This is an amateur version/tribute to Bill Simmons and his Trade Value Column. This column takes into consideration if Player A was traded for Player B straight up, who wins the trade, taking into account salaries. Also, if a team offered another team Player A for Player B, would the other team accept the offer?
Without further delay, this is my list. It is merely a rough idea. Don't be too harsh with me.
13. Kevin Durant—This guy is the total package. He can shoot, is athletic, and is a good-character, hard-working guy. Once Durant's body grows and he learns to take over a game, this guy will be a franchise player in the NBA.
12. Gilbert Arenas—I know Gilbert is a distraction and kills team chemistry, but you can't deny his talent. Gilbert is an assassin, clutch, and an explosive shooter. Guys that can put up 50 points don't grow on trees. Gilbert has injury issues as well, but if, if he can get healthy, he will be near the top on many teams' wish lists this summer, when he is a free agent.
11. Paul Pierce—After what Pierce has done this season, he is definitely a top-15 player in the NBA. His offensive game is incredible. He can shoot it, create off the dribble, and finish the play. He has shown to be a good defender on LeBron James. Pierce is a leader and inspires his teammates as well.
10. Chris Bosh—Bosh is young, athletic, and extremely skilled. He has long arms and can block shots. He can also score in the post, and can jump out of the gym. Bosh is a stud already, and he will only get better.
9.Tim Duncan—I know Duncan is old, but he still has a lot of value. Duncan is still a 20-and-10 guy, and is a perfect face of a franchise. He can score at will in the post, and anchor a solid defense. Duncan is a tone-setter, and he sets a perfect example by working hard and never getting in trouble.
8. Dwayne Wade—The great things about Wade are his intangibles. Wade is tough, clutch, and his desire to win is off the charts. Add "Flash" quickness and explosiveness, and you get a complete-package superstar. Wade, if he gets healthy, will continue to be a face of the NBA and carry his team to greatness.
7. Amare Stoudemire—Just look at the numbers. In February and March, Stoudemire, aka STAT, averaged 29 points and 10 rebounds. I repeat: 29 points and 10 rebounds. Stoudemire can run the floor, score in the half court, and can dominate the pick-and-roll. He has the potential to dominate every game he plays. All fans should wish to have Amare Stoudemire on their team.
6. Kevin Garnett—The Big Ticket is a man-child. If you watch him, you'll notice he is so big and athletic that he can dominate games and make it look easy. After rotting away in Minnesota, Garnett's passion and energy, plus incredible talent, have revived the Celtics franchise. Garnett has average 19 ppg and 10 rpg, and played incredible defense.
5. Deron Williams—This guy is incredibly tough, and is a leader at such a young age. Williams is talented enough to be a great point guard for many years to come. He is big and strong, and can physically dominate a game. Williams is also very clutch.
4. Kobe Bryant—There is no doubt "the Black Mamba" is the best player in the game. But he doesn't have the highest trade value. That is because Kobe is 29, while the players above him on this list are younger and have more productive years left in the NBA. Bryant's trade value has soared these playoffs. The Lakers will not trade him for anybody other than LeBron James himself. Kobe can get to the hoop, and shoot jumpers. Kobe is clutch, and his will to win is comparable to none other than Michael Jordan.
3. Dwight Howard—I was torn between the second and third spots on this list. I decided to put Chris Paul over Dwight Howard, but that doesn't change the fact that Howard is a freak of nature, and that he will dominate the NBA for years to come. Howard is so strong and athletic that he blocks lots of shots and dominates the glass. Every team in the NBA would take Howard's future in a heartbeat.
2. Chris Paul—Paul's court vision is incredible. "CP3" gets all his teammates involved, and executes his offense perfectly. He is also incredibly quick, and can get into the paint at will and score. With Paul, the Hornets are a title contender for years to come, and will be near the top of the Western Conference.
1. LeBron "King" James—Just look at the stats. This guy averaged 30 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists per game, and he is only 23 years old. When he enters his prime, how high is his ceiling? This guy is talented enough to average 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists per game. James will put up numbers rarely seen in NBA history. His size, strength, and quickness are unmatched in the league.
Thanks for reading. Hopefully you won't rip me.