Top 10 NBA Players of 2011-12

Here’s my top 10 list, and something I always enjoy discussing. Factors that I considered include, but are not limited to: efficiency rating, point per game (PPG), assists per game (APG), points rebounds and assists per game (PRA), steals per game (SPG), and overall value of player to his team. This list is solely the opinion of Elijah Abramson. Statistics courtesy of

Honorable mention: Steve Nash, Blake Griffin, Monta Ellis, Deron Williams

10. Russell Westbrook

            5th highest PPG – 24.3
            7th highest PRA – 34.3
            2nd highest efficiency rating for a PG

9. Rajon Rondo

            Highest APG – 11.5
            4th highest Assist to Turnover Ratio
            Most triple doubles in NBA4th most double-doubles in NBA

8. Dwyane Wade

            6th highest PPG - 22.5 PPG
            1.35 BPG – most for a guard
            10th highest SPG – 1.72, 2nd highest FG % for a guard – 49.7

7. Chris Paul

            Most SPG – 2.47
            2nd Assist to Turnover Ratio
            Highest efficiency for a PG (6th highest overall)

6. Kevin Love

            2nd highest efficiency overall
            Highest PRA – 41.4
            4th highest PPG – 26.0, Most double-doubles in NBA

5. Dwight Howard

            14.5 RPG – Most in NBA
            2.15 BPG – 3rd highest in NBA
            5th highest PRA – 37.1, 2nd most double-doubles in NBA

4. Derrick Rose

            Bulls have best record in NBA with 2nd best player as Luol Deng
            4th highest PPG (most for a PG) – 22.4

3. Kobe Bryant

            Most PPG – 28.1, proven clutch-time performer
            4th highest PRA – 38.1
            3rd highest RPG for a guard

2. Kevin Durant

            2nd highest PPG – 27.8, OKC has 2nd best record in NBA
            3rd highest efficiency rating
            3rd highest PRA – 39.2

1. LeBron James

            Highest efficiency rating in NBA, best all-around player
3rd highest PPG – 26.8
2nd highest PRA – 41.1


  1. I assume you are basing these rankings on this statement: If I had a player to play a game for me today, who would I pick. In that case, some players that were in the top 10 at the beginning of this season certainly do not qualify: Dirk Nowitzki, Amar'e Stoudemire.
    Overall, this is a solid list, but I feel that Derrick Rose at 4 is too high. He is a great player, with lots of room to grow, but Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and even Dwight Howard have cases to be better than him. Both D Wade and D12 average just as many points as D-Rose, yet both of them are much better defensively. Additionally, Russell Westbrook, even being teammates with Kevin Durant, averages 25ppg. Rose happens to be part of a great defensive team, but that is in spite of him, rather than because of him. Also, I've reconsidered my opinion about Rondo - the previous month, he has certainly been the 9th best player in the NBA. But whether he continues this run remains to be seen...
    Also, I think LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, and Carmelo Anthony deserve honorable mentions over Monta "All I do is score" Ellis. According to ESPN, he's 44th. He may be higher than that, but he is nowhere near top 10.

  2. duncan parker or ginobli?

    1. lol carmelo is an incredibly unreliable closer. Sure he has good nights, but more often than not, he has failed to bring that clutch factor when it is needed. Also, he plays absolutely no defense.

      so yea, he definitely doesn't deserve to be in the top 10

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  4. Derp, still cant believe you had an honorable mention to Monta Ellis hahaha.


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