Note to my readers: This article first appeared on my All Net blog.
Time flies, NBA fans. It’s mid-September already, which means it’s time to reveal the best ballers in the game for the upcoming NBA season.
Training camps around the league open next week, and incredibly the NBA regular season tips off in about month on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
So without further ado, here are my Top 10 Players for the 2010-2011 NBA Season. Please read, enjoy and drop a comment.
10). Brandon Roy, 26, Portland Trail Blazers. Roy has one of the most complete games in the league. He can do it all with the rock in his hands, and he’s an excellent defender as well. His career numbers are scary: 20.5 points, 5 dishes, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per night.
9). Chris Paul, 25, New Orleans Hornets. CP3 unfortunately slips a bit on my Top 10 list this time around after playing in only half the NBA season last season. But when his game’s clicking, the flashy point guard is, if not the most, one of the most exciting players to watch in the league.
8). Chris Bosh, 26, Miami Heat. Bosh probably had his best season as a pro last year in Toronto, averaging 24 points and close to 11 bounds a game. The lanky, versatile big man’s numbers may dip with the Heat, but public interest in him should hopefully rise.
7). Deron Williams, 26, Utah Jazz. Williams, who led the league in assists last year with 11.2 a game, remains the best point guard in the NBA. Besides his superior floor leadership, he’s also an excellent defender, solid rebounder and underrated scorer.
6). Dwight Howard, 24, Orlando Magic. When not in foul trouble, Howard’s the best big man and most dominant player in the game. Last season, he led the NBA in boards, blocks and field-goal percentage while putting up 18 points a night for Orlando.
5). Kevin Durant, 21, Oklahoma Thunder. After leading the NBA in scoring last season (30.2 points) and lifting Team USA to the 2010 FIBA Championship, the young, slender Thunder phenom already warrants mention among the elite players in the league. And he turns 22 years old on Sept. 29.
4). Carmelo Anthony, 26, Denver Nuggets. No, Melo doesn’t get the hoopla like LeBron and D-Wade, but he’s just as polished a ballplayer. Anthony quietly averaged 28.3 points a night last season, so exiting Denver may be what he needs to finally garner bigger praise.
3). LeBron James, 25, Miami Heat. King James’ image took a nose-dive by abandoning Cleveland, but his ridiculous overall game stayed intact. For sure, the two-time and reigning league MVP will rack up triple-doubles this season playing in South Beach.
2). Dwyane Wade, 28, Miami Heat. D Wade elevated his game even higher last season, averaging 26.6 points, 6.5 assists and 4.8 boards a night in driving a mediocre Heat squad to a 45-37 mark and playoff berth. He then miraculously persuaded superstars LeBron and Bosh to join, yes, his team.
1). Kobe Bryant, 32, Los Angeles Lakers. After 14 grueling NBA seasons, Kobe’s body is showing some wear and tear. But despite a slight physical decline, the Lakers’ old man maintains his unparalleled poise and wits, making him once again my top player yet another season.
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