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NBA's 15 Best Players: Kobe, LeBron or D-Wade?
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15. Al Jefferson

Jefferson is a beast in the low post offensively. Last season, he averaged 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line. He is also still only 24 years old.

14. Chris Bosh

Bosh is one of the most athletic and skilled big men in the league. Last season, he averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and a great 82 percent from the free throw line.

13. Kevin Durant

Durant is one of the toughest players in the league to defend due to his size and length. In just his second season last year, he averaged 25 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 48 percent from the field, 42 percent from the three point line, and 86 percent from the free throw line.

12. Pau Gasol

In my opinion, Pau is the most skilled big man in the league as he uses both hands effectively in the post, is a good mid-range shooter, and is the best passing big man in the league.

He also improved his defense last season by spending more time in the weight room and gaining experience from the previous season's playoff run. He averaged 19/9/3.5 while shooting 57 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line.

11. Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk is the best shooting big man in the league by far and one of the league's most difficult players to defend. Last season, he averaged 26 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 48 percent from the field, 36 percent from the free throw line and an amazing 89 percent from the free throw line.

10. Paul Pierce

Pierce is one of the most clutch players in the league along with being a great scorer and solid defender. Last season, he averaged 20.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field, 39 percent from the three point line, and 83 percent from the free throw line.

9. Kevin Garnett

Even though KG is past his prime, he is still one of the very best defensive players in the league and a good offensive player. Last season, he averaged 16 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, one steal and one block per game while shooting 53 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free throw line in an injury-riddled season.

8. Brandon Roy

Roy is not spectacular at any one thing, but he is solid at all facets of the game. Last season, he averaged 22.6 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.7 rebounds while shooting an excellent 48 percent from the field, 38 percent from the three point line and 82 percent from the free throw line. Finally, he is also a solid defensive player.

7. Tim Duncan

Duncan is still an elite NBA player even though he is 33 years old. Last season, he averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 69 percent from the free throw line. He is a great teammate and leader and still one of the best defensive big men in the league.

6. Chris Paul

Paul is an amazing and exciting player, but I do not think he is the best point guard in the league. Last season, he averaged 23 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field, 36 percent from the three point line, and 87 percent from the free throw line. He is solid, but overrated defensively.

5. Deron Williams

I love everything about Deron's game as he is big and strong, but still quick and athletic. He is an excellent outside and mid-range shooter and one of the most difficult perimeter players to keep from driving to the basket. He is also a good defender, a great leader, and extremely clutch.

Last season, he averaged 19.4 points, 11 assists, and three rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line.

4. Dwight Howard

Dwight is by far the best big man in the league and the league's best defensive player. Last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line. He is already very good offensively, but still has lots of room to improve as he could use a dependable mid-range shot that will make it impossible to defend him.

3. Dwyane Wade

Wade is an amazing offensive player along with being a very good defensive player. Last season, he averaged 30 points, 7.5 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line. He single-handedly led the Heat to the playoffs after they won a league low 15 games the previous season.

2. LeBron James

LeBron is the most physically gifted player in the league since Wilt Chamberlain, as no one can match his size, strength, speed, and athleticism. Last season, he won his first MVP award, averaging 28 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 49 percent from the field, 34 percent from the three point line, and 78 percent from the free throw line. He also significantly improved defensively as he appeared on the All-Defensive First Team for the first time.

1. Kobe Bryant

Kobe is still the best player in the league, just edging out LeBron. While Kobe does not have the physical abilities that LeBron has, he counters with an unmatched work ethic, competitive drive, skill, and basketball IQ. Last season, he led the Lakers to a championship as he won the fourth of his career and his first Finals MVP award.

He averaged 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 47 percent from the field, 35 percent from the three point line, and 86 percent from the free throw line. Kobe finished second in the regular season MVP voting. He was also selected to the All-Defensive First Team for the seventh time in his career and is considered to be one of the most clutch, if not the most clutch, players in the league.

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