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Without a doubt, this NBA season has been one of the most exciting ones to watch in recent history. Dynamic duos are taking over the league, and we have seen a lot of great performances by the best teams and best players in the NBA.

Even if the season is currently suspended, we have seen enough evidence in the past few years to determine which player is truly the best in the world. The top 15 players in the league are all superstar quality players who can get it done on the court at the highest level. By analyzing the numbers, production, impact, and team success of all the top players in the NBA, it is time for the updated player power rankings.

 

15. Jimmy Butler

20.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 45.4% FG

Credit: NBA

Butler is a phenomenal two-way player, and the franchise star for the Miami Heat right now. His hard work, dedication to the game, and defensive dominance give him a top-15 slot. His numbers are also impressive, and Miami got the perfect man to lead their franchise going forward.

Jimmy Buckets has been a revelation for the Heat, and they look like a team on the rise especially with the performances of Bam Adebayo. If the Heat can grab a third star, they might have a chance at competing for an NBA Finals berth.

 

14. Kyrie Irving

27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 47.8% FG

(via Bleacher Report)

Much has been said about Kyrie’s leadership abilities or lack thereof, but he is still one of the best 15 players in the world. His dribbling and ability to score probably stand out the most since he is the best at getting his shot off despite being defended tightly.

Irving is once again having another solid season, although the Nets look at least one year away from competing for an NBA title. Until then, we get to watch Irving put on a show for everyone watching.

 

13. Nikola Jokic

20.2 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 52.8% FG

The big man, Nikola Jokic, is an all-around center who is the perfect player to build around in today’s NBA. He is a terrific passer, rebounder, and can shoot from the perimeter. Jokic has all the tools to influence the game and has even hit big shots as the main guy on the Denver Nuggets.

Perhaps the most impressive attribute in his game is his playmaking, as he is averaging nearly 7 assists per game as the primary point-center for the team. The game flows through Jokic, and he always comes through.

 

12. Russell Westbrook

27.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 47.4% FG

Credit: Bleacher Report

Westbrook is a top-15 player in the game, which may not even do him enough justice. When Russ is on fire and has his shot going, he might be the best player in the world.

He is extremely dominant on the court and he has the killer mentality that is sorely lacking from a lot of great players today. Russ is a triple-double machine and a great partner for James Harden.

Russ is once again putting up monster numbers in a terrific season, and he will be hungry to have some playoff success while hoping to finally capture an NBA title.

 

11. Joel Embiid

23.4 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 47.4% FG

Credit: USA Today

Even if Embiid is goofy off the court and has his heart questioned at times, he is a very talented player. Embiid is a big man with guard skills, who has the dribble moves to beat his defender and also step out from range. Where Embiid excels is in the paint, as he is a beast with his back to the basket and an excellent defensive player.

Embiid is having a frustrating season in terms of team success, although he has had some impressive performances all season long. His numbers are clear top-15 worthy, and he will be hungry for more playoff success when the season returns.

 

10. Paul George

21.0 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 43.2% FG

(Via: Bleacher Report)

George is a top ten player in the world, mainly because he can be a superstar on both ends of the floor. In fact, George is one of the best two-way players in recent history. He does everything well on the floor, without any true weakness. Last season, PG was an MVP candidate and this is the level we can expect from him when he is healthy.

The only knock on him has been his inability to be the man on a championship team, but he doesn’t need to worry about that right now because he teamed up with Kawhi Leonard. All George has to worry about is playing like a top ten player in the league.

 

9. Luka Doncic

28.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 46.1% FG

(via Forbes)

Luka has had a breakout season this year. He had carried a weak Mavericks team to a playoff spot and looks to be the franchise player for a future contender in the West.

Doncic has zero weakness on offense and has a superstar level game despite being 21 years old. He is a fantastic playmaker, a great scorer, and a terrific rebounder.

Doncic looks like he can play four positions in today’s NBA, and it is only a matter of time before he begins to climb the NBA’s ranks as one of the very best players in the game. First up, postseason success is on the agenda.

 

8. Damian Lillard

28.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 7.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 45.7% FG

Dame Time is a top-10 player in the game right now. He is an absolute force at the point guard position, thanks to his ability to explode on offense. Lillard has unlimited range, a quick first step, and an ability to create any shot he wants.

Even if this season has been a disappointment in terms of team success, this is down to poor management rather than Lillard’s performances.

Dame is the best point guard healthy right now, and when Stephen Curry returns, Lillard will want to prove that he has what it takes to be an NBA champion too.

 

7. Anthony Davis

26.7 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 2.4 BPG, 51.1% FG

(via Sports Illustrated)

Davis, thanks to his dominance on both ends of the floor, is the best big man in the game. He is long, athletic, and extremely skilled; the main reason why the Lakers are the best team in the league right now.

As great as LeBron is, Davis is younger and more able to carry a team offensively as we have seen. AD doesn’t have any weakness and has the capabilities of an All-Star guard in a center’s body.

Davis is a unique talent and he might be the most dominant teammate that LeBron James has ever had if he can sustain his level of play.

 

6. James Harden

34.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 7.4 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 43.5% FG

(via Excelsior)

Harden is the best scorer in the NBA right now. He is simply an unstoppable scoring machine who can score at least 30 points every single night in a seemingly effortless manner. Harden can carry an offense on his own, and he does not find it difficult to draw fouls and get to the line all game long.

Harden has started the season strong once again and has been the driving force behind a Rockets team that feels like they are right where they are to finally win an NBA title.

 

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo

29.6 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 54.7% FG

Credit: AP Photo

Lastly, refining (most likely two-time) MVP The Greek Freak is a top-five player in the game. He is simply phenomenal and is leading the Bucks to the best record in the East once again. Giannis cannot be contained and is the most freakish athlete we have seen since a young LeBron James. The Bucks go as Giannis carries them, and he has done a phenomenal job once again this season.

In terms of pure productivity and consistency this season, Giannis has a strong argument for being number one on this list. No player carries a load of a team, barring James Harden as Giannis does and he has the best record in his conference. Only time will tell if Giannis can manage to make an NBA Finals appearance in the next two seasons.

 

4. Stephen Curry

20.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 40.2% FG

(via CBS Sports)

The best shooter ever, Stephen Curry is the best point guard in the NBA and I doubt there is an argument for anyone else right now. Curry has changed the game, won three NBA titles, and is a two-time MVP. Despite being a slim-framed player, he is probably the most dominant scorer at the point guard position that we have ever seen.

Curry’s numbers this season have been very good, although he hurt his hand and has been out for most of the shortened season. When Curry is healthy and playing at his best, he is a top-five player in the game.

 

3. Kawhi Leonard

26.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 46.9% FG

(via Yahoo! Sports)

Even with load management and a lot of rest, Kawhi Leonard is still a top-three player in the NBA. Wh he is on the court, he is a winner. It really is that simple.

Leonard leaves his best performances for the postseason, either with the Spurs or with the Raptors, and he will look to do the same with a very talented Clippers team. Leonard is still the best perimeter defender in the league and has developed the perfect offensive game.

When Leonard plays, he is almost always the best player on the court and the player who is responsible for wins.

 

2. Kevin Durant

2018-2019 Stats: 26.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 52.1% FG

Credit: USA Today

 

KD, when healthy, is just behind LeBron James as the best player in the league. In fact, many people will claim that KD is the best player in the NBA. What separates LeBron slightly is his three NBA rings in comparison to Durant, while James also affects the game in more areas than Durant. LeBron can be placed on any team in the NBA and probably make them an instant contender, something KD or any other player can’t really do.

James is bigger, stronger, and a better playmaker than KD as well. Still, KD comes very close thanks to his scoring ability and he can score 40 points at a very efficient rate.

 

1. LeBron James

25.7 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 10.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 49.8% FG

Without a doubt, James is still the best player in the NBA. Even though Kawhi is a reigning Finals MVP and KD has won two titles in three years, LeBron is still the king. LeBron is currently leading the league in assists and has basically taken over the role of point guard for his team.

LeBron James can still be dropped on the worst team in the league and make them an instant title contender. James still does everything well on the floor and this extended rest might do his body good before he tries to capture his 4th NBA title.

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