Basketball requires a lot of team effort and regardless of how talented a single guy maybe, he just needs of his teammates to step up and help the team’s cause, especially considering that the regular season is 82 games long.
Not even Michael Jordan was able to win by himself, as he had Scottie Pippen besides him and Dennis Rodman during his second threepeat, as well as very capable role players that helped him carry the load and take the Bulls to basketball heaven.
One great example of that is LeBron James, that was unable to win alone with the Cleveland Cavaliers and had to leave the team to play alongside Wade and Bosh, and he failed once again to deliver in the Finals when Kyrie and Love fell down with an injury.
And just like LeBron before them, there are currently some players that even though that they have some very decent players besides them, need much more help in their teams to actually go to distance and become NBA Champions.
5. Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert is currently the best big man left alone on an island, as he has the tools to be the most dominant center in the Association with his defensive upside and rim protection, but lacks the ability to create his own offense and isn’t very skilled with the rock in his hands.
That means that when Ricky Rubio’s having an off night or the shots aren’t falling for the rest of the Utah Jazz, Gobert can’t single-handedly lead them to the victory, and he’d be way better off elsewhere, considering a small market like Utah isn’t going to attract many All-Star players in the foreseeable future. Hold on, Stifle Tower, it will get better for you.
4. Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard has been snubbed from the top tier point guard conversation, mostly because he doesn’t have much help besides CJ McCollum to try and lead RIP City to the postseason and because he’s not the best defender you’ll find in the league.
Still, Dame is a fierce competitor and one of the deadliest scorers in the history of the league, and even though McCollum is an outstanding scorer as well, they need yet another piece in their team to make some noise in a very wild and crowded Western Conference.
3. John Wall
Wall has improved every aspect of his game ever since entering the league, becoming a consistent shooter (even from long range) and also one of the best playmakers and passers in the league right now, and without any kind of doubt the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.
Nonetheless, the team’s front office has struggled to lure top-notch talents to play alongside him, and even though Bradley Beal and Otto Porter have really stepped up, they’re still a piece or two from trying to end LeBron’s dominance in the east.
2. Kristaps Porzingis
There’s absolutely no doubt that the New York Knicks landed a true gem in Kristaps Porzingis, perhaps the only thing they’ve done well since James Dolan became the team’s majority owner, and they got their franchise cornerstone for the long run in the young big man.
Furthermore, even though he’s thriving as the team’s go-to guy, the Knickerbockers don’t have the kind of personnel to even reach the playoffs at this moment, and they’re going to need to use that old New York City charm to find All-Star caliber talent to pair with the Latvian, a future MVP candidate for sure.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Talking about MVP candidates, what about Giannis Antetokounmpo? A youngster that never ceases to amaze never ceases to work, and never ceases to improve and outplay every guy that dares to try and stop him from scoring.
Giannis is making a case for the Most Valuable Player this season with incredible displays of talent, and even though the Bucks have built a very interesting and capable squad, they need another All-Star to take the East for assault, and they’re hoping Jabari Parker returns from injury to be the guy everybody expected him to be during his Duke stint.