ESPN Lists The NBA's Top Players(NRR)
Writer named Hollinger posted this on ESPN.com today....let the debate begin!!1. LeBron James, CLE 2005-06 season: James was younger than several players who entered the 2006 draft, but despite his youth he was arguably the best player in the league in 2005-06. He became the youngest player to... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 31.86League Avg: +16.862005-06 PER: 28.17 2. Kobe Bryant, LAL 2005-06 season: I don't think Kobe Bryant was the best player in the league over the 82-game season. But when he was at his best, nobody could touch him. Say what you want about LeBron James and... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 27.00League Avg: +12.002005-06 PER: 28.11 3. Dirk Nowitzki, DAL 2005-06 season: It was a banner season for Nowitzki, who sported the league's best PER and led the Mavs to their first-ever conference championship. He set career highs in field-goal percentage,... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 26.86League Avg: +11.862005-06 PER: 28.20 4. Amare Stoudemire, PHO 2005-06 season: It was a wasted season for Amare Stoudemire, who had microfracture knee surgery just before training camp and made only a brief, aborted comeback before calling it a year. His offseason... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 26.12League Avg: +11.122005-06 PER: 17.83 5. Dwyane Wade, MIA 2005-06 season: So ... anyone still think it's Shaq's team? Wade was mysteriously ignored in the MVP voting, based on the flimsy logic that since Shaquille O'Neal was the Heat's best player... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 25.91League Avg: +10.912005-06 PER: 27.68 6. Kevin Garnett, MIN 2005-06 season: It's not his fault. I feel like I need to say this every time Garnett's name comes up, because he's immediately assailed for not doing enough to lift his pathetic teammates to victory.... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 24.97League Avg: +9.972005-06 PER: 26.88 7. Chris Paul, NOK 2005-06 season: Paul had a great rookie year, but I'm not sure people realize just how great it was. Let me crib from something I wrote previously: Paul had the best... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 24.96League Avg: +9.962005-06 PER: 22.14 8. Pau Gasol, MEM 2005-06 season: Gasol opened the new campaign with a shaggy, patchy beard, sending countless reporters scurrying to the Internet to find the Spanish word for "wookie." It seemed to work for him... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 23.95League Avg: +8.952005-06 PER: 22.76 9. Gilbert Arenas, WAS 2005-06 season: Arenas continued his development into one of the game's biggest stars, finishing fourth in the league in scoring and ranking second among point guards in PER. As with many of today's... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 23.78League Avg: +8.782005-06 PER: 23.87 10. Allen Iverson, PHI 2005-06 season: Somebody forgot to tell this guy that short, fast guards are supposed to decline rapidly in their 30s. Iverson celebrated the big 3-oh by putting together the best season of his... Complete Profile 2006-07Projected PER 23.31League Avg: +8.312005-06 PER: 26.02 BTW......Shaq was STILL listed as the #1 Center in the league!!!!