The NBA is in a pretty interesting place right now. As the older generation of NBA greats begins to fade, a new cast of characters are taking on the mantle and slowly outgrowing the same guys they grew up looking up to.
The result was a rapidly changing league that destabilized the rise and fall of many of the game’s best players.
ESPN, for example, recently did a player ranking poll that had the likes of Steph Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant below some of the game’s youngest stars and sparked a flurry of debate and conversation online.
Kendrick Perkins Reveals His Top 5 NBA Players List Today
And while some agreed with ESPN’s list, Kendrick Perkins had a lot to say about it on a recent episode of ‘NBA Today’ where he gave his own top five after agreeing that Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the game today.
“Right at number two, I got Steph Curry. Finals MVP, NBA champion, broke his three-point record last season. It changed the game forever and he’s still doing it. At number three, I go with LeBron James. people could say what they want, I know in 7 years he will be eligible for his pension and I understand. But he still averaged 30 last season and he’s still a problem in today’s game. At number four, I I’m going with Jokic, ok. 2x MVP, I know a lot of people will say he shouldn’t have won the MVP twice in a row. I’m hating it, but I’m not hating it, he’s in the top five. At number five, I’m going with the Big Philly, Joel Embiid Did we see him singlehandedly carry the Philadelphia 76ers last season when Ben Simmons gave him up? Didn’t he finish second behind the Joker as far as MVP goes?
It’s a solid Perkins lineup, with the only real difference from ESPN’s roster being the inclusion of LeBron in third place. ESPN placed him in 6th, just behind Curry and Embiid. And while James is no longer the player he used to be, the guy can still play at 37.
Clearly, with James at 3 and Curry at 2, Perkins still holds a lot of old guard players in high regard, which makes a lot of sense. Before showing Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic in flowers, let them prove they can win when it matters most.
Either way, it will be interesting to see how the Perk roster stands the test of time and which players will separate themselves from the rest in this upcoming campaign.