Posted September 24, 2013

Top 100 players of 2014: Nos. 10-1

Ben Golliver, Rob Mahoney, Top 100 players of 2014
LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant

The NBA’s top two players, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, are in a league of their own. (Greg Nelson/SI)

After a meandering list of also-rans and runners-up, the top 10 has finally arrived.

The Point Forward is proud to offer up the final installment of our top 100 players in the NBA — an exhaustive exercise that sought to define who will be the best players in the 2013-14 season.

Given the wide variety of players involved and the deep analytical resources available, no single, definitive criterion was used to form this list. Instead, rankings were assigned based on a fluid combination of subjective assessment and objective data. Future prospects beyond this season did not play a part in the ranking process, while the influence of team context was minimized to whatever extent was possible. Our sole concern was how players are likely to perform this season alone. For more on the limitations of this exercise, take a quick detour here. For notable omissions, click here.

In case you missed them, here’s our rankings from Nos. 100-1:

Monday: Nos. 100-51 
Tuesday: 50-31
Wednesday: 30-21
Thursday: 20-11
Today: 10-1 (below)

A quick introduction for those not familiar with some of the “advanced” statistical measures used below:

PER (Player Efficiency Rating) – PER is a per-minute summary of a player’s efficiency and performance, weighted so that a league-average player registers a 15. It generally skews in favor of big men and does not account for defensive contributions that don’t show up in the box score. 

Win Shares – A metric that uses box score data to estimate the total number of wins a given player contributes. Last season, Win Shares ran on a scale of -1.5 (Michael Beasley) to 19.3 (LeBron James), but only 10 players finished with more than 10.

RAPM (Regularized adjusted plus-minus) — A variation of plus-minus that compares the on-court impact of every NBA player to a league-average standard (0). The adjustment helps account for much of the statistical noise that exists in raw plus-minus measures.

10. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (F, 29)
2012-13 stats: 37 MPG, 28.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.6 APG, 44.9 FG%, 37.9 3FG%
2012-13 advanced stats: 24.8 PER, 9.5 Win Shares, +2.3 RAPM

Anthony’s move to New York in 2011 put him on a much larger stage, serving to escalate the passionate debate that’s long raged between his supporters and detractors. It’s unclear whether the terms of that debate have meaningfully shifted, even after a season in which the Knicks won their first playoff series since 2000 and Anthony become the only player besides LeBron James to receive a first-place MVP vote. Yes, Anthony led the league in scoring for the first time in his career, he registered a career-high PER that ranked No. 4 in the league, and he earned All-Star and All-NBA Second Team honors. And, yes, the Knicks, designed to make the most of Anthony’s strengths, ranked No. 3 in offensive efficiency.

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But the biggest recent developments in Anthony’s game — his use as both a three and a four, and the increased frequency with which he launches three-pointers — seem to be positive wrinkles rather than quantum leaps. Look, it’s tough and unfair to compare anyone to James, but that’s always been the standard for Anthony. The two came into the NBA in the same draft class, they play the same position, and Anthony has publicly declared his desire to win a title, something James has now delivered twice. Here’s a snapshot look at their statistical developments as they have progressed through their twenties.

Anthony

Age 22: 28.9 PPG, 22.4 FGA, 47.6 FG%, 26.8 3FG%, 6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 22.1 PER, 7.3 Win Shares
Age 25: 28.2 PPG, 21.8 FGA, 45.8 FG%, 31.6 3FG%, 6.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 22.2 PER, 7.9 Win Shares
Age 28: 28.7 PPG, 22.2 FGA, 44.9 FG%, 37.9 3FG%, 6.9 RPG, 2.6 APG, 24.8 PER, 9.5 Win Shares

James

Age 22: 27.3 PPG, 20.8 FGA, 47.6 FG%, 31.9 3FG%, 6.7 RPG, 6 APG, 24.5 PER, 13.7 Win Shares
Age 25: 29.7 PPG, 20.1 FGA, 50.3 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 7.3 RPG, 8.6 APG, 31.1 PER, 18.5 Win Shares
Age 28: 26.8 PPG, 17.8 FGA, 56.4 FG%, 40.6 3FG%, 8 RPG, 7.3 APG, 31.6 PER, 19.3 Win Shares

With James, you see a true evolution, especially during his Miami period. With Anthony, the story has been one of mere consistency, plus some improvement as a three-point shooter that’s bumped up his advanced numbers a touch. James has transformed into the most lethal, efficient weapon in the game; Anthony has seemingly become a slightly better version of himself, and his stagnant, unimpressive defensive ratings and his wavering plus-minus numbers over the years only reinforce this conclusion. New York’s impressive team defensive performance in 2011-12 didn’t stick; neither did Anthony’s one-year improvement as a distributor that season.

Anthony, then, is more or less the same player that he’s been for the last half-decade. He shoots a lot, scores a lot, makes baskets in many different ways and from many different locations, draws lots of fouls and defensive attention, and he rebounds well for his position. He isn’t excactly in James’ class when it comes to lockdown defense on opposing wings and he’s definitely no Rajon Rondo when it comes to sharing the rock.

Indeed, Anthony led the NBA with his 35.6 usage rate, which marked a career-high. He also posted his lowest assist total of his career and a 14.1 assist percentage, his lowest mark since 2005. That combination of an extraordinarily high usage rate and a middling assist rate puts Anthony among the greatest black holes the NBA has ever seen. Only two other players — George Gervin in 1982 and Dominique Wilkins in 1988 — have used such a large share of possessions while registering such a low assist rate. For comparison, Kobe Bryant, notorious for his ball-dominating ways, hasn’t posted an assist percentage below 22 since 1999. Sorry, Anthony’s “hockey assists” can’t explain this away.

Even those who wish Anthony would be a little less single-minded on offense, a little more selective with his shots, and way more committed on defense can acknowledge that he’s an overall offensive powerhouse capable of serving as the No. 1 guy on a championship contender, assuming the right mix is in place around him. Will Anthony ever find that right mix, or will James continue to lord over him like Michael Jordan did to so many of his talented contemporaries? – Ben Golliver

9. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (G, 35)
2012-13 stats: 38.6 MPG, 27.3 PPG, 6 APG, 5.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 46.3 FG%, 32.4 3FG%
2012-13 advanced stats: 23 PER, 10.9 Win Shares, +3.2 RAPM

“Bryant, 35, suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in April and his return date is unclear.”

That is the mandatory first sentence of every discussion about L.A.’s living legend this fall, a sentence that reflects Bryant’s advancing age, the severity of his injury and the reality of his future, three factors that make it exceedingly difficult to place him in the Top 10, let alone the top 100. Throw in the Lakers’ loss of Dwight Howard to the Rockets, and Bryant joins Rajon Rondo (knee injury and rebuilding team) and Andrew Bynum (knee injuries and new team this summer) as the toughest guys to peg. So why did Bryant, unlike the other two, hold a spot near the very top of this list?

The answer is a combination of the following factors: Bryant, had an extraordinary individual season in 2012-13, he has a near-mythical ability to play through pain and recover from injuries, and his track record of excellence is so damn long that it demands an extra level of respect and benefit of the doubt. Is it reasonable to assume a player like James Harden (No. 11 on this list), fully healthy and a full decade younger than Bryant, will move past him on the 2015 version of this list? Absolutely.  Does it feel wrong to make that call right now without seeing what Bryant looks like this year? It does. It’s one thing to move Dwyane Wade — a three-time champion and nine-time All-Star — past Bryant. But Harden, a one-time All-Star with 85 career starts and a lackluster playoff résumé? Not yet. Soon, but not yet.

L.A.’s 2012-13 season was a mess, in large part because a functional relationship between Bryant and Howard just never materialized. Bryant wasn’t about to accommodate anyone, and Howard didn’t — couldn’t, really — possess the cachet to fully assert himself. What that left Lakers fans with was an up-and-down year, a furious finish, a fast playoff exit and one absolutely incredible campaign from Bryant. Only one man has matched Bryant’s PER and scoring average during his age-34 season: Michael Jordan. That Jordan accomplished this feat in 1997-98 and then immediately retired for the second time will surely fuel those who believe Bryant’s best days are behind him. Foreboding comparison aside, Bryant’s PER ranked in the top 10 overall and No. 2 among two guards, his Win Shares ranked No. 8 overall and No. 2 among two guards, and he earned All-Star and All-NBA First Team honors. In his last 22 games (not including a brief appearance against the Pacers when he tried to come back early from an ankle injury), Bryant averaged 30.4 points, 7.3 assists and 6.4 rebounds and the Lakers went 15-7 to squeeze into the playoff picture. It was a three-week tour de force that served as yet another reminder of why Bryant is so feared and revered by his fellow NBA players.

Defense is a different story. Although he clearly trails Wade in that department, Bryant escaped with a +2.7 net rating and a top-40 RAPM thanks to his top-shelf contributions on offense. The departure of Howard and Metta World Peace, L.A.’s two best defenders in 2012-13, will surely make Bryant’s frequent and obvious defensive breakdowns that much more debilitating. Bryant has flirted with the idea of retirement in recent years but he’s also been adamant about getting back onto the court following the Achilles injury, and he’s talked openly about his next contract negotiation too. Whenever the time does come for retirement, it will likely be because Bryant can no longer conjure up the scoring magic needed to overcome his lackluster and occasionally lost defense. – B.G.

8. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (G, 31)
2012-13 stats: 34.7 MPG, 21. PPG, 5.1 APG, 5 RPG, 1.9 SPG, 52.1 FG%, 25.8 3FG%
2012-13 advanced stats: 24 PER, 9.6 Win Shares, +4.5 RAPM

It’s always a bit odd to me when Wade is characterized as a secondary creator, as if playing with LeBron James made him something less of a superstar. With Miami, traditional hierarchy models need not apply; while James may take the lead for the Heat in many regards, Wade attempts all of two fewer shots per game while ranking in the league’s top 10 in usage rate. Ultimately, he uses more possessions than the first-option player on 26 of the league’s teams — a relative standing that reinforces his co-ownership of all that the Heat accomplish.

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If James takes over, it’s because he has to; Wade has been hit with recurring knee injuries during each of Miami’s championship runs, and with those injuries come pretty clear limitations. Wade has managed to put up some strong all-around numbers (4.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in the 2013 playoffs, just a tick below his season averages) in spite of that, but clearly lacked the ability to properly exploit defenders who wandered away to help against James or others. It’s a misleading sight for those who only tune in for the playoffs, as the postseason framing of a hobbled Wade omits so much of what makes him great.

He remains one of the league’s very best slashers, strong and long enough to overwhelm most of the players unfortunate enough to draw his assignment. That tall task begins with trying to make sense of Wade’s arrhythmic dribble. There are great scorers who manage to get by without much ball-handling creativity, but Wade toys with the cadence of his bounce as a means of manipulating his defender’s expectations. Every burst or hesitation is a prompt, intended to induce a particular reaction and capitalize on it simultaneously. Even 10 years of scouting doesn’t much help Wade’s opponents from looking foolish, as he lulls them into overcommitting in one direction only to easily spin to the other.

The footwork involved in pulling off those drives also need be impeccable, as Wade has to both sell his defender on a particular fake while nonverbally convincing game officials of his move’s legality. It’s natural basketball instinct to call foul on that which seems peculiar, and on those grounds alone Wade might be wrongly whistled for more non-travels than any player in the league. He also gets away with a fair bit by virtue of being Dwyane Wade, though, so we’ll call it even on balance.

Wade uses his driving ability as a means to create for others, too, and has fared remarkably well as a dominant creator when James leaves the floor. While it should go without saying that Miami is at its best with both of its core stars complementing one another, last season Wade led LeBron-less Heat lineups to score at a rate of 108.1 points per 100 possessions, per NBA Wowy — a mark that would have ranked third in the entire league if cast as a season average. That’s a remarkable level of offensive success for a team playing without its best player, accomplished largely because Wade still generates offense at an incredible level while managing career-best shooting efficiency.

Also working in Wade’s favor: He’s one of the few high-level shooting guards on our list that plays a lick of defense. Wade might be guilty of lightly jogging back down the floor when he should be defending in transition, but otherwise he’s an essential piece of one of the league’s more unique breeds of coverage. Miami asks a lot of its wing players, if only because they’re capable. In Wade’s case, that translates to an inordinate amount of help relative to what you might see elsewhere around the league, much of which requires him to body up much bigger players in order to buy time or protect the rim. In that regard, Wade is a legitimate game-changer; his uncanny shot blocking ability makes him wholly unique among guards, while his physical profile empowers him to carry out the full mandates of Erik Spoelstra’s system.

That makes for a decisive advantage over Bryant, who seemingly goes out of his way to be a destructive defender, and Harden, who couldn’t be bothered to play much honest D last season. Wade has his quirks on that end, too (he’s prone to gambling, can struggle to keep up laterally when injured, etc.), though overall he’s such a unique asset on that end of the floor as to redeem consistent and legitimate value. — Rob Mahoney

7. Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets (C, 27)
2012-13 stats: 35.8 MPG, 17.1 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 2.4 BPG, 1.4 APG, 1.1 SPG, 57.8 FG%
2012-13 advanced stats: 19.4 PER, 7.6 Win Shares, +5.5 RAPM

Here’s where things get really dicey. We have in the midst of our top 10 two bigs well worthy of a favorable ranking, and yet by definition one must outdo the other. By way of this countdown, you already know the result of that comparison; Howard comes in at No. 7 while Tim Duncan has yet to be ranked, thus marking this a victory in favor of an all-time great and a notable loss for lovers of fart jokes everywhere.

That said, I don’t know that I completely agree with our final determination here; Duncan is coming off of such a remarkable season (and has staved off his career descent so many times) that I won’t dare complain, but I very much anticipate Howard reclaiming the spot as the league’s preeminent center this season. Duncan will undoubtedly still be great, it’s just a matter of two players going in opposite directions — one doing his damnedest to prolong the inevitable, while the other rebounds from gross, extenuating circumstances.

It’s crucial in this analysis to understand that last season’s version of Dwight Howard was not the genuine article. He was hindered for most of the season by back and shoulder injuries — ailments that limit range of motion and the application of athleticism. He was smothered by team and individual expectations that he struggled to meet as a result, and was thus prone to some pretty terrible body language. Howard also never had time to establish any kind of chemistry with his point guard; while Jameer Nelson was always an underrated part of Howard’s success in Orlando, Steve Nash’s own injuries rendered him an absentee playmaker. The Lakers’ first head coach of the season (Mike Brown) was fired after only a few games, thus sending an already reeling team further into its tailspin. Howard had to then — in a completely new system under Mike D’Antoni — strike the proper balance in playing with Pau Gasol, acclimate himself to a new locker room, and learn to play with other superstars for the first time in his NBA career. He also had to figure out the best way to coexist with Kobe Bryant as both a player and a person, neither of which seems particularly simple.

Even a few of those complications would be tough to handle, but altogether they proved to be too much. Howard was physically hurt while clearly out of sorts, and he played as such. Yet he was still the Lakers’ best defender by far, the team’s second-leading scorer, and one of the top rebounders in the league. He just wasn’t Dwight. The pain of Howard’s season was borne of comparison to his own lofty standard — those years of transformational defense and dominant offense that made last year look like a bungled mess by comparison.

It’s fair to evaluate Howard against his own track record, though in this case I don’t think it’s necessarily prudent to hold all of last season against him. Tear into him for his inconsistent defensive effort, his still-baffling free throw shooting, or his odd reluctance to play more in the pick-and-roll. It just doesn’t make much sense to hold him liable for all that went wrong with his and the Lakers’ season, nor to overlook all of the complexities involved in his struggles.

Howard is still fundamentally one of the best in the league when healthy, capable of making an inimitable defensive impact and playing a huge offensive role. He just needed better health, better luck, and a better fit — all of which he’ll likely get in Houston. Whether he’ll be good enough in his first year there to best Duncan is a fair point of debate, but I like his chances.

As good as Duncan was last season, peak-level Howard was decisively better. We can’t yet know how close Howard might get to again achieving those highs, but at the least I think he stands to be one of the deadliest bigs in the league when on the move (even in a down year, Howard converted an ungodly 79.6 percent of his pick-and-roll possessions last season, per Synergy Sports), a solid post-up option, and a worthy defensive anchor. If he further approximates his best seasons to date, he’ll be a clear-cut MVP candidate. Howard has the potential — based in recovery, not in development — to climb a rung above Duncan, and in that alone I think he has a compelling case. — R.M.

6. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs (C, 37)
2012-13 stats: 30.1 MPG, 17.8 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.7 BPG, 50.2 FG%
2012-13 advanced stats: 24.4 PER, 8.3 Win Shares, +7.3 RAPM

Get up. No, seriously. Get up. Whether you’re in your cubicle, or on the bus, or in your living room, get up and give Duncan the standing ovation he deserves.

The initial reaction to seeing any big man ranked above Howard might lead to confusion and a desire to protest. That’s understandable: as recently as 2011 Howard was the No. 2 player in the league and Duncan seemed just about read to exit stage left. In 2015, two years from now, it seems more likely than not that Howard will once again be regarded as a top-five overall player; at that point, Duncan will have reached the end of his current contract and will almost certainly be headed for retirement.

But let’s not talk about 2011 or 2015. Let’s talk about 2013, a season in which Duncan was the league’s best big man, period. Duncan was the most important player on the NBA’s third-rated defense and the second-leading scorer on the No. 7 offense. He earned All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive Second Team, and All-Star honors, and he finished sixth in Defensive Player of the Year voting. His PER ranked No. 6 in the league, his RAPM ranked fourth in the league, his individual defensive rating led the league, he boasted a gaudy +10.5 net rating (among the very best in the league), and he registered more blocks (183) than fouls (117). The only player to post a PER as high as Duncan’s at this age was Karl Malone. Then, Duncan averaged 18.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks as he led San Antonio to a 15- 6 postseason record. In case you somehow forgot, he put up a whopping 30/17 Game 6 of the Finals, a stat line that only Shaquille O’Neal has matched in a Finals game since 1986.  Duncan came within 5.2 seconds of his fifth NBA title and his fourth Finals MVP award. Let’s say that again for emphasis: he came within about six inches on one Ray Allen three-pointer of beating out a 28-year-old, top-of-the-world LeBron James for Finals MVP. That’s why you were asked to stand up and applaud at the opening of this section. (By the way, it’s cool to sit down now.)

Could this be the season Duncan finally declines (and stays declined)? That’s definitely a possibility, even though we’ve thought that before on numerous occasions. But if the choice here is to penalize Duncan for that possibility or to reward him for his historic season, that should be an easy one. Need more convincing? Compared to Howard, Duncan averaged more points, more assists and more blocks, less turnovers and less fouls, had a better PER, had a better Win Shares, had a better offensive rating, had a better defensive rating, and the Spurs totally outperformed the Lakers on defense while also ranking higher on offense. Duncan beat out Howard in All-NBA and All-Defensive and Defensive Player of the Year voting, and Duncan won more games against the Heat in the Finals (3) than Howard has won over the past three playoffs combined (2). You don’t need Shaquille O’Neal to tell you that Duncan has a better all-around offensive game and a more refined defensive game than Howard, or that, in addition to this year’s long playoff run, Duncan also went to the 2012 Western Conference finals.

The off-court comparison is even more lopsided: Duncan has consistently served as the pillar of the league’s best organization over the last 15 years, getting the most out of stars and non-stars alike while not caring who gets the credit (and being showered with praise/credit by his Hall of Fame coach, Gregg Popovich). Howard has made a mess of two straight seasons, watched as two of his coaches were fired (Stan Van Gundy and Mike Brown), had friction with a third coach (Mike D’Antoni), had a GM cut loose (Otis Smith), snapped at another GM while being ejected from the playoffs (Mitch Kupchak), burned locker room bridges in both L.A. and Orlando, and failed to get along with stars and non-stars alike.

On the flip side, Howard averaged more rebounds and shot a higher percentage. So he’s got that going for himself, which is nice.

Still not convinced Duncan should be above Howard? Ask yourself this: If both teams are fully healthy come playoff time, who would you pick in a Spurs/Rockets match-up? Which player, Duncan or Howard, do you trust to show up? – B.G.

218 comments
omike765
omike765

1. Scalabrine (The White Mamba)

2. Kwame Brown

3. Raja Bell

4. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

5. Tiago Splitter

6. Omri Casspi

7. Metta World Peace

8. Jonas Jerebko

9. Charlie Villanueva

10. Rodrige Beaubois

This is the real Top 10

Yoyooyoyo
Yoyooyoyo

No the order is 

1.Lebron James

2.Kevin Durant

3.Carmelo Anthony 

4.Dwayne Wade 

5.Kobe Bryant

6.Kyrie Irving

7.Stephen Curry

8.Paul George

9.Blake Griffin

10.Dwight Howard

KaelynMitchell
KaelynMitchell

    top 5 player          1 lebron james 2 dwyane wade 3 carmelo anthony 4 chris paul 5 kobe bryant 

fuckyobitch32
fuckyobitch32

1. luc richard mbuh a motah 

2. toney snell

  3. hasheem tabet 

peji_daniel27
peji_daniel27

Top 15.

1. KD

2. LeBron

3. LaMarcus

4. PG

5. CP3

6. Melo

7. Curry

9. Derozan

10. Wall

11. Harden

11. Westbrook

12. Lillard

13. Dwight

14. Davis

15. Cousins


MarlonYoungSavageJackson
MarlonYoungSavageJackson

Top 15 player NBA

1 KD

2 LEBRON

3 melo

4 cp3

5 lamarcus aldridge

6 james harden

7 RUSSELL WESTBROOK

8 Dwight Howard

9 Kevin love

10 stephen curry

11 paul George

12 Blake Griffin

13 kyrie Irving

14 john wall

15 Tony Parker

#WEARETHUNDER #OKC

NoahEckert
NoahEckert

TOP 15.Players NBA:

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1. Lebron James

2. Kevin Durant

3. Carmelo Anthony

4. Chris Paul

5. Dwayne Wade

6. James Harden

7. Kobe Bryant

7. Lamarcus Aldrige

8. Kevin Love

9. Dwight Howard

10. Stephen Curry

11. Tim Duncan

12. Russel Westbrook

13. Kyrie Irving

14. Paul George

15. Blake Griffin

A_Westhoven21
A_Westhoven21

1. James

2. Kd

3. Dwade

4. Melo

5. Cp3

6. Griffin

7. Westbrook 

Mike_33_59
Mike_33_59

We need to look at player's presentr and future when we talk about THIS SEASON's ratings. Past has nothing to do, we're not talking GOAT or nothing like that...

As far as the season goes, here's my top 10  :

1. Lebron James

2. Kevin Durant

3. ChrisPaul

4. Kevin Love

5. Stephen Curry

   Lamarcus Aldridge

7. Russel Westbrook

8. John Wall

    Demarcus Cousins

    Damian Lillard

JoeyDowler
JoeyDowler

1 LeBron James

2 Kevin Durant 

3 Chris Paul

4 LaMarcus Aldridge

5 Paul George 

6 Stephen Curry 

7 James Harden 

8 Kevin Love

9 Anthony Davis

10 Dewight Howard

franrangel198
franrangel198

1.Lebron2.KD3.CP34.Russel Westbrook5.James Harden6.D127.Melo8.DWade9.Tim Duncan10.Tony ParkerRose is hurt he will never be the same but he is one of my favorites

StevenSmith1
StevenSmith1

I really love how this season started, some great suprises like the Portland Trailblazers, the Pacers going very strong, some amazing rookies have freshed up the leaguge like Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo. I am looking forward to see how the playoffs will go especially for teams like the Portland Trailblazers. I could even imagine finals Portland vs. Indiana.


1. LeBron James

2. Chris Paul

3. Kevin Durant

4. Paul George

5. Kevin Love

6. LaMarcus Aldridge

7. James Harden

8. Stephen Curry

9. Anthony Davis

10. Tony Parker


Also I saw on Zanda a great toplist where you can rate the best NBA players this season:

http://www.zanda.com/toplists/25020050000085/best-nba-players-in-the-season-2013-2014


romeroballer27
romeroballer27

1. LBJ

2. KD

3. Black Mamba

4. DRose

5. Chris Paul

6. James Harden

7. Kevin Love (When Healthy)

8. Rajon Rondo

9. Russell Westbrook

10. Carmelo Anthony

rl88
rl88

Who came up with this list?

I don't think this person is watching the right sport.

If you are saying there is 11 players better than ROSE... then there needs to be no need to read any further in this article. I also saw Russell Westbrook in here. If you watch basketball you will never want this guy on your team, he misses clutch shots (misses a lot of shots in general), has the worst body language when losing... No one wants him as a team mate... only reason he is on this list is because KD!

LakerFan#24
LakerFan#24

ok.. real ranking!! up incoming 2014 season.

1. Lebron James. The King is the best player in the league this season, and can be for the next couple, if nobody dramatically steps up there game.He has achieved almost every award you can at the highest level . Unfortunatley for a Laker fan like myself he might just be the greatest of all time.  #Greatness #unstoppable #kingoftheNBA

2.Kevin Durant. The Duranchula is the only player we saw last season on Lebron James level. His scoring ability is the best in the NBA, his length is superb to any player in his position. He is just one of those freaks of nature and has a extremely bright future ahead of him.

3.Derrick Rose!!! yes.. before he got injured he was the best pg in the game, and now that he is bigger, stronger, and faster, with a better jump shot there is no stopping him.... If his on ball DEFENSE improves he is taking that number 2 spot.

4.Chris Paul. new coach, better system, expecting a big season for him and his Clippers.. 

5. Kobe Bryant. if 100% he will be DEADLY,you can make a good case at that 4 spot tho.

6. Russell Westbrook.. if he returns healthy he can and will be in the top three point guard discussion. his dominance, athleticism, and leadership, he has on his team makes him one of the top players in the league today.

7.Dwight Howard. Despite the ups and downs he had with the Lakers, he is still the best big in the game today.Without any shadow of doubt he has proven that he can win games with no real superstar teammates. And now that he is playing for a franchise he seems happy to play for, people should be expecting a( Dwight like season).

8. Rajon Rondo. Rondo just maybe the purest pg. in the NBA today. If and when healthy he WILL lead the NBA in ASSISTS and STEALS, his ability to guard some of the best players, like Lebron James makes him a huge star in this league today.

9. Tony Parker... Tony Parker can be the most overrated and the most underrated player in the NBA to some list makers, But there is no denying he is a true superstar.


10.  Carmelo Anthony.. Carmelo was one of the only rankings on this list that i could agree with. By all means he is a great player but, his inability to get far in the playoffs and ultimately get to, and win a championship is his downfall.

11. James Harden.

12. Stephen Curry.

13. Kyrie Irving

14. Tim Duncan

15. Dwayne Wade..... kinda overrated for next season.

16. Deron Williams

17. Paul George (expect a big year)

18. Kevin Love

19. Dirk Nowitski

20. Marc Gasol

ChrisRaudez
ChrisRaudez

Top Ten

1.Lebron James

2.Kevin Durant 

3.Kobe Bryant

4.Dwyane Wade

5.Carmelo 

6.Derrick Rose

7.Cp3

8.Rondo

9.Dwight Howard

10.Westbrook

ThomasSchaub
ThomasSchaub

Guys... If anything, Dwight is too low, not too high.

emibeh
emibeh

I laugh at anyone who puts Paul George in the top 10. REALLY. top 20 ok. top 10. GET REAL

PeterSantana
PeterSantana

The game juss wouldnt be the same if TRACY MCGRADY WAS STILL IN HIS PRIME....!!!!

TMAC THE BEST1...

maymatt2
maymatt2

yes the lakers have kobe and they ranked him 9th i dont think hes going to be all that great this season. Hes already going to miss the first few games of the season and isnt going to play at his maximum potential for abput half the seas on this year the lakers have nobody so kobe going to try it to do by him self and it going to result n the lakers losing game.

pinokio
pinokio

Stop avec kobe c'est la 10eme place! Minimum 

1 Lebron

2Durant

3 CP3

4 Duncan

5 Wade

6 Irving ( grâce Bynum )

7 Melo

8 Harden

9 Wesbrook

10 D Rose si il revient en forme (si non TP)

11 Kobe 


LouVera
LouVera

1. Lebron

2. Durrant

3. Melo

4. Cp3

5. James harden

6. Brian Westbrook

7. Kobe Bryant

8. Dirk notwitzski

9. Tony Parker

20.dwight Howard

21. Kyle Irvin

22. Marc gasol

23. Deron Williams

24. KG

25. Blake griffin

I didn't add rose,rondo and love due to injuries

JerelSangster
JerelSangster

Kobe at 9 and Tony Parker at 4?! Somebody was obviously on bath salts or some other drug with this list. it goes all down hill after 1 and 2 

JuanInfante
JuanInfante

Lebron

Durant

Kobe

Drose

Melo

Harden

Paul george

Wade

Westbrook

Rondo

Jordan5
Jordan5

MY OPINION KobeMelo LebronKDChris Paul Tony Parker Tim DuncanRussel WestbrookJames HardenI HONESTLY DONT THINK LEBRON IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE

VernonFranklin
VernonFranklin

S.I. was never any good when it came to ratings. All they got right was 1 & 2.

hd_prettyboy
hd_prettyboy

1. LeBron

2. Durant 

3. Kobe 

4. Carmelo 

5. Tony Parker

6. Wade

7. Harden

8. Tim duncan 

9. Westbrook

10. Paul george 

Christian9
Christian9

Really? I agree with this list for the 1st and 2nd position, but Kobe at 9? Come on! He's a top three player even at his age. Please watch NBA, basketball is not all about stats.

GerardThebestdjGarnett
GerardThebestdjGarnett

To all you D. Rose haters when he kills the league do jump on the bandwagon we don't want u  D.Rose a MVP in the league at number 12 REALLY.. Harden is good maybe even great but will he win a MVP? Nope and the rockets wont even come out the west so stop it with that Harden or  Westbrook is better than Rose. I cant wait until this season Rose will kill  Paul, he don't want no parts of Rose neither does Parker. When its over Rose will win the MVP and all the sports writers for S.I will have the crap face. Go Bulls 

heyshomy
heyshomy

Without a doubt I would put Lebron and KD over Kobe for the 2012/13 season and I can understand when Chris Paul and Parker are put over him. But to rank the likes of Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan and others over him for the same season is ridiculous. At the very least Kobe is number 5, well at best number 3. Definitely NOT a 9.

Dream'Chaser
Dream'Chaser

I honestly doesn't feel Kyrie Irving should be #20. needs to be closer to the #10 spot

Lero
Lero

This is the correct list:


1. Lebron

2. Kevin Durant

3. Kobe Bryant

4. Chris Paul

5. Carmello Anthony

6. Tony Parker

7. Dwayne Wade

8. Russell Westbrook

9. Tim Duncan

10. Dwight Howard

theclaw
theclaw

There's this guy I know named Derrick, he's an MVP, look him up.

omike765
omike765

Correct KD is much better than LeFlop

Nine_Inch_Tool
Nine_Inch_Tool

@hd_prettyboy

I don’t know what all the fuss is about, Wade is a great player, he used to be an amazing player, but due to age and injuries he is no longer the same player, Harden is currently a better… end of story.Your list was a little off so I corrected it for you… You’re welcome!

1. LeBron

2. Durant 

3. Kobe 

4. Chris Paul

5. Westbrook

6. Tony Parker

7. Harden

8. Carmelo

9. Tim Duncan

10. Paul George 

 

voceemtum
voceemtum

@Lero  no. its this

1.Lebron

2.Durant

3.wade

4. chris paul

1

50. Bryant

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@theclaw 

Every superstar will have a Karl Malone moment, ie.. taking it out of Jordan's hands and giving the MVP to Malone, or Steve Nash stealing the MVP from Kobe  and Lebron same thing happened to Lebron again history will look back on this as an egregious error in judgement, funny when others win the MVP ... people will say look at the numbers.., but That year Lebron had better numbers across the board than Rose even in assist...  and Derrick is a point guard,  a small forward should not be a better passer than you, that alone tells you Rose did not deserve the MVP. Then we all know what happened in the playoffs...

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@theclaw  

derrick "girl scout cookie " rose... you mean that guy? the only one that stopped Lebron from winning the MVP in 5 straight years, because a few voters got tired of voting for Lebron. That MVP belongs to the king so please stop that crap. Lebron locked him down in the playoffs need i say more

Three
Three

@Nine_Inch_Tool @hd_prettyboy Wade at ten hes still better than Paul George. As of right now Hardens better but I thinks there is place for both of them on the top ten and Melo the scoring champ shouldnt be so low smh