The NBA is an assemblage of the best basketball players in the world. Over the years, there have been many Alpha dogs to occupy the top spots. But the big question is, who is the best player in the NBA?
“The Claw” Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs is widely considered the second best overall player in the league right now. His scoring prowess, defensive efficiency and ability to make his teammates better make him a force to be reckoned with.
Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors is the best player on a stacked team of superstars. Durant’s ability to hit from deep has earned him a reputation of being a marksman from three. He is notoriously hard to score on because of his innate understanding of defensive angles and his amazing length. Almost tall enough to be one of the better NBA centers, but still great.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is probably the most cutthroat player on this short list because he is so intent on making his mark however he has to. His insane speed and sometimes reckless play leaves many trying to guard him at his mercy. He is not a great shooter, but he is a great scorer. Westbrook is also a relentless defender. He just may become the first since the great Oscar Robertson back in 61-62 to actually average a triple-double for an entire season.
“The Brow” Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans has been a great player for a few years now. Because he plays in the obscurity of New Orleans, he is not as well-known as he should be. With a wingspan of a seven footer and the play of a guard, he has all the skills of everyone else on the court — meaning exactly that. He can shoot from deep, rebound and play defense with the best of them. He recently became the only player in league history to score 40 points, snag 20 rebounds AND drain 4 threes in one game.
“King James” LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been the greatest player in the league for almost a decade now. James has never been a great shooter (including free throws), but that’s the only thing he’s not great at. He has the court vision of a point guard, the scoring ability of a two-guard, the rebounding ability of a power forward and defensive ability of a lockdown specialist. It’s no coincidence that the teams he’s been a part of over the past six seasons have ALL gone to the finals.