NBA's Five Best Players For the Next Decade
In this article, I will be naming who I think will be the five best players in the NBA for this upcoming decade along with a list of players who made the honorable mention list. I would appreciate it if you would comment and state your opinion on the list I made and who you think should have been on it or should be off it.
5 - John Wall
Wall is a lock to be the number one overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft as he is by far the best prospect and is only 19 years old. He will definitely become a superstar in the NBA as he has virtually no weakness in his game. Wall is amazing at getting to the rim and finishing due to his unmatched quickness, size, and body control.
He is also a good outside shooter, an unbelievable passer, very good defensive player, and he has shown a tremendous ability to repeatedly come through in clutch situations for Kentucky. He is currently averaging 17 points, 7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 48 percent from the field.
Finally, he is also a great teammate, works extremely hard, is very coachable, and does not have a history of injuries. He should end up as one of the greatest point guards of all time due to scoring and passing abilities. The only way he doesn't live up to his expectations is if he is drafted by the Clippers.
4 - Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez is one of the best big man in the league at both ends of the floor and he is only 21 years old and in his second season. This season, he is averaging 19 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.1 blocks and 0.8 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and an excellent 83 percent from the free throw line.
He has also shown to be extremely durable as he has not missed a game in his career so far and he is producing this well on a pathetic Nets team where he is the only real offensive threat opposing defenses have to worry about. He will be a perennial All Star and will be near or at the top of the shot blocking leaders for a long time.
3 - Dwight Howard
Dwight is by far the best big man in the league. Despite his offensive limitations he is without a doubt the best defensive player in the league as he has led the league in both rebounds and blocked shots over the past few seasons.
He is still only 24 years old, is a great teammate who any player would love to play with, and has only missed three games in his six year career.
Currently, he is averaging 17.7 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.7 blocks and 1.2 steals while shooting 60 percent from the field and free throw line. He will win several more rebounding and shot blocking titles throughout this decade along with a few more Defensive Player of the Year Awards.
2 - Kevin Durant
Durant is going to end up as one of the best pure scorers in the history of the league. He is only 21 years old and is already averaging 30 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.4 steals and .9 blocks while shooting a fantastic 49 percent from the field, 37 percent from the three-point line and 87.5 percent from the free throw line in 10 attempts per game.
Durant is also known as being an amazing teammate, being one of the hardest workers in the league and not having any injury concerns in his career. He can still improve his passing and defense, but is already a legitimate superstar. Durant will average around 30 points per game throughout the decade and win multiple scoring titles.
1 - LeBron James
LeBron will at least be considered one of the 10 greatest NBA players of all time at the end of this decade, with a legit shot at being considered the G.O.A.T. LeBron is already in the first tier of players along with Kobe as the best in the league and he is only 25 years old.
He will be the face of the NBA for the next 10 years as he is one of the most entertaining and athletic players ever, an amazing all around offensive player and a very good defensive player. He is also a very good teammate, has an excellent work ethic, and still has room to improve, which is pretty damn scary if you ask me.
This season, he is averaging 29.4 points, 8 assists, 7.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1 block per game while shooting 50 percent from the field, 36 percent from the three-point line and 77.5 percent from the free throw line in 10 attempts per game.
He is also dependable in clutch situations and he has never had the luxury of playing with another great player in his career so far. He will win multiple more MVP awards throughout this decade.
Deron Williams—25 years old
Chris Paul—24 years old
Tyreke Evans—20 years old
Derrick Rose—21 years old
Carmelo Anthony—25 years old