NBA: Top 50 Players Entering the 2020 Season (10-1)

Just a little bit over a month ago, I started my NBA Top 50 Players list entering the 2020 season. The NBA doesn’t have as many players as other players do. It has some of the best athletes in the world and you have to be pretty special to make this list.

The Top 10 players in the world will be announced in this article as well. I already ranked players 50-11. Who made those rankings?

50-41

50. Devonta Graham, G, Charlotte Hornets, 49. Ja Morant, G, Memphis Grizzlies, 48. Blake Griffin, F, Detroit Pistons, 47. De’Aaron Fox, G, Sacramento Kings, 46. Khris Middleton, G, Milwaukee Bucks, 45. Brandon Ingram, F, New Orleans Pelicans, 44. Mike Conley, G, Utah Jazz, 43. Zion Williamson, F, New Orleans Pelicans, 42. Jaylen Brown, G, Boston Celtics, 41. Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat

40-31

40. Caris LeVert, G, Brooklyn Nets, 39. Andre Drummond, C, Cleveland Cavaliers, 38. Zach LaVine, G, Chicago Bulls, 37. D’Angelo Russell, G, Minnesota Timberwolves, 36. Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns, 35. Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics, 34. Danilo Gallinari, F, Oklahoma City Thunder, 33. Lou Williams, G, Los Angeles Clippers, 32. Kristaps Porzingis, F/C, Dallas Mavericks, 31. Paul George, F, Los Angeles Clippers

30-21

30. Nikola Vucevic, F/C, Orlando Magic, 29. Ben Simmons, G, Philadelphia 76ers, 28. Joel Embiid, F/C, Philadelphia 76ers, 27. Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz, 26. Carmelo Anthony, F, Portland Trail Blazers, 25. Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors, 24. Pascal Siakam, F/C. Toronto Raptors, 23. Kevin Love, F/C, Cleveland Cavaliers, 22. Kyrie Irving, G, Brooklyn Nets, and 21. CJ McCollum, G, Portland Trail Blazers

20-11

20. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves, 19. Jamal Murray, G, Denver Nuggets, 18. Boston Celtics, G, Boston Celtics, 17. Russell Westbrook, G, Houston Rockets, 16. Jimmy Butler, G, Miami Heat, 15. Klay Thompson, G, Golden State Warriors, 14. Devin Booker, G, Phoenix Suns, 13. Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers, 12. Donovan Mitchell, G, Utah Jazz, and 11. Chris Paul, G, Phoenix Suns.

Which players are going to be ranked 10-1?

10. Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets

Jokic is the best big man in the NBA. He is great in the low post and also in the pick-and-roll game with Jamal Murray. Nikola Jokic will always score at least 20 points and grab 10 rebounds every single game. He will also have great court vision and every now and then record 10 assists or more a game.

Jokic has the Denver Nuggets trending in the right direction after they reached the Western Conference Finals this past season and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Jokic lead this team to two consecutive 3-1 comebacks. He played in 73 games last season with Denver. Nikola Jokic averaged 19.9 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 7 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 1.2 SPG with the Denver Nuggets.

9. Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal at the moment is the best shooting guard in the NBA. There have been a lot of rumors about him being traded, but he wants to stay in the Nation’s Capital with the Washington Wizards.

Beal needs to have a better team around him. He is one of the best wing defenders and scorers in the NBA as well. Bradley Beal played in 57 games last season with Washington. He averaged 30.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.1 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.2 SPG.

8. Steph Curry, G, Golden State Warriors

Curry was injured for most of last season, but he is one of the best shooters in the history of the NBA. Steph Curry will have a lot of help around him this season enlarge to Klay Thompson tearing his Achilles last week and will be done for the season.

Curry only played in five games last season. He averaged 20.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.6 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1 SPG with the Golden State Warriors.

7. Anthony Davis, F/C, Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis will play the power forward position in big lineups. He will play the center position in small lineups. Davis was traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He helped Lebron James and company win a championship for Los Angeles against the Miami Heat in six games.

This was the first time since the 2010 season they won it all in seven games against the Boston Celtics. Anthony Davis is one of the most talented players in the NBA because of his size and his athleticism on both ends of the floor. He played in 62 games last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis averaged 26.1 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.2 APG, 2.3 BPG, and 1.5 SPG.

6. James Harden, G, Houston Rockets

Harden is one of the most efficient scorers in the history of the NBA also. He does have an MVP under his belt, but James Harden is missing an NBA Championship as well. He has carried teams on his back at times. The future is unknown with him with the Houston Rockets.

Harden could potentially be traded to the Brooklyn Nets and join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and leave Russell Westbrook. He hasn’t been teammates with Durant since the Oklahoma City Thunder days. James Harden played in 68 games last season. He averaged 34.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 7.5 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 1.8 SPG.

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks

Even though Giannis Antetokounmpo has won back-to-back MVP’s and also a Defensive Player of the Year Award as well, Antetokounmpo still does not have an NBA Finals appearance. He lost in the second round of the NBA Playoffs to the Miami Heat in five games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo played in 63 games last season with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 29.5 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1 BPG, and 1 SPG.

4. Kawhi Leonard, F, Los Angeles Clippers

Kawhi Leonard may be the best two-way player in the NBA. Leonard has won a couple of NBA titles and Finals MVP’s with the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors. The Los Angeles Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

Los Angeles got rid of Doc Rivers as head coach and brought in Tyronn Lue. He was hired to calm down Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard played in 57 games last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and he is the king of load management. Kawhi Leonard averaged 27.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.9 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 1.8 SPG.

3. Luka Doncic, G, Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic should have been the NBA MVP last season. Did anyone expect the Dallas Mavericks to make the playoffs this season? I certainly didn’t! They have a bright future ahead of them. Doncic runs the pick-and-roll extremely well with Kristaps Porzingis. Luka Doncic is the best player the Dallas Mavericks have had since Dirk Nowitzki.

Doncic can take over a game with ease. He still needs some more help around him. The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in six games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Luka Doncic is also a triple-double machine and he is the best player to be this good at a young age since Lebron James’s days with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Doncic played in 61 games last season with the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 28.8 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 8.8 BPG, 0.2 BPG, and 1 SPG.

2. Kevin Durant, F, Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant missed all of last season due to a Torn Achilles. He suffered it in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors against the Toronto Raptors in 2019. Durant is one of the best mid-range scorers in the game and also one of the most finesse players in the NBA as well. He won two NBA Championships and two NBA Finals MVP’s with the Golden State Warriors.

Durant had no interest in going to the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Washington Wizards. Kevin Durant is looking to win a championship with Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert, and other Nets players. Kevin Durant wants to win one more title and also NBA Finals MVP to prove himself as well and reuniting with James Harden isn’t out of the question as well. Durant played in 78 games during the regular season in 2019 with the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 26 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 1.1 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.

  1. LeBron James, F, Los Angeles Lakers

This should not come to a surprise at all. He is the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Lakers. Lebron James won his fourth NBA title this season and he has done with three different teams. He also won two with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James is also racking up the NBA Finals MVP’s as well with four of them. He makes everyone around him better and Anthony Davis may be the best teammate that Lebron James has ever played with as well. They won it all for Kobe “Bean” Bryant this season due to him tragically getting killed in an airplane crash on January 26, 2020. Lebron James played in 67 games this past season. He averaged 25.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 10.2 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.2 SPG with the Los Angeles Lakers.

This is it for the Top 50 Players list entering the 2021 NBA Season.

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