So who’s the best player in the NBA, as of right now? LeBron? Durant? Anthony? Harden? Many of us want to know who to cheer for when we watch a basketball game. They pick the players who they want to watch, while others cheer for their home town’s basketball team. I don’t know many people who cheer for the players, not the team name. Personally, I’m a fan of James Harden. He’s a great player, nice community guy, and he’s got some skill. Amir Johnson, off then bench powerhouse, sure the Raptors aren’t having a great decade, but at least he shows passion. He won’t be an all-star, unless he starts getting massive votes. The guy threw his mouthguard at a ref — that (to me) shows passion. Kobe Bryant has caught my eye — yet again. Even with such a struggling team, he still manages to score 40 pts., and capture the 30,000 plus points, (refer to the Kobe Bryant blog). People tell me I can’t be bias, if I’m writing about every single team in the NBA. But here’s the thing: I don’t have a favorite team. That’s right: I. Do. Not. Have. A. Favourite. Team. — but — then again — I’ve never had a favorite team. I have players that I love to watch.
So the power rankings this far, in the 2012-2013 season:
1. Kevin Durant (OKC)
Durant averages 27.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.3 blocks, 3.3 turnovers and shoots 51.5% from the field, 43.9% 3-pointers, 89.7% from the line.
2. Lebron James (Miami Heat)
James averages 25.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 2.6 turnovers and shoots 54.1% from the field, 42.4% on threes and 67.5% from the line.
3. Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Anthony averages 27.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, 2.6 turnovers and shoots 47.3% from the field, 45.5% on threes, 80.8% from the line.
4. Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers)
Paul averages 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 2.6 steals, 0.0 blocks, 2.2 turnovers and shoots 47.3% from the field, 32.9% on threes and 88.7% from the line.
5. Tim Duncan ( San Antonio Spurs)
Duncan averages 17.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 2.5 blocks, 1.6 turnovers and shoots 49.9% from the field, 50.0% on threes and 79.1%
(FUN Fact: They all played together this summer on the mens Olympic basketball team, in London, England 2012)
1. Oklahoma City Thunder – (19-4)
First in the Eastern Conference
2. New York Knicks – (18-5)
3. San Antonio Spurs – (19-6)
4. L.A. Clippers – (17-6)
5. Miami Heat – (15-6)