The NBA is a league full of talent. Some players are great shooters, others have an uncanny ability to draw fouls, and still, others have the size and strength that make them a force in the paint. But what sets these five players apart from their peers? What makes them so entertaining? Let’s take a look at the top 5 most entertaining players in the NBA today.
The minutes before LeBron James gets the ball for the first time in a game are full of anticipation. Because once he has it, it’s sure to go in. James has scored 29 points per game over his career. His variety of skills is what makes watching him so entertaining; he can beat you with an acrobatic layup or drain a three-pointer from the half-court like nobody’s business. Furthermore, he brings this same level of intensity every night, something not many players can do. It’s no wonder why LeBron is the most popular player in the NBA today.
One of the league’s youngest and most talented players, Kevin Durant, has been a force in the NBA ever since he was drafted to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has an incredible jump shot from anywhere on the floor, which makes him a consistent threat from long range. Though it may look like he’s just spotting up before he releases his shot, what separates him from other shooters is that if you give even an inch of space while defending him, he will kill you with a quick step-back. And how can we forget about his ability to leap? Sometimes when I watch Kevin Durant play, I feel like I’m watching a video game made for PlayStation.
Every kid dreams of being the next Stephen Curry. A point guard whose handles are so tight that defenders don’t even bother trying to steal the ball from him because they know it’ll be too difficult, Curry has turned what was once an incredibly dull position (except for Allen Iverson) into one of the most dynamic in all of the sports today. The first point guard on this list, Steph is a deadly shooter who can shoot off the dribble just as well as he can spot up. He also draws more fouls than anyone else in the league, making him entertaining both for his three-point shots and his free throws. As if all that isn’t enough to make him one of the most exciting players to watch, he also is the only player in the league who is truly unguardable. He can pull up from anywhere on the court, and you still may not be able to do anything about it. Because of this, he’s become one of the best players in NBA history and is both a great shooter and passer.
Giannis is a player that I have been able to watch grow from being just a lanky teenager into one of the most dominant players in the NBA. The Greek Freak has a wingspan longer than any other human being, which makes him a great defender and rebounder on top of being an extremely versatile scorer. He’s become so good at scoring in different ways that he can sometimes be overlooked when you talk about some of the more dynamic scorers in the league, but Giannis is such a better all-around player (shooting, rebounding, passing) than they are that it’s not even funny. Even though he doesn’t get as much media attention as some other superstars like LeBron James or Stephen Curry, he’s a player I would highly recommend watching if you ever get the chance.
The last player on this list is a defensive juggernaut. Kawhi has been the best defender in the league since he was drafted. His athleticism and strength make him a nightmare for any offensive player to deal with, especially if you look up to see him closing in for a slam dunk from right underneath the basket. Kawhi also scores well despite being off guard that doesn’t rely heavily on his jump shot. He’s able to get into the paint often or take it from beyond the arc when his team really needs a basket late in games.
The NBA is full of entertaining players, each with their own unique skill set. Whether it’s LeBron James dominating the court one-on-one or Giannis Antetokounmpo showing off his absurd athleticism on both ends of the floor, there are plenty of athletes worth watching in today’s game.