Hello everyone! When I first started on this site, I started an opinion piece series called “Prince’s Thoughts” giving my insight on various WWE topics. I have decided to revive the series, but focus on basketball this time around. Today I will be discussing my top 5 players in the NBA for the 2018/2019 season. I know my list will spark some debate, but that’s what opinion pieces are for!
Without further ado, here are my top 5 players this year:
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
I have no idea how to pronounce his name, but what I do know is that this man is a beast. He’s the 2nd best player in the East in my opinion and has made the Bucks a worthy threat in the Eastern Conference. The “Greek Freak” was tied fourth in the league last season in scoring while averaging a double-double that included 10 RPG. Every season Giannis has increased his PPG, RPG, and FG%.
Giannis is already off to a rocket start this season, and if he continues to play at this level, both he and the Bucks are going to have a great season – and potentially great playoff run. I’m starting to question whether this man is even human, and I know I cannot be the only one thinking that.
4. Anthony Davis
Similar to Giannis, Anthony Davis gets better every single year. He’s quite possibly the best big man I have seen in the league since the likes of Shaq and Tim Duncan. Davis can play below the rim, outside the paint, and be a dominant presence offensively and defensively. His athleticism, basketball IQ and pure dominance makes Davis a player to look out for every year and is the backbone of the Pelicans team.
The Pelicans are experiencing a bit of a rough start to the season in part due to the departure of DeMarcus Cousins; however, Davis is performing at a high level as always. The Western conference is always a tough conference, but I do feel like the Pelicans will make the playoffs. Leading that playoff run will once again be Anthony Davis.
3. Kawhi Leonard
Personally, my favorite current basketball player. Leonard is the best two – way player in the league; he can lock down the league’s best players, score in the most clutch moments, and is now the best player in the East with his arrival in Toronto.
Toronto is off to an explosive start this season. They’re currently ranked #1 in the East, and show no signs of slowing down. Leonard’s effect on the Raptors is immediately noticeable as there’s more spacing on the floor for shooters, and the team as a whole is more defensively aware. The Raptors always play well in the regular season but end up choking come playoffs. Leonard is a previous Finals MVP and NBA Champion and is the “it” factor the Raptors needed. As long as he stays healthy, I predict a solid playoff run for the Raptors since LeBron is no longer a threat in the East.
2. Kevin Durant
KD gets hated on for his move to the Warriors, but that doesn’t deny the fact that he is an amazing basketball player. He has proven to be one of the best players in the league. He’s probably the most innovate offensive player in the NBA and his continuous improvement on the defensive side of things only makes him a greater threat. Sure, he’s petty, but on the court, he’s all business.
It comes as no surprise to anyone, the Warriors are off to a dominant start of the season. Arguably the most stacked roster in NBA history, Durant’s success has to be attributable to the team he is on. To be considered as one of the best to ever play the game, Kevin Durant has to win a championship on another team. If he doesn’t, it will be the legacy of the Warriors that will be remembered, not his contribution to the team.
1. LeBron James
Without a doubt, the best baller of this decade. Entering his 16th season in the league, he is in the prime of his career and remains the best player in the NBA. The fact that I can even say that is downright scary and is a testament to LeBron’s basketball IQ, athleticism, and pure skill.
If any other player in the league swapped positions with LeBron last season, the Cavs would have been eliminated in April. I know I’m praising LeBron a lot here, but he singlehandedly took the Cavs to the finals in a playoff run that will be written about for years to come. No other player is as impactful to the game as LeBron as he can completely change a franchise. Don’t believe me? Look at the Cavs without him. You can love him, you can hate him, but if you disagree that he is the best player in the league, I will kindly remove you off any social media platform.
In a surprising turn of events, LeBron signed with the Lakers this offseason. They’re a team that’s essentially the Cavs 2.0 but in a much harder conference. The Lakers are off to a sluggish start, as expected, and time will tell to see when they start to click. LeBron obviously was aware that this would happen when he signed with the team, but even his patience will run out eventually. I do believe that the Lakers will make the playoffs because once again, it is LeBron, but making it to the finals seems like a huge stretch. If LeBron were to ever win a championship on the Lakers, it only adds to a GOAT-worthy resume, and he will be one of the few players to win a championship in both conferences.
There you go! My top 5 players in the league this season. Agree? Disagree? I know there are some big names that are not on this list, so I’m curious to know what your top 5 would be. Follow me on twitter @thisisgillie to stay updated with more basketball and wrestling news. Until next time, thank you for reading!