1. Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors
What can you say about Wardell Curry that we don’t already know? In only nine NBA seasons, Steph has amassed three NBA championships (all in the last four seasons) and was only 0.5% away on his overall field goal percentage from hitting the 50-40-90 club yet again. His outside shooting ability is what separates him from anyone else in the world but don’t sleep on Steph’s midrange game and playmaking – he’s crafty.
2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Many are critical of Mr. Triple-Double’s game, labeling him a stat-padder or inferring that he pays more attention to his numbers than the emphasis on winning, but that’s all baloney. Westbrook is one of the most unique players this league has ever seen. What makes him so unique doesn’t come from the stats, though. We’re spoiled watching Russ’ versatile athleticism night-in and night-out: he’ll dunk on you, he’ll grab boards, and he’ll scream in your face when he’s feeling it.
3. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
Uncle Drew did his thing last year to the tune of 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game. While he missed the tail end of the season, he had a truly efficient year, shooting a career-high 49% from the field. Kyrie’s the king of handles, and he shows it with nightly highlights. With speed and a killer scoring touch, Kyrie is one of the top point guards in NBA LIVE 19.
4. Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
The point gawd himself checks in with the third highest point guard rating – a number that testifies that he’s aging like fine wine. Paul, in season 13, averaged over 18 points a game with over five boards and almost eight assists. The reason why CP3 finds himself on several all-time lists is because of his vision on the floor – he is one of the greatest passers to have ever set foot on the court, and he’s a true facilitator. This season, check out how many times he’ll set up his teammates for open shots coming off of a screen, it’s a true talent.
5. John Wall, Washington Wizards
John Wall struggled with injuries for much of last season, only playing 41 games. By April, Wall’s season was over but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have an incredible year averaging an astounding 10.2 assists per game and hitting 37.1% of his shots from distance – a number that’s easily his career-high. The encouraging range mixed with his innate freak-athleticism make Wall one of the most exciting players to watch. You don’t want to be back-pedaling on a fast break against Wall, as his handles, passing, and athleticism are setting you up to be embarrassed.
- Rahul Lal (Follow Rahul on Twitter @rlal95)
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