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2013 NBA Player Rankings 1-5

Posted By David Gaulman On November 8, 2013 @ 5:36 PM In Insider - Magic,NBA | No Comments

People may be shocked that I have Kobe Bryant in my top-5, especially considering that ESPN has him ranked 25th best in the NBA. Anyone who thinks he will come back less then what he was or that he won’t play at a high level is just plain fooling themselves. As for the top 2 players, Mr. Kevin Durant is going to have to settle for second place again.

#5 Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers|SG| Age:
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
78 27.3 6.0 5.6 .463 .839 23.10
While I do realize that Kobe is coming off a torn Achilles, an injury that would take most NBA players a long time to come back from. He isn’t most players. Bryant’s ability to shoulder the doubt and utilize it as motivation is the best since Jordan. There is no timetable set for his return, but look for the Black Mamba to comeback around Christmas.

#4 Derrick Rose
Chicago Bulls|PG| Age:
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
39 21.8 3.4 7.9 .435 .812 23.10
Rose has gotten off to a horrific start this season, which is understandable considering he hasn’t played in over 18 months. My biggest isue with the young star is his all-around game, he must develop a better jump shot and minimize his turnovers. Opposing defenses are able to foocus in on Rose considering their lack of scoring from other positions on the team. He will play like his old self once he shakes off the rust, give it time.

#3 Chris Paul
Los Angeles Clippers|PG| Age:
2012-13
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
70 16.9 3.7 9.7 .481 .885 26.43
Losing to the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat in back to back games is something Paul is not ok with. I think the only player who hates losing more then him is Kobe. Having said that, CP3 must show up and win in the playoffs. There is no excuse with this roster he should not reach the Western Conference Finals. Paul is the best point guard in the NBA but he gets a pass too many times (no pun intended) for his lack of success in the post-season. The addition of Doc Rivers as head coach should help.

#2 Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder|SF| Age:
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
81 28.1 7.9 4.6 .510 .905 28.35
With the return of Russell Westbrook a month early, Durant’s numbers will become more efficient with opposing defenses not being able to zone in on just him. His ability to score is the best in the game but he must learn to raise the play of the guys around him. Durant says he is tired of second place, if he wants to erase that stigma he will need to win a championship. Anything less will always be second best.

#1 LeBron James
Miami Heat|SF| Age:
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
76 26.8 8.0 7.3 .565 .753 31.67
The fact LeBron James feels that he has improved during this past off-season means the NBA is in big trouble. James is looking to add to his MVP collection (4) while trying to win his third straight NBA Championship. Dwayne Wade’s health and the Indiana Pacers are the only two things standing in the way of King James and him joining some elite company.


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