Summer Leauge is already here which means most of the NBA rosters are already set, and while we’re going to see a lot of trades go on throughout the season, several top-tier players are likely to stay put for most of the season.
You just can’t win in this league unless you have a star, and while some teams are lucky enough to have at least two on their roster, others can’t brag about that. Today check the best player on each team.
Atlanta Hawks – Trae Young
Trae Young has only been in the league for one year but he’s already making a huge impact. He doesn’t want to be compared with Stephen Curry, even though the resemblances are quite obvious at times.
Young has unlimited range and is a very creative and skilled playmaker and has only gotten better with time, so we can definitely expect him to take a huge step forward during his sophomore season.
Boston Celtics – Kemba Walker
The Boston Celtics lost Kyrie Irving but ended up locking a very similar player, at least, statistically. Kemba Walker is one of the best point guards in the league, and he’s a much better teammate for sure.
Walker isn’t the average pass-first kind of point guard but is a crafty scorer and a better defender than Kyrie and his restless work ethic have helped him earn a lot of respect around the league.
Brooklyn Nets – Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant won’t be suiting up for the upcoming NBA season but he’s still the best player on their roster and probably the only player in the league that could get a max contract weeks after tearing his Achilles.
Durant is a walking bucket from all three levels and has grown to become one of the most versatile defenders in the league as well. With him on the roster, the Nets are a legit championship contender.
Charlotte Hornets – Terry Rozier
The Charlotte Hornets may have overpaid for Terry Rozier’s services for sure, but he’s shown glimpses of being an above the average scorer and playmaker that may take a step forward given the playing time.
Still, the Hornets are stuck in basketball hell right now with no true superstar caliber players on their roster and Rozier isn’t likely going to be their savior, but he’s definitely their best player as of right now.
Chicago Bulls – Zach LaVine
The Chicago Bulls have put together quite a nice young core for their future so choosing one of their prospects wasn’t an easy task. However, LaVine is the most likely to be an All-Star first for them.
LaVine has all the tools to become a successful NBA player and even though his defense is yet to catch up with his explosiveness and ability to pull up from distance, his freakish athleticism and hops make him a great entertainer for sure.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Kevin Love
The Cleveland Cavaliers struggled once again without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but at least they could keep Kevin Love on board to work as their veteran mentor for their rebuilding process.
Love is a vastly underrated player because of the fact that he embraced a much lesser role on their Big 3, but he’s a scoring and rebounding machine, an intelligent facilitator, and a much better defender people give him credit for.
Dallas Mavericks – Luka Doncic
The Dallas Mavericks landed a diamond on Luka Doncic, the most experienced young rookie to make it to the league in quite some time. He crushed the Rookie of the Year race and it’s only getting started.
Doncic can do a little bit of everything and his offense is already way ahead of schedule and the Mavericks will have a sweet young core for the future with him and Kristaps Porzingis playing side by side.
Denver Nuggets – Nikola Jokic
It’s crazy to think that Nikola Jokic actually slipped all the way to the second round of the Draft after all we’ve seen out of him and the way he’s become one of the world’s best big men in no time at all.
Jokic is already one of the best passing big men to ever make it to the league and he’s truly made the Nuggets better. Having a point center that can shoot the three and create for others really opens up the floor.
Detroit Pistons – Blake Griffin
The Detroit Pistons took a major gamble when they traded for Blake Griffin and sadly for them, it hasn’t paid off yet, but not because of him, as he played arguably the best ball of his career last season.
Griffin and Drummond are a spacing nightmare and not the best fit for modern basketball but he’s really improved in all the aspects of his game and nobody seems to value him as a star anymore.
Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry
The Golden State Warriors lost both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, but actually, this was always Stephen Curry’s team, and he’s not going anywhere until the very end of his career, you can be sure of that.
Now it will be up to the two-time MVP to prove his doubters wrong and put the Warriors on his shoulders to take them back to Championship contention without two-thirds of their Big 3 for most of the season.
Houston Rockets – James Harden
James Harden is coming off a historically good season and you may argue he could’ve won the MVP award for 4 straight seasons now. That’s just how good, dominant and prolific he is with the rock on his hands.
He’s still in debt come playoff time and defense is going to be an issue with him every time he steps on the floor, but even with his flaws he’s the best shooting guard in the league and it’s not even close.
Indiana Pacers – Victor Oladipo
The Indiana Pacers were dealt a major blow when Victor Oladipo was forced to miss the remainder of the season, but there’s no doubt he’s going to pick up things where he left them last year.
Oladipo really surged as the Pacers’ go-to-guy and improved as a primary ball-handler as well. He’s a terrific defender and versatile scorer and is going to make multiple All-Star appearances for sure.
Los Angeles Clippers – Kawhi Leonard
The Los Angeles Clippers completely shook the world by signing Kawhi Leonard and also adding Paul George to their already impressive core of Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams.
Kawhi Leonard is not only the best player on the Clippers but also the best player in the world right now. He led the Raptors to their first title in franchise history and is capable of locking down the best scorers in the world on a nightly basis.
Los Angeles Lakers – LeBron James
LeBron James will be on a mission next season and now that he’s had a full summer to rest his body for the first time in 15 years, most people think we’re going to see the best LeBron yet next year and that’s a scary tough.
James has always been a top-5 player in the league and he’s definitely going to be in the mix for MVP next season after putting together quite an interesting roster in the offseason with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
Memphis Grizzlies – Jonas Valanciunas
The Memphis Grizzlies are stacked with talent right now, so talent-wise, Jonas Valanciunas isn’t nearly top 3 on their roster right now. However, he’s the most experienced and productive among their active players.
Whether he’ll have a starring role with them next season or not is yet to be seen, but the future is definitely bright at Memphis with Jaren Jackson Jr, Ja Morant, Grayson Allen, and Brandon Clarke on board.
Miami Heat – Jimmy Butler
Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat were tired of waiting to go back to Championship contention so they took matters into their own hands and were able to snatch Jimmy Butler out of the Philadelphia 76ers.
There are always going to be some character concerns with Butler but he’s a top-5 two-way player in the league and a guy eager to win at all costs. The Heat will be back in the mix next season, especially if they keep on adding more talent.
Milwaukee Bucks – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Obviously, there’s not a better player on the Milwaukee Bucks’ roster than the league’s current MVP, a freak of nature that just keeps getting better and better as the years go by and is yet to scratch the surface of his potential.
Once Giannis Antetokounmpo starts consistently knocking down shots, there’s just not going to be a humanly possible way of stopping him once he sets foot on the floor. He’s already an MVP but isn’t satisfied.
Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl-Anthony Towns
Talent-wise, Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the most talented big men in the league. He’s got the combination of old-school fundamentals with the range of a modern center, something you don’t see very often.
However, the Minnesota Timberwolves really need him to embrace his role as a leader and find his groove on the defensive end of the floor, where he tends to over help or get caught between screens.
New Orleans Pelicans – Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday is now the leader of the New Orleans Pelicans after they finally traded away Anthony Davis to put together one of their most talented rosters the league has seen in a lot of time.
Holiday is a lockdown defender that can average double-digit assists with ease as well. He can run the point or play off-ball, pull up or drive and keep defenses guessing all the time, and he could be an All-Star again next season.
New York Knicks – Julius Randle
The New York Knicks have put their hands on a lot of talent over the last couple of years with Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Allonzo Trier, RJ Barrett, and Ignas Brazdeikis, but none of them is better (as of today) than Julius Randle.
Randle is a much better ball handler than people credit him for. He’s a hustler on both ends of the floor and his grit and effort can be contagious. He lacks size and range, but he makes up for it with top-notch strength and athleticism.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Chris Paul
With Russell Westbrook and Paul George out of the team, Chris Paul is now the Oklahoma City Thunder’s biggest star, even if he hasn’t been the best version of himself lately. The team is expected to try and move him before the start of the season, though, as they look to continue pursuing their rebuilding process.
Paul was once one of the most respected and feared point guards in the league for his ability to impact both sides of the hardwood, but he’s lost some of his first-step quickness and explosiveness.
Orlando Magic – Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic is coming off the best season of his career and he secured a huge bag of money from the Orlando Magic in the summer, so perhaps there’s going to be a bit of regression next year.
However, he’s proven to be more than capable of averaging double-digit points and rebounds on a nightly basis even against some of the best defending big men in the league, although his defense is far from elite.
Philadelphia 76ers – Joel Embiid
Talking about elite defenders, Joel Embiid must be near the top of that list. He can guard all the way to the perimeter, play below the rim, and lock down the toughest and most dominant scoring big men in the world.
All that while being a master of the post and even being able of pulling up to hit an occasional three-pointer. He’s going to be in the mix for the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards year after year if he’s healthy.
Phoenix Suns – Devin Booker
It’s crazy to think that Devin Booker has been around the league for so much time and he hasn’t even turned 23 years old yet, so he’s nowhere near his ceiling and is only going to get better as the years go by.
Booker is a scoring machine that can put defenders on skates with ease, he’s improved as a ball-handler and creator for his teammates, and has even made some strides on defense. He’ll be a scoring champion in no time.
Portland Trail Blazers – Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard always plays like he has a chip on his shoulder and that’s one of the main reasons why you can’t hate on him or disrespect him, even if you don’t like his lack of defensive skills.
Lillard can score in bunches and has proven time after time that he’s one of the most clutch players to ever lace them up, and he continues to take the Blazers to Championship contention against all odds.
Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox’s career didn’t get off to the best of starts but once the game started to slow down for him and he found his groove, he’s only gotten better and is making the Kings look like a promising project.
Fox is a great defender already, he’s fast, strong, and one of the smartest creators in the league. He’s come huge in the clutch and is improving as a three-point shooter as well, so beware, California.
San Antonio Spurs – DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan is getting a lot of hate right now as he was pretty much used as the Toronto Raptors ‘sacrificial lamb’, as per his words, on their way to becoming a Championship winning franchise.
Still, DeRozan wasn’t the reason why they weren’t able to thrive in the playoffs early on. He’s a great scorer, playmaker, and defender, although his lack of a three-point shot has always been a concern.
Toronto Raptors – Kyle Lowry
While Marc Gasol is more talented than Kyle Lowry, the ladder is coming off the best year of his career and finally took a step forward as the team’s leader in the playoffs in both ends of the hardwood.
Lowry put his haters at ease for good by playing so well all year long and especially in their Championship run. He’s one of the league’s best three-point shooters and playmakers right now for sure.
Utah Jazz – Rudy Gobert
The Utah Jazz is stacked and are going to be a major threat right now with their core of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Joe Ingles, but is Rudy Gobert the one that will play the biggest part on their team.
Gobert is the glue that holds together their project, a lock-down defender and the league’s best rim protector. He’s also made great strides in the offensive end and if he stays healthy, he’ll be an All-Star next season.
Washington Wizards – Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal should demand a trade out of the Washington Wizards, a team that won’t be competing for a playoff spot for at least one more season and that’s completely wasting his talents.
Beal is one of the best shooting guards in the league. He’s not just a shooter as people say, but also a great driver and playmaker and his lateral quickness make him deadly in switches as well, so hopefully, he’ll get out of the Wizards pretty soon.