2010 NBA Playoffs: Top 25 Players Still Standing
It's quite simple: I took the rosters of the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, and Orlando Magic and ranked every player from best to worst. Here's how I see the top 25 players from that list.
Number 25: Mickael Pietrus (ORL)
Obviously not a very exciting player. Only the seventh best player on the team. He’s not too bad at the small forward position though, scoring about 8.6 points per game.
8.7 Points, 2.9 Rebounds, 0.7 Assists per game
Number 24: Shannon Brown (LAL)
Another guy who can give you about eight points a night. Possibly a guy I might put in the starting lineup if someone on the Lakers were to get injured. If he were on any other team, he would be starting pretty much every game.
8.1 Points, 2.2 Rebounds, 1.3 Assists per game
Number 23: Jared Dudley (PHX)
Great shooter. A guy who could give you about eight points a game. A good guy to go to if you need a few three pointers.
8.2 Points, 3.4 Rebounds, 1.4 Assists per game
Number 22: Rasheed Wallace (BOS)
Still pretty good, but not nearly as good as he has been during his days with the Blazers. He is still capable of giving the Celtics about 15 per game.
9.0 Points, 4.1 Rebounds, 1.0 Assists per game
Number 21: Matt Barnes (ORL)
Arguably coming off his best two years in the NBA. Orlando made a good pick up when they got him from Phoenix. A guy who can give you a decent 10 points per game.
8.8 Points, 5.5 Rebounds, 1.7 Assists per game
Number 20: J.J. Redick (ORL)
To all of the people who call him a draft bust from a few years ago, I ask you: “would you rather have Redick or Adam Morrison at this point?”
9.6 Points, 1.9 Rebounds, 1.9 Assists
Number 19: Kendrick Perkins (BOS)
A guy who seems to get better and better every year. Since 2007, his “total points scored” number has gone up every year.
10.1 Points, 7.6 Rebounds, 1.0 Assists per game
Number 18: Jameer Nelson (ORL)
If he wasn’t injured so much during the regular season, I’d probably put him higher. He’s a great player though. A guy who can get about 12 points a night.
12.6 Points, 5.4 Assists, 3.0 Rebounds per game
Number 17: Ron Artest (LAL)
Other than Dwight Howard, he’s probably the best defensive player on this list. I like him because I like guys who can just get on your other players' nerves while playing defense.
11.0 Points, 4.3 Rebounds, 3.0 Assists per game
Number 16: Lamar Odom (LAL)
His best year in the NBA was when he was with the Heat. He has not been as good since, especially the past two years. Many see him as slightly overrated, which can be understandable. He only averaged about 10 points per game during the regular season.
10.8 Points, 9.8 Rebounds, 3.3 Assists per game
Number 15: Channing Frye (PHX)
His 2009-10 season is probably his best one. This is the first season in which he cracked the 900 point mark in his short career. This guy has the capabilities of becoming a 15-point-per-game guy if he can get consistent. That’s something he has not been this postseason.
11.2 Points, 5.3 Rebounds, 1.4 Assists per game
Number 14: Grant Hill (PHX)
A guy who’s had a long history of injuries, but still remains one of my personal favorite players of all time. During his 14-year career, he’s only managed to have played in at least 70 games in eight of those years. He hasn’t been as effective since the 1999-2000 season with the Pistons, when he averaged 25.7 points per game, but he’s still a player who’s had a very nice career.
11.3 Points, 5.5 Rebounds, 2.4 Assists per game
Number 13: Andrew Bynum (LAL)
Not as good as people think he is. He is coming off his best season though. He’s not a 20-point, 10-rebound performer like he’s all hyped up to be. More like a 15-point, 8-rebound guy.
15.0 Points, 8.3 Rebounds, 1.0 Assists per game
Number 12: Kevin Garnett (BOS)
Next season, Garnett will become just the 27th player in history to reach the 23,000 point mark.
14.3 Points, 7.3 Rebounds, 2.7 Assists
Number 11: Rashard Lewis (ORL)
He’s a guy that just stays consistent. He’s scored at least 1,000 total points since the 2000-01 season. He’s not a Kobe or a LeBron who can give you 30 points a game, but he’s very consistent and I would love to have him on my team.
14.4 Points, 4.4 Rebounds, 1.5 Assists per game
Number 10: Rajon Rondo (BOS)
Year after year, this guy seems to get better. He’s coming off his first 1,000-point season. He came only six assists shy of 800 this year and is starting to become the true example of a point guard, though Steve Nash might have something to say about that.
13.7 Points, 9.8 Assists, 4.4 Rebounds per game
Number 9: Pau Gasol (LAL)
Another consistent player who can give you about 15 to 18 points a contest. Also could get the award for ugliest player in the league.
18.3 Points, 11.3 Rebounds, 3.1 Assists per game
Number 8: Jason Richardson (PHX)
A consistent player that I’ve always respected. He’s just the kind of shooting guard I would love to have on my team. A guy that can grab around 25 points, five rebounds, and a few assists any given night.
15.7 Points, 5.1 Rebounds, 1.8 Assists
Number 7: Vince Carter (ORL)
A guy that I’ve always been a fan of. He hasn’t been as good since 06-07, but he’s still a great veteran player who brings plenty of excitement.
16.6 Points, 3.9 Rebounds, 3.1 Assists per game
Number 6: Paul Pierce (BOS)
Pierce ended the regular season just 101 points away from becoming just the 40th player in history to reach 20,000 regular season points in a career. I’d say that’s pretty remarkable. Only one of many reasons why I have him in the top ten.
18.3 Points, 4.4 Rebounds, 3.1 Assists per game
Number 5: Ray Allen (BOS)
Allen’s 2009-10 season will be his 13th in a row in which he has scored at least 1,200 points.
16.3 Points, 3.2 Rebounds, 2.6 Assists per game
Number 4: Steve Nash (PHX)
The only thing this guy needs is a championship ring. He’s done pretty much everything there is to do in the NBA as a point guard except for making it to the finals. He defines the phrase “elite point guard.” a guy who can get you 15 to 20 points and 10 assists any night.
16.5 Points, 11.0 Assists, 3.3 Rebounds per game
Number 3: Dwight Howard (ORL)
The best defensive player in the league and he’s got two trophies to prove that. The only thing he needs is a World Championship, which I think they can get if they end up in the finals this season.
18.3 Points, 13.2 Rebounds, 1.8 Assists per game
Number 2: Amare Stoudemire (PHX)
A great power forward that’s coming off his third-best season. Out of his eight seasons in the NBA, this is only the 4th time that he’s played at least 80 games. He’s a guy who can dominate the paint and grab around 25 points and eight rebounds a game.
23.1 Points, 8.9 Rebounds, 1.0 Assists per game
Number 1: Kobe Bryant (LAL)
It would be ridiculous not to put him number one. Though his numbers have gotten a little smaller every year since his huge 2005-06 season, the guy can be counted on every night. He’s the best player left in the playoffs—it’s not even close. He can still give you around 25 to 30 points per game like he’s been doing his whole career.
27.0 Points, 5.4 Rebounds, 5.0 Assists per game