The NBA playoffs were supposed to begin this past weekend. It feels like yesterday when we were free to roam the streets and appreciate the best bucket-getters in the world who were dominating the hardwood every night. The world has stopped and in a time where we desperately need to get lost in hoops more than ever, players are stuck at home just like us. For two guys who fully embrace the glorious soap opera that is the NBA, it's been tough to cling onto front office transactions for days at a time out of sheer necessity for anything basketball-related. That's when Ralph and I, Martian, decided to fill the hole that the suspension of the season has left.
We hopped on a FaceTime call and sorted the top-10 NBA players since 2010. After deliberation and plenty of Basketball Reference, we compiled a list that we're satisfied with. There's a chance you won't agree with us; let us know your thoughts (@ralphpolojames and @jackmartian). We're also back in the podcast studio so make sure to listen to The Fro and The Flow and Run It Back on Burbs Radio.
10. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Damian Lillard (2012-2020): 24 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.3 STL/BLK
43.6% FG, 37.1% 3PT, 88.9% FT, 21.9 PER
2013 Rookie of the Year, 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA
Martian: Damian Lillard is one of, if not the most, underrated superstars in the NBA. When it comes to getting buckets, Dame is among the best ever with the 20th-best career points per game (24.03). Dame has kept the Blazers in contention throughout his eight-year tenure, often silencing offseason doubters who place Portland outside the playoffs. He also has two of the biggest playoff shots of the decade with series-clinchers against the Houston Rockets (2014) and Oklahoma City Thunder (2019). Dame's unwavering loyalty to Portland adds to his legacy as he's proven that he wants to build a contender with the team that drafted him, even when trade rumors emerge.
9. Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets)
Kyrie Irving (2011-2020): 22.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.7 STL/BLK
46.6% FG, 39% 3PT, 87.7% FT, 22.2 PER
2012 Rookie of the Year, 6x All-Star, 2014 All-Star MVP, 2x All-NBA, 2016 NBA Champ
Ralph James: Kyrie Irving, the most prolific ball-handler and shot maker in the NBA today, but has developed a reputation as a chemistry disruptor over the last three years. While that may be the case, that doesn’t subtract from his eye-popping talent that leaves hoop connoisseurs with basketballgasms on a nightly basis, nor his accomplishments that will be etched in history books. Kyrie hit one of the three biggest shots of the 21st century in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals and was the second most important player on that championship roster next to LeBron James.
If it weren’t for Kyrie’s role as the glorified Robin to LeBron’s Batman, there wouldn’t be a championship banner hanging in Quicken Loans Arena. Don’t believe me? Ask LeBron what it was like to have Kyrie as his primary sidekick in the Finals instead of Matthew Dellavedova. Irving’s best days may be behind him considering injuries, but he’ll forever be an absolute problem in 1-on-1 situations and as a spot-up shooter until the day he retires.
8. Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers)
Anthony Davis (2012-2020): 24 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 3.8 STL/BLK
51.7% FG, 31.9% 3PT, 80.1% FT, 27.5 PER
7x All-Star, 2017 All-Star MVP, 3x Blocks Champ, 3x All-NBA, 3x All-Defense
Martian: Anthony Davis is an absolute force. Since being drafted to the then-New Orleans Hornets in 2012, he's been a seven-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA and All-Defense selection, and three-time blocks leader. For his career, he has averages of 24 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game, and at 27, he's entering his prime, a scary thought for the rest of the league (especially paired alongside LeBron). AD is a complete two-way star, dominating teams on defense and pouring in buckets with ease. After putting the Pelicans on his back for seven years, AD has thrived during his first year in Los Angeles as he's having an MVP-worthy season with his eyes set at his first championship. AD has lived beyond the hype that came with him into the league and will retire as an all-time great big man.
7. Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Chris Paul (2010-2020): 18 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 9.2 APG, 2.2 STL/BLK
46.9% FG, 37.5% 3PT, 88.4% FT, 24.8 PER
7x All-Star, 2013 All-Star MVP, 6x All-NBA, 6x All-Defense, 2x Assists Leader, 4x Steals Champ
Ralph James: In the simplest of terms, there hasn’t been a better floor general for the last decade than CP3. Throughout the last ten years, The Point God has been molded into several different roles from the ball-dominant distributor on the Clippers, to James Harden’s off-ball aficionado in Houston, all the way back to veteran All-Star leader in OKC as a primary handler. It’s no secret that Paul is one of the five or six best passers of all-time, and is also widely regarded as one of the best defenders at the point guard position. A man who has become famous for his petty on-court antics has, in turn, become underrated as a scorer, facilitator, and defender. If I were to start a championship-contending roster tomorrow, and I was looking for a point guard to start my foundation, the only three players I’d have ahead of CP3 would be LeBron, Harden and Stephen Curry.
6. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets)
Russell Westbrook (2010-2020): 25 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 8.7 APG, 2.1 STL/BLK
44.2% FG, 30.9% 3PT, 80% FT, 25.1 PER
9x All-Star, 2x All-Star MVP, 8x All-NBA, 2017 MVP, 2x Scoring Champ, 2x Assists Leader
Martian: There's a chance that Russell Westbrook is not human. The pure athleticism of the nine-time All-Star, two-time scoring leader, and one-time MVP is mind-numbing as he collects a rebound and pushes it past every defender for a thunderous slam. One glance at Westbrook's stat sheet can lead to feeling dumbfounded as double-digit numbers pop off the sheet. From 2016-2019, Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the entirety of the season. Before Westbrook normalized collecting triple-doubles, it was a rare achievement. Now, triple-doubles seem to happen on a nightly basis, something I don't think anybody would've seen coming. Whether you're a Westbrook fan or question the efficiency of his play-style, there's no denying that he's one of the most commanding players in league history.
5. Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers)
Kawhi Leonard (2011-2020): 18.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.5 STL/BLK
49.1% FG, 38.1% 3PT, 85.4% FT, 23.0 PER
4x All-Star, 2020 All-Star MVP, 3x All-NBA, 5x All-Defense, 2015 Steals Champ, 2x Defensive Player of the Year, 2x NBA Champ, 2x Finals MVP
Ralph James: Kawhi Leonard has been the best defender and a top-five scorer in the NBA for the last decade. The 2x Finals MVP has developed a reputation as a stoic swingman, but his highlights suggest otherwise. He plays the game at his own pace, and the biggest moments never seem to phase the midrange master. Aside from Kobe, Kawhi is the closest the NBA has come to producing an heir to Michael Jordan: his hands are fucking enormous, his fadeaway is untouchable, and his awareness is equivalent to an Apex Predator.
Absurd stat of the millennium: Leonard has more career steals (921) than he does fouls (891). He’s not only effective on defense, but he’s also unbelievably efficient. The Machine has clearly and concisely calculated what it takes to become an all-time great and has recalibrated his game since a lower leg injury in the 2015 WCF.
4. James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets)
James Harden (2010-2020): 26.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 6.7 APG, 2.2 STL/BLK
44.4% FG, 36.3% 3PT, 85.9% FT, 25.4 PER
8x All-Star, 2012 6th Man of the Year, 6x All-NBA, 2x Scoring Champ, 2017 Assists Leader, 2018 MVP
Martian: I miss watching James Harden play basketball. Harden started the decade as the sixth man of (possibly) the most potential-filled team ever and now stands as the best offensive player in the league. Since being traded to Houston in 2012, Harden has been a scoring machine, averaging 29.6 points over eight seasons. People love to hate on Harden’s play-style, but to me; it’s perfect. His ability to toy with defenders and find the perfect spot for his shot is mind-blowing; nobody is better at putting the ball in the basket. Harden is the ultimate definition of a bucket-getter and history will look back kindly at the pure brilliance of The Beard’s style.
3. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Stephen Curry (2010-2020): 24.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.9 STL/BLK
47.8% FG, 43.5% 3PT, 90.7% FT, 24.9 PER
6x All-Star, 6x All-NBA, 2016 Scoring Champ, 2016 Steals Champ, 2x MVP, 3x NBA Champ
Martian: Golden State hate is acceptable. Shitting on Steph Curry’s legacy, however, will not be tolerated. Curry is the greatest shooter of all-time and it’s safe to assume that nobody will ever top his prowess from beyond the arc. The two-time MVP and three-time champion undoubtedly changed how basketball is played in the NBA. Curry’s ability to light it up from literally anywhere on the floor is electrifying to watch, regardless of how you feel about the Warriors. When Curry elevated to superstar status in 2014, basketball was revolutionized. The three-point shot was attempted by players for decades, with many specializing in shooting, but all of a sudden seven-footers were launching, and making, deep shots. The game looks completely different than six years ago and it can all be traced to Curry.
2. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets*)
Kevin Durant (2010-2019): 27.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 4.7 APG, 2.3 STL/BLK
50.5% FG, 38.5% 3PT, 88.3% FT, 26.8 PER
10x NBA All-Star, 2x All-Star MVP, 9x All-NBA, 4x Scoring Champ, 2014 MVP, 2x NBA Champ, 2x Finals MVP
Ralph James: There are few players in the history of basketball who’ve had a more natural knack for scoring than the Slim Reaper. The only arguments I would deem tolerable are Kareem, Jordan, Kobe, LeBron or Harden; that’s it. That’s the list. Even then, I don’t think any of those Hall of Famers possessed an equal unstoppability that KD has achieved. Standing at 7 feet tall (yes, KD is 7 feet tall, don’t let the internet fool you), with a 7’5” wingspan, Durant’s jumper is next to untouchable. To supplement his deadeye marksmanship, he has one of the deadliest left-right crossovers of all-time, and the confidence level of Denzel in American Gangster. It’s no secret that his reputation took a severe hit after his decision to join the Golden State Warriors in 2016, but that snake-ass move will never subtract from his unparalleled ability to get buckets. If it weren’t for injuries, there’s no doubt in my mind that KD would end up as a Top 3 Scorer of All-Time.
1. LeBron James (Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers)
LeBron James (2010-2020): 26.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 7.7 APG, 2.2 STL/BLK
52.9% FG, 35.5% 3PT, 72.7% FT, 28.1 PER
10x All-Star, 2018 All-Star MVP, 2x Minutes Leader, 10x All-NBA, 5x All-Defense, 3x MVP, 3x NBA Champ, 3x Finals MVP, AP Athlete of the Decade
Martian: I didn’t start the decade as a LeBron fan; I was a hater. For my first few years as a diehard NBA fan, LeBron was up there with Kobe and Steve Nash as my favorite players in the league. My chubby fourth-grade self frequently wore a maroon and gold LeBron Cavs jersey but when he made the move to Miami in 2010, I never wore it again. As a Bulls fan, I desperately wanted Bron and DWade to join forces with DRose and Joakim Noah. I so badly wanted to see a championship brought back to Chicago. For the entirety of his tenure on the Heat, I was fully against LeBron. I can’t believe I spent so many years ignoring brilliance and defying the greatest basketball player of all-time.
It wasn’t until LeBron was back on the Cavs that I switched my allegiance. One fateful afternoon and a phone call from my good friend Rob Weede changed it all. “Jeck, do you want to go to the Bulls’ game tonight?” We got in his beautiful blue hybrid Camry and headed to the United Center. The seats were good. It was my first time seeing LeBron in person (I’ve seen him three times now, it just gets better) and I was in awe watching him navigate the hardwood. I sat in the United Center, the building that Michael Jordan brought six championships home to, and had the realization that LeBron James was in fact the GOAT.
Since then, I’ve written a 14-page essay on why LeBron is the best, spent hours talking about it on the podcast, and have gotten in god-knows-how-many arguments regarding Bron versus MJ. LeBron is the best player of the last decade and it’s not even close. What he’s done on and off the court is immeasurable. His impact on the NBA will never be forgotten and it feels as if he’s never going to retire. I wouldn’t be surprised if in ten years he finds himself on Ralph and I’s “Top 10 Players Since 2020” list.
Ralph James: There's no way around it: LeBron James has been the most dominant, effective, and absurdly brilliant basketball player in the world for the last decade. Pick whichever stat you want to back this argument: 9 consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, his Most fill-in-the-blank in Playoff History resume, his triple-double average in the NBA Finals (the only player to ever do so), The Block, the 3-1 memes, the numerous "clutch" shots (go-ahead or game-winners) in the playoffs alone, the fact that he led the league in assists in his 17th(!) season. The list truly goes on and on and on.
He's had several stages of his career that have demanded him to recalibrate his game, and each time he's answered emphatically. Need somebody to run your whole offense for you a la Magic Johnson? No problem. Want a guy who can post up smaller defenders and blow by bigger ones? There's never been a better option. How about somebody who can extend his range to the Steph Curry/near half-court vicinity? He's got you. Whatever LeBron's team asked him to do, he went above and beyond with his answer.
If it weren't for LeBron James, guys like J.R. Smith, Matthew Delavedova, Mario Chalmers, Chris Andersen, Anderson Varejao, Larry Hughes, Daniel Gibson, Jordan Clarkson, Iman Shumpert, Norris Cole, Donyell Marshall, Drew Gooden, and Timofey Mozgov would be regarded as meaningless non-contributors to mediocre NBA teams. They wouldn't have Finals experience, championship rings, or an irremovable spot in NBA history. They'd be just some other guys who came and went in the league without making a significant dent on a championship-contending team.
What I will remember most fondly about LeBron James's run in the 2010s won't be the infinite lobs he caught and nearly broke the rim with, the no-look dimes that seemed implausible for anybody else to make, the fadeaway, leaning, contested buzzer-beaters or game-winners.
No, it'll be the championship pedigree that he carried himself with for every single game that I'll remember.
It'll be his response to a less-than-stellar performance in the 2011 Finals against the Mavericks with back-to-back championships against an elite Oklahoma City Thunder unit and an absolute juggernaut in the San Antonio Spurs that I'll remember.
It'll be his ability to take a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals against the greatest regular season team of all-time in the 73-9 Golden State Warriors and flip it on their heads with sheer dominance that I'll remember.
It'll be the fact that he was one of the three, if not THE, best basketball players in the universe for every single year of his career.
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
A few players on this list were discussed for inclusion in the top-10. I fought for you, Boogie. The NBA has never seen so much talent so it only felt right to include notable players who made an unforgettable impact on the league over the last decade.
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers*)
DeMarcus Cousins (2010-2019): 21.2 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 2.6 STL/BLK
46.1% FG, 33.2% 3PT, 73.7% FT, 22.4 PER
4x All-Star, 2x All-NBA
Martian: Aside from Derrick Rose, Boogie is the biggest “What if?” of my NBA fandom. Before suffering an Achilles injury in 2018, Boogie had just been named an All-Star starter while putting up 25-13-5.5 a night for the Pelicans. Prime Boogie was my favorite player to watch in the NBA. The way he was able to dominate on both ends, run the floor, bang threes, and drop dimes to his shitty Sacramento teammates was a sight to behold. It’s a shame that we were robbed of more monstrous Boogie seasons; he would’ve been an all-time great big. He still is in my eyes.
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Klay Thompson (2011-2019): 19.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.4 STL/BLK
45.9% FG, 41.9% 3PT, 84.8% FT, 16.4 PER
5x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 2019 All-Defense, 3x NBA Champ
Ralph James: Jack and I went back and forth regarding Klay Thompson’s argument as a Top 10 player. The argument is this: Klay is, without reservation, a top three shooter of all-time (#1 is Steph, and #2 is either Klay or Ray Allen, take your pick, with Reggie Miller as a close contender), one of the best wing defenders in the league (his defensive assignments of guarding James Harden one round, Russell Westbrook the next, and Kyrie Irving in the Finals have allowed Steph an incalculable amount of time to “rest” on defense), and he has the world’s hottest microwave ready to cook at all times.
Paul George (Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers)
Paul George (2010-2020): 19.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 2.1 STL/BLK
43.3% FG, 38% 3PT, 84.6% FT, 19.2 PER
6x All-Star, 2013 Most Improved Player, 5x All-NBA, 4x All-Defense, 2019 Steals Champ
Ralph James: If it weren’t for his playoff woes, Paul George would be an indisputable Top 10 player of the decade. PG13 has evolved into the prototypical wing player: someone who can shoot from anywhere on the floor, handle the rock like a point guard, and play at a championship level on defense. Standing at 6’11”, Paul George is the closest we’ve come to seeing a parallel to Kevin Durant. Although he lacks the killer mentality that KD possesses, he has nearly all of the attributes that the Easy Money Sniper does. In the gym range, a dirty crossover, and next-level athleticism that’s resulted in some of the most memorable poster dunks in NBA history. It’s our privilege as basketball fans to watch Paul George, a man who is only several years removed from one of the most gruesome injuries in recent memory, and we should be thankful for his Unicorn talents despite his recent miscues in the postseason.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (2013-2020): 20 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.5 STL/BLK
52.5% FG, 28.5% 3PT, 72.4% FT, 22.9 PER
4x All-Star, 2017 Most Improved Player, 3x All-NBA, 2x All-Defense, 2019 MVP
Martian: I'm sure people were expecting Giannis to appear at some point in our top-10. It would make sense considering Giannis has (arguably) been the NBA's best player the last two seasons but we decided that he should be an honorable mention since his reign as a truly dominant force didn't start until the 2017-18 season. If this was a list starting in 2015, he'd undoubtedly be included.
During my senior year of high school, I went to a lot of Bucks games since Milwaukee is only a 90-minute drive from Chicago. It was incredible watching the Bucks turn their fortunes with Giannis at the helm. At only 25-years-old, Giannis' ascent to greatness has been dumbfounding as the formerly-unknown, scrawny combo-forward has evolved into a behemoth who will demolish anybody who dares step in front of him. The sky is truly the limit for Giannis, who will soon be considered the best player in the NBA.
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Dwyane Wade (2010-2019): 19.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.4 APG, 2.0 STL/BLK
47.8% FG, 29.6% 3PT, 75.7% FT, 21.3 PER
8x All-Star, 2010 All-Star MVP, 4x All-NBA, 2010 All-Defense, 2x NBA Champ
Ralph James: D-Wade will go down as one of the three greatest SGs of all-time (Jordan, Kobe, Wade, Jerry West, & Harden is my order). Where he falls on certain people’s list is subjective, as all lists are, but there’s no denying Wade’s championship DNA. The former scoring champion had one of the most polished offensive repertoires of all-time. Point, blank, period. He and Manu Ginobili patented the infamous eurostep. He had a floater that could touch the ceiling and drop through the cylinder without touching the net. And he was one of four guards in the history of the NBA who had a postgame equivalent to the likes of Hakeem Olajuwan and Kevin Garnett (Jordan, Kobe, Magic, Wade). D-Wade wasn’t just a brilliant bucket getter, he was an underrated playmaker and All-NBA defender. He consistently posted highlight reel swats regardless of who was attacking the rim, big man or guard, and swarmed around the court as a sneaky pick-pocketer a la Air Jordan.
LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs)
LaMarcus Aldridge (2010-2020): 21 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.9 STL/BLK
49.2% FG, 31.8% 3PT, 82.6% FT, 21.8 PER
7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA
Ralph James: Aldridge has always been an old school big reminiscent of Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett without the stellar defense. He has a polished low post game and an unblockable fadeaway a la Dirk Nowitzki. Once LA12 gives his defender a shoulder bump and a quick turn, it's wraps. A nearly unblockable shot that has allowed the high post phenomenon to average 20+ points for a decade.
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs)
DeMar DeRozan (2010-2020): 21.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.3 STL/BLK
45.5% FG, 28.3% 3PT, 83.1% FT, 18.5 PER
4x All-Star, 2x All-NBA
Martian: DeMar DeRozan is the best Toronto Raptor of all-time. Alongside longtime-teammate Kyle Lowry, DeRozan helped usher Canadian basketball back into relevance. While he wasn't apart of the team that delivered a championship to Toronto, DeRozan laid the groundwork for success. He scored 13,296 points with the Raptors, often through silky smooth mid-range jumpers and high-flying dunks.
Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons)
Blake Griffin (2010-2020): 21.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.4 STL/BLK
49.8% FG, 33.3% 3PT, 69.4% FT, 22.0 PER
6x All-Star, 2011 Rookie of the Year, 5x All-NBA
Ralph: In an era where big men are asked to shoot from beyond the perimeter, run to either the rim or the wing in transition, and are adored for being able to push the ball up the floor as a handler after a rebound, Blake Griffin would be a GM’s dream come true. The hyper-athlete was more than just a tenacious dunker in his prime. He could handle the rock with the best of them, drill mid-range jumpers from the post or in pick-and-pop scenarios, and drop delicious dimes to the low man (Deandre Jordan benefitted from a lot of Griffin’s lob passes in LA). People may remember Griffin for his otherworldly yams on Timofey Mozgov, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka, but I’ll remember BG for his all-around game that would be salivated over in the modern NBA.
Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kevin Love (2010-2020): 19.7 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 STL/BLK
44% FG, 37.3% 3PT, 83.4% FT, 22.0 PER
5x All-Star, 2011 Most Improved Player, 2011 Rebounding Champ, 2x All-NBA, 2016 NBA Champ
Martian: K. Love was vicious during his time in Minnesota. That man had a craving for rebounds that was never satisfied, plus he could score with ease. In his last season with the Timberwolves, Love put up 26-13-4. It’s a shame that the new wave of NBA fans knows K. Love as the third guy on LeBron’s second Cleveland squad because back when I was in middle school, the SportsCenter recap of Love’s games were always insane. He’s still great on the Cavs; hopefully he can find himself back on a contender. When it’s all said and done, Love will be a Hall of Famer.
Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Draymond Green (2012-2020): 9.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 5.0 APG, 2.5 STL/BLK
43.5% FG, 31.9% 3PT, 71.0% FT, 15.1 PER
3x All-Star, 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, 2017 Steals Champ, 2x-All NBA, 5x All-Defense, 3x NBA Champ
Martian: Draymond Green is a player you love to have and love to hate. Much like Joakim Noah’s tenure on the Bulls, Green is adored by Bay Area fans and loathed by the 29 other teams in the league. The Warriors wouldn’t have their dynasty if not for Draymond’s tenacity and swiss army knife abilities. During Golden State’s 73-win season, Green posted averages of 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game. It was also his best season from beyond the arc, making 39% of his threes, and he found himself in MVP contention. Green is an enforcer, doing the gritty work to do whatever it takes to win.
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics)
Kemba Walker (2011-2020): 20 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.4 STL/BLK
41.8% FG, 36% 3PT, 83.8% FT, 19.4 PER
4x All-Star, 2019 All-NBA
Ralph: A lightning quick crossover, space-creating stepback, and an unteachable clutch gene are what’ve separated Kemba, both literally and figuratively, from the rest of the NBA’s starting point guards. After putting Charlotte on his back for a decade, Kemba is now running the show in Boston where his championship aspirations have the potential of being satisfied.