The ten best NBA players in the league right now

So much has happened this year that it’s hard to believe that the league is only a quarter of the way through. No doubt it’s been an exciting season thus far with record-setting amount of threes flying up and the league emphasizing an offensive player’s “freedom of movement” has led to unprecedented scoring in the league’s first couple months.

Despite what Gregg Popovich sees as a less than exciting game, ‘There’s no beauty in it. It’s pretty boring‘ — we’ve found the scoring and threes has opened up the game and giving us the opposite of the 1990’s grind ball.

And it’s allowed the offensive stars of the league to shine even brighter which made us contemplate the league’s ten best players. There’s a few no-brainers to the list, and a couple surprising new players that have stepped up from a superstar last season to become an elite player in the league. Here’s the ten best NBA players in the league today (and yes, team success matters):

1. Kawhi Leonard: Wow, Leonard has made us all forget about what a train wreck of an off-season he had with his on-court play this season. He’s not only playing his signature defense, but we’re seeing a more complete Leonard and what he can do out of the Spurs system.

2. Steph Curry: Even though he’s missed a significant chunk of the season, Curry is at the height of his powers. Curry has always been a confident player,but there’s an even stronger air of confidence this season. Everything he’s done has seen so effortless.

3. LeBron James: Since moving to Los Angeles, LeBron hasn’t lost a step. He did get injured and when he left the lineup, the team went from playoff team to outside the race.  It didn’t take long for him to impose his will on the young Lakers team and show us why he’s the greatest player of his generation. With the repeal of PAPSA, Fanduel sportsbook legality allows the bookies to improve the Lakers’ chances at the playoffs with and without LeBron.

4. Giannis Antetokounmpo: The only reason Giannis is this “low” is that he’s not as unstoppable as he can and will be. There are times when teams play strong defense on his drives, his lack of outside shooting really impacts his offense. Luckily, his Bucks aren’t showing any wear from it.

5. Anthony Davis: takes a top five mostly because he’s the focal point of New Orleans on both the offense and defensive side. The Brow does it day in and day out with a lunch pail work ethic.

6. Joel Embiid: Embiid barely misses out on the top five spot mostly because he’s less versatile than AD and though his team has more wins, he has a lot more help in Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, and JJ Redick.

7. Kevin Durant: Don’t get us wrong, Durant is having a fantastic season. His assists are at a career high and he scored 40 or more points in three straight games for the first time in his career. There’s no doubt that Durant is an offensive juggernaut, but the absence of Curry showed that though Durant could score the ball, he wasn’t the most-important Warrior.

8. Blake Griffin: We’ll be honest; we wrote off Griffin when he got traded to Detroit, but he’s come back motivated and with a three point shot for a surprising Detroit Pistons squad. Before Detroit lost four in a row, they were looking to become a legit Eastern Conference contender.

9. Damian Lillard: Poor Dame Dollar, whatever he does he can’t get the respect. Even though he’s fourth in the league in scoring and leading the Trailblazers to a 15-11 record, he still finds himself eighth on this list. That’s how great the NBA has been this season.

10. Kemba Walker: The always-smiling Kemba is having his best season from the floor averaging 25.8 points for a 13-13 Hornets team.

The first seven players were easy to come up with, but it was much more difficult to determine the positions of the final three. We know lists are subjective, but we’d still like to offer our apologies to Nikola Jokic, James Harden, Tobias Harris, Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Luka Doncic — all of whom deserve honorable mention.

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