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The Top 10 Active NBA Players

Looking at the Top Players in the League After the 2017-2018 Season

The 2017-2018 NBA Season is now over, and there is no surprise that The Golden State Warriors have won again with their three-headed monster of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson. But where do these great players rank against all active NBA players of today? These are the top 10 players of today's NBA. 

10. Klay Thompson

2017-2018: 20, 3.8, 2.5

Klay Thompson is quite forgotten when thinking of top players in the league because he plays with Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. To still average 20 points a game while playing with these two superstar scorers is already impressive. Add in the fact that Klay Thompson is a top defender in the league, then there is no question of why he shouldn't be in the top ten. If Klay Thompson was on a team where he's the number one option, he could arguably average 30 points a game. 

9. Giannis Antetokounmpo

2017-2018: 26.9, 10, 4.8

Giannis who? Antetokounmpo's development is nothing short of spectacular. He won most improved player of the year the last two seasons. He could have even been in the argument for the 2018 season as well. Giannis took a very messy Milwaukee Bucks to the playoffs this year. Giannis has freakish athleticism that allows him to be one of the toughest players to guard in the NBA. A 6'11" player with a wingspan of 7'0" and can run down the court as fast as some guards are what can be used to describe Antetokounmpo's athleticism. However, that can only take a player so far as Giannis doesn't have a consistent three-pointer and his basketball IQ just isn't quite there yet. It'll be interesting to see how he develops being he's only 23, the youngest on the list. 

8. Russell Westbrook

2017-2018: 25.4, 10.1, 10.3

Mr. Triple Double... He averaged a triple double and he's ranked 8? It feels rude to rank him at 8 seeing his numbers, but other then his stats, there isn't much to argue a higher spot with. His team which had high expectations didn't amount to much. His field goal efficiency is mediocre at best. Westbrook is a great player that puts up stats, not banners. He's another freak athlete like Giannis, but it's almost like he doesn't play well with other stars...

7. Chris Paul

2017-2018: 18.6, 5.4, 7.9

Chris Paul is like the opposite guard of Westbrook. A very controlled point guard that plays well with other stars. He won't average a triple-double, but he will make the right plays a team needs. It was a very unfortunate ending to the season for Paul. If he would have played in game 7, who knew what would have happened. He's just a very efficient and complete point guard that any player would want to play with.

6. Kawhi Leonard

2017-2018: 16.2, 4.7, 2.3

Kawhi just played 9 games this season. He didn't look all that impressive in them either. But we all know now that Kawhi wasn't completely healthy either. It was hard for me not to include him on this list. He's arguably the best defender in the league with an impressive ability to score. He'll have a strong 2018-2019 season and show us what we've missed this season. On another note with Kawhi, trade rumors are being talked about him leaving the Spurs.

5. Anthony Davis

2017-2018: 28.1, 11.1, 2.3

Anthony Davis is the only guy on this list who you won't see taking the ball up the court. Davis has a strong defensive game in the paint and a smooth scoring ability in the post. He is a complete forward that'll give you a lot of points, rebounds, and blocks. Him and Jrue Holiday played well in the playoffs together, being the only team to sweep in the first round. Put some more strong players not named Demarcus Cousins around Davis and he could have multiple championships in the future. 

4. Steph Curry

2017-2018: 26.4, 5.1, 6.1

He's the best shooter in the league. He could even be considered the best shooter in NBA history, but let's get into that debate another time. Curry had quite a few injuries this season that hurt his chances of being in the MVP debate. He still had a solid season and showed us why his team went 72-9 without KD. He's a terrific scorer with a knack to get the ball in the hoop. His defensive ability hurts his chances to be considered the best player in the NBA and that is why his position is fourth.

3. James Harden

2017-2018: 30.4, 5.4, 8.8

James Harden isn't a freakish athlete compared to the names on this list, but he makes up that lost in athleticism with his IQ on the court. He makes smart passes to open teammates and creates open shots with his quick trigger step back. He also knows how to draw fouls so well, the NBA put in a rule to limit his free throw attempts a game. He's an efficient player on the court and led the Rockets to a number 1 seed in the east. James Harden's offensive game is strong, but his defense is terrible, to say the least. It seems at times he doesn't even try when he's on defense. That's his biggest knock on why he's not number 1 on this list. 

2. Kevin Durant

2017-2018: 26.4, 6.8, 5.4

Kevin Durant is a fantastic scorer and a solid defender. His length and athleticism are what helps him be such a good player. Kevin Durant doesn't really have any strong weaknesses in his game. The only knock you can say on this guy is he doesn't deserve his rings and he tweets a little too much, but overall Durant is a great basketball player. It'll be interesting to see what happens with him this offseason, but it seems like he's going to stay with the Warriors. 

1. Lebron James

2017-2018: 27.5, 8.6, 9.1

This was the first time ever in Lebron James's career in which he played all 82 games. In his 15th season slowing down is the opposite of what actually happened this season. He only seemed better. He had to take a higher workload this season without Irving and that could be the reason why he averaged more points and assists than last season. His improved three-pointer also helped out as he didn't have to drive it to the basket to score every possession. Lebron is still the king with his freak athleticism and his high basketball IQ. With the way he played this season, who knows if he'll ever be dethroned?

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