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Top Ten Players for the Next Decade

There was a topic earlier for the top 10 of this decade, I thought it would be crazy to list decades. I know this is pure speculation and who the hell knows what will happen. But there are some great young players , some not in the NBA right now, that I know will crack this list.

1. Lebron James -enough said
2. Dwight Howard - Will win at least 1 chamionship and an MVP, only 23
3. Chris Paul - will go down as the best point guard since Magic Johnson. Will have the assist record. 23 years old
4. Keven Durant - Could win an MVP, many scoring titles, and a title with the right supporting cast.
5. Derrick Rose - I shouldn't be too hard for the Bulls to build a championship caliber team around him.
6. Carmelo Anthony - Probably the second best pure scorer behind Kobe. Nuggets will are competitors for the next few years. 24 years old
7. Dwayne Wade - I know a lot of people are going to argue with this one. Right now, he is a top 5 player. But he is 27 and will not be able to dominate the entire next decade.
8. Chris Bosh - Just wait until he signs as a free agent with a contender. only 25
9. Blake Griffin - Karl Malone reincarnated. Will develop the jump shot because he has good form. Not even Karl had a jumper at his age.
10. Ricky Rubio/John Wall - I put both because I haven't seen either play enough. I have a good feeling one of the two will make the list. I choose Rubio for now because I saw him in the olympics, but Wall has more upside.

Honorable Mentions: Brandon Roy, OJ Mayo, Danny Granger, Al Jefferson, Greg Oden, Brook Lopez, Eric Gordon, Beasley.


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Great Topic

I think we can all start our lists with #2, because no sane person will debate Lebron as #1.
I agree with so much but for a few things:
***Chris Paul will not break Stockton's assist record. Paul missed as many games his first 2 years in the league as Stockton missed in his entire career. He's #3 al-time in games played and averaged 10.5 apg. Paul is great but durability will prevent it.
*** I think Dwyane Wade should be higher, if he is healthy and can have the usual peak through age 32-33, then he'll be dominant for more than half the next decade and probably still all-star caliber for longer than that.
***I think Paul and Dwight each move down one notch only because we can somewhat see their peak (Dwight's is a lot further away), but Kevin Durant's peak is nowhere in sight. He will probably be averaging 30ppg and his offensive arsenal is limitless, about two years away from being unguardable. As he fills out his defense and rebounding will pick up as well (and he's currently decent at both). I truly believe he can go down as an all-time great.
*** YOU FORGOT DERON WILLIAMS
*** Brandon Roy should be in there because he is still only 24, plays like a vet, and is a top 10 player right now.
*** Honorable mention should probably include Andrew Bynum and Rajon Rondo. Maybe also Yao Ming and Amare, but I could see not having them up there. Overall a great topic and list.

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IMO

Lebron
Howard
Rose
Durant
Paul
Melo
Roy
DWill
Westbrook
Brook Lopez

Thanks for the correction bonishswhs.

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billyk, u have melo at 6 and

billyk, u have melo at 6 and 9. i dont think bosh should be on the list. roy is better than him right now and theyre both 24/25. I dont see mayo or gordon getting close to top 10 because they are just scorers. Id say

1. LeBron
2. Durant
3. Paul
4. Howard
5. Wade
6. Rose
7. Roy
8. Carmelo
9. Granger
10. Beasley

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I don't forsee Beasley or

I don't forsee Beasley or Granger but I do like espn365's pick in Williams.

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RUSSELL WESTBROOK

Some people got Greg Oden and Eric Gordon over Russell Westbrook...
show my boy some love...
I dont think he is top ten but he has gotta be an honorable mention...
The dude has crazy potential... you just wait

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1. LeBron James - Will go

1. LeBron James - Will go down as one of the greatest, though I still feel Kobe is better right now and D-Wade is right up there as well.
2. Wade (though, as mentioned he's a few years older than the rest) - Has a chance to go down right there with LeBron and Kobe when it's all said and done.
3. Derrick Rose - My boy D-Rose can be as good as he wants to be. The most athletic PG in history, plays like a vet and a true PG. His ceiling is nowhere in sight.
4. Dwight Howard - I don't see him ever averaging 25 and 15, but it's possible and he certainly has the ability. Incredibly dominant player, one of the most athletic centers in history.
5. Chris Paul - Incredible point guard, but he just doesn't have the ceiling of Rose IMO, but still could surpass any of the two above him.
6. Deron Williams - This guy will make the supposed two man race between Rose and Paul interesting, as it's really going to be a three man race for best PG in the league.
7. Kevin Durant - Incredible scorer and we all know he will lead the league in scoring at some point. Does he have the ability to make his teammates better though? He also could rise on this list.
8. Blake Griffin - Another possible riser, it's hard to see if he's going to be a superstar or all-star. He has a chance to be great though, that's for sure.
9. Brandon Roy - Will be one of the most consistent and solid superstar players of the next decade.
10. John Wall - Again a possible riser, I just haven't seen enough of this kid to move him up yet, but I have seen enough to put him at 10.

Honorable Mention: Russell Westbrook, Al Jefferson, Danny Granger, Brook Lopez, Rajon Rondo, Devin Harris, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh.

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Starting next season, these

Starting next season, these are the guys you'd start a franchise for the next decade with.

The Proven Ones
Lebron - No explanation needed.
D-Wade - Reaching his peak seasons.
D-Howard - Still so young, and so strong.
C-Paul - His game is already upper echelon, just needs a team to work with.

Ready to Take Over
D-Rose - The potential is off the charts.
D-urant - Once he starts learning the team game/defense.
B-Griffin - Bigger, stronger Amare. Just avoid injuries.

One Step Away
B-Roy/D-Harris/D-Granger - These guys have the requisite talent, just need to take their game to that next level of leading a team.

The Question Marks
Carmelo/Amare/Bosh - Need to start establishing leadership qualities at this point in their careers

The Wild Cards
Wall/Rubio/TBD - Some young punk will come in and make his mark.

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Al Jefferson

I know he does not play D, but his low post game is devastating. With the right supporting cast (IE athletic defensive 4-5) he could be special. Dominant Low post players win championships, period.

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chris bosh???

Future Black Hole.......Most likely to haze rookies in 2015

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hahaha

Ricki Rubio??he sucks and he wouldn't be a star

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ya'll forgot about me

ya'll forgot about me

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Are you really the one from

Are you really the one from Wake cuz his name is spelled Faroug not Farouq and for a star basketball player you are on here alot blowin time...

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I completely forgot about

When I posted the topic I forgot about a few players, here is the updated list.

1. Lebron James -enough said
2. Dwight Howard - Will win at least 1 chamionship and an MVP, only 23
3. Chris Paul - will go down as the best point guard since Magic Johnson. Will have the assist record. 23 years old
4. Keven Durant - Could win an MVP, many scoring titles, and a title with the right supporting cast.
5. Derrick Rose - I shouldn't be too hard for the Bulls to build a championship caliber team around him.
6. Carmelo Anthony - Probably the second best pure scorer behind Kobe. Nuggets will are competitors for the next few years. 24 years old
7. Dwayne Wade - I know a lot of people are going to argue with this one. Right now, he is a top 5 player. But he is 27 and will not be able to dominate the entire next decade.
8. Andrew Bynum - He has the tools and talent at only 21, plays in LA, and has Kareem as a mentor.Great Centers have always dominated the game and he will be the second best behind D Howard
9. Blake Griffin - Karl Malone reincarnated. Will develop the jump shot because he has good form. Not even Karl had a jumper at his age.
10. Ricky Rubio/John Wall - I put both because I haven't seen either play enough. I have a good feeling one of the two will make the list. I choose Rubio for now because I saw him in the olympics, but Wall has more upside.

Honorable Mentions: Derrick Williams, Chris Bosh, Brandon Roy, OJ Mayo, Danny Granger, Al Jefferson, Greg Oden, Brook Lopez, Eric Gordon, Beasley.

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is anyone concerned at how

is anyone concerned at how poorly cp3 played in the playoffs when the bigger stronger dahntay jones guarded him. do you think he will figure it out or will teams start playing bigger stronger players on him? because if he doesn't figure it out, he may not be one of the best the next decade. i have always loved cp3 but it bothers me how poorly he played. i think he will need an athletic, scoring wing soon that can create his own shot and that would lower the heat on paul. i think deron williams should be on the list. i dont know if anybody that hasnt played in the league should be on the list. here is my list.

1. Lebron - Easy
2. D-Howard - hopefully can win 1 or 2 championships, going to be hard with lebron around.
3. D-Rose - Pure point guard with the athleticism to take over scoring wise in games in about 2 years.
4. CP3 - One bad playoffs doesn't hurt, especially with all the injuries on his team.
5. D Wade - Only 5 because recent injuries and he is only going to dominate for at most 70% of the next decade.
6. Kein Durant - Could possibly average 30 points and 10 rebounds per game. Can he become a leader and defender?
7. D Will - Big, strong, pure point guard. A little older than but should be 3rd best PG all decade.
8. B Roy - Perfect mold of leadership and ability. But only Kobe and Jordan have led teams to champs from the SG spot.
9. Melo - Better ability than most on list. He needs to get his head right and start leading his team ala King James.
10. It is a tie between rookies - Michael beasley, OJ Mayo, Brook Lopez, and Russell Westbrook. Beasley could be a 25 & 11 guy and be a matchup problem for any team, but similar to Melo can he become a leader. OJ mayo will be a great scorer for years, but can he do the other things his team needs to be successful. Brook Lopez, he could be the second best center in the league for the next decade behind Howard, but will continue to grow or reach his peak to soon. Russell westbrook i think has the hardest time being great, he possesses some of the best phusical attributes of any pg in the league, but can he get a j. Could be similar to Steve Francis and be popular with the fans but not have any team success.

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trinajoe

Great point on CP3, its as if nobody watched any of the games. He'll still dominate many teams, but most playoff teams have a few Dahntay Jones types to throw at him, and the playoffs are when it really matters.

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my list

1. Lebron
2. Dwight
3.Durant
4.CP3
5.Deron
6.Roy
7. Wade
8.Carmelo
9.Rondo
10.Rose

Next five

11. Devin Harris
12. Joe Johnson
13.Blake Griffen
14.Brook Lopez
15.Westbrook

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Bynum

Bynum's only shown flashes thus far. He is only 21, but he's got to figure out how to stay healthy and be a consistent contributor before you throw him on this type of list. Griffin's impact will be greater right away.
Throw Oden in the same category.
Who is Derrick Williams?

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pig nobs

Deron and Roy over Wade. Rondo over Rose.
Either you are looking forward into an alternate reality or you just a funny dude.

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lol Wade is 27 he is going

lol Wade is 27 he is going to be retired by 37 anyways. THe question is the entire decade. Rondo has started to actually try in the NBA this postseason. Rose is not a great passer and his assists to turnover ratio is bad.

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Pig nobs, Rose actually is a

Pig nobs, Rose actually is a great passer, he just needs a better scoring big man to get those extra assists. Also, his Assist to turnover ratio wasn't bad at all for a rookie in the regular season, though in the postseason he was a mess with turnovers.

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A couple guys not to sleep on

I know he has been mentioned, but I seiously think Rose could go as high as # 2 on this list. He is going to be special.

Bynum just turned 21. I know he has been unhealthy, but when he has been in a groove, he has been one of the most dominant big's in the game. He could challenge Howard as best center in a few years.

Westbrook only needs to find his jump shot, and he will be right there. Consider he was not even in the rotation as a feshman in college, came on out of nowhere as a soph, and played far better as a rookie then anyone expected, he is growing rapidly into a dominant pg.

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It is a fun discussion....

So hard to predict. I will give it a shot based on where I think the player might be in the next 10 years, and as far as where guys who tear it up in to the latter part of the decade will be ranked all-time.
1. LeBron James (Has a chance to be the best to ever do it)
2. Kobe Bryant (Chance is running out to be the best to ever do it, still in my top 5)
3. Dwyane Wade (He keeps it up, he is one of the best ever)
4. Derrick Rose (I think he has huge potential to be the best PG in the league for years)
5. Dwight Howard (If he develops a more complete offensive game, has Olajuwon like potential)
6. Chris Paul (John Stockton with the athleticism to drop 20+ consistently)
7. Brandon Roy (If the Blazers are as good as I think they will be)
8. Greg Oden (I am so delusional about how good I think he could be, but so be it)
9. Kevin Durant (Could be much higher honestly, but I will take my chances)
10. Chris Bosh (Could also move higher or much lower, but if he does what I expects and signs with LeBron somewhere, than he will have some nice jewelry as a fantastic second banana)

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1. LeBron James 2. Dwyane

1. LeBron James
2. Dwyane Wade
3. Derrick Rose
4. Brandon Roy
5. Chris Paul
6. Rajon Rondo
7. Melo Anthony
8. Deron Williams
9. Russell Westbrook
10. Chris Bosh

HM: Danny Granger, Ricky Rubio

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My list

1. LeBron James - He can do it all, and will go down as one of the best.
2. Dwight Howard - Will be a dominate big for years to come.
3. Carmelo Anthony - Great offensive skill set. He hits clutch shots and can take over games.
4. Dwayne Wade - D-Wade is terrific now, but his ruthless style of play could end up hurting him in the long run. He gets banged up alot.
5. Derrick Rose - As a rookie took the Bulls to game seven aganist the champs. He is a winner.
6. Kevin Durant - Offensive game in unreal.
7. Devin Harris - A very underrated player. Explosive and fast. If he can work on getting a more consistent shot he could be great.
8. Chris Paul - Great player, but gets pushed around by bigger players.
9. Brandon Roy - Very good all-around player, also very smart.
10. Andrew Bynum - If he can stay healthy his upside is crazy. Big and strong. He could be a more athletic shaq.

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great topic

My List is comprised of players who I feel have the opportunity to be Hall of Famers. Wade is 27, Roy 26 so they are excluded from the list as these are players will be in their mid 30's in a decade

1. Lebron- does it all. if he can add a consistent jumper and learn to shoot at the line ( 2 major ifs) will be top 7 ever

2. Kevin Durant- 6-10 wing player who can flat out score. if he adds 20lbs of beef. Will be more unstoppable than Lebron because his shot is more deadly.

3. Chris Paul- already the best point in the game. Will need to improve on his mid-range game. Other than that he will be top 3 for the next 10 years.

4. Carmelo Anthony- most under the radar star. needs to become a better rebounder and defender. If he can become an all league defender, may catapult him to the top, because I see him as a winner more than most (He will win the most titles of this group).

5. Dwight Howard- Will dominate for the rest of his career of pure size, will become unstoppable with a summer working on all post moves and 7-12 footers. if he can spend a summer without dunking a ball. it will transcend his game. Imagine if Dwight had 1/3 of Shaqs post moves thats scary.

6. Deron Williams- my question is has he reached his peak? star now but will his game dwindle with age. (something about him, i dont know what)

7. O.J Mayo- Here it here first. He will be the next KOBE BRYANT. This kid has it all. More polished at 19 than Kobe. Only question is whether he will ever be recognized in Memphis. Star in Memphis. If they become a playoff team he will be Hall of Fame worthy. Was robbed for ROY. Clearly from a one on one perspective had the best season, but the league rewards winners.

8. Derrick Rose- will be a stud. needs to settle down as his game is to erratic at times. will dominate the PG spot for 12 years. If he can win half the titles of Jordan he may get a statue

9. Andrew Bynum- At only 21 he has a chance to fall in line with the rest of the Laker big men, Mikan, Kareem, Shaq. When healthy is a 20, 10, 2 force.

10. Russell Westbrook- I put him here over Beasley because he seems to play with more emotion and also gets to grow with KD as Beasley will alsways have to defer to Wade. Russ can take games over himself. He can also defend multiple guard postions. Has the potential to be an all league defender once his team defense concept gets betrter

Honorable Mention

Rubio
B. Lopez
M. Beasley
E. Gordon
S. Curry

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Cmon

The question is for the next decade, so DWade has to be on there, yes in 10 years he'll 37, but butween 27 and 37 he'll be one of the best in the league.
***Also, Brandon Roy is only 24. Everyone hs to stop thinking about age and start thinking about mileage. Brandon Roy played 4 years in college at around 30 games a year. NBA seasons are grueling. Kobe is only 30 and has to ice three times a day because he's been on an 82 game schedule since he was 17.
**The great thing about Brandon Roy is that everyone thinks he's older because he really does play like a 10 year vet.

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rondo

people will figure out how to guard him. he can be a top 5 pg the next decade but he will not be close to cp3, deron williams, d rose, or tony parker. he is a good players but he will not be great. paul pierce, ray allen, and kg are going to be decling every year now because of age. do you think he will be that good without 3 hall of fame caliber players? think about it, last year was his break out year. funny that he got kg and ray allen at the same time. i know he has 3 post season triple doubles but lets relax a little bit. he gambles too much on d and has no j at all.

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Wade

- Dwyane is 27. Shaq turned 28 in 2000. He still had a pretty decent decade. Dwyanes player #1a in the league right now. Can't ignore that.
- Carmelo is good, but not on the same level as guys like Lebron, Wade, Howard, Paul, B-Roy, Rose, etc. Overhyped, not underhyped.
- If Bynum does become a 20/10/2 force, doesn't that just make him a poor man's Al Jefferson?
- OJ Mayo IS the next Kobe Bryant...in a significantly smaller, less talented body. He was the 5th or 6th best overall rookie this year. You heard it HERE first: He'll never play in an All-Star game.

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CH15, I agree with everything above except for one, which is that OJ Mayo will play in an All-Star game. Realistically will probably take 2-3 years, but if Joe Johnson can make the All-Star team then OJ Mayo should be a lock. He'll be averaging well over 20ppg starting next year and he shoots phenomenal percentages from all over, especially for a rookie. His defense is solid right now and will eventually develop into a lockdown defender. I think saying he will never play in an AS game is NUTS.
*** If he was the 5th or 6th best overall rookie this year (which isn't bad considering this amazing rookie class), then why was he 2nd in ROY voting (which is done by the media) and the only other (with Rose) unanimous choice for All-Rookie (which is done by the head coaches) ?

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Not right

Dwyane Wade should be in the top 3.

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ok

I admit, it was a bold statement, because a lot of bad players have played in all-star games, but I just think by the end of the year, he was probably, at best, the 5th best rookie in the class. Rose, Lopez, Beasley, Westbrook, Love, and Gordon all could make cases they were better and/or more effective this year. Like you said, deep class, so nothing to get too upset about.
BUT, his game needs a lot of work, and he doesn't have the raw talent or potential that Rose, Beasley or Westbrook have exhibited, and he obviously doesn't have the size or power of Lopez or Love . His game has been modeled for years after Kobe's (which is never a good thing, even if you are Kobe) and he's not half as talented as Mr. Bryant.
As for the voting...I think that's a case of rewarding the guy for making an immediate contribution on bad team, whereas the other rooks took a little longer to come on, but who knows, I don't think it means a whole lot. Check past All-Rookie teams, not necessarily a breeding ground for Future Hall-of-Famers.

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evan13 !!!!! Get my name

evan13 !!!!!

Get my name straight before ya'll start speaking !!!!

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Check out my list:

1. King James
2. CP3
3. D-Wade
4. Superman
5. Blake Griffin
6. Kevin Durant
7. Derrick Rose
8. OJ Mayo
9. Carmelo Anthony
10. Me

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Haha..."You" will be good at

Haha..."You" will be good at Wake if Teague comes back but never top ten of a decade in the NBA.

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Watch Out For Brandon Jennings, Jerryd Bayless and John Wall

I think that these 3 points can dominate the next decade because they show a lot of promise and they are young. I'm really high on John Wall because of his freakish athletism. He'll just take over games with his athletism. Once he learns how to be more self controlled/mannered, he'll have all the tools to dominate the next decade.

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OJ will make it to an

OJ will make it to an all-star game just based off his popularity, and since that's what the all-star game is about....he'll be fine.

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