NBA Top 10 Revised

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Collaborative Posts
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Back in September, ESPN released its top 10 NBA players according to their esteemed writers. So I (Mr. EIC) thought that it was important to have my esteemed panel  (Allen and Chika) comprise their list of the top 10 players given the results of the season thus far.

We first visit ESPN’s top 10 list which goes as follows: Blake Griffin, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzski, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard and LeBron James. Give a little commentary as to where these guys have ended up on the list and the finish it off with a newly revised top 10. 

Feel free to comment and please do not hesitate to berate these writers.

E-I-C

10. Blake Griffin
Shawn Kemp without a jumpshot, real post moves or an ability to play defense. Vince Carter without a jumpshot. There’s absolutely no way this player ever deserved to be in the top 10. ESPN decided to drink their own kool-aid a bit, by adding this guy to the top 10. Especially considering “Lob City” has not been nearly as effective as most thought they would be considering the hype going into the season. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate his dunks… Drops out of the top 10, possibly not even top 15.

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9. Deron Williams
If he didn’t play for the Nets in the black-hole that is New Jersey, he would be considered a top 10 player. But I can’t change reality, so no matter what kind of numbers he puts up, he’s going to be relegated to about the 4th or 5th best Point guard in the league. Drops out of the top 10.

8. Derrick Rose
With all of his injuries and the fact that the Bulls are pretty much the same team with him as they are without him, I say he’s appropriately rated. I think Rose will be a victim of the Ewing theory come playoff time. No matter how good you are, when you’re injured and miss a good chunk of the season, you can’t turn it on just because it’s the playoffs. Drops 1 spot.

7. Kobe Bryant
He’s playing the most minutes of any player in the league in his 16th season. He’s leading the league in scoring and almost single-handedly keeping the Lakers afloat. At least that’s the argument Lakers/Kobe apologists will make. For the purposes of this list, I will ignore his Allen Iverson esq. numbers and join the “Kobe is a fearless warrior who can do no wrong” and move him up. Moves up 1 spot.

6. Kevin Durant
Although I believe LeBron James should win the MVP considering he was having the best statistical season in history up until about the All-Star break and his numbers are still stellar. Kevin Durant will be the MVP, because that’s what everyone wants. He’s more likeable and dare I say more admirable than LeBron James. Plus he was anointed the MVP in the beginning of the year, so technically it was his to lose. Moves up 4 spots.

5. Dirk Nowitzki
Still doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a top 20 player of all-time, but he had a slow start and his just rounding back into form at the right time. Drops 3 spots

4. Chris Paul
Best point guard in the league. The biggest difference maker as a little guy in the league. It’s not even close either. Appropriately Rated.

3. Dwayne Wade
Best shooting guard in the league. Former Finals MVP that can do no wrong in the eyes of the media, even though his team is 9-1 without him. The closer for the Heat. Drops 2 spots.

2. Dwight Howard
I can’t possibly have him this high considering the fact that he’s still a mediocre offensive Big Man. He still has wildly inconsistent weeks where he’ll score 40 one night and 12 the next. Still the Defensive Player of the Year and still the most dominant big center in the league. Drops 1 spot.

1. LeBron James
The highest ceiling of any player in the league and still not there yet. I’ll take a guy who has a bad day and still puts up 25-5-5. He can be disengaged and score 23. That’s impressive.
Appropriately Rated.

Top 10 List
1. LeBron James
2. Kevin Durant
3. Dwight Howard
4. Chris Paul
5. Dwayne Wade
6. Kobe Bryant
7. Kevin Love
8. Dirk Nowitzki
9. Derrick Rose
10.Rajon Rondo

ALL II

10. Blake Griffin
Never thought he belonged on this list and after watching his body of work this season I still don’t think he belongs. Speaks to the power of dunking and highlights. Griffin is probably the most overrated player in the league – which is not saying he is bad but certainly not top ten. At the very least Kevin Love should be here (though probably higher).

9. Deron Williams
Not his best season by any stretch of the imagination. I put Westbrook over him thus far and drop him out the top ten. I imagine he will be back when he gets out of that hell hole in New Jersey.

8. Derrick Rose
Underrated on this list. Needs to be in the top five as the reigning MVP and someone who’s shot selection is as bad as Kobe. Injuries are not helping his case so maybe fifth is where he should be but needs to be higher.

7. Kobe Bryant
Speaking of the Mamba. Appropriately rated. Not shooting at his normal clip but who is this season? Still selfish, motivated beyond belief, and rubbing up against head coaches.

6. Kevin Durant
Must be higher. The guy is arguably the best scorer in the league, quality defensive player, and the performance leader on his team – though Mr. Westbrook is the team leader. Elite player and should be in the top three.

5. World Champion Dirk Nowitzki
My main man has struggled mightily with injuries but has been up to his old, high quality ways after getting back in shape several weeks into the season. Being that it is a shortened season, his early poor production cannot be ignored. Still top ten, probably tenth. Drop.

4. Chris Paul
Needs to be one position higher. He is a definite MVP runner up contender and the best point guard in the league.

3. Dwayne Wade
Gets the most “passes” in the league: people ignoring his poor play because he is next to Lebron James. Still a top ten player but should be dropped because the top three players bring it EVERY time. They also don’t flop around like the English Premier League.

2. Dwight Howard
Lower. Needs to do more. Too much drama.

1. Lebron James
The Best Basketball Player In The World. No One Is Better. No One Is Close. Should Never Move From Number One.

Top 10

1. Lebron
2. Durant
3. Paul
4. Wade
5. Rose
6. Nowitzki
7. Kobe
8. Howard
9. Love
10. Westbrook

Cheeks

10. Blake Griffin
Has disappointed this season. Production has decreased pretty much across the board. Has shown no improvement in his game, particularly developing the mid-range jumper and he is still a bad defender. Drops out of the top 10.

9. Deron Williams
Has transformed his style of play from primarily pass-first to shoot-first. Probably due to the poor talent that surrounds him. As a result, his efficiency has suffered. Daily, I waver between he and Westbrook for the 3rd best point guard in the league. As of today, I am not on his side. Drops out of the top 10.

8. Derrick Rose
One thing that very few people notice or talk about is how much he has improved defensively. Was once an atrocious defender but now an above average defender. Also has improved his floor generalship. The one blemish is his propensity to shoot threes. 4.5 attempts per game is way too much for a poor three point shooter! Best point guard in the league by the slimmest of margins. Moves up 3 spots.

7. Kobe Bryant
Has cost his team several games this season because of his selfish, self-indulgent habits. Seems at times to be more concerned with getting shots up than playing inside-out. Doesn’t realize that he can’t carry offenses anymore and as a result, continues to force up shots leading to his least efficient season in years. Drops 3 spots. (Addendum: I seriously considered dropping him out completely)

6. Kevin Durant
Has become a more efficient scorer despite taking on more playmaking duties. But still needs to improve his off-the-dribble game. Moves up 3 spots.

5. Dirk Nowitzki
Having one of his worst seasons in years and yet is producing at a high level and is improving with every game. No longer is he the best power forward in the game. That title now goes to Kevin Love (26ppg & 14rpg). Drops 3 spots.

4. Chris Paul
Runs a team better than anyone. Has excellent vision and is remarkably efficient. His style of play is more appealing to me than Rose’s. Not gonna lie. There are days that I think that he is best point guard in the game. Second best point guard in the league by the slimmest of margins. Drops 2 spots.

3. Dwayne Wade
He is the best shooting guard in the league. No doubt about it. Has the second best player efficiency rating (PER) this season. Drops 1 spot.

2. Dwight Howard
Disappointedly, it seems that he will never reach his potential offensively. Should be averaging upwards of 25 points per game because of how physically imposing he is. Nevertheless, his impact defensively is second to none. Properly rated.

1. LeBron James
Only a few weeks ago, he was on pace to have the best statistically efficient season EVER. Need I say more? Properly rated.

Top 10
1. LeBron James
2. Dwight Howard
3. Kevin Durant
4. Dwayne Wade
5. Derrick Rose
6. Chris Paul
7. Kevin Love
8. Dirk Nowitzki
9. Russell Westbrook
10. Kobe Bryant

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