10. Kawhi Leonard Clippers
This is the hardest player to rank on this list. When he was last playing he was a top 4 player in the NBA, but now he hasn’t played since April of 2021, so we will have to see how he is when he actually plays again.
9. Ja Morant Grizzlies
Morant really stepped up this season in the playoffs and was an All Star starter. It looked like Memphis could have beaten Golden State at times during the playoffs and Morant averaged 27 points and 10 assists in the postseason.
8. Joel Embiid 76ers
Embiid has been close to winning MVP at least three times. He is one of the most dominant players in the league due to his shooting touch and big body down low but hasn’t won anything really so far.
7. Nikola Jokic Nuggets
Jokic has been putting up huge numbers the past two seasons as he has won back-to-back MVPs. He has done a lot of that without Jamaal Murray and Michael Porter though, so they haven’t won anything. We will see how his numbers are effected next year with them back.
6. Lebron James Lakers
Lebron doesn’t look like he has lost a step to be honest. He just has had no help recently. With Anthony Davis hurt, the Lakers are pretty bad. Next year he should continue to dominate with hopefully a healthy Lakers team. People forget he won the finals just two years ago.
5. Luka Doncic Mavericks
The Mavericks have only gone as far as Luka can take them. He will need more help to win anything in the Western Conference. His numbers speak for themself though.
4. Jayson Tatum Celtics
Tatum led Boston to the NBA Finals last year and averaged 25.6 points and 6.2 assists during the playoffs as he took on more of a distributor and playmaker role like top 10 NBA players do.
3. Kevin Durant Nets
Durant is still unguardable but the question still remains if he can win without a super team around him like in Golden State. He was beat by No. 1 on this list in the 2021 playoffs and swept in the first round by No. 4 on this list in 2022.
2. Stephen Curry Warriors
It is hard to not rank Curry No. 1 because he just won the finals while averaging 27.4 points and 5.9 assists in the playoffs. He just has so much help with Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole that his team can win without him having huge games unlike a lot of these other guys.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks
Giannis won the championship in 2021 for the Bucks and was knocked out in seven games by Boston who eventually went on to the finals or else he likely would have had another title shot in 2022.
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