Who Is The Best Player In The NBA Right Now
With the recent dominance of the star-studded Golden State Warriors, the prolific statistical lines we’ve seen from the last three players to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, and that one guy who’s been to the last eight NBA Finals in a row, one of the most interesting debates in the NBA has become: “who’s the best player in the NBA right now?”
While there are a lot of players whom we’ll be remembered for years, and a lot of players who could potentially challenge for the proverbial throne right now – but more so in the future – there’s still one player who provides the emphatic.
Top 10 NBA Players Right Now
By any measure, there first seven players on the list aren’t up for debate.
You can’t have this conversation without mentioning LeBron James; he’s a given. Even if they both play on the same team, Kevin Durant — who many consider to be one of the three-best player in the league (if not higher — and Stephen Curry — the only player to win back-to-back MVP awards besides LeBron James over the past decade — of the Golden State Warriors are also definitely on this list. James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the last two players to win the MVP award, are definitely on this list as well. Anthony Davis finally turned the corner from “ridiculously talented player” to “one of the most singularly dominant players in the NBA” this past season, and looks like he could be an MVP contender every year for the foreseeable future. Many players around the NBA believe that Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks has the combination of dominance and talent to be the league’s MVP in the very near future.
While many will debate whether or not he should be included on this list, up until the early part of this season, Kawhi Leonard — now of the Toronto Raptors — was considered to be one top five players in the NBA, and perhaps the most dominant defensive force and two-way players the league has seen in years. Assuming he returns to form up north of the border, he still deserves to be on this list.
So we have the first eight players set. The last two guys in the top 10, however, would be the subject of intense — if not exciting — debate. Going by their performances this past season, our nod would have to go to Damian Lillard of the Portland TrailBlazers (first-team All-NBA last season after finishing 4th in the NBA in scoring) and Victor Oladipo (second-team All-NBA and the NBA’s Most Improved Player last year).
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The Answer Remains LeBron James
With all due respect to all the basketball players on the list, as we previously said, there’s LeBron James, and then there’s everyone else. Forget the fact that whatever team James has played on has been to the last eight NBA Finals. The real fact is that we’re now witnessing a player cement his legacy as either one of the top two or even three players in the history of the NBA, if not the best player to ever play the game overall.