Even though the NBA was going through a lockout this time last year, things are back on track, and it looks like the 2012/13 season will be one to remember. Here are the top five players in the NBA right now:
1. LeBron JamesWithout a doubt, LeBron is the best player in the NBA, and he'll probably end up dominating the league for years to come. Not only is LeBron a scoring machine, he's arguably the best non-point guard in the NBA at getting his teammates involved. At only 27 years-old, LeBron has already earned three MVP awards (He was also the 2012 Finals MVP). And with a career average of 27.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game, I'm sure they'll be many more accolades in his future.
2. Kobe BryantMy biases might be affecting my judgment here, but I still think Kobe is better than everyone in the NBA except LeBron. Kobe is slowly approaching the end of his career, but he's still as dangerous as he ever was. With Dwight Howard and Steve Nash there to help him carry the Los Angeles Lakers, I expect Kobe to stay healthy during the 2012/13 NBA season, and I'm sure he'll put up impressive numbers.
3. Kevin DurantAt only 23 years-old, with a career average of 28.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game; it's probably only a matter of time before Durant secures an NBA title. Things didn't go well for Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2012 NBA finals, but that should give him extra motivation for the upcoming season.
4. Dwight HowardHoward has been hampered a bit by injuries recently, but he's still the best center in the NBA. His scoring continues to improve, and we already know how good the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year is when it comes to grabbing rebounds and blocking shots.
5. Kevin LoveLove is one of the most promising young players in the NBA right now, and he's arguably the second best power forward in the league. He averaged 26 points and 13.3 rebounds per game last season, and at only 24 years-old, I'm sure he still has a lot more of that left in his tank.
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