Whether it is Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, to Wilt Chamberlain, there comes a lengthy list of NBA players who have single-handedly dazzled millions of fans. These players have planted their names in the public consciousness over the long course of NBA’s more than 70 years of history.
To date, as the world prepares for yet another heated set of NBA games, basketball fans are more than ready to share their claims and speculations on who among the brightest stars of today’s court owns the game.
To help you finally make up your mind and identify who really, among these basketball superstars, deserves the title of “King of the Court,” we have prepared a list of the best NBA players of 2019, along with their stats. Check them out below.
Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
Standing at 6-foot-7, Kawhi Leonard hasn’t been called “the ultimate matchup nightmare for all NBA teams” by CNBC Sports for nothing. Outrageously gifted and blessed with MVP-worthy prowess and agility, no other basketball superstar of today’s generation can effortlessly ravage the best of any team’s offensive players other than “The Klaw.”
In 2019, Leonard had played a total of 13 games, in which he had secured 104 rebounds, 26 steals, 47 turnovers, 11 blocks, and a total of 336 points.
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
No true basketball enthusiast can ever discuss today’s top players without mentioning the name of LeBron James. Regarded to be one of basketball’s all-time best players, James has always been a star on the court given his unparalleled athleticism, remarkable court vision, and impressive height.
In fact, despite having to endure a rough season this year, this four-time NBA MVP remains to be the leading face of today’s NBA. In 2019 alone, LeBron James had played a total of 17 games, in which he made 126 rebounds, 59 turnovers, 21 steals, 10 blocks, and 436 overall points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Nicknamed the “Greek Freak,” there comes a wide range of reasons why Giannis Antetokounmpo is regarded to be one of today’s top NBA players. Taking pride in his remarkable speed, impeccable ball-handling skills, and a colossal height of 6-foot-11, the Milwaukee Bucks bona fide superstar continues to pave his way towards the top.
For this season, Antetokounmpo has already gone through 17 heated games, in which he had managed to score 236 rebounds, 73 turnovers, 27 steals, 22 blocks, and a total of 529 points.
James Harden, Houston
Standing as the enigmatic point guard of the Houston Rockets, James Harden has, no doubt, carved his name as one of the most dangerous offensive players in NBA history. In fact, as reported by The Ringer, ever since entering Houston seven years ago, Harden has managed to secure more points than anyone in the NBA, besting even LeBron James by over 2,500 and counting.
In this season alone, James Harden had ended 17 games with 104 rebounds, 93 turnovers, 28 steals, 8 blocks, and a total of 645 points.
Stephen Curry, Golden State
A six-time NBA All-Star, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, and a five-time NBA three-point shot leader, any NBA fan is sure to never run out of awards and achievements to link with Stephen Curry.
Dubbed by many to be the greatest shooter in NBA history, Curry has made a name for himself with his deep threes and remarkable scoring abilities that befit only a true MVP.
Despite fracturing his hand early in the 2019-20 NBA season, which prompted him to temporarily skip the court, Curry still managed to keep his title as the Golden Boy of the Golden State Warriors. He has made 20 rebounds, 15 turnovers, 5 steals, 2 blocks, and 81 points within only four games.
Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
Dominating the court side-by-side with his teammate LeBron James, Anthony Davis has undeniably proven himself to be a must-watch player in the NBA. To date, as the 26-year-old all-star power forward remains to be in his prime. Many expect that he is only a few steps away from reaching uncharted territories that will put him on top of history.
This year, Davis has played 16 basketball games, in which he had made 144 rebounds, 43 turnovers, 24 steals, 47 blocks, and 402 points. With these impressive set of stats, it is not surprising that the New York Times even called him and James as the “Scariest Duo” in today’s NBA.
Have you decided which among them stands to be the “best among the best”? With the long list of remarkable players who had made their names in the NBA, it is only natural to encounter countless arguments and discussions on who reigns supreme in the court.
Today, although the debate continues to evade a final answer, one thing remains sure; these six distinct players have undoubtedly proven themselves to be among the best NBA Players of today’s generation.