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Top 3 Contenders:
1) Kevin Durant
Prediction: 28.5 PPG (27.7 in 2010-2011)
There simply isn't a better scorer in the NBA right now than the Durantula, and that's why I foresee him taking a third consecutive scoring title.
He has range beyond the three-point arc, great length that allows him to get off tough mid-range jump shots, and he's not afraid to attack the basket and finish or go to the free-throw line.
He's one of the most versatile offensive talents in the league, and there's no reason to expect him to be any less prolific next season than he has been thus far.
Though there were some issues in the postseason about Westbrook taking shots that Durant should have been taking and about who was the team's leader, I expect those to get sorted out and Durant to resume his reign as the Thunder's No. 1 offensive option.
Also, I think the likely insertion of James Harden into the starting lineup will help boost Durant's scoring. Harden is an excellent playmaker in his own right and worked very well with Durant during the playoffs, particularly during their Game 4 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals, when Scott Brooks left Harden in to play with KD for the entire fourth quarter.
The only thing Durant's offensive game is really lacking is a solid set of post moves, which he will hopefully develop as he adds more muscle to his lanky frame, since his size, length and quickness could really make him a tough cover for a defender on the block.
While that may not come next season, Durant has plenty in his arsenal to lead the league again and potentially carry his Thunder team to the finals.
2) Carmelo Anthony
Prediction: 26.6 PPG (25.8 in 2010-2011)
'Melo averaged a stellar 26.3 points a game as a New York Knick last season and there's no reason to think his numbers will decrease. 'Melo's offensive game is actually more well rounded than Durant's, he has a solid set of post moves and an excellent jab step that's very tough to guard.
If he can keep up the three-point shooting hot streak he had going in New York (42.4 percent), then the Knicks really have the potential to go much further than they did last season.
All that being said, Anthony is playing with another elite offensive player in Amar'e Stoudemire who will also likely be putting up 20-plus points a night. Carmelo will still probably be the main offensive option, but Stoudemire is no slouch in his own right and his ability to play in the paint and hit perimeter jumpers is just as important to New York going forward.
Hopefully 'Melo can find a balance between scoring and the improving the other facets of his game (a little defense would be nice), so he can maximize his effectiveness next season.
He also has the potential to put up huge numbers if he embraces Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun offensive system, though that might not be the best thing for the team's overall success. One of the big issues the Knicks faced last season was that D'Antoni's style of play didn't really suit Anthony or Chauncey Billups very well as neither player really gets out in transition.
Expect another superb offensive season from Anthony, and maybe the Knicks won't get swept out of the postseason this time.
2) Blake Griffin
Prediction: 25.8 PPG (22.5 in 2010-2011)
Griffin was the hottest player in the league last year, making the All-Star Game winning Rookie of the Year decisively and reviving a dormant Clippers franchise that hasn't seemed remotely competitive in years.
His dunks were incredible feats of athleticism and pure strength, but I believe that in the next few years he can easily become one of the league's top three scorers by improving his offensive versatility.
Last season, Griffin scored over 22 points a game on alley-oops, transition and buckets and by overpowering his defenders, if Griffin can develop his still raw offensive game he could really be unstoppable.
He lacked a consistent mid-range or perimeter jump shot and shot a mere 64.2 percent from the free- throw line, so there's a lot of room for him to improve his shooting. With his natural abilities and strength Griffin could also develop a killer set of post moves, something he showed flashes of last season but should really work to develop this offseason and the coming year.
I also see Griffin becoming the clear cut No. 1 option for L.A., with Eric Gordon focusing more on facilitating and still putting up around 20 per game. Griffin won't have scraped the ceiling of his potential by next season, but that doesn't mean he won't be one of the league's most dominant offensive big men.
Other possibilities include Derrick Rose (25.0 PPG in 2010-2011) and LeBron James (26.7 PPG in 2010-2011)