Summer Leauge is already here which means most of the NBA rosters are already set, and while we’re going to see a lot of trades go on throughout the season, several top-tier players are likely to stay put for most of the season.
You just can’t win in this league unless you have a star, and while some teams are lucky enough to have at least two on their roster, others can’t brag about that. Today check the best player on each team.
Atlanta Hawks – Trae Young
Trae Young has only been in the league for one year but he’s already making a huge impact. He doesn’t want to be compared with Stephen Curry, even though the resemblances are quite obvious at times.
Young has unlimited range and is a very creative and skilled playmaker and has only gotten better with time, so we can definitely expect him to take a huge step forward during his sophomore season.
Boston Celtics – Kemba Walker
The Boston Celtics lost Kyrie Irving but ended up locking a very similar player, at least, statistically. Kemba Walker is one of the best point guards in the league, and he’s a much better teammate for sure.
Walker isn’t the average pass-first kind of point guard but is a crafty scorer and a better defender than Kyrie and his restless work ethic have helped him earn a lot of respect around the league.
Brooklyn Nets – Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant won’t be suiting up for the upcoming NBA season but he’s still the best player on their roster and probably the only player in the league that could get a max contract weeks after tearing his Achilles.
Durant is a walking bucket from all three levels and has grown to become one of the most versatile defenders in the league as well. With him on the roster, the Nets are a legit championship contender.
Charlotte Hornets – Terry Rozier
The Charlotte Hornets may have overpaid for Terry Rozier’s services for sure, but he’s shown glimpses of being an above the average scorer and playmaker that may take a step forward given the playing time.
Still, the Hornets are stuck in basketball hell right now with no true superstar caliber players on their roster and Rozier isn’t likely going to be their savior, but he’s definitely their best player as of right now.
Chicago Bulls – Zach LaVine
The Chicago Bulls have put together quite a nice young core for their future so choosing one of their prospects wasn’t an easy task. However, LaVine is the most likely to be an All-Star first for them.
LaVine has all the tools to become a successful NBA player and even though his defense is yet to catch up with his explosiveness and ability to pull up from distance, his freakish athleticism and hops make him a great entertainer for sure.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Kevin Love
The Cleveland Cavaliers struggled once again without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but at least they could keep Kevin Love on board to work as their veteran mentor for their rebuilding process.
Love is a vastly underrated player because of the fact that he embraced a much lesser role on their Big 3, but he’s a scoring and rebounding machine, an intelligent facilitator, and a much better defender people give him credit for.
Dallas Mavericks – Luka Doncic
The Dallas Mavericks landed a diamond on Luka Doncic, the most experienced young rookie to make it to the league in quite some time. He crushed the Rookie of the Year race and it’s only getting started.
Doncic can do a little bit of everything and his offense is already way ahead of schedule and the Mavericks will have a sweet young core for the future with him and Kristaps Porzingis playing side by side.
Denver Nuggets – Nikola Jokic
It’s crazy to think that Nikola Jokic actually slipped all the way to the second round of the Draft after all we’ve seen out of him and the way he’s become one of the world’s best big men in no time at all.
Jokic is already one of the best passing big men to ever make it to the league and he’s truly made the Nuggets better. Having a point center that can shoot the three and create for others really opens up the floor.
Detroit Pistons – Blake Griffin
The Detroit Pistons took a major gamble when they traded for Blake Griffin and sadly for them, it hasn’t paid off yet, but not because of him, as he played arguably the best ball of his career last season.
Griffin and Drummond are a spacing nightmare and not the best fit for modern basketball but he’s really improved in all the aspects of his game and nobody seems to value him as a star anymore.
Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry
The Golden State Warriors lost both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, but actually, this was always Stephen Curry’s team, and he’s not going anywhere until the very end of his career, you can be sure of that.
Now it will be up to the two-time MVP to prove his doubters wrong and put the Warriors on his shoulders to take them back to Championship contention without two-thirds of their Big 3 for most of the season.
Houston Rockets – James Harden
James Harden is coming off a historically good season and you may argue he could’ve won the MVP award for 4 straight seasons now. That’s just how good, dominant and prolific he is with the rock on his hands.
He’s still in debt come playoff time and defense is going to be an issue with him every time he steps on the floor, but even with his flaws he’s the best shooting guard in the league and it’s not even close.
Indiana Pacers – Victor Oladipo
The Indiana Pacers were dealt a major blow when Victor Oladipo was forced to miss the remainder of the season, but there’s no doubt he’s going to pick up things where he left them last year.
Oladipo really surged as the Pacers’ go-to-guy and improved as a primary ball-handler as well. He’s a terrific defender and versatile scorer and is going to make multiple All-Star appearances for sure.
Los Angeles Clippers – Kawhi Leonard
The Los Angeles Clippers completely shook the world by signing Kawhi Leonard and also adding Paul George to their already impressive core of Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams.
Kawhi Leonard is not only the best player on the Clippers but also the best player in the world right now. He led the Raptors to their first title in franchise history and is capable of locking down the best scorers in the world on a nightly basis.
Los Angeles Lakers – LeBron James
LeBron James will be on a mission next season and now that he’s had a full summer to rest his body for the first time in 15 years, most people think we’re going to see the best LeBron yet next year and that’s a scary tough.