Happy Easter! NBA Playoffs are starting

Welcome back NBA fans! It is time for the player report card for the second third point of the season using my proprietary grading system. The following list is the ranking of the top 25 players for the 2016-2017 season.

  1. Russell Westbrook – +25.43
  2. James Harden – +25.14
  3. LeBron James – +23.40
  4. Chris Paul – +22.98
  5. John Wall – +21.62
  6. Kevin Durant – +21.21
  7. Jimmy Butler – +20.71
  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo – +20.63
  9. Draymond Green – +19.43
  10. Ricky Rubio – +19.17
  11. Anthony Davis – +19.04
  12. Nicola Jokic – +18.34
  13. Jeff Teague – +17.63
  14. Karl Anthony Towns – +17.13
  15. Rudy Gobert – +16.64
  16. DeAndre Jordan – +16.44
  17. Blake Griffin – +16.38
  18. Kawhi Leonard – +16.29
  19. Kyle Lowry – +16.13
  20. DeMarcus Cousins – +16.12
  21. Stephen Curry – +15.67
  22. Mike Conley – +15.29
  23. Damian Lillard – +14.97
  24. Hassan Whiteside – +14.89
  25. Nicolas Batum – +14.42                                                                                                                                             Russell Westbrook put it into another gear in the last third of the season to end up as the NBA Maven Player of the Year. James Harden is next with LeBron James finishing the season strong and moving into third place. Chris Paul is fourth after LeBron. The rest of the top ten are with John Wall at the five spot followed by Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Draymond Green and surprise Ricky Rubio rounding out the top ten. The remaining 15 places in the top 25 had quite a bit of movement with Nicola Jokic rising up to 12th and Karl Anthony Towns moving up the list where KAT sits at 14th on the list at the end of the season.

     

    At the end of the season it is becoming clear that the following teams are the only real contenders for the NBA title this year: Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Washington Wizards. The Cavs have added Deron Williams to help but they still will need Kevin Love in full form to get to the finals and repeat. The Wizards will challenge the Cavs this year as they are now playing very good basketball under their coach Scott Brooks. John Wall is playing at a high level and the Wizards are going to be a tough out for anybody. The Milwaukee Bucks may pull off a first round upset with Giannis Antetokounmpo playing at an All-Pro level this year. But that being said if the Warriors can stay healthy and keep Draymond Green in the game they will likely win it all this year. Too much talent, it is as simple as that.

Until the next blog post you can follow me on Twitter @NBAMaven1. I appreciate any and all feedback!

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