The NBA’s Top 25 Players Countdown: 15 – 11.

Part three of this countdown contains all of the semi-elite players in the league. They aren’t quite the cream of the crop but they’re all definitely not to be slept on. Most of these players are relatively young and have potential to rise higher on the list. Let’s get cracking on #15-11.

 

15. John Wall (19.9 PPG, 10.2 APG, 4.9 RPG & 19.83 PER)

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John Wall is a beast and deserves more recognition than he gets. He’s a great leader and defender despite not having much to work with other than Bradley Beal. He still hasn’t developed a consistent jumpshot yet he can still fill up a stat sheet consistently. He is a freak athlete so he can get to the rim at will with his ridiculous speed and jumping ability. However I think he can sneak into the top 10 with a jumper. Averaging a double-double is not small feat in the slightest and he is going nowhere but up..

 

14. Draymond Green (14 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.4 BPG & 19.31 PER)

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The upside to Draymond isn’t his stats (considering he shared a team with two other player that made this list and this year is adding a third player that is on this list). His biggest draw is what the stat sheet doesn’t record such as agitating opposing players, getting in their head, winning every lose ball, and being the Warriors’ spark. He is a defensive force and can guard almost any position and frustrate his matchup for the entirety of the game. He also adds another dimension by playing the Power Forward position and being able to shoot the way he can albeit not too consistent. Green is a great player and can hurt you on both ends of the floor.

 

13. Kyrie Irving (19.6 PPG, 4.7 APG, 3 RPG & 19.96 PER)

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Irving the definition of semi-elite. Something about him just holds him out from being in that conversation. Sharing the floor with another member of this list actually helps his game and team success. He is a great scoring point guard with his great shooting stroke, blinding quickness and finishing ability in the paint. When he puts forth the necessary effort he is no slouch on defense. Being a major part of the reining championship team doesn’t hurt his stock very much either. That shot in Game 7 though. Kid has ice in his veins and will only get better.

 

12. Klay Thompson (22.1 PPG, 2.1 APG, 3.8 RPG & 18.67 PER)

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Being able to average 22 points a game while sharing the backcourt with a player that lead the league in scoring is no small feat. Thompson is simply an elite shooter, especially spotting up and running off screens. His scoring ability when he’s hot is among the best in the league (kid dropped 37 points in a quarter which is ridiculous) and defensively he’s lockdown. Not to mention when Curry struggled in The Western Conference Finals vs. The Thunder, Thompson put the team on his back and went crazy. If not for Thompson we would have seen a completely different Finals series.

 

11. Chris Paul (19.5 PPG, 10.0 APG, 4.2 RPG & 26.31 PER)

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Chris Paul is second best leader in the NBA behind LeBron James. Chris Paul always does what’s asked of him and gets the job done. Paul makes all the players around him better and somehow his stats don’t suffer. An efficient and effective scorer, elite passer and ball handler and an above average rebounder for his size and position, Chris Paul has been and currently is  one of the most reliable and consistent players in the league.

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