NBA Primetime's Top 25 Heading Into The 2009-10 Season

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2009

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Since NBA Primetime is fairly new, this will be the official part one of a four part series which will include power rankings from No.1 through No.100.

In addition, the top 100 rankings will also be updated periodically throughout the '09-'10 NBA season.

These rankings are based on the players impact to their team, career averages, potential and upside, and overall championship swagger.

"Victory belongs to the most persevering."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte


1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

After winning last season's championship without Shaq, Bryant has finally proven to the world of haters that he is the best player in the game today. Nobody in the NBA comes even close to matching the Mamba's toughness and passion for basketball and until someone does, Bryant will remain as No.1 on the list.


2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Being only 24 years old, James has potential to become one of the best players to have ever played in the NBA. With his extreme physique and incomparable awareness on the court, LBJ ranks as No.2 on the list until he can win his first championship.


3. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Despite injuries, Wade's success in the NBA has been no short of spectacular. With a ring already on his finger, D-Wade's mindset of winning another championship will never decease.

After capturing his first scoring title during last season, Wade head's into the upcoming year with every intention to making a repeat.


4. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

At the age of 23, Howard has already captured his first Defensive of the Year Award, lead the league in RPG and BPG, and has also made an NBA Finals appearance. Pretty good for a 23-year-old huh?

D-Howard will continue to grow and formulate into one of the biggest beasts that the NBA has ever encountered. With videos showing No. 12 working on a jump-shot this offseason, will any athlete be humanly capable of defending Superman in the upcoming years?


5. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

There is no other point-guard in the NBA that can be compared to Chris Paul. With career averages of 19.4 PPG, 9.9 APG, 4.8 RPG, and 2.4 SPG, CP3 ranks as the most elite point-guard both offensively and defensively.

Being just 24 years of age, Paul will continue to improve his arsenal and evolve into arguably one of the best PG's to have ever played the game.

6. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Without a doubt, Tim Duncan is the best power forward to have ever played in the NBA. Heading into his thirteenth season in the league, Duncan continues to produce Hall of Fame averages and persistently brings his team to victory.


7. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Standing 7'0" tall and shooting the way he does, Nowitzki is certainly a rare commodity in the NBA today. Whether it's getting two front teeth knocked out or losing to the eighth seed in the first round of the playoffs, Nowitzki continues to keep his head up, bringing everything that he has got to the table each and every night.

With a revamped roster, the German assassin will look for another chance at winning his first NBA title.


8. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics

When it comes to primetime players, Paul Pierce ranks up with the best of the best. After watching last postseason's Celtics vs. Bulls series, Pierce proved that he is arguably the most clutch athlete in the NBA today.

Whether there is 8 seconds left on the shot clock or .8 seconds left, if the ball is in Pierce's hands, the chances are in favor that he will knock down the shot.

9. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

Although Garnett's numbers have declined significantly since his Timberwolves days, his impact, experience, and arsenal places him at No.9 on the list. When at full strength, KG has potential to not only lead a team to victory mentally, but physically carry them as well.

10. Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors

Being only 25 years old, Chris Bosh still has massive room for improvement to his already established and impressive game. Standing just under 7'0" tall, CB4 has the ability to knock down the open jumper, grab every rebound in site, score the winning basket, and ultimately carry his team on his shoulders.

With a new Raptors squad, Bosh's tactics will be accredited a lot more than ever before.

11. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

After being compared to LeBron James during the 2003 draft, Carmelo Anthony's game took a slight dip in rankings once being drafted into the Western Conference. Since then, Melo has worked on his already aggressive game and continues to enhance his overall talents every year.

After making his first Western Conference Finals appearance last season, we can expect to hear and see a lot more from Mr.Anthony next year.

12. Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers

Roy will be entering his fourth season in the league during the upcoming year and has raised his PPG average in every season thus far.

With ice running through his veins, B-Roy expects to raise eyebrows once again this year, whether it's hitting numerous amounts of game winning shots or actually contending for the title.

Since Roy is only 25, his game is bound to progress from All-Star level to potential super stardom.


13. Deron Williams, Utah Jazz

If you had to compare one point-guard to Chris Paul, it would be Deron Williams, unquestionably. Since entering the league, D-Will has raised both his PPG and APG, along with FG% and FT%.

Although the Jazz lost in the first round of the playoffs to the defending champions, Williams showed that he had more than enough talent to produce and help his team win games, all at the age of 25.


14. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Throughout the past few seasons Tony Parker has gone from arguably one of the top 10 point-guards in the league to undeniably top 3 in the game today. With his rare quickness and explosiveness, Parker keeps defenders on their toes, giving him an advantage to attack the basket more so than not.

At the age of 27, the french-men is in the midst of his prime, with potential to get even better.


15. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant is by far the biggest prodigy in the NBA at the young age of 20. Standing 6'10", he has the exceptional capability of dribbling the ball through traffic and slamming it down with enthusiasm.

Not to mention, KD has already averaged 25 PPG in only his second season in the league. With the Thunder's youth continuing to improve, Durant's stats will keep progressing into scoring title type numbers.

16. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

After establishing himself in Memphis, Gasol was shipped to Los Angeles where he showed the NBA world that he is nothing close to being soft. With a ring now on his belt, Gasol ranks as one of the top tier 7 footers in the game today and possibly the best "second-best" player that a team can have.

17. Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns

When discussing the NBA's most dominate players in the game, Stoudemire is one athlete that is always mentioned on the list. Maybe it's the way he can just grab the ball and literally slam it down on anybody in front of him or how he can catch the rock in mid-air and practically break the hoop when coming down.

Regardless of the scenario, Stoudemire is only 26 years old and for an already established power-forward, that is just the scary beginning of what is going to come in the next few seasons.

18. Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets

Once being dealt to Denver, Billups justified why he earned the nickname "Mr.Clutch." Whether it was from his outrageous 65.5% three-point shooting percentage during the first-round of the playoffs against the Hornets or the way he brought the Nuggets into contention for the first time in years, Billups is one veteran point-guard that nobody wants to mess with.

19. Vince Carter, Orlando Magic

When it comes to Vince Carter, many people think negative thoughts such as, this guy is a slacker or this athlete is way too injury prone. But when a player at the age of 32 get's his first real opportunity to compete and win a championship, don't you think the guy is going to step foot on the court and give it 110%?

This upcoming season will explain a lot about VC and if he can show all the critics that he wants to win, the result will be a ticket into the Hall of Fame.


20. Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers

Even though Granger players for a less than mediocre organization, he has validated himself as a top notch athlete in the NBA today. Standing 6'8" and weighing close to 230 lbs, Granger has the physique and tools that are possessed within a player like LeBron James.

If DG can somehow uplift his teams winning percentage, his overall ranking will sky-rocket to close to top 10 on the list.


21. Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks

Johnson is another type of player that is similar to LBJ and Danny Granger. He has the height and weight to bully any defender that attempts to guard him and the awareness, vision, and mindset to win games for his team.

Johnson is a definite All-Star at the age of 28 and still has potential to improve his numbers since he is in the early stages of his prime.


22. Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards

Being 33 years old, Jamison is an All-Star that is on the verge of a minor decline in numbers. With Agent Zero back at full-strength, Jamison's overall ranking can take a serious hit, depending on how long Arenas can remain healthy for.


23. Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves

Jefferson is another young'n that has extreme upside to grow into a top 15 player in the league. If his torn ACL does not affect his game during the upcoming season, his numbers will certainly rise once again; but as long as he remains on the Timberwolves, winning a ring will always be way out of reach.


24. Caron Butler, Washington Wizards

Butler is one of only a few players that averages 20+ PPG, close to 5 APG, and 5+ RPG. He is an incredible free-throw shooter and is as efficient as they come when shooting the ball from every angle on the court.

At the age of 29, it seems like Butler will continue to average similar numbers to last seasons and consistently do so for two to three more years.


25. Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers

The new AI has quietly formed into an all-around type of player throughout the past few seasons. He is extremely versatile and capable of playing numerous positions on the court. Iguodala has plenty of upside for his future and will turn into an elite top 15 type of guy within the next few years.

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