The NBA season is coming to an end and we have seen excellent performances from players all year. The absolute best superstars in the league are competing for a championship, and are looking to solidify their legacies in the game. Other star players are looking to improve their games and hopefully join the upper echelon of talent.
But there are a specific number of NBA stars that are playing well, but simply do not have a good enough team. They have the individual talent to play on winning teams but lack the support from the franchise in terms of support on the court. Here are the 10 best players who deserve better teams next season.
10. Kevin Love
17.6 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Kevin Love has not had any postseason success since his Big Three with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in 2016. Love has proven to be a player capable of winning and he will do whatever it takes to help his team win an NBA title.
Love is an excellent modern big man in the NBA since he can rebound the ball at a high rate and also shoot it from deep. Love is capable of being a legitimate third option for an NBA title contender so he certainly deserves a better team.
9. Zach LaVine
25.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Athletic guard Zach LaVine has come into his own this season. He's averaging a career-high in PPG and APG and is slowly showing signs of becoming a bonafide All-Star if he remains in the East. That's if he remains with the Chicago Bulls. LaVine has been involved in many trade talks this season with the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers gunning for his services.
LaVine is just wasting away his prime by staying in Chicago, and he certainly deserves a better team next year to bring shooting and athleticism to the table.
8. Derrick Rose
18.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 5.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Derrick Rose has had an excellent season, and probably his best season since his MVP year in 2010. Rose seems motivated, happy, and confident in his play once again. This is great news for the NBA Universe because the NBA is a better place when Rose is playing well.
Derrick Rose has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this year because he is an exceptional playmaker and scorer at the point guard position. Expect Rose to be on a better team next year because he is too good to be missing out on the playoffs.
7. CJ McCollum
22.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG
While Damian Lillard gets all the credit for the Portland Trail Blazers owning a playoff spot, CJ McCollum arguably deserves just as much credit. McCollum is one of the best pure scorers in the game right now and his impact for the Blazers is undeniable.
The fact that McCollum is on the team makes defenses wary of doubling or triple-teaming Damian Lillard. McCollum can score with some of the best players in the world and he deserves a shot to showcase it next season for a consistent title contender.
6. DeMar DeRozan
22.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG
For the first time in over 20 years, the San Antonio Spurs will not be a part of the NBA Playoffs. DeMar DeRozan is their best player but it isn't his fault that the Spurs great streak has come to an end. DeRozan has shown the ability to improve his all-around game including making great progress in his rebounding and also playmaking.
DeRozan deserves a better team next season because he can legitimately be a second scoring option for a title contender. He is too good to be missing the playoffs for a rebuilding team like the Spurs.
5. Bradley Beal
30.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Bradley Beal has had a heck of a year. A career-high in scoring had placed Beal on the radar for many top NBA teams. A player like Beal can transform a team's offense, so he certainly deserves a better squad to showcase his talents. Beal is carrying the Washington Wizards, who lack talent, and it is uncertain if he can ever fit with John Wall.
Beal on any other team automatically makes them a playoff contender, so it is very likely he gets moved this offseason.
4. Karl-Anthony Towns
26.5 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 4.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG
KAT is still an exciting prospect in the league. Towns possess a unique all-around game which includes shooting, rebounding, and defense. Town certainly deserves a better team because he's a type of player that can easily be the cornerstone of a franchise.
Whether he can be a type of player to win a championship as your best player remains to be seen, but for now, he needs a better team just to continue to improve his game.
3. Devin Booker
26.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Perhaps the most impressive player in the bubble has been Devin Booker. Booker has led the Suns to an 8-0 record during the NBA's return to the bubble, sparking conversation about how he should join a better team. Even his opponent Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors mentioned how Booker needs to leave Phoenix. It would be hard for anyone to argue with that.
Booker is one of the best natural scorers in the league and he is only getting better. Booker needs to be an environment dedicated to winning and it is probably going to happen next year.
2. Chris Paul
17.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Chris Paul has nothing to prove in the game of basketball since he has won almost every major individual award and is recognized as one of the best playmakers to have ever played.
But Chris Paul deserves a better team, and specifically a legitimate championship contender. The OKC Thunder are a good team with an exciting young talent but they simply do not have enough veteran experience or championship level players to win it all. Even if OKC progress past the first round of the playoffs, they don't have enough talent to make an NBA Finals. CP3 deserves a better franchise that is a contender next season and hopefully, he will get to one.
1. Damian Lillard
30.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Damian Lillard is a superstar in this game, make no mistake about it. His numbers are unbelievable, his impact is sensational, and he is one of the most valuable players in the league to his team. Lillard should definitely be in the MVP race for what he is doing for the Trail Blazers, carrying them to a playoff spot with the chance to play the Lakers in the First-Round.
It is likely that the Blazers won't win it all this season, even if they win the Play-In matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, because they are running into the juggernaut Lakers in the first round. If Lillard and the Blazers get bounced early, Lillard needs to go to a contender so he can win an NBA title next year.