NBA Betting: 2021 Player Rankings Update
The “who is the best player in the NBA?” debate comes up all of the time. While there are so many great players in the league right now, some seem to stand above the others. Let’s rank some of the elite players in the game at this point of the season so you can bet against their NBA odds.
2021 NBA Player Rankings Analysis
1. LeBron James
“The King” doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He has the Lakers sitting near the top of the Western Conference, and statistically, he hasn’t missed a beat. Averaging nearly 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game, and playing a good portion of every game, James is still elite even at age 36.
2. Steph Curry
Some may think that this ranking may be a little high, but he has almost single-handedly carried the Warriors this season. If the season ended today, the Warriors would be a playoff team. Curry is averaging 29 points per game, with five rebounds, and six assists. Even though he’s being smothered by the opponent’s top defender, Curry is still scoring in droves.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Antetokounmpo’s versatility and length make him nearly impossible to stop when he’s in transition and going to the rim. If he could ever get his perimeter shot fixed up, he’d be an unstoppable force. Even with that being said, he’s still averaging 27 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists per game. He has the Bucks sitting near the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
4. Nikola Jokic
Even though the Nuggets have struggled early in the season, you can’t deny what a great season Jokic is having. Quite possibly the best passing big man in the history of the league, Doncic is an offensive force. The big man is averaging 27 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists per game. By the end of the season, he could be averaging a triple double.
5. Kevin Durant
After missing all of last season with a torn achilles, Durant is back with a vengeance. One of the top scorers in league history looks like he never missed a beat, as he’s back to his old self. Playing with James Harden and Kyrie Irving, Durant has taken the lead. He’s averaging 29 points, seven rebounds, and five assists per game. He has the Brooklyn Nets poised to make a lengthy playoff run.
6. Kawhi Leonard
Leonard may be the best two-way player in the league. Although he’s sat out a few games this season, Leonard has been a force when he’s in action. “The Klaw” is averaging 26 points, five boards, and five dimes per contest, as he and Paul George look to lead the Clippers into the NBA Finals.
7. Joel Embiid
The Sixers big man has become an unstoppable force under Doc Rivers. He’s averaging 29 points and 11 boards per game. He’s gotten into the best shape of his career, and he’s playing well on both ends of the floor. If he can continue to play well and stay healthy, Embiid will be in league MVP contention.