The Top 25 players in the NBA
November 03, 2013 @ 01:30 PM ET by Eddie Johnson
25. Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn. The most focused basketball player I have ever seen. He was taught by old-school players and he has made it an intimidating art form of consistency. Garnett has kept himself in great shape and looks like he could play well into his 40s. Will take the talented Nets to the Conference Finals this year with his leadership.
21. Blake Griffin, LA Clippers. He has fallen over the last few years, but his stock will rise again because Doc Rivers will challenge, discipline and improve his overall basketball game. He will become a nightmare if he ever can make free throws because he will lose his hesitancy to attack the rim in the fourth quarter. Karl Malone did it and so can Griffin with hard work in practice.
17. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland. How many teams would love to pry him away from the Blazers? He has become a prototype power forward. He can play with his back to the rim, but can also spread the court and knock down perimeter shots. I thought he became a better leader last year and I expect him to put together another strong season.
13. Stephen Curry, Golden State. Video game offense that has a mix of new school and old school. The show he put on in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Spurs was one the best shooting displays I have ever seen. I expect better passing numbers this year and hopefully strong ankles.
8. Tony Parker, San Antonio. I already know readers will second guess placing Parker this high, but how can you when he was arguably the third most influential player last year behind James and Durant. He was a few seconds away from winning a title in Game 6 and winning series MVP based on his heroics down the stretch.