Durant, LeBron, Nash: NBA's Top 15 Best Players 2009-2010 (Halfway Rankings)

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Durant, LeBron, Nash: NBA's Top 15 Best Players 2009-2010 (Halfway Rankings)

The NBA playoffs are fast approaching, and we think is time to rank the best players in the link so far.

Please keep in mind this is not a lifetime achievemen t award. The question here is: who is playing the best basketball right now in the NBA?

To rank these players we used a combination of individual stats, team’s performance, and individual’s contributions to games outcome.

These are the A-List top 15 of the NBA 2009-2010 (Half way Rankings)

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15. Joakim Noah

PPG: 10.9, RPG: 11.60, APG: 2.0

Though Noah is currently struggling on the court trying to recover from plantar fasciitis, the Bulls are still in good position to make the playoffs this year thanks in big part to the play of Noah who has been a rebounding machine and a bright spot on offense.

If he continues to struggle, the Bulls might just fall out of playoff contention.

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14. Gerald Wallace

PPG: 18.9, RPG: 10.80, APG: 2.1

Charlotte Bobcats might end this season with their first winning season in franchise history, and might even make the playoffs thanks to the dynamic duo of Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson.

Gerald Wallace’s amazing offense and his individual defense prowess has positioned this team to have their first winning season in franchise history.

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13. Brandon Roy

PPG: 22.3, RPG: 4.40, APG: 4.8

The talent of Brandon Roy is undeniable, and for another season he is playing out of his mind, and has he’s team positioned for the playoffs again.

With Portland’s acquisition of Marcus Camby, and Roy getting healthier, this team will make some noise in the playoffs.

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12. Stephen Jackson

PPG: 20.9, RPG: 4.80, APG: 3.9

Charlotte Bobcats might end this season with their first winning season in franchise history, and might even make the playoffs thanks to the dynamic duo of Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson.

While Wallace (Gerald) got an All-Star selection, the coaches and commissioner continue to punish Jackson (Stephen) for he’s checkered past—yet he continues to be the best player on the floor for the Larry Brown’s Bobcats.

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11. Chris Bosh

PPG: 24.5, RPG: 11.40, APG: 2.3

Another super season for a super talented star that is single handedly carrying this Raptors team again, and has them positioned for the playoffs again.

He’s also a candidate for a super team for the 2010 free agency: read LeBron, Dwyane, Durant: NBA Dynasty of this Decade for more on 2010 free agency and NBA Super Teams.

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10. Joe Johnson

PPG: 21.7, RPG: 4.70, APG: 4.6

The Hawks has improved tremendously since the arrival of Johnson in Atlanta, and, with excellent play in the clutch from Johnson, this team has beaten some of the best teams in the league this year in convincing fashion—including a beat down of Boston earlier this year.

He’s also a candidate for a super team for the 2010 free agency: read LeBron, Dwyane, Durant: NBA Dynasty of this Decade for more on 2010 free agency and NBA Super Teams.

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9. Rajon Rondo

PPG: 14.0, RPG: 4.40, APG: 9.7

This is a team with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, and all three guys have had their struggles this season, but Rondo has been as steady as a rock, and is the main reason they are still competitive.

He has come through for the team when they needed a spark on offense with clutch shots or a crucial assist, and is fast becoming one of the NBA’s best defensive players—providing his team important stops or steals that have resulted in thrilling victories this season.

Rondo is young and gutsy and I strongly believe he will be a good leader on a Super Team, read LeBron, Dwyane, Durant: NBA Dynasty of this Decade for more on 2010 free agency and NBA Super Teams.

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8. Dwight Howard

PPG: 18.5, RPG: 13.50, APG: 1.6

I will like to rank Dwight Howard much lower than No. 8, as I don’t think Howard really impacts games as much as he’s been hyped up to be doing.

From the article Shaq is Superman and Dwight Howard? : Howard stands about seven foot, and yet he finds it hard to dominate around the basket—mostly because his fundamentals are flawed.

He has yet to master the art of keeping the ball high above his shoulders when he catches or rebounds the ball, and lacks the know how to make a layup without bouncing the ball first. These are the reasons he’s easily stripped by six foot guards, and why he turns the ball over so much under the basket. (Click here to read the article )

However, Howard is still one of the biggest presence in the middle, and his team is doing very well...and I also believe he can be a great center on a Super Team with the right coach and a pass first point guard. He has nonetheless been very vital in a couple of games this season hence he’s ranked No. 8.

He’s also a candidate for a super team for the 2010 free agency: read LeBron, Dwyane, Durant: NBA Dynasty of this Decade for more on 2010 free agency and NBA Super Teams.

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7. Dwyane Wade

PPG: 26.1, RPG: 4.60, APG: 6.4

This is a no brainer, Wade is nothing short of a spectacle, but unfortunately he’s playing for a very bad team, and most nights his best efforts have not helped his team win. This is why he has been ranked this low on our list.

He’s also a candidate for a super team for the 2010 free agency: read LeBron, Dwyane, Durant: NBA Dynasty of this Decade for more on 2010 free agency and NBA Super Teams.

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6. Carmelo Anthony

PPG: 29.2, RPG: 6.40, APG; 3.5

Another monster season for Anthony, and, with the addition of Chauncey Billups, this team looks like they could be ready to give the Lakers a run for their money in the playoffs.

Anthony is the heart and soul of this very solid team, and, with his recent performances against the best teams in the league (Lakers, Orlando, Boston, and Cavaliers) this team might be ready for an NBA finals appearance, and might even be lifting the title in june.

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5. Deron Williams

PPG: 18.3, RPG: 4.20, APG: 9.9

The Jazz are on a tear, and Deron Williams is leading the charge with teammate Carlos Boozer. This team is on a verge of a breakout season that has not been seen in Utah since the days of Karl Malone and John Stockton.

Williams play is vital for a Super Team read LeBron, Dwyane, Durant: NBA Dynasty of this Decade to see which other stars he might fit best and for more on 2010 free agencies and NBA Super Teams.

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4. Kobe Bryant

PPG: 28.0, RPG: 5.30, APG: 4.6

The Black Mambo is the best player in the NBA, but then again, that is an argument that will go on for as long as this two players are are still playing, from the article: Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: Is Bryant Better Overall? – Barber-Shop Conversations : Kobe breaks down opponents with finesse, while hardly breaking a sweat.

He reminds me of Jordan’s game after he came back from his first retirement for the 1995-1996 season. (Click here to read more )

The defending NBA Champions are in a very good position to win it all again, and Kobe Bryant, though hampered by injuries all season, seems to have not lost a step, hitting one game winner after another, and still putting up big numbers.

You might be wondering why Kobe Bryant is ranked so low while he’s having a very remarkable year and his team is tied with the Cavs for the best record in the NBA.

Kobe has probably the best team in the NBA, and though Ron Artest and Gasol have not played relatively well this season, and Bynum can’t seem to stay healthy, they are still the best team in the league, with arguably the best coach in basketball.

So, in my opinion, they should have a better record, and they don’t.

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3. Steve Nash

PPG: 17.6, RPG: 3.30, APG: 11.2

The best all-around offensive player in the NBA is at it again, pushing his team again into the playoffs.

No matter which players are removed or added to this team, Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns never miss a beat thanks to the brilliant mind of the floor general.

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2. LeBron James

PPG: 30.0, RPG: 7.10, APG: 8.4

What more can I say? From the article Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: Is Bryant Better Overall? – Barber-Shop Conversations : For now, LeBron is still improving on his game and adding new assets to his portfolio every day.

Last year he added the long range shot, and so far it seem like his three-point shots are getting better. (Click here to read more )

LeBron James is a triple double waiting to happen nightly, and, with the addition of Shaq, this team looks to be set to win it all this season.

So why is he not at No. 1 although he has the Cavaliers holding the best record in the NBA?

The reason is Kevin Durant!

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1. Kevin Durant

PPG: 29.8, RPG: 7.50, APG: 2.9

They might call LeBron James the King, and that might be true in the Kingdom of Cleveland, Ohio, but Durant is the undeniable emperor of the NBA this season. So far he has been virtually unstoppable, and for the first time Oklahoma Thunders might actually make the playoffs.

He’s also a candidate for a super team for the 2010 free agency: read LeBron, Dwyane, Durant: NBA Dynasty of this Decade for more on 2010 free agency and NBA Super Teams.

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So what do you think of our rankings?

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