- LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)
- Out of this bunch, he is the best with his back to the basket, which you don’t see from this position much anymore. His turnaround jumper is nearly impossible to defend since he has such a high release. What I like most about Aldridge is his touch around the basket and ability to shoot with both hands. His numbers are a little down in the Spurs’ team-oriented offense, but I think it will make him an even better player.
2. Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
- He is a freak of nature. His wingspan is 7’4 and apparently he is still growing! Quickly rising to a future MVP candidate, Davis’s game just keeps improving and that spells trouble for the rest of the league. He can beat you in a number of different ways, but his movement without the ball and athleticism make him very tough to handle. Lastly, his ability to defend and block shots on defense make him a very good two-way player and perennial All-Star.
3. Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
- He plays power forward, but could probably play the other four positions on the floor as well. The Dubs’ system has brought out his ability to pass the ball and lead the fast break, making him arguably the best all-around forward in the NBA, possibly even the best. As the vocal leader in Golden State, Green’s passion allows him to be the defensive anchor, which in turn fuels him and his massive amount of talent. Even if Curry and Thompson were not there, he would still be racking up the triple-doubles.
4. Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)
- He has two of the most memorable dunks in NBA history where he is literally ABOVE the defender (reminds me of Vinsanity at the Sydney Olympics). He was only a high-flying forward when he first entered, but over the years, Blake has massively improved his game, especially from the perimeter. He runs the floor with the best of them and is a wonder to watch on the fast break. If you see Blake in a 2-on-1, just get out of the way.
5. Chris Bosh (Miami Heat)
- Chris Bosh has probably the best range out of this group and is also arguably the smartest player as well. He did take a backseat to the Wade/LeBron show for a few years, but since James’ departure, he has come on and been one of the best players in the league despite the scare with the blood clots last season. Bosh’s best attribute is his ability to defend the pick & roll, which he is the best in the league at doing. He played center for the majority of Miami’s championship runs, but now he is back at his natural position and is showing he can still do it.