Ranking the Five Best Players in the NBA Today

The NBA is a star driven league. More than any other sport, one player can make a heavy impact on the outcome of a basketball game since there are only five players on the court at one time and NBA teams have only 12 active players on their roster.

That means that having the best players gives a team the best chances of winning the NBA title like the Los Angles Lakers did last season with LeBron James leading the way.

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Here are the top five players in the NBA today:

5. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) leaves the floor after a game against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Durant may be 32, but he remains one of the game’s best all-around players and he has helped the Brooklyn Nets become true title contenders. 

Although fighting through injuries this season, KD is still averaging 29 points per game. He is hitting on more than half his shots from the field for the eighth straight season. 

There is more to Durant’s game than a good shot, he averages more than five assists and seven rebounds per game as well.

With Durant and his star teammates, the Nets are a team nobody wants to face in the NBA playoffs this year.

4. James Harden, Brooklyn Nets

The Nets added Harden in a mid-season trade with the Houston Rockets. Harden has continued his strong play with Brooklyn and is averaging more than 26-points per game with the Nets.

The man with the NBA’s most recognizable beard continues to by a dynamic force with the basketball. He is a pure scorer but he’s not selfish. Harden makes the players around him and this year his team will qualify for the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season.

The big issue for Harden, Durant and the Nets is keeping all those star players happy with only one basketball. If the Nets can forego individual statistics and play well together as a team, they will be tough to beat in the playoffs.

3. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

Apr 1, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball against Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon (50) and forward Will Barton (5) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard has already won NBA titles with the Spurs and the Raptors. Now, he is trying to repeat that accomplishment with the Clippers, a team that is often overshadowed by the Lakers in their own hometown.

Leonard has a knack for getting open for a good shot when the game is on the line. His clutch play makes him a special player. This season, he is averaging nearly 27-points-per game and he is the driving force behind the Clippers’ success.

If Leonard stays healthy, the Clippers will be contenders in the NBA’s competitive Western Conference. 

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis is the one player on this list who has yet to reach the NBA Finals but it’s not for a lack of trying. Few players give as much effort each night as Antetokounmpo who battles with the league’s best game in and game out.

Because of his size, Giannis can be dominant in the paint and he is almost as good at setting up his teammates for open shots as he is taking them himself.

The Bucks are contenders in the East on the strength of Giannis’ outstanding play. Is this the year he finally gets Milwaukee to the promised land?

1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Mar 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron has been the face of the NBA for more than a decade now and at the age of 36, he remains the best player in the game.

It’s no accident that James’ teams have qualified for the NBA Finals 10 times including eight consecutive years from 2011 through 2018.

LeBron has won four NBA titles including last year with the Lakers and is looking for a fifth crown that would get him closer to Michael Jordan’s six career titles.

At 36, James is still averaging more than 25 points each night and he adds almost eight assists and eight rebounds per game as well. 

The Lakers and NBA fans are lucky to have James at the top of his game even at this late stage of his career.

About Marcelo Villa

Marcelo is an associate editor at The Sports Daily, and has covered the San Diego Chargers for Bleacher Report. He also writes for Sportsdirect Inc.