The Top 5 Players in the NBA

The Top 5 Players in the NBA

Creating top players list in the NBA list may seem like a pointless task as knowing who the best players in the game really isn’t that difficult for anyone who follows basketball. Some combination of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and several other guys are widely considered and accepted as top 5 players, depending who you ask. But what actually makes these players stand out as the elite talents in the NBA? What factors should take precedence when trying to sort who is better than whom? Let’s get right into it.   #5 James Harden Key Stats: 27.4 PPG, 7.0 APG, 5.7 RPG, 10.2 FTA/game 60.5% TS, .265 WS/48, 26.7 PER #1 in ORPM at 8.66, #3 overall at 8.50 RPM Offensive On/Off- 111.9/97.7 +14.2 Net James Harden elevated his game to another level last season and was a serious MVP candidate the entire year. He carried the Rockets almost single-handily to the #2 seed in the West to a 56-26 record and dealing with significant injuries to the core rotation. Howard, Beverly, Jones and Motiejunas, four of the five best players on the Rockets, missed a combined 125 games. Offensively, Harden can easily be argued as the most impactful player in the game because of his insane ability to get to the free-throw line, score efficiently and an elite playmaker from the shooting guard position. Unsurprisingly, what holds Harden back from being higher on this list and will likely prevent him from ever being the best player in the NBA is his lack of defensive ability. He’s been critiqued hard in...