Blake Griffin – A single season resume is not enough.
Blake Griffin seems like a great guy and a freakishly, available player around the rim. I can’t deny that the kid can straight up and down, unequivocally ball hard.
Still, doesn’t it seem a little premature to rank him in the top ten of the league because he was always on Sportscenter while his team finished 32-50? His rookie of the year win, after much flack received after Griffin was argued to not be a true rookie, was impressive.
Griffin put up ridiculous points and did unthinkable things to men who have been in the NBA far longer than he has. Coming off of a play-less year and doing the things that he was able to do for the Clippers is above what anyone expected even after he was so phenomenal at Oklahoma. Still, there are areas of his game that need a lot of improvement. His short-range offense could use some tending to.
While his efforts around the rim are noteworthy, players around the league caught on. Griffin is going to start getting pummeled in the paint if he does not figure out another way to be threatening to team’s defenses.
Griffin is a great player. But not Top 10. Not yet.
RDE Rating: 15
Kobe Bryant – Kobe, not in the Top 5?
Maybe the voters were taking into account that the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Dallas Mavericks in an outwardly future-threatening sweep. Yes, Kobe Bryant is not the man that he once was. But, how many fans could say that they would take most of the men mentioned in the top five of this list over the Black Mamba?
Honestly, his numbers should speak volumes to how influential he is to one of, if not the most popular franchise in the league. Bryant has been carrying the Lakers on his back for years, and his averages do not vary much from the way in which he arrived at the Finals in 2010.
Kobe has the killer instinct that not even LeBron has. He is fearless on any fraction of the court and when given the opportunity embarrasses his defenders for not fouling him when they had the chance.
Bryant is one of those players you would much rather just throw on the line than have him put up a three over your head with the game on the line. He still has the ability to do so after he has proven himself in every avenue of the game. Kobe is not a one-trick pony who players can stop singlehandedly. You would think the voters would appreciate that much more than Durant’s pure-scoring abilities, but sometimes fluttering instinct.
RDE Rating: 3
RDE’s Full Top Ten Ranking
10. Deron Williams
9. Carmelo Anthony
8. Dirk Nowitzki
7. Derrick Rose
6. Chris Paul
5. Kevin Durant
4. Dwyane Wade
3. Kobe Bryant
2. Dwight Howard
1. LeBron James