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Every NBA Team’s Best Player For The 2022-23 Season

Every NBA Team’s Best Player For The 2022-23 Season

The upcoming season is starting to get closer and closer. There are a few teams that could be looking to make a deal before the year starts, but it appears that many teams are content with their rosters. The primary core of each team is in place, with the face of the franchise looking solidified for now. Each team has a player that the franchise will look to have for the 2022-23 season. From championship contenders to rebuilders, every franchise has a player that stands out from the rest. 

Some teams have multiple players who could be seen as the best on another franchise. That is why some teams are more likely to contend for a championship than others. From the championship-winning Warriors to the bottom-feeding Rockets, each team will have a player shine. We take a look at those players right now as we enter another entertaining season.

These are the best players from every team for the 2022-23 season.

Atlanta Hawks - Trae Young

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2021-22 Stats: 28.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 9.7 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Young is taking over the league at 23 years old by coming off a sensational fourth season in the NBA. Young easily led the team in scoring as the runner-up was John Collins, with 16.2 points per game. Young nearly averaged a double-double as well with a rare high shooting percentage. He shot 46.0% from the field, 38.2% from three-point range, and 90.4% from the free throw line. Could we see a 50-40-90 Club member this season?

Boston Celtics - Jayson Tatum

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2021-22 Stats: 26.9 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.6 BPG

The Celtics have a solid core. After all, the team made the NBA Finals and legitimately had the world believing they were going to win the championship. With a 23-year-old superstar, the future is very bright. Jaylen Brown is 25 years old and coming off an All-Star season, while Marcus Smart was the Defensive Player of the Year. In the end, it all comes down to Tatum, who is still the team’s best player. He hasn’t even hit his ceiling yet, which should be a scary thought for the rest of the league.

Brooklyn Nets - Kevin Durant

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2021-22 Stats: 29.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.9 BPG

Think about all of the talents the Nets have had in recent years. The team once had Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden on the floor together. This year, the team should have Ben Simmons. Even if all four of these players were on the court together, Durant is the best. When he is healthy, Durant isn’t just the best player in the league but also an MVP candidate. If Durant can stay healthy, the Nets will remain a championship contender. Luckily for the team, he has decided to move forward and look to achieve just that.

Charlotte Hornets - LaMelo Ball

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2021-22 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 7.6 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Ball just turned old enough to purchase an alcoholic drink. Now, he has to continue to be the best player on the team. With uncertainty around Miles Bridges, the Hornets took a hit with him, likely not coming back for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, Ball was about one rebound away from leading the team in rebounds, while also leading the team in assists and steals. There is only so much Ball can do, but he nearly led the team in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. It’s like watching the guard-version of Kevin Garnett, where he is tasked with doing everything. 

Chicago Bulls - DeMar DeRozan

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2021-22 Stats: 27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.9 PG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Zach LaVine was given the largest contract in team history. However, he is not even the team’s best player for next year. DeRozan led the entire league in midrange points last season. He was also one of the most clutch players, including hitting back-to-back game-winning buzzer beaters at one point in the season. Until LaVine can prove he can take over a game and lead a team down the stretch, this recognition goes to DeRozan. 

Cleveland Cavaliers - Donovan Mitchell 

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2021-22 Stats: 25.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.2 BPG

With the Jazz, it was Gobert getting looks at being on the All-NBA Team. He was talked about more in the All-Star Game and was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Sometimes, Mitchell got lost when it came to the discussion. Mitchell has steadily improved his game every year. The comparisons to Dwyane Wade offensively are legit. He will need to improve his defense if he wants to be truly compared. However, Mitchell joins a Cavaliers team that was one of the league’s top defensive teams last year. Could the culture change help with that? We will have to see, but when it comes to offensive talent, he is going to be the missing link the team needed last year. 

Dallas Mavericks - Luka Doncic 

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2021-22 Stats: 28.4 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.6 BPG

At 22 years old, Doncic averaged a line that some players dream of doing. It was just another day in the office for him. Last year marked the third straight season Doncic made the All-NBA First Team. He could easily make it to 10 appearances and not have turned 30 years old. Doncic is more than just the best player on the Mavericks. He is growing into the face of the league. Doncic can score, shooting well from outside, and almost averaging a triple-double. Doncic will be the third player in league history to average a triple-double one day.

Denver Nuggets - Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic

2021-22 Stats: 27.1 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 7.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.9 BPG 

The player that won the MVP Award the last two seasons happens to be on the Nuggets. It’s hard to pick anyone else on the roster or league when the award for the best player in the league is right here in Denver. What’s exciting is that Jokic could easily win the MVP Award a third straight season this year to become the first three-peater since Larry Bird in the 80s. Jokic became the first player to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a season. The question we seem to be asking ourselves is what’s next?

Detroit Pistons - Cade Cunningham

Cade Cunningham

2021-22 Stats: 17.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.7 BPG

This is a toss-up between Cunningham and Saddiq Bey. Both players scored close to the number of points per game. That includes their rebounding totals as well. With that said, Cunningham shot just a little better from the field and free throw line. He also handles the main playmaking duties after leading the team in assists. The former No. 1 overall pick enters his second season in the league with the hopes of taking steps in the right direction.

Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry

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2021-22 Stats: 25.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Watching Curry win his fourth championship and first Finals MVP Award confirmed that he is one of the greatest players in NBA history. As Curry enters the new season at the age of 34, he has shown no signs of slowing down. Curry led the league in three-point field goals with 4.5 per game. That includes shooting 38.0% from that range. With Curry on the floor, no lead is safe and the Warriors should never be counted out.

Houston Rockets - Jalen Green

Jalen Green

2021-22 Stats: 15.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG

With the departure of Christian Wood, the team officially looks to the new era of Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., and Jabari Smith. The new big three into town are all 22 years old or younger. For now, Green holds the highest win shares data and the best offensive stats on average and per 36 minutes. Green just completed his rookie season and will look to take another step in his development.

Indiana Pacers - Tyrese Haliburton  

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2021-22 Stats: 15.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 8.2 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG

The Pacers went through a few players last season by dealing Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon in 2022. They are trying to start a rebuilding process led by Tyrese Haliburton, who landed from Sacramento in the move that sent Sabonis to California. Even though the Pacers have players like Myles Turner and Buddy Hield on the payroll, the young point guard is set to take over the team and lead them for the foreseeable future. This trade was considered a big steal by Indiana and Rick Carlisle will try to get the most advantage of that. 

Los Angeles Clippers - Kawhi Leonard 

Kawhi Leonard

2021-22 Stats: None (Injury)

Despite missing the entire season, Leonard remains the piece that everyone talks about. Paul George is up there with Leonard as a superstar, but when push comes to shove, it’s Leonard that takes over. Leonard owns the championship pedigree with two Finals MVP Awards. Assuming that Leonard is back 100% healthy, the Clippers should not be taken lightly.

Los Angeles Lakers - LeBron James

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2021-22 Stats: 30.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.1 BPG

At 37 years old, James continues to show he is a dominant force in this league. Age was not a factor in slowing him down as he averaged more than 30 points per game since leading the league in scoring in 2008. With Anthony Davis's inability to stay healthy and the decline of Russell Westbrook, the Lakers will once again rely on James to lead the way. With the wear and tear on his body, how much longer can he keep this up?

Memphis Grizzlies - Ja Morant

Ja Morant

2021-22 Stats: 27.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.2 APG, 0.4 BPG

The Grizzlies are in heaven with their 22-year-old superstar. Morant is coming off of a season where he was the Most Improved Player of the Year. That also included an All-Star appearance. The Grizzlies made the second round of the playoffs and pushed the Warriors to a competitive series. Morant is electrifying to watch for his highlight reel dunks and mesmerizing drives in the lane. His reckless play may not be sustainable in the future, but right now, this is incredibly fun to watch.

Miami Heat - Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

2021-22 Stats: 21.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Tyler Herro is coming off of winning Sixth Man of the Year, while Bam Adebayo is an All-Star and All-Defensive player in his own right. However, Butler is a top-tier two-way player in the league. Butler is the central cog of the offense and defense. He also gets the most out of players for his leadership and accountability. Butler nearly led the Heat back to the NBA Finals this past season. With a strong core of players in Miami, the team could make it back.

Milwaukee Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

2021-22 Stats: 29.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.4 BPG

The two-time MVP is going to be 28 years old this season. He is playing some of the best basketball among players in the entire league. Going into this season, we can assume that Antetokounmpo will be among the MVP contenders. Antetokounmpo even flirted with shooting 30% from three-point range last season, where he made 1.1 three-point field goals last season. Antetokounmpo is potentially the best finisher in two-point range. A three-point field goal each game makes him even better.

Minnesota Timberwolves - Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

2021-22 Stats: 24.6 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.1 BPG

Give Anthony Edwards a couple of years and this could be a different discussion. The 20-year-old is electric and could be the team’s leading scorer in a few years. For now, Towns owns this right as the team’s best player. He was an All-Star last season, where he shot 41.0% from three-point range as a center. Now, we could see Towns grow offensively as a stretch center with the addition of Rudy Gobert. There are very few centers that can shoot 50% from the field and 40% from three-point range.

New Orleans Pelicans - Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram

2021-22 Stats: 22.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 5.6 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Zion Williamson does not get to be named the team’s best player until he can prove he can stay on the court. When on the court, Williamson is an All-Star talent; however, his injuries are a major question mark. CJ McCollum led the team in scoring during his 26 games played, but he didn't get this title either. It’s Ingram, plain and simple. Ingram is the most complete player and a former All-Star in his own right. Entering his age-25 season, we should expect big things from him, but keep your eye on Williamson when he is on the floor.

New York Knicks - Julius Randle

Julius Randle

2021-22 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG

When Randle was an All-Star during the 2020-21 season, the Knicks were in the upper quadrant of the Eastern Conference standings. Then last year, he regressed, and we saw the Knicks sink near the bottom of the standings. While R.J. Barrett took a step in the right direction, the 21-year-old is not ready to lead a team on his own yet. Randle is 27 years old and needs to take that step in being the next version of a Patrick Ewing or Carmelo Anthony, where the team can depend on him. If Randle plays similarly to last season, it will significantly hurt the team this year.

Oklahoma City Thunder - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

2021-22 Stats: 24.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG

With Lu Dort, Josh Giddey, and Chet Holmgren all under the age of 22 years old, this could be a fun core to watch. Gilgeous-Alexander is only 23 years old just to prove a point. The Thunder are starting to move in the direction of building off of their foundation. Gilgeous-Alexander was the first piece of that foundation with his max contract. These are similar numbers to Zach LaVine, who became an All-Star a couple of years ago. This could be a breakout year for the team’s best player; however, keep an eye out for Giddey, who is coming off a rookie season where he averaged 11.0 points and 7.5 assists as a small forward.

Orlando Magic - Wendell Carter Jr.

Wendell Carter Jr.

2021-22 Stats: 15.0 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG

The Magic are such a young team that this is a tough player to pick. Carter, Cole Anthony, Franz Wagner, and Jalen Suggs are all 22 years old or younger. When looking at last year’s numbers, it was Carter that led the team in win shares. He also supplied a double-double, which featured leading the team in rebounds. Carter needs to be a better defensive player if he is a true center. Carter holds this title for now, but it could change after a few weeks.

Philadelphia 76ers - Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid

2021-22 Stats: 30.6 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.5 BPG

How can you go against the player that finished second in the MVP voting last season? Embiid led the league in scoring and came through with another double-double season. Embiid is a dangerous player that can score inside but also shot over 37% from three-point range. While James Harden is an All-Star addition, this team is all Embiid’s unless seen otherwise.

Phoenix Suns - Devin Booker

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2021-22 Stats: 26.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Despite Chris Paul leading the league in assists last season, the best player on the team is Booker. This is prime time for the Suns. The team won a league-leading 62 games. The team has gone through the trials of failing in the NBA Finals. Last year, the team was knocked out in the second round. Booker finally has some of those failures in his rearview as motivation. Booker was a First Team All-NBA selection last year. This could easily be the best season we have seen from him yet.

Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

2021-22 Stats: 24.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 7.3 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Lillard getting paid $60 million in annual salary is one discussion. Being the best player on the Trail Blazers is not. While the rest of the roster doesn’t feel like it could be a playoff contender, Lillard stands above the rest. He is going to go down as the best statistical player in team history when he eventually takes the scoring record and assists record. Although, he has never made the NBA Finals with the team. Lillard had one of his worst shooting seasons last year, but he was hurt. When healthy, he is a clutch sharpshooter that can go off anytime.

Sacramento Kings - Domantas Sabonis

Domantas Sabonis

2021-22 Stats: 18.9 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 5.8 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG

The numbers listed above are from 15 games played with the Kings. For the season, De’Aaron Fox averaged 23.2 points per game and had the best scoring mark per 36 minutes. However, Sabonis is an All-Star, something Fox has never accomplished. Fox has had plenty of time to make an All-Star Game but has not done enough. Sabonis averaged a double-double and finished with more assists than the team’s primary guard. Watching a full season of this pairing could make a fun and dangerous pairing.

San Antonio Spurs - Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson

2021-22 Stats: 17.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG

With the loss of All-Star Dejounte Murray, this is Keldon Johnson’s team. The Spurs are in a complete rebuild after trading away Murray. Johnson is a 22-year-old that won a gold medal with coach Popovich and Team USA one year ago. Johnson is coming off a successful season and will continue to grow. The Spurs will be in the mix for a lottery pick next season to build with one of their stronger players in Johnson.

Toronto Raptors - Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam`

2021-22 Stats: 22.8 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Fred VanVleet made an All-Star appearance last year, but Siakam brings a complete game to the Raptors that also includes a defensive presence. Siakam was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder last year. While VanVleet led the team with 6.7 assists, Siakam pitched in 5.3 assists of his own. Siakam could improve his free throw percentage, which was under 75% last year.

Utah Jazz - Collin Sexton

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2021-22 Stats: 16.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.0 BPG

Sexton played in 11 games last season due to injury. Before last year, Sexton was coming off of a season where he averaged 24.3 points, 4.4 assists, and shot 37.1% from three-point range. At 23 years old, Sexton will be the featured prospect that the team will build around. With the draft capital, this could be an intriguing team two to three years down the road. Sexton’s situation is very similar to Devin Booker's when the Suns were rebuilding. If the Jazz can surround Sexton with the right talent, this could be a great situation for him. 

Washington Wizards - Bradley Beal 

Bradley Beal

2021-22 Stats: 23.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG

While the addition of Kristaps Porzingis makes the Wizards an interesting team this year, this is Beal’s team. Last year, Beal played in 40 games as he battled injuries. When healthy, Beal averaged over 30 points per game for two straight seasons, which included finishing runner-up in the scoring race. When the team needs a basket, the team will look to Beal to close every time. He is the face of the Wizards. With a new contract extension, he will hold this title for many years, as Beal is only 28 years old.


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