With the NBA regular season just around the corner, everybody has their eyes on the elite players of the league: the superstars. Although there's no real way of knowing who's going to come out on top in the league MVP race, here's who we think will shine brightest this season.
10. John Wall
John Wall is coming off of a tremendous year with the Washington Wizards, having averaged 23.1 points and 10.7 assists per game. This season, Wall will be the key in the Wizards' quest to unseat the Celtics and Cavs as rulers of the Eastern Conference.
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo was lights out last season, earning the NBA Most Improved award while averaging 22.9 points per game. Not to mention, he can play almost any position on the floor (save for center), which makes him a versatile weapon for the Milwaukee Bucks. Expect his star to shine bright this year and for him to be in the MVP discussion.
8. Draymond Green
Perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate (and last season's DPOY winner), Draymond Green is poised to throttle the NBA's offenses once again this year. After averaging 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, there's no doubt that Green will come back ready to trounce those numbers.
7. Chris Paul
A change of scenery is bound to do former Clippers superstar Chris Paul some good. After averaging a very respectable 18.1 points per game, the new Rockets PG will look to build upon those numbers and get the ring he's been waiting for. Expect his numbers to be off the chart this season as he plays alongside James Harden.
6. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis absolutely cemented his superstar status last season, with a wild 28 point and 11.8 rebound per game average -- yet somehow, pundits were disappointed with that. If the Unibrow keeps up this level of play, he will be far and away one of the most feared players in the league.
5. James Harden
Rockets guard James Harden is coming off of an MVP-caliber campaign and will be playing with a large chip on his shoulder after not receiving the coveted award. After coming close to averaging a triple-double this past year, we can be sure to see him in the MVP conversation once again.
4. Steph Curry
It may be weird to see the first ever unanimous MVP not ranked in the top 3 superstars, but the fact is the NBA has caught up to Warriors PG Steph Curry. He by no means is washed up, having still averaged 25.1 points per game last season, but he is simply not the end-all, be-all player anymore. He's not even the best player on his team.
3. Kevin Durant
The reigning NBA Finals MVP is coming into this season hyped and looking for a repeat ring with powerhouse Golden State. Durant has more than enough haters (even more so after his embarrassing Twitter admission) to keep him motivated and his game has improved now that he's surrounded by stars (no surprise). If anybody could unseat our No. 1 ranking, it's this guy.
2. Russell Westbrook
The reigning MVP is coming off of an absolutely historic season, having averaged a triple-double per game and hitting 42 (!!!!) triple-doubles. With a revamped Thunder team, and a monster contract signed, Westbrook is primed to go off once again and try to lead OKC to the NBA Championship
1. LeBron James
Simply put, there is no dethroning of the King. LeBron James is by far the best (in terms of ability and versatility) player the league has seen potentially ever, and going into this season, it doesn't look like he is going to lose that distinction any time soon. He should be even more motivated to prove his doubters wrong after losing another NBA Finals (and then seeing Kyrie Irving force his way out of Cleveland), and a motivated LeBron is a scary LeBron. All Hail.