DeRozan continues to impress after blowout victories versus the OKC Thunder and Washington Wizards, two games in which he lead the team in scoring. The Raptors are currently sitting atop of the Eastern Conference standings while DeRozan looks to be off to a impressive start offensively with an average of 22 points and 2.5 assists per game. In my opinion DeRozan is clearly the best player for the Raptors and he has quieted many doubters who once believed he wouldn’t be an All-Star. Now, he only has to maintain his stay in the MVP race to become one of the top players in the league. I caught a lot of slack for not adding Kyle Lowry to this list, unfortunately he hasn’t been as consistent as DeRozan versus some of the better teams in the league.
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are a pair of the most lethal scoring duos in the NBA, and throughout week two of the regular season, both players continue to scorch the nets versus some of the best teams in the league. Thus far, Thompson has emerged as the better of the duo after increasing his scoring average high enough to briefly rank him among the top-2 scorers in the league — only second behind Kobe Bryant. The Warriors are currently one of the top teams in the Western Conference after a convincing home victory over the L.A. Clippers, final score 121-104. As a top-10 scorer in the league, Thompson finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Whether he can sustain such success remains to be seen.
During the opening week of the NBA season, Anthony Davis showed significant signs of being a legitimate NBA superstar. Chants of MVP and chatter among major sports networks ranking him among the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant began to spread like wild fire. Davis clearly has the talent to become a great player in the league, but to place him on the same level as LeBron and Durant is an early stretch at best. Surprisingly, Davis leads the NBA in blocks per game (4.4), rebounds per game (12.8), and top-5 in scoring (24.4 ppg). Davis has also said to patterned parts of his game after his favorite player coming up as a youngster, LeBron James. If the Pelicans can improve their winning record, I don’t see any reason why Davis won’t be a frontrunner for the MVP award.
1. James Harden
With a 6-0 record (each win by double digit points) , the Houston Rockets got off their best undefeated start since they went 5-0 during the 1994-95 NBA season. Harden continues to be an offensive force with his ability to create his own shot, and he’s one of the best players in the league when it comes to drawing fouls (ranked No.1 in the league with 10.9 FTA per game), instantly ranking him as one of the top scorers in the league. Harden has garnered a lot of criticism for his lack of defense, but his ability to disrupt plays and force turnovers in transition has helped transform him into a more dynamic player. If Harden can continue to improve his defensive efforts, the Rockets will be a dangerous team. The 2013-14 All-NBA first team member continues to prove why he’s the franchise player.