-old Rose is the transcendent PG of the NBA.
There has never been a player of Rose's abilities, as no PG has ever been as fast, strong, and blessed with his athleticism.
He is a SF in a PG's body and the NBA has never seen anything like it.
Without him, the Bulls would have won 15 games. With him they are the future of the Eastern Conference.
Yes, Cleveland and Orlando fans, you will have a nice 2010 season, but wait until the Bulls (with $25 million free in the summer of 2010) make a move on Wade and LeBron.
Kevin Durant 25 PPG, 6 RPG, 3 APG, 1 SPG, 48 percent FG, 42 percent 3PT, 86 percent FT.
KD may have the best offensive numbers in the NBA, and he is only 20 years old. My man cannot get into the club (legally), but can fill it up in any city he damn well pleases.
Durant’s height is an unguardable and unimaginable 6’10” at the G/F position. Is also a reason why he is so high on the best players in the world list.
Next season, KD may be ahead of the #3 player on this list.
Kobe Bryant 27 PPG, 5 RPG, 5 APG, 1.5 SPG
(Gasp!) Since you will not listen to me past this line, Laker fans need not read below this line.
Kobe Bryant’s game has turned one-dimensional which is why he falls to third behind the NBA’s finest super stars.
Gone are the days where 24 would attack the rim with a youthful vigor. Gone are the days where he defended against the opposition's best player (Ron Artest). Finally, gone are the days of Kobe doing anything on offense other than shooting jumpers.
Yet the facts remain, Kobe still strikes the fear of God into the hearts of the opposition's defenders and gets every call like a proven superstar should get. He has a great basketball mind, facilitates a complicated offense, is one of the best perimeter defenders and is one of the best players in the world.
Wade and LeBron bring more to the floor athletically which means they can do more in a sport where athleticism rules.
If Wade and/or Lebron had that Laker team, the Bulls’ record for wins would be in jeopardy.
(OK Laker fans thanks for reading and now is your time to tell me I have no idea what I am talking about.)
Dwyane Wade 30 PPG, 5 RPG, 7 APG, 2 SPG, 1BPG
D-Wade, like LeBron, can do it all on offense while becoming a terrific defender.
I am not sure how James finished ahead of Wade for second place in last season’s Defensive POY, as Wade recorded a steal and block per game ahead of James.
Wade is also a much better perimeter and team defender.
Kobe’s numbers pale in comparison to the top two players in the NBA.
Lebron James 28 PPG, 7 RPG, 7 APG
LBJ is easily the best player in the NBA.
He is young (24), can almost do it all on offense, finished second in last season’s Defensive POY award, improves his game every off-season.
Also, he is still learning how to hone all of his talents (which may be the hardest part).
LBJ is the best basketball player in the world and may be the best ever after his career ends. The scary thing is, he is still learning.