As we’re heading into the All Star Break, we’ve seen some great things in the NBA this season. Even though we’re still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve still seen some great NBA action. We’re seeing many players step up to lead their teams, and the players have been forced to play under some unique circumstances this season. There are more back-to-back games, and players are playing teams in consecutive games. We’re going to rank some of the top players in the game, as we give our opinion on who the top five players in the game are at this point in the season. We’ve looked at their season stats, whether or not they’re a playoff contender, and their all-around game. With that in mind, let’s jump right into action so you can keep betting against their NBA odds.
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1. LeBron James
LeBron James is having a tremendous season. Even though his numbers have gone down as of late, he still seems to get better with age. James is leading one of the top teams in the NBA, and he could be playing in another NBA Finals. James is playing over 34 minutes per game. He’s averaging 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game, while still playing very solid defense. James has had to carry the load for the Lakers lately, as Anthony Davis has missed time due to an injury.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
It looks like the Bucks have finally figured things out, and Antetokounmpo is playing at an elite level once again. The Bucks have tried some new things with him on the offensive end, and he has continued to thrive. He’s averaging 29 points, 11 boards and nearly six assists per game. If he ever develops a consistent perimeter jumper, the sky’s the limit for the “Greek Freak”.
3. Nikola Jokic
The “Joker” is one of the top two big men in the game today. Jokic is arguably the best passing center in league history. Jokic can do things offensively that no other big man can do. He has become a triple double machine for a team that should make the Western Conference playoffs. Even though Denver has just recently started to play better, Jokic has been superb all season long. He’s putting up nearly 27 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists per game.
4. Joel Embiid
When Doc Rivers became the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, he vowed to get the most out of his talented roster. Rivers has figured out how to bring the best out of Joel Embiid. The big man is playing the best he ever has. He is in great shape, and Rivers has centered the offense around him. Embiid can do it all, as he can shoot it from the perimeter, and or he can be a dominant force inside the paint. Embiid can also be an elite defender when he is fully engaged. He’s averaging nearly 30 points, 11 boards, and three assists per game.
5. Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson went down prior to the season with an achilles injury. Many wrote the Warriors off right then and there. However, Stephen Curry had different plans. Curry took offense to the fact that many had written Golden State off, and he has taken over. Steve Kerr has made some offensive changes to help Curry, as he has the ball in his hands more than ever. Curry is averaging nearly 30 points per game, while getting five boards, and dishing out six assists per game. Curry and his teammates are playing well enough to clinch a playoff berth this season.
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