The NBA’s Top 25 Players Countdown: 10 – 6.

We have now entered the top 10 of the list. View the previous installments of the countdown here: 25 – 21, 20 – 16, 15 – 11.

This is the nitty-gritty. The cream of the crop of the league lies in this part of the list. These player are the best the league has to offer. Here are #10-6.

 

10. Paul George (23.1 PPG, 4.1 APG, 7 RPG & 20.98 PER)

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George’s comeback story is one to behold. Considering he snapped his leg and came back the next season picking up right he left off is impressive to say the least. A very incredible athlete, scorer and defender are what put him this high on the list. I foresee George returning to his “MVP conversation” caliber and should be top 5 in scoring. Indiana should make the playoffs under George’s leadership however, the lack of defense played by the players other than him will cause them to not earn too high of a seed.

 

9. Damian Lillard (25.1 PPG, 6.8 APG, 4 RPG & 22.25 PER)

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Damian Lillard is slept on so much. The fact he did not make the All-Star team is absolutely insane. An elite scorer, underrated athlete and great passer, Lillard is force to be reckoned with on the offensive end. He isn’t a great defender but he’s no slouch either. Honestly when i see Lillard I think John Wall with a consistent jump shot. Leading that Portland team that was presumed to be at the bottom of the Western Conference before the season  to the Second Round of the Playoffs and steal a game against Golden State is an impressive season to say the least.

   

8. Kawhi Leonard (21.2, 2.6 APG, 6.8 RPG & 26.11 PER)

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Leonard is a silent assassin. He doesn’t show much personality and rarely even opens his mouth. However that does not take away from his immense talent. He is the best defender in the league and can score and rebound well too. He is efficient scoring-wise and can absolutely shut down opposing players and make it a long night for anyone up against him. Leonard is perfect fit for Popovich’s system and I expect him to continue to thrive there. Expect another top 4 seed for him and his San Antonio squad.

 

7. DeMarcus Cousins (26.9 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 23.67 PER)

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Cousins is misunderstood. Yes, he has attitude problems but can you really blame him? The Sacramento organization has gotten him absolutely no help and the guy is competitive. He HATES losing. Plus he fills up the stat sheet with ease. Great scorer, and elite rebounder he also is a great post defender. In my opinion Cousins is the unquestioned best Center in the league. The kid is a beast. It looks like his days in Sacramento may be numbered in the near future, but I’m sure that won’t stop him from having a great statistical season.

 

6. James Harden (29 PPG, 7.5 APG, 6.1 RPG, 25.36 PER)

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Harden is a bonafide scorer, no doubt about it. The league’s best volume scorer should be higher on this list. Why is he not? Because he literally plays not a single shred of defense. He actually distributes despite his limited supporting cast in Houston. He also rebounds very well at his position. However Harden refuses to play defense and conserves his energy for the next offensive possession, but considering he is the only scoring option that might be in his interest until he gets help. However his lack thereof is why he falls at #6.

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