This NBA season has been special, with unbelievable amount of talent around the league. We've seen superstars put up incredible numbers, leading their respective teams to top records. The question is, who is the best player in the NBA today?
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo literally does everything for his team. He scores with high efficiency, rebounds really well, creates for his teammates, and plays defense at a high level. After a slow start, the Milwaukee Bucks have picked it up, and Antetokounmpo has been in the middle of it all. At the age of 22, the Greek Freak is expected to become the face of the NBA, and all he needs is to develop his jump shot.
4. Kyrie Irving
Who said Kyrie Irving wouldn't be able to lead a team on his own without LeBron James? Irving has paced the Celtics to the best record in the East and has been dominant offensively. Irving's numbers may not be jaw-dropping, but he has been extremely clutch for Boston, hitting timely shots and taking over late in games. Irving is playing at an MVP level and has carried the Celtics even after Gordon Hayward's injury.
3. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has quietly had himself a stellar season, as he is climbing up the MVP ladder. Durant's play has been overlooked by the fact that the Warriors have plenty of talent, but the former scoring champion is playing the best defense of his career while maintaining a high level of play offensively. With Steph Curry out, Durant is showcasing why he won the MVP award in 2014.
2. James Harden
Going into Week 9, James Harden was tied with LeBron James for the best PER in the league. The Beard is definitely having the most efficient year of his career, shooting over 46 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three-point distance, making 4.4 threes per game. Harden is leading the NBA in scoring and is second in assists, making the game easier for his teammates. He is and will be a top MVP candidate moving forward.
1. LeBron James
At the age of 32, many people believed LeBron James would begin to slowly decline, but that has not been the case. In fact, at this age, James is surprisingly shooting a career-high 57.6 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three-point range. His jump shooting is much improved, and he is doing everything in his power to lead the Cavaliers with Isaiah Thomas still nursing a hip injury. It's amusing how efficient and dominant James has been even at 32.