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1. Kevin Durant : Oklahoma City Thunder

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LAST WEEK: 31.0 ppg | 7.8 rpg | 4.0 apg

The Thunder's 12-game win streak nbaVideoCamThumb.gif came to an end against the Timberwolves Thursday night, but that doesn't diminish the work Durant has put in. Even more impressive than the raw numbers is the fact that he's become a force on both ends of the floor. He's contesting shots, playing physically and demanding that his teammates pay as much attention on the defensive end of the floor as he does on the other side.

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2. Carmelo Anthony : New York Knicks

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LAST WEEK: 31.0 ppg | 3.0 rpg | 1.0 apg

Anthony missed two games in the past week, a win over the Cavaliers Saturday and the Knicks' first home loss of the season to Jeremy Lin and the Rockets. But when he's healthy, he's every bit as unstoppable as Durant and LeBron James -- if not more. The relentless offensive assault he can unleash on opposing teams, from inside and out, is a sight to behold. His ability to pile up points (31 in 36 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Nets) is mind-boggling.

IN LAST WEEK'S GAMES:

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3. LeBron James : Miami Heat

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LAST WEEK: 23.0 ppg | 8.3 rpg | 7.0 apg

James will never admit it, but he's finally starting to look like he could use a mini-vacation. And who could blame him after the year he's had? Of course, James playing winded and wounded is still better than 99.9 percent of the rest of the players on the planet. But with the burden he'll have to carry for this team, the Heat have to find some time for him to rest and rejuvenate before the postseason.

IN LAST WEEK'S GAMES:

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4. Chris Paul : Los Angeles Clippers

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LAST WEEK: 11.3 ppg | 10.7 apg | 2.0 spg

If anyone has made a case for breaking into that top group, it's Paul. The Clippers are playing at a level no one is used to seeing from this franchise. It starts and ends with the fact that Paul is running his team better than any other point guard these days. Knowing whento push and when not to push is what separates Paul from his peers at the position. The challenge now is making sure his team plays at this elite level all the time, postseason included.

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5. Kobe Bryant : Los Angeles Lakers

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LAST WEEK: 31.3 ppg | 5.7 rpg | 6.7 apg

The closer the Lakers get to full strength, the better the chances of Bryant stepping back and allowing someone else (Steve Nash) to shoulder some of the responsibility for making sure this team competes and achieves at the level its talent dictates. The Lakers have won three straight and are still a sub-.500 team (12-14), so there is plenty of work to be done. The first order of business is finding a way to reduce Bryant's minutes from the 41 he's averaging the past 10 games.

IN LAST WEEK'S GAMES:

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6. Zach Randolph : Memphis Grizzlies

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LAST WEEK: 15.0 ppg | 13.3 rpg | 1.3 spg

Consecutive wins over the Jazz, Bulls and Bucks highlighted Randolph's unique ability to grind away without much fanfare (other than here). Randolph dropped nbaVideoCamThumb.gif 25 points and 16 rebounds on the Jazz, nbaVideoCamThumb.gif 10 and 15 on the Bulls and nbaVideoCamThumb.gif 15 and 17 on the Bucks. The Grizzlies are no longer the pace-setters in the Western Conference -- that position now belongs to the Thunder -- but they remain among the elite.

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7. Stephen Curry : Golden State Warriors

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LAST WEEK: 22.0 ppg | 5.5 rpg | 5.3 apg

We've had some healthy debates recently about whether or not Curry belongs on this list when he has a teammate playing as well as David Lee. But it's hard to argue against a guy who leads the team in points (19.9), assists (6.3) and steals (1.6) while shooting 43 percent from beyond the 3-point line and 90 percent from the free-throw line. He was spectacular (season-high 32 points, six boards, four assists, one steal and one block) Wednesday against the Kings.

IN LAST WEEK'S GAMES:

  • nbaVideoCamThumb.gif Has 32, but Warriors lose
  • nbaVideoCamThumb.gif Scores 13 vs. Hornets
  • nbaVideoCamThumb.gif Double-double vs. Hawks
  • nbaVideoCamThumb.gif Scores 25 in loss
  • > Curry's stats & bio

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8. Josh Smith : Atlanta Hawks

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LAST WEEK: 12.3 ppg | 10.7 rpg | 3.0 bpg

A brutal shooting night in a home rout at the hands of Curry's Warriors threatened to push Smith off this list completely, but he rebounded with solid outings against the Wizards (nbaVideoCamThumb.gif 17 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and three steals) and Thunder (nbaVideoCamThumb.gif 17 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks). Smith and the Hawks still have doubters who believe their strong start to the season won't stand up through the course of the season. We're not doubting.

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9. Tim Duncan : San Antonio Spurs

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LAST WEEK: 16.0 ppg | 11.7 rpg | 2.7 bpg

The Spurs have suddenly fallen on hard times, losing four of their last five games after winning five straight. In the one game they won, Duncan was held to single digits in the scoring column for the first this season, scoring just five points on 2-for-13 shooting nbaVideoCamThumb.gif in Saturday's win over the Celtics. He did grab 12 rebounds, block two shots and dish out two assists. But the Spurs need much more from him if they are going to keep pace with the Thunder in the Western Conference.

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10. Rajon Rondo : Boston Celtics

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LAST WEEK: 16.8 ppg | 9.5 apg | 1.5 spg

The Celtics are struggling but it's not because of Rondo. He's been the one constant Celtics coach Doc Rivers can lean on throughout these struggles. He's on a tear right now, averaging 15.4 points, 11.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting a sterling 53 percent in his last eight games. That increased aggressiveness offensively has resulted in more turnovers (41 in eight games). But these are trying times for the Celtics.

IN LAST WEEK'S GAMES:

Current Rankings

Rank Status Player 1 arrow.up.gifKevin Durant 2 arrow.dwn.gifCarmelo Anthony 3 -- LeBron James 4 -- Chris Paul 5 arrow.up.gifKobe Bryant 6 arrow.dwn.gifZach Randolph 7 arrow.up.gifStephen Curry 8 arrow.dwn.gifJosh Smith 9 arrow.dwn.gifTim Duncan 10 -- Rajon Rondo

The next five: Westbrook; Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls;Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves; David Lee, Golden State Warriors; James Harden, Houston Rockets

Falling out: None

http://www.nba.com/m...2-13/index.html Updated Yesterday

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I think that Melo has pathetic stats in rebounding and assists. But MVP is about the team as well (wins), so I can see why he's #2.

KD is #1 and it's well-deserved.

I agree with the top 5. I don't care about the rest.

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I think that Melo has pathetic stats in rebounding and assists. But MVP is about the team as well (wins), so I can see why he's #2.

KD is #1 and it's well-deserved.

I agree with the top 5. I don't care about the rest.

In assists he does imo, rebounds are solid

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Agree with the top 5, and for the Warriors David Lee should be there instead of Curry

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I think that Melo has pathetic stats in rebounding and assists. But MVP is about the team as well (wins), so I can see why he's #2.

KD is #1 and it's well-deserved.

I agree with the top 5. I don't care about the rest.

It was 1 week, chill lls

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Looks good. Although CP3's stats last week aren't as good as Bryant's, the Clippers are on their longest winning stak in franchise history so it's understandable why Paul is higher, while Kobe's Lakers are still below .500. Good list overall, although I would put Lebron higher than Carmelo due to his overall stats.

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I agree with the top 5 like Teo said. The only thing that I find kind of sad is that Chris Paul will probably never truly break in to that legitimate contender status. Honestly, I don't know if there is a more valuable player in the NBA than CP3. Everything he does makes those around him better and he manages a team so well. But because he doesn't put up the flashy stats, he will never be really considered.

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Still can't figure out why Melo is that high

It's because the Knicks are playing better than the Heat right now and Melo is putting up very good numbers. LeBron is more well-rounded stat-wise but they got whipped twice by the Knicks.

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Agree with the top 5, and for the Warriors David Lee should be there instead of Curry

No he shouldnt. Curry is the leader of the team, the better player and has better stats. Lee has been amazing and is one of the best PFs in the game but he isnt the Warriors best player. Its very close but he shouldnt.

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In assists he does imo, rebounds are solid

rebounding for that week is really sad for a guy his size. Don't even try to defend him here, pls.

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Durant will win the MVP this year. It's his year.

Actually this year it seems like its anybodies year. Be Honest last year it was pretty much LBJ or Durant. This year Durant could win, Melo could win, Chris Paul could win, Kobe could win (if the Lakers start getting W's), LeBron could win. Its pretty wide open this year. Hell I might not even be surprised if Randolph finished top 5 if the Grizzlies continue great basketball and he isn't even a superstar.

But maybe toward the end of the season it will be more obvious.

Agree with the top 5, and for the Warriors David Lee should be there instead of Curry

No way, thats like saying Rudy Gay should replace Z-Bo.

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No he shouldnt. Curry is the leader of the team, the better player and has better stats.

Lol better stats, Lee is averaging 20 ppg 11 rpg and 4 assists which is better than 20/4/6 on 43% FG

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rebounding for that week is really sad for a guy his size. Don't even try to defend him here, pls.

Who gives a shit about one week. like 3 games. He averages 6 rpg. He may lineup as a PF but still plays like an SF. 6rpg is solid for him

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Actually this year it seems like its anybodies year. Be Honest last year it was pretty much LBJ or Durant. This year Durant could win, Melo could win, Chris Paul could win, Kobe could win (if the Lakers start getting W's), LeBron could win. Its pretty wide open this year. Hell I might not even be surprised if Randolph finished top 5 if the Grizzlies continue great basketball and he isn't even a superstar.

But maybe toward the end of the season it will be more obvious.

No way, thats like saying Rudy Gay should replace Z-Bo.

Lol no its not, Gay is having a pretty bad statistical year this season

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Lol better stats, Lee is averaging 20 ppg 11 rpg and 4 assists which is better than 20/4/6 on 43% FG

lmao...

I doubt youve watched the warriors play once all year

Curry 20.2/6.4/4.1 44% 3ps 90%FTs

hes the all around better player. best scorer, shooter, passer, defender for his position, and leader of the team. Lee is on the HM on the MVP ladder anyways, which he very well should be. not like hes getting robbed. Both should be All Stars.

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lmao...

I doubt youve watched the warriors play once all year

Curry 20.2/6.4/4.1 44% 3ps 90%FTs

hes the all around better player. best scorer, shooter, passer, defender for his position, and leader of the team. Lee is on the HM on the MVP ladder anyways, which he very well should be. not like hes getting robbed. Both should be All Stars.

Scorer and passer for his position? Im not sure about that. They're both not the greatest defenders so wtv. Curry wont be an all star

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It was 1 week, chill lls

6.1 rebounds and 1.9 (LMFAO) are nothing. He just looks to score.

And his defense is below average and last night I saw it once again.

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Scorer and passer for his position? Im not sure about that. They're both not the greatest defenders so wtv. Curry wont be an all star

Now its just obvious you dont know much about the team.

Yes, he is a better scorer, he is the best shooter on the team and can penetrate but its also his job to set up teammates, like Lee. A lot of Lees point come from finds from Curry and Jack. And calling him "not a great defender" is pretty funny. Jackson calls him an "elite defender" which is not true imo, i dont consider him elite, but he is a very very solid perimeter defender that knows how to keep other guards from penetrating and is very smart on the defensive end.

And if he keeps it up of course he will be an all-star, the best player a top 5 team in the west, top 7 in the NBA isnt going to be an all star? please...He is more of a sure fire all star pick than Lee because the stupid fans vote griffin as an all star starter, which he doesnt deserve, but there is still duncan, randolph, and love for the reserves. But both still deserve to be ann All star and if lee keeps putting up 20/10 games like he is its going to be extremely hard to lock him out.

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Now its just obvious you dont know much about the team.

Yes, he is a better scorer, he is the best shooter on the team and can penetrate but its also his job to set up teammates, like Lee. A lot of Lees point come from finds from Curry and Jack. And calling him "not a great defender" is pretty funny. Jackson calls him an "elite defender" which is not true imo, i dont consider him elite, but he is a very very solid perimeter defender that knows how to keep other guards from penetrating and is very smart on the defensive end.

And if he keeps it up of course he will be an all-star, the best player a top 5 team in the west, top 7 in the NBA isnt going to be an all star? please...He is more of a sure fire all star pick than Lee because the stupid fans vote griffin as an all star starter, which he doesnt deserve, but there is still duncan, randolph, and love for the reserves. But both still deserve to be ann All star and if lee keeps putting up 20/10 games like he is its going to be extremely hard to lock him out.

Chris Paul, Kobe, Westbrook and Harden will all be all stars so no Curry wont be an all star

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Chris Paul, Kobe, Westbrook and Harden will all be all stars so no Curry wont be an all star

Uh...

Okay.

All star lineups usually have 5-6 guards. 5 at least. So he will be if his play and the teams success stay like it is.

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