1.) Kobe Bryant - L.A. Lakers
What's there to say? Kobe is Kobe. He's a dominate scorer, and with Pau Gasol, he passes the ball more than he used to. He can hit clutch shots, and his emotion keeps himself going, game after game.
2.) Dwayne Wade - Miami Heat
It was hard to put Wade in the second category, but he just isn't Kobe, yet. Dwayne Wade is also a great scorer, and good passer. Wade also can rip down a board, as he is an aggressive rebounder, and a good defensive player. He tries and tries to be the best player he can be, and I admire him for that.
3.) Monta Ellis - Golden State Warriors
Ellis is by far the most underrated/underappreciated players in the entire NBA. He's a lights out scorer, being able to hit from almost anywhere on the floor. He's an average passer, as well as an average rebounder for a two guard. He and Curry really carry the Warriors, and soon enough, hard work should pay off.
4.) Manu Ginobili - San Antonio Spurs
Ginobili is a scorer. Not much of a passer. He loves the three ball and can knock it down very well. Other than scoring, Ginobili is an average player, not really providing much in any other category.
5.) Tyreke Evans - Sacremento Kings
Evans is a dominate scorer. He was the rookie of the year in the 09-10 season, and he is the major bright side for the Kings organization. He may have been there best draft pick ever, and I think he will have a great NBA career.
What are your guys' picks?
I agree with everything else though. I'd rather put Joe Johnson their
i dont agree with tyreke evans being on this list...he had 1 good season than struggled mightily... and for those of you sleeping hard on joe johnson, he didnt have that bad of a year
joe johnson: 18.2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4 rpg, 44% shooting
and where is eric gordon??
joe johnson is in the top 4. behind kobe, wade, manu.
monta ellis is not top 3. love his game, but he's not even an all-star cant put him top 3 just yet.
too bad brandon roy is hurt, he would of been in the top 5 last year.
eric gordon top 10 maybe, somewhere behind ellis.
tyreke evans is mainly plays point guard, not ready to list him as a top 5 shooting guard.
I think Joe Johnson has a lot of talent, no doubt. But, I based this list on the 2010-2011 season. Joe Johnson's stats were down from the previous year, and I thought Tyreke had a good year.
I honestly believe Monta Ellis deserves to be an all-star, but hasn't earned the vote because the Warriors have not done anything with him yet. Hopefully next year they can turn it around.
Being a Warriors fan who loves Monta, I feel Gnobli at the moment is playing at a high level on a very good team. Ellis is still no. 4, should have made the all star team. But I don't agree with no.5. As great as he can be you have to put Ray Allen, and Erric Gordon is the conversation, as both have produced well this season. Although Joe Johnson is a good player, he regressed this season after signing a max contract, and I don't see him getting any more productive.
5. Allen and Gordon (If his hand injury doesn't hold him back, he will pass Allen next season, while Allen spends the next 5-10 years working on an unbreakable 3-point record.)
I did have Joe Johnson, Eric Gordon, Ray Allen, and even other two guards in the conversation. I just didn't pick them. I realize they all are great players, and have a lot of talent, but I just felt Tyreke Evans had a better season than the three. Joe Johnson was #6 and Eric Gordon was #7. I think Tyreke Evans did well enough to be the #5 shooting guard.
Tyreke Evans averaged 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists.
Joe Johnson averaged 18.2 points, 4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.
Eric Gordon averaged 22.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.
Ray Allen averaged 16.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.
While Eric Gordon scored the most, I felt as though Tyreke Evans was the most balanced player of the four this past year.
Uh, Tyreke Evans shot 40% from 2 and 30% from 3 this year. That is worse than most of the starting 2 guards in the league and you have him in the top 5?!? Yes he scored 18 points a game. If you are shooting that badly and still scoring nearly 20 points a game it is because you are killing your team by using up possessions.
Basically, the league figured him out and found ways to stop him getting to the hoop for foul shots. Evans has to go back and figure out some new moves if he is ever going to be in the discussion as an elite player at his position.
How does Kevin Martin of Houston not get mentioned? He averaged 23 points a game on better, though not great, shooting than Tyreke. But he also got to the line a lot.