Not including my obvious picks (Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, Melo, LBJ), I broke down why I like certain players so far this season. Who’s in your top five? Tell me in the comment section below!
This is in no particular order:
1. Stephen Curry– I expected him to get hurt (as he always has) this season but he’s really showing up. When I interviewed him, he mentioned that he’s finally getting comfortable now that he has a solid coaching staff and he found out the real problem with his ankles. He’s the floor general of a solid team featuring young stars like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Barring injury for the rest of the season, Stephen Curry can be in the running for MVP. (Averaging 20/4/7)
2. Joakim Noah– Say what you want about his shooting form, it has clearly been working for him. With Derrick Rose missing, Joakim has stepped up as the Bulls’ source of energy and team leader (and arguably the best “big” passer in the league). Although he’s always been a passionate player on both ends of the court, he has definitely stepped his intensity up a couple notches this year. If he stays healthy and Derrick Rose returns, expect the Bulls to crush your favorite team’s playoff dreams. Clear runner for All-Star this year. (Averaging 14/11/5)
3. Kyrie Irving– It’s hard to call him one of my top five when he has barely been playing because of an injury…a finger injury at that. However, anyone who can drop 28/11 on the best player in the planet (Kobe Bryant), after sitting out 11 straight games, deserves respect. When it’s all said and done, the Cavs will not be contenders this year but he’s exciting and fun to watch. (Averaging 22/4/6)
4. Jamal Crawford– I still don’t understand how some people can not know how good this guy really is. There is no such thing as guarding him one-on-one and you can barely double team him because his handle is just that good. He has the goods and he can pretty much get to the basket whenever he wants to. On top of that, he’s on a super talented Clippers team…one of the top teams in the west. Good luck to any player who has to go head to head with JC in the playoffs. (Averaging 17/2/2)
5. The Grizzlies– I had to pick the entire team (including coaches) because I couldn’t single out just one person. They have been playing like a well oiled machine so far this season. Very efficient, unselfish and dangerous. Before the season started, very few people counted the Grizzlies as a top team but they have definitely earned their strips as a team you will have to play hard to beat. They deserve more primetime games, happy they’ve been getting more. (3rd team in the west, 14-5 record)
Kemba is most definitely honorable mention! Had Kyrie not dropped those numbers coming off an injury, Kemba would be in my top five.