Here’s the big question: Who is the best player in the NBA?
And how do you determine the best; is it the guy with the most awards? The guy who plays the best that season? Or the guy who grinds it out night by night?
The new NBA season is fast approaching people and we’re going to take a look at four guys who could be the best player in the league.
First up let’s start with the man who has a name that match his accolades, LeBron James. The four-time MVP has reigned over the NBA with an iron fist proving year after year why he is mentioned in the GOAT conversation but as he goes into his 18th season things have started to slow down a little.
He joined the Los Angeles Lakers in hopes of dragging a battered franchise out of the mud, but after only playing 55 games last season and missing a career high of 17 games straight with a strained groin, he realised he couldn’t do it alone.
The Lakers brought in Anthony Davis to help him win his fourth ring and even offered him his illustrious number 23 jersey. Some say lebron has lost his crown and I’d say they are right.
Onto the man they call the beard, James Harden.
Harden averaged 36 points per game last year, that was more than anyone in the league, shooting 36% from 3 and nailing 88% from the line. Harden, being a former MVP and runner up last year, holds a big case for being the league’s best player as his Houston team were the only real challengers against the Warriors over the last three seasons.
Despite being a former NBA assist leader people say he’s got to work on his ball distribution, none the less he’s always in the conversation for the best player in the league.
The next in line is a man who is determined as ever, the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Giannis led the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals last year just coming short to a man we will talk about very soon.
He won MVP last year but insists that he doesn’t want to hear about it again.
He claims the Giannis that won MVP is only 60% off what he really can be. We admire the enthusiasm.
He averaged 27 points last year and 12 rebounds but he still needs to work on his jumper. An improved jump shot will make him a much better player, working on his free throws wouldn’t do any harm either as he scraped 70% from the line last year. The Greek Freak seems determined – maybe the MVP can be consistently the best player in the league?
And last but certainly not least we come to the Klaw, Kawhi Leonard.
He, some would say, single handedly won the Raptors the title against one of the greatest teams ever. And yes, Golden State had their injuries but take nothing away from the board man.
Leonard collected 26 points per game last year and put up a more than respectable 38% from range.
Although he played in all 24 postseason games, he only played in 60 regular season games because of load management. He sat out a lot of games to avoid injury and hey I guess it worked, with the champ moving over to LeBron’s rivals in LA and bringing along last year’s MVP candidate Paul George.
Does he have the credentials to be the best player in the league?
The two-time champ, two-time finals MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year is being called the dynasty killer, killing off the 2014 LeBron-led Miami Heat and the 2019 Warriors but I mean one man can’t take credit for that alone, can he?
Nevertheless, Leonard has had a great career thus far and if he wins a championship in LA, I’d say he’s putting his claim to the throne.
So that’s the main guys, let us know what you think.