The NBA’s Top 25 Players Countdown: 20 – 16.

In part two of the countdown we have the most interesting group of players. Any of these players could placed ahead or behind each other. This was the most difficult group to narrow down an order for. Nonetheless let’s start part two (#20-16).

 

20. Carmelo Anthony (21.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 4.2 APG & 20.38 PER)

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Anthony is an established scorer and we all know that. He has slowly began to buy into playing defense which he is infamous for simply not doing. He leaf the Knicks to a 32 win season (which was actually good for The Knicks standard) and he hasn’t really shown signs of slowing down. Anthony probably will not get a ring but he is still a productive player and definitely makes The Knicks better. I see the Knicks making strides this season and sneaking into the the Playoffs which is great news for Melo.

 

19. Blake Griffin (21.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.9 APG & 22.22 PER)

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A year ago Griffin would be MUCH higher on this list, and come this season’s end he most likely will be. However his multiple injuries throughout the season plagued him and The Clippers all season. However Griffin has elite player potential and he adds a new facet to his game every season. Despite The Clippers statistically being better without him, anyone who watches him play knows he’s a definite asset to the franchise and a constant threat. At the rate he is going, if he can stay healthy, Griffin will develop into the superstar everyone anticipated a year ago.

 

18. Giannis Antetokounmpo (16.9 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 4.3 APG & 18.86 PER)

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Giannis is an absolute freak of nature and his potential is sky high. Last season we began to see some of that immense potential come to fruition. His jumpshot is pretty lacking but he makes up for that on the defensive end with his ridiculous length. For a part of last season and this upcoming season he will be playing point guard with his 6’11 frame. The ceiling is sky-high for Antetokounmpo, and he steadily improves every year.

 

17. Marc Gasol (16.6 PPG, 7 RPG, 3.8 APG & 17.74 PER)

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Injuries derailed Gasol’s promising season. The Grizzlies still managed to sneak into the playoffs but they just simply didn’t look like the same team without Gasol and Conley. Gasol is a low post threat, as well as being able to step out and hit mid range shots and is also an underrated passer. That frontcourt of Gasol and Randolph is hard to stop when they are both working well. Gasol is still a premier Center in the league and is one of the most skilled players the league has to offer. At this point his success lies solely on him remaining healthy.

 

16. Lamarcus Aldridge (18 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.1 BPG & 22.43 PER)

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Aldridge’s stats are a victim of the system ran in San Antonio (similar to the effect I disgusted earlier about Paul Millsap). San Antonio loves to spread the ball and not have only one player kill you. Therefore Aldridge’s stats could be much better. However he is arguably the most skilled big man in the league right now and expands his shooting range every year. Getting pointers from TIm Duncan has done wonders for his game and with the new acquisition of another skilled Forward in Pau Gasol can only improve his game and allow him to learn even more. However at age 31 he isn’t as young as the majority of the players on this list. Nonetheless, Aldridge is a great premier forward and his presence is always felt on the floor.

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