My Five Top Players So Far This NBA Season

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(courtesy of Flickr) Giannis Antetokounmpo

These are my five top players to watch this year so far in the NBA.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo(Milwaukee Bucks)

Known as the “Greek Freak”, who having a great year with the Bucks. He is averaging 29.3 points, 4.5  assists, and 10.4 rebounds per game with the Bucks. He also a future candidate to win Most Valuable Player award in his career and he only 23 years old. Giannis Antetokounmpo is able to pass the ball, rebound the ball, get down in the post, get into the paint, and get the fans up from their seats after dunking the ball. He does have a decent mid range jump shot but is not a contest  shooter, but if he improves on that as the season goes on, he’ll be a threat to the NBA. He can also be a great defender that steals the ball or block his opponent shot. Antetokounmpo has also had 30 to 40 points a couple of times this year. He has mostly improved on his game after losing to Raptors last year in the playoffs

 

James Harden(Houston Rockets)

Known as “Fear the Beard” who having another balling season after finishing second in the Most Valuable Player award. He is averaging, 32.5 points, 9.2 assists, and 5.2 rebounds so far this season.There was a concern that his numbers after the Rockets traded for Chris Paul, and whether or not would have the ball more to make plays for their teammates. Since Chris Paul has been injured here and there this season, Harden has been able to do the same thing like he did last year. He able to create his own shot, dribble past his defenders, make plays for his teammates, and become the go to player when needed to score. Was also the first player to have a back to back 50 points since Kobe Bryant in 2007.

 

Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)

After getting traded to to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas from the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving is finding his leadership role with his new team.He is averaging 24.7 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds so far this year.  After Kyrie got traded, it was clear wanted to be the number one player on whatever team he played for. He got Gordon Hayward but lost him at the start of the season due to a terrible injury and there were corners of that being a huge downfall in team struggle. Athrough Irving was able to carry the team by making play, being crafty with the ball, creating his own shot, make his way to the bucket and show leadership to team and young players by giving advice. As the season goes on, it between the Cavaliers and Celtics fight for the top of the East,

 

Lebron James ( Cleveland Cavaliers)

A lot of of things have happened for James, getting new teammates like Isaiah Thomas, Joe Crowder, Jeff Green and one of his former teammates Dwyane Wade. He is averaging 27.8 points, 9.3 assists, and 8.3 rebounds so far this season.  The Cavaliers did get off to a rough start to the NBA season, but were able to understand each other throughout the season and play more better. Even at the age of 33, James can still defend, get into the paint, have a mid range game, post up his opponents and play almost any position the team needs him to play. He has improved his three point shot this year and it looks like his age isn’t affecting him at all.

 

Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks)

The Knicks traded Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder and that meant that Porzingis was going to be the go to man for the Knicks. He is averaging 24.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks so far this season. It look like the Knicks were going for a rebuild season but with  Porzingis  and his teammates, they’re pushing for a playoff spot in the East and getting a couple wins this season so far.   Porzingis  is able to spread the floor on the court, shoot his shot from almost anywhere and block his opponents shots when he got the chance.

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