As part of our NBA preseason coverage I will breakdown the top players by division. Here are the best players in the Pacific Division.
PG Chris Paul- Los Angeles Clippers- 19.8 pts. 9.1 ast. After a so-so year one in L.A. he will put it all together season. Paul is the most efficient point guard in the league. He shoots at a high percentage, makes his teammates better, and is effective on defense. That’s why he’s my sleeper pick for MVP.
SG Kobe Bryant- Los Angeles Lakers- 27.9 pts. 5.4 ast. I’ve always been a little critical of his game. Five championships and numerous scoring titles are all very impressive, but his greediness and poor shooting percentages have always alarmed me. With all the talent around him this season I expect Kobe to have his most efficient season to date.
SF Tyreke Evans- Sacramento Kings- 16.5 pts. 4.6 reb. They’ve tried him at multiple positions, but it looks as though he’s found his home at small forward. Evans isn’t a pure shooter, but he finds a way to score from all over the court.
PF Blake Griffin- Los Angeles Clippers- 20.7 pts. 10.9 reb. His passion and exuberant dunks exceed his actual talent, but the overall effect he has on a game is enough to warrant this selection. I’m not a fan of his attitude. He reminds me of the soccer player that dives in the penalty box instead of actually trying to score. He’ll benefit from a full offseason with CP3.
C Dwight Howard- Los Angeles Lakers- 20.6 pts. 14.5 reb. Howard tops off the most talented division in basketball as the best defender and rebounder in the game. He uses his massive shoulders and impeccable timing to snatch rebounds and quickly put back misses. He doesn’t have an extensive offensive repertoire, but he doesn’t need to.
Bench Steve Nash- Los Angeles Lakers- 12.5 pts. 10.7 ast. I could have gone with a number of different players here, but Nash is better than all of them even at this stage in his career. I hope he gets his championship because he deserves one more than anyone.