Ranking who are the best NBA players is always a hot topic.
Unlike other sports, individual rankings are much easier to judge.
On Friday, ESPN Completed Its Top 100 Players Ranking for the 2022-23 NBA season.
They ended up revealing their top five players for next season.
ESPN’s Top 5 Players for the 2022-23 NBA Season:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
- Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
- Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
- Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors)
This is an intriguing list that many fans are likely to run into.
For starters, LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) he didn’t even make the top five, and he’s coming off a season where he averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
The Lakers didn’t have a good year (11th seed in the west), but James was still clearly elite.
ESPN ranked James sixth.
Another big name that didn’t make the top five was Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets).
The 12-time NBA All-Star led a Nets team that was swept in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
However, he averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game.
Durant hit 51.8% from the field and the assists were a career record.
He was one of the few bright spots for Brooklyn.
ESPN ranked him eighth.
Overall, there is no accurate way to determine these things because they are based on opinions.
However, Curry has led his team to a fourth title in the past eight seasons, so one would think he would be in the top three.
The first game of the 2022-23 regular season will take place between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers on October 19.