NBA: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the 2 Best Scoring Options on Each Team
Each organization has the focus of bringing in a star to build the rest of the team around.
They are the scorer of the team.
Every night it seems, they dazzle us with a new spectacular move. They shoot, dunk and drive in ways that are awe-inspiring to fans.
They contain some of the most well-rounded offensive games in the league and receive most of the glory that comes with their team's success.
Atlanta Hawks: Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford
Johnson, when he joined the Suns, was finally given the credit he deserved for his reliable offensive repertoire.
Respect for Johnson only grew when he signed with Atlanta. He became their best offensive weapon and has since made the All-Star team three times.
He is a gifted shooter with the ability to pull up from almost anywhere on the court.
Crawford has always been known as a scorer. He is a very well-rounded offensive player.
He lifted the Hawks from 45-37 to 53-29 in his first year with Atlanta. That season was capped off with the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Jamal can score from three-point range and finishes well around the rim. He has a reliable mid-range jump shot and is surprisingly clutch for his squad.
Boston Celtics: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce
He is one of the best shooters the league has ever seen.
He has one of the smoothest jump shots in the entire history of the NBA.
He can drive, pull up from mid-range and hit the big three-point shot with the game on the line.
Yes, he is more well-rounded at the offensive end than most people give him credit for.
Pierce has been the rock of the Celtics roster since 1998. He is the undeniable leader of the Celtics (even with Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett on the team).
"The Truth" has one of the best mid-range games in the entire league. He is a consistent three-point shooter and is one of the clutchest players currently in the league.
Charlotte Bobcats: D.J. Augustin, Tyrus Thomas
Since his rookie year, Augustin has been known for his exceptional driving ability. He isn't the tallest player out there, but D.J. has a knack for finishing around taller defenders.
With the departure of Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, don't be surprised if Augustin is given a larger offensive role with the developing Charlotte Bobcats.
Thomas has always been known for his athleticism around the rim. He has been at the receiving end of countless alley-oops.
He force down low and still has a lot of time to fully develop his game.
Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose, Luol Deng
He is going into his third year being an NBA player, and Rose is already an MVP. He is one of the most electrifying players in the league and is capable of scoring on nearly every player in the game.
He can shoot and drive like few others.
The scary thing is that he has almost his entire career ahead of him.
He turned an eastern conference throw-away Chicago team, into a world championship contender.
Deng is very well-rounded on the offensive end. He drives, has a mid-range game and can pull up from deep.
He has been the constant of the Chicago Bulls for most of the last decade.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Baron Davis, Ramon Sessions
Davis has been entertaining ever since he came into the NBA. He is a very skilled ball-handler and is a consistent driver.
With the addition of Kyrie Irving, though, look for Baron's role on the Cavaliers to lessen. He will be seen as a mentor for the young point guard.
Sessions has made a name for himself during the last few seasons. He can get the basket and finish around taller defenders.
He is still young and has a large portion of his career to look forward to.
The one suggestion I have for Sessions though, is to get as far away from Cleveland as possible. With Kyrie Irving and Baron Davis on the squad with him, he will never be able to sprout into the NBA player many people know he can become.
Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry
He is the most recent Finals MVP. He has won the league MVP title and is probably the best European player that has ever played in the entire history of the NBA.
He has one of the best mid-range jump shots in the entire NBA, and can hit shots very few others can. He is deceptive with his moves and uses his size as an advantage against smaller defenders.
A good three-point shooter and an injection of energy when coming off the bench, the "Jet" is a very gifted offensive player. On most other teams, he would be a starter, but coming off the bench has made him a perennial candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.
His jump shot is very reliable and uses his speed to get inside the paint.
Denver Nuggets: Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith
Martin has arguably not lived up to his expectations in Denver.
Kenyon has proven his leadership and veteran attitude with a young Denver Nuggets team. K-Mart is always a low-post threat and a reliable jump shot that can be utilized anywhere inside the three-point line.
Some may question his production, but the energy he brings to the table and the raw scoring talent he has are enough to say that if he were on nearly any other NBA squad, he would play a key role in their success.
Smith has athleticism and a nice shooting touch to compliment his speed.
Detroit Pistons: Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton
In the recent years of the Detroit Pistons, Rodney Stuckey has been thought of as the center piece that the Pistons were trying to build around. They've added Charlie Villanueva, Ben Gordon, Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace and Brendan Knight to the team.
Unfortunately, things haven't panned out yet for the still youthful scorer.
He has grown into a skilled point guard, though.
He can drive with the best of them and has a large amount of athleticism for his size. Look for Stuckey to leave the Pistons and grow into an even better player.
Things haven't been as successful lately, but Rip remains a reliable shooting guard in the league.
He runs the floor and flows well with almost any offense you throw at him. He hustles to get an open shot, and when he does, it is no surprise if it goes in.
Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis
Since his rookie year, Curry has shown signs of brilliance and is, in my opinion, one of the better point guards in the entire NBA when it comes to the offensive end.
He is an amazing three-point shooter and because of his height, can maneuver his way around taller defenders.
He finishes well around the rim and is still very young. Look for Curry to grow into a perennial All-Star within the next few years.
Ellis is a natural scorer.
He's athletic, strong and fast. In other words, he is a very well-rounded offensive player.
He drives with confidence and uses his well-developed jumping ability to get up and over big men close to the rim.
He has a nice jump shot and should continue to grow in the shooting area.
Houston Rockets: Kevin Martin, Luis Scola
Martin, in my opinion, is the most underrated player in the entire league.
He is a gifted offensive talent with a unique jump shot that is to good for coaches to want to change. He is always a threat and the leader of the Rockets during the franchise's rebuilding process.
He is still young, though, so look for Martin to become a perennial All-Star in the the next few years.
Scola has proved his worth to the Houston Rockets. With the injuries to Yao Ming and the Rocket's starting center being 6'6", Scola has definitely stopped up his game to fill his team's needs.
He is a good post-up player and for his size, surprisingly agile.
He has a nice mid-range jump shot that he uses within the key and is a tough defensive assignment.
Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger, Tyler Hansbrough
Granger is definitely an offensive-minded player. He shoots a lot during the course of a ball game, but is very reliable with his scoring out-put.
He has a nice shot and is particularly successful around the three-point arc.
His game actually reminds me of the former Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller.
Hansbrough was a huge surprise for the Pacers last season. He was physical throughout the year and stepped up significantly during the postseason when he was matched up against Carlos Boozer.
His transition into the NBA went a lot smoother than many people thought.
He is an athletic power forward with good hands and post-up skills.
Los Angeles Clippers: Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin
Eric Gordon has grown into a solid player during his still young NBA career. He has been given the reputation of a great three-point shooter and one of the more athletic shooting guards in the NBA.
Gordon (along with Blake Griffin), provide a solid foundation for a developing Clippers squad.
Griffin is definitely the most athletic player that's been drafted since Dwight Howard.
He is a monster on the basketball court and is one of the most physical players in the league.
He provides nightly dunks, but isn't a one-trick pony. He is an old-school style player with a good bank-shot, impressive foot work and amazing hands.
Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol
Kobe is a lethal competitor and still a top-five player in the NBA even with his age. He has had to adapt from an athletic slasher, into the deadly assassin or "The Black Mamba," that we know him as today.
He has a deadly mid-range game and is still a great driver that can get to the free-throw line.
Pau Gasol is as European a basketball player as they come. He focuses more on things such as foot-work, touch near the rim and his mid-range game, contradictory to most big men in the league, who focus on dunks, rebounds and muscle.
His unique combination of size and finesse has him as one of the, in my opinion, top two or three power forwards in the league.
He can finish with both hands at the rim, pull up from almost anywhere inside the three-point line and is a gifted passer.
Memphis Grizzlies: Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph
If Rudy Gay was playing last postseason, who knows where the Grizzlies could've gotten.
He is athletic, a good mid-range shooter and still has a lot of potential in this league.
With the time the Grizzlies have put into nurturing Gay as a player, leader and center piece of the franchise, Rudy should soon break out into an elite player in the NBA.
He lead the Grizzlies to the conference semifinals and nearly the conference finals.
Z-Bo has proved his worth to the Grizzlies by being an All-Star in each of the last two years.
He has a consistent and reliable mid-range jump shot and uses his size as a way to get to the basket.
Look for Randolph and the Grizzlies to become a championship contendor in the next few years.
Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James
Wade has been an electrifying player ever since his arrival in 2003. He is fast, strong and athletic. He has a nice shooting touch and is one of the league's best drivers and finishers.
LeBron has drawn comparisons to Michael Jordan as of late but is yet to convince me that he will ever be as dominant or clutch as MJ.
What isn't in question is his raw talent as an all-around player in the NBA. He is a force on offense and defense and at times, can be unstoppable with for any defender in the league.
He has been having to dish more than shoot with Bosh and Wade on the team, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Heat win more than a couple of championships with Bosh, Wade and James at the core of their roster.
Milwaukee Bucks: Stephen Jackson, Brandon Jennings
"Captain Jack" has been an underrated player for years now. He is a skilled player and filled the veteran role for the Bobcats when Gerald Wallace left for the Blazers.
He is a skilled three-point shooter, has a good mid-range shot, and oh yeah, he's a skilled three-point shooter.
Jennings lead his team to the playoffs two years ago. He was considered a top candidate for Rookie of the Year and was considered a good leader for his age.
He hasn't done much since, though.
He did not have that productive of a year because of injury and has personally scared off buyers because of his newly acquired reputation of being injury prone.
Through it all, though, Jennings is a good three-point shooter (he shoots a little too many, though), fast and a good driver.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Michael Beasley, Kevin Love
Once he got away from D-Wade and the Heat, Beasley has grown into an up-and-coming star in the league. He is a smooth driver and has drawn comparisons to Carmelo Anthony as of late.
Look for Michael to come into his own if he gets moved to a team desperate for talent.
Love made the All-Star team last year and for good reason. He was a double-double machine last season and shows no signs of slowing down.
He has become a consistent low-post threat and has a talent that is unique to most big men: three-point shooting.
New Jersey Nets: Deron Willams, Brook Lopez
Williams is a superstar in this league. He has been an elite NBA player for the better half of his NBA career.
The Nets are willing to do anything to convince Deron that New Jersey can soon become a contender in the east. They need Williams to be the center-piece of the soon-to-be Brooklyn franchise.
He can drive, shoot and is strong for his size.
Lopez has had an exceptional NBA career thus far, but because he has been playing for New Jersey, it has gone, for the most part, unnoticed.
He is a good low-post player and has the potential to become an elite player in the NBA.
New Orleans Hornets: Chris Paul, David West
Paul is one of the NBA's best point guards currently in the league. He is an electrifying point that always has me wondering, "What will he do next?"
His passing ability is one of the best in the league, but his scoring is another aspect of his game that few can criticize. He proved this with his play against the Hornet's most recent playoff series against the Lakers.
He can drive, shoot and is an amazing ball-handler.
West is one of the strangest players I have ever seen. He is big, not that tall but remains a player that has a case for being an All-Star almost every year.
What separates David from the rest of the NBA's beg men is his shooting touch.
He has a smooth jump shot and is consistent from mid-range.
New York Knicks: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony
Stoudemire played second-banana for quit a while playing with the Suns, Shaq and Steve Nash.
Because he is now playing for New York, look for Stoudemire, if the Knicks are successful next season, to get the nod as the NBA MVP. I know Carmelo is on the team, but I think Stoudemire is the better scoring option of the two.
Amar'e probably the best power forward in the game.
Anthony was the best scorer on the Nuggets ever since his first year with the team. He has one of the smoothest jump shots in the NBA and is one of the league's better driver.
But because he left to New York, don't be surprised if Anthony's production lessens. He is still one of the league's best scorers and he will still put up impressive numbers, but they should lessen playing with Amar'e.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russel Westbrook
Kevin Durant has grown into a top five player in the NBA and is only entering his fifth season in the league. It wouldn't surprise me to see Durant take home an MVP trophy or maybe a Finals MVP trophy in the next few years.
The Thunder are on the rise with KD as their leader.
He is a lengthy small forward and has one of the best mid-range jump-shots in the game. He is athletic and good at running the floor on the fast break.
Westbrook is an up-and-coming point guard in the NBA. He is athletic at his position and as electrifying as they come.
He shoots, drives, and it seems that can just leap over defenders.
With Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka on the team, the Thunder can soon turn into championship contenders.
Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson
Out of all the players in the NBA, Dwight Howard is probably among the strongest and most athletic. He is a beast in the rebounding, blocking and scoring departments.
Howard is a dominating post-up player with a gifted leaping ability.
Nelson is a very skilled point guard. He has good handles, speed and a nice jump shot.
What more can you ask? He is a point guard with a scoring mentality. He drives and finishes well around taller defenders. When you need a big bucket, Jameer is always willing to be the one the team wins and loses on.
Philidelphia 76ers: Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand
"Iggy" is an amazing athlete and the best player on the Sixers. He is fast and one of the best slashers in the game today. All he has to do is make that final push, and he could become one of the NBA's elite.
He is not afraid to drive straight into the lane.
Andre has an OK three-point shot, a gifted driving ability and athleticism that is unsurpassed in this league.
His All-Star days may be over, but Brand is still a respected big man around the NBA.
He remains a gifted post-player and has a reliable mid-range jump shot for his position.
Phoenix Suns: Vince Carter, Steve Nash
Carter has been an electrifying player throughout his entire career. He is athletic and a good shooter.
Unfortunately for Carter, he hasn't aged well. Orlando thought that swapping Hedo Turkoglu out for Vince Carter would bring the championship to the Magic. Things didn't end well on the Magic.
He was traded to bring Jason Richardson and none other than Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando.
Don't get me wrong. Carter is still a fantastic slasher and is not afraid to shoot. He still produces enough to be, in my opinion, the best scorer on an aging Suns team.
Steve Nash has been the leader of the Suns ever since he was drafted by Phoenix in 1996 (well, except for a stint in Dallas, anyway). He is one of the most creative players in the history of the game.
When it is all said and done, I see Steve Nash's name being mentioned with that of Bob Cousy and Magic Johnson.
Nash is a reliable shooter with the knack of maneuvering his way into the paint. He takes wild shots, but you can't get mad when they go in.
Portland Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy
Aldridge is now recognized as the best player on the Blazers. He has good foot work, a gifted jump shot and a well-developed post-up game.
Look for Aldridge to break out an All-Star year during the 2011-12 season.
He may not be living up to expectations, but Roy is still a solid player in the NBA. In this last season, Brandon was injured and complained about playing time but showed flashes of brilliance during the playoffs.
Brandon is one of the better shooters in the league and more athletic than people give him credit for.
Sacramento Kings: Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins
With the arrival of Evans, the King's fans were given a glimpse of hope for the future. So far, this has proven to be true. Evans has not disappointed loyal fans.
Evans is a born scorer. He is gifted driver and is successful in the paint.
Cousins, in my opinion, was overrated coming out of Kentucky. He has produced some good numbers, though.
He is a solid low-post threat and can step away from the basket when necessary. Don't be surprised if in the next three or for years, Cousins is getting the All-Star nod.
San Antonio Spurs: Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker
As much as I can't stand him, Manu is a pretty good player. He is one of the most deceptive ball-handlers I have ever seen. He is a defender's ultimate headache.
He can slash like few others. He can shoot better than most. He can drive on an elite level. Ginobili is one of the most well-rounded players in the game.
Parker is one of the best ball-handelers in the NBA. He is fast and surprisingly tough for his size.
He can driver around the paint and confuse defenses every night. I've seen Tony get to a point where he was virtually unstoppable. He can just stop-and-pop whenever the Spurs need a basket.
Toronto Raptors: Andrea Bargnani, Leandro Barbosa
Luckily for Bargnani, this list is about offense.
Andrea is a good shooter. He pulls up from mid-range and can hit he occasional three. He has a soft touch and good foot work.
He's what I like to call, European.
I just don't get it.
Barbosa was a good role player on the Suns. He picked up where Steve Nash left off. He was definitely the second banana at the point in Phoenix.
Now the Raptors expect him to lead them to the playoffs after a franchise-crushing loss in Chris Bosh.
He hasn't really delivered, but is still a skilled ball player. He shoots from three well and is fast. With the right complimentary pieces, the Raptors could maybe make the playoffs with Barbosa as a key factor.
Utah Jazz: Devin Harris, Paul Millsap
Paul is one of the most underrated players in the league. He is one of the most consistent players as well.
He is always a low-post threat and has a surprisingly good jump shot.
Jefferson was arguably the best player on the Timberwolves after Kevin Garnett's departure. Now with the Jazz, Jefferson provides half of one of the league's best "twin towers"(Paul Millsap is the other half).
Jefferson is one of the NBA's best post-up players and can provide scoring to any team he might play for.
Washington Wizards: John Wall, Andray Blatche
At his age, Wall has the potential to become one of the best point guards in the NBA. He is one of the fastest players I have ever witnessed play.
If it wasn't for Blake Griffin, John would've won the Rookie of the Year award last season. At a young age, Wall has been asked to lead a rebuilding Wizards squad.
He may not be Flip Saunder's favorite player, but Blatche is a gifted offensive player. He has developed on the of the best jump shots for a player at the power forward position.
With the continuing growth of Andray, look for the Wizards to soon be on the hunt to make the playoffs.