Sports Illustrated has released their top 100BA players heading into the 2017 season and number one player one the list was champion LeBron James. There was a lot of discussion about which player should be on the top of this list, but in the end, we had our winner. Best analytics made this the easiest decision solely monitoring his contribution on the defense and offense as well. Here are a couple of reasons why he was our number one player and why are Duran and Curry on second and third spot on this list.
As the season was unfolding analysts thought that this was going to be a pretty tough debate. Should LeBron be in the first spot or Curry, or Durant but LeBron James made it easy for them to decide with his statistics. We all remember when he came flying from half court to block that shot in the finals, and clinched the comeback from the 31 deficit; he is still a clear winner way above guys like Curry and Durant. At least regarding general contribution and effort on the court.
Why Durant Deserves 2nd place on this List?
So LeBron is definitely number one, no question about it. But placing second best and third best on SI’s list is where thing start to become a little tricky. So obviously Durant is number two player on this list and the unanimous NVP-step Curry on third place, so why was Durant over Curry? If we closely examine the performance of this two players is all comes to a couple of things that make Durant better over Curry. Number one reason is probably versatility, and especially on the defense. Kevin has a lot of ground to cover, and he does it well. He can guard multiple positions, and he can also step out on guard in the pick and roll situations. We actually saw him defend Curry in times of the playoffs and he was pretty effective at it.
Curry’s Third Spot Explained
Curry is a guy who although performs well on the offense is pretty much only for that positions. In a lot of situations, coaches know that they need to preserve his energy and that is why they use him as a weapon only in critical situations. Another reason why he is bellow Durant is due to his multiple injuries over the years. Now when a professional player in NBA, like Curry, has health problems it takes a lot of effort to come back to the previous level. He simply wasn’t able to return as the same player after the injuries, and that is totally acceptable if we notice the gravity of the situation and how serious were the injuries. It goes without mentioning that Sports Illustrated know what they are doing when they score players. This is why we have no objections to their decision to place these three players on this list as top three.
Basketball is a game that’s been around for more than a hundred years, yeah pretty long enough. And during this period many teams were noticed and stayed on top as top favorites. Today some of them stay as true kings of NBA and still have a large number of fans. But what teams can be considered as all-time best in the history of NBA? Judging by their success, popularity with fans and overall score we’ve come to this list of top five.
Now Chicago Bulls might not be the best NBA team currently on the list but their success on the court over the years has definitely earned them a spot on this list. Many famous players played for this team including Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen back in the days. All of them contributed to this team’s undeniable success winning many championships year after year. With M.J. on the court, this team won 6 championships starting from 1991 until 1998, skipping only two years 1994 and 1995. Although Michael Jordan had some tough times at the beginning with his teammates, we all remember the period when we barely had any ball possession; he became an important asset to this team.
With astonishing 17 championships won starting form 1957 this team can be considered as an old school team, since they were there since NBA was founded. Not many know that this team success over the years can be attributed to coaches instead of the player. There were without a doubt some memorable players like Larry Bird and many others, but the key to their success was always strategy. And I’m not talking about any strategy here, but old school strategy that was proven many times before to be most effective.
Los Angeles Lakers
This team owns its success and popularity with fans mainly to players like Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Brian, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson in the old days. Everybody knows about Shaq and Kobe, but true fans, especially older generation still remember Kareem and others. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was recently actually rewarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Golden State Warriors
Although their success is more noticeable in the last couple of years, they had their portion of championships back in the days. With only four championships won including 1947, 1956, 1975, and 2015 a lot of analytics will disagree that they should be on this list. But it’s not about the number of championships they’ve won, but general contribution of players to the success of this team.
This team is definitely my favorite, and players like Vince Carter and Vince Bosh, later on, became some of the most memorable in Raptors history only due to their skills. This team certainly had their ups and downs, but the important thing is that they’ve stood up every time and continued on. Their peak was probably around 1998 and later on, but their overall success as a team was undeniable.