The NBA’s Top 25 Players Countdown: 5 – 1.

Here it is, the top 5 best players in the league right now.  View the previous installments of the countdown here: 25 – 21, 20 – 16, 15 – 11, 10 – 6.

I’m sure most of these players were expected to be here, but you may have a different order for different reasons. Remember if you have a differing opinion, speak up!  Debating is always encouraged. With no further ado here are the top 5 players currently in the league and why:

5. Anthony Davis (24.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 2.0 BPG, 25.10 PER)

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Anthony Davis is so talented. This is a fact and is undeniable. He is an elite post defender and rim protector, as well as being no slouch when he switches on perimeter players. He is also a huge offensive threat, steadily improving in that department, adding a slight handle and jumpshot. At this point Davis just needs help in New Orleans. He has the superstar numbers. Now all he needs is the support.

4. Russell Westbrook (23.5 PPG, 10.4 APG, 7.8 RPG & 27.64 PER)

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Westbrook summed up in a word: MONSTER. My leading candidate for winning MVP, Russell Westbrook is a walking triple double. Is he erratic at times? Yes. Does he shoot a lot? Very much so. Is all of that worth having on your team? Hell yes. Westbrook is the definition of a “Stat-Sheet-Stuffer”. With the departure of Kevin Durant, I foresee him having a slight increase in his numbers. Pair him with Oladipo, and you have arguably the most athletic backcourt in all of basketball.

3. Kevin Durant (28.2 PPG, 5.0 APG, 8.2 RPG & 28.25 PER)

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I still have sore feelings towards Durant for his action in free agency this summer. However there is no way I can deny the fact that he is an elite player in the league and has been for some time. Arguably the best scorer in the league right now, Durant is honestly an unstoppable scorer. Let’s not forget he is basically a 7 foot guard. An excellent three-point shooter, rebounder and ball handler there’s virtually no way to stop Durant. It eventually gets to the point where you focus on just slowing him down. He is joining Golden State this summer, which has 3 other player from this list on that roster. So realistically his numbers with have a considerable drop. However the individual accolades have already come his way. Now it’s about winning championships, and nothing else.

2. Stephen Curry (30.1 PPG, 6.7 APG, 5.4 RPG & 31.56 PER)

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The first ever ‘unanimous” MVP takes the #2 spot. Curry is a ridiculous player. Some people can’t stand the fact he is considered a “scorer” when the vast majority of his points are solely from threes. However it’s hard to argue that point when he shoots as efficiently as he does. Curry isn’t too great of a defender but he doesn’t need to be for his team to be successful. He has other great defenders to pick up his slack. Stephen Curry is a phenomenal player, and anyone who questions that doesn’t know basketball. Just do some research on Curry’s stats and accolades. They speak for themselves.

1. LeBron James (23.5 PPG, 6.8 APG, 7.4 RPG & 27.64 PER)

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The King. LeBron James is the UNQUESTIONED “best in the world” in my opinion. James literally does EVERYTHING he can possibly do for his team. Leading scorer, lead in assists, 3rd leading rebounder, and he guards the best opposing player. LeBron James is just a machine, there really isn’t much else to say. LeBron James truly always has lived up to the hype. Posting some of the greatest, if not the greatest NBA Final’s numbers ever, and winning the championship against the team with the best record in NBA history, the king is really on his throne.

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