DAR Sports: 10 Best NBA Players Today

By @TrueGodImmortal

Lists like these tend to change every year. For further proof of that, last year I would have put Steph Curry at no. 2 just below LeBron James for the best player spot, and this year, I think Steph is still top 10, but he's deferred his game to accommodate Kevin Durant, who is clearly top 5 today and efficient. However, with the season nearly halfway over, and the identity of the teams and players starting to take shape, it's time to look at the top 10 players in the league today. Unfortunately, for those who like to debate who's the best or who is no. 1, this list is simply giving you the top 10 without putting them in order. Often times in sports, we rank these players and that can change within weeks, but there is less margin for error of any of these men dropping out of a top 10 spot (though their position in a top 10 might alter some). As far as an honorable mention, guys like Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Jimmy Butler, and a few others really could be in the top 10, but just missed out for various reasons. Let's get into the top 10 of players in the NBA today.

*LeBron James

-Make no mistake about it, LeBron is still no. 1 and if I had to rank anyone, he's the only one who would get the top tier ranking. There's no one on his level yet and I don't think we'll see anyone dethrone him this season or possibly next season, however he has much more competition this season than previous years it feels like. Bron is responsible for the Cavs having the no. 1 record in the East and will likely be the catalyst for the Cavs getting back to the Finals again. This is still his era.

*Russell Westbrook 

-He's my current favorite player this year and rightfully so. With a ton of 40 points games, a slew of triple doubles, and just all around better efficient play, I think Russ is a true candidate for MVP and having the best year of his career, currently averaging a triple double. He's one of the best players today and he might be the one to dethrone Bron as the best player in the game.

*James Harden 

-I don't really have an issue with Harden though I'm not a fan, but his play this year has been superb, keeping the Rockets firmly in the running for a top 4 seed in the West. He's a solid player for the MVP award, and he's adapted easily to being a point guard. He's excelled even more in that role and is having one of the best years of his career without a doubt. Harden has developed into quite the star in the league.

*Kevin Durant

-One of the best pure scorers in the game, KD is having an amazing year and putting together some solid games. The rest of the Warriors team has deferred to him when it counts and Durant has made the most if it averaging 8.4 rebounds a game and just over 26 points a game. He's in top form and while his numbers aren't astronomical like some years prior, when you consider he's on a team with Curry, Klay, and Draymond, it makes these numbers even more impressive to be honest. He's on the top team in the NBA and he's making it count. He's another MVP frontrunner.

*Anthony Davis

-If the Pelicans were actually winning, this man would be a top MVP candidate. He's playing lights out, blocking shots, pulling down rebounds, scoring at will, and sometimes creating steals and turnovers as well. He's an amazing player and seems to be in that top 5 territory right now and by next year, he could be even better, if he can remain healthy. His only drawback is staying healthy, which has been an issue for the last few years, but he seems to be doing well now.

*Stephen Curry 

-Imagine 3 or 4 years ago, someone would have told you that the injury prone Stephen Curry would be a top 5 player in the game or even in the top 10 conversation and a two time back to back MVP. Last year, during the regular season before his injury hit in the playoffs, he was miles ahead of everyone else and the no. 1 player in the game. However, since KD joined the Warriors, Steph has taken a bit of a backseat, something that has worked in his favor and against him. He's broken the record for most three pointers in a game, but he also has had games where he's been inconsistent and his shooting percentage has suffered in some games, helping him to drop out of what would be the top 3, at least for this season. He's still one of the best and as an overall player, he's definitely top 5 IMO, and with the season heating up, we are sure to see more flashes of MVP Steph.

*Kawhi Leonard

-This season has been great to Kawhi, who is currently  competing for a MVP award and he's a dark horse candidate to win it, for me. He is leading the Spurs to the 2nd best record in the West right now, and the 2nd best record overall in the league right now. He's an elite defensive player, and now he's become a true floor general and scorer, so he can get it done on both sides of the ball. He's not necessarily a superstar in terms of popularity, but when talking skill and heart, he's easily one of the best players today. Hands down.

*Demarcus Cousins 

-Boogie is making more headlines for his off the court issues and antics rather than his play this year, but as quiet as kept, the Sacramento Kings are actually competing for a playoff spot and currently in the 8th seed as of this writing. Armed with a team that can be inconsistent, Cousins is one of the more dominant players and he's unstoppable when he's in a rhythm. If the Kings manage to keep up the pace and make the playoffs, he's easily an All NBA First Team or Second Team member with no doubt.

*DeMar Derozan 

-The Raptors guard has been amazing this year, seemingly leading the Raptors to a great record and the 2nd spot in the East. He had a string of 30 point games to start the season and his play this year makes him a possible MVP candidate for the season as well. He isn't top tier of the top 10, but he's certainly making a name for himself this season and a leading force in the Raptors offense.

*Chris Paul

-One of the best point guards in the game and likely to go down as one of the best point guards of all time, CP3 has been superb this season, leading the Clippers to a great start, and contention for a top 4 seed in the West. Could this be the year that the Clippers make the Conference Finals? If so, they'll need CP3 to lead the offense as he does so well every time. That's what he does best.



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