The NBA’s Top 25 Players Countdown: 25 to 21.

The NBA is filled with the greatest basketball players in the world. Therefore narrowing it down to a “top 25” is extremely difficult. Many things factor into a player making the cut such as: individual statistics, success they bring to a team, and potential, among other things. All in all these rankings are OPINION based, so obviously yours may differ from mine. If it does feel free to speak your mind and comment. The list will be separated into intervals of 5, so let’s begin with #25-21.

 

#25. Karl Anthony-Towns (18.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 1.7 BPG & 22.59 PER)

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This one is relying A LOT on potential. Towns had a great rookie season already posting a double-double and showing that he can easily be a top 5 big in the league. There is nowhere but up for this kid who is only getting better with time and maturity. Look for that young core in Minnesota to make some noise down the road.

 

#24. Kyle Lowry (21.2 PPG, 6.4 APG, 4.7 RPG & 22.20 PER)

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Many people would take his backcourt-mate DeMar DeRozen but I’m going with Lowry on this one. On occasion we get flashes of brilliance from him, although he is a bit inconsistent. However when Lowry is on he can be one of the best guards in the league and take over a game if he isn’t held in check. Not to mention he ran the show on the most successful team Toronto has ever had.

 

#23. Isaiah Thomas (22.2 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3 RPG & 21.54 PER)

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Thomas in the NBA’s biggest current example of “Height over Heart” Ever since the 5’9 guard has received his opportunity in Boston he has not looked back. He is a proven scorer and he is also a good distributor. He knows how to run an offense and always brings high energy when he’s on the floor. I think with the addition of Al Horford, he and The Celtics can make some noise in  The East.

 

#22. Paul Millsap (17.1 PPG, 9 RPG, 1.7 BPG & 21.33 PER)

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Honestly, Millsap is underrated. His stats aren’t as flashy as other player because he plays on Atlanta (who love to share the ball and make the extra pass) but he shines on the defensive end. With the departure of Teague and Horford, Millsap is the unquestioned leader on The Hawks and should be taking the shots down the stretch. I think the Millsap-Howard frontcourt will thrive and Atlanta will be a top 5 seed with Millsap’s leadership and production.

 

#21. Gordon Hayward (19.7 PPG, 3.7 APG, 5 RPG & 18.37 PER)

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Hayward is the most underrated player in the league right now. His only knock is his inability to win, despite the lack of talent on Utah the last couple of years. He is a great shooter and has proven time and time again if the game is close he can put your team over the top. I do not think Hayward and Utah make the playoffs but I do think his numbers will go up. Look for him to be higher on next year’s list.

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