All the talk around the NBA lately has been whether or not the Nuggets will trade Carmelo Anthony. It is obvious that he is a star in the league but is he one of the top ten players in the NBA today? I don't believe so.
I don't think he is a guy you can build a championship team around and there are ten guys I would rather have on my team right now. Don't get me wrong, he is a great player and one of the top scorers there is but I just can't see him winning a championship.
Here is my list in no particular order of guys I would rather have.
Durant is the best scorer in the league period. He has won a scoring title and made two all star appearances and he is only 22.
This guy is a walking highlight reel every time he steps on the floor. He practically has a double double every night and he is only a rookie. As long as he can stay healthy he will be a star in this league for a long time.
There cannot even be an argument on this one. Kobe is the best player in the game and can carry his team on his back. He scores at will, plays tough defense, and simply is a winner.
Paul has maybe lost a step since his knee injury but he is still one of the best in the game. Just by being on the floor he makes his whole team better. One example is David West. Without Paul I don't think West is even close to being an all-star.
This is the MVP in the league and can do everything asked of him on the basketball court. As we have seen by Clevelands struggles, he makes his teammates better. There is noone else in the league I would rather have on my team.
Howard is the best big man in the NBA and is getting better every night which is scary. Every team would love to have a big man to build around. If he can gain a little more touch on the inside and develop a little bit of a jumper he will be unstoppable.
This guy keeps getting better. He is ultra quick and can beat any defernder to the rim. He needs to work on his outside game a little bit more to be considered one of the top few in the game.
After Kobe and Lebron you can argue he is the next best guy. He is a top scorer and can carry his team on any given night, plus he already has won a championship.
Stoudamire is a top MVP candidate this year and has made the Knicks relevant again. People wondered if he would still be a top player without Steve Nash and he has proven them all wrong.
Williams is averaging 22 ppg and almost 10 assists a game this year. He is looking to make his second consecutive all-star game this year.