If you’re looking to develop your basketball skills then there are a few things you can do. You get out on the court and practice, you can buy training aids and you can learn from the greatest.
Today we’re focusing on that last point. Before you can watch the best though you need to know who they are. Here we look at the best players in the NBA right now.
Number 5. Damian Lillard
Kicking off our list is Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard. Lillard has always been an offensive threat but even someone like him shows the importance of always improving your game. Just look at how his passing ability has developed; it means he’s one of the best players in the NBA right now.
He leads Portland with 29.8 points and eight assists per game, whilst his performances have helped the team to a 21-14 record – even with other players missing.
Throw in the fact that Lillard is consistently hitting tough shots in tightly contested games along with his fantastic leadership and you’ll quickly realize he deserves to feature.
Number 4. Steph Curry
In other years, Curry might have ranked higher up this list. The fact he doesn’t just shows how much talent is in NBA this year. The Warriors have been indifferent, and their 19-18 record is proof of that.
They’d be in much worse shape without the one of the best three-point shooters given their wider roster is somewhat underwhelming.
He is also named as one of the best ball handlers in the history of NBA, in this list from TwinSpires Edge: https://edge.twinspires.com/nba/the-best-ball-handlers-in-nba-history/
Curry is averaging 35 minutes per game whilst putting up averages of 29.7 points and 6.3 assists. His impact goes beyond stats though. Opposing defenses are constantly worrying about him; this opens the court up for his teammates.
Number 3. Joel Embiid
Rewind a couple of years and Embiid was hardly registering in post-game chatter. Now he’s one of the leading MVP candidates. His outstanding play has led the Philadelphia 76ers to the top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 24-12.
In terms of stats, he’s posted 30.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game; he leads his team in all of those categories. His dominance around the basket has improved no end too; he’s almost impossible to defend.
Not only is he in with a real chance of taking home the MVP award but he and his team could be dangerous in the postseason too.
Number 2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
As ridiculous as it sounds, people are almost bored of hyping Antetokounmpo up after two years of being named MVP. There is no denying that he remains a phenomenal talent though. The Milwaukee Bucks sit third in the Eastern Conference with a 22-14 record. They’re not a million miles off Embiid’s 76ers and if they are to catch them then Antetokounmpo will be the one to watch. So far this season he has averaged 29 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Like Embiid, he’s leading the team on every one of those. The only stats he’s not leading is steals.
Number 1. LeBron James
Talking of consistently being the best, it isn’t a surprise to see last year’s Finals MVP LeBron James starring once again. He is still the best player in the NBA. The Lakers are 24-13 at the moment with James having one of the best seasons of his career.
James, who has recently had some ‘beef’ with Sweden soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is averaging 25.8 points, eight rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.1 steals per match. In addition to his leadership skills dragging up the levels of his teammates he’s taken his shooting game to new heights this year too!
There you have it, the best players in the NBA right now. Who did we miss?
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