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Building NBA’s Ultimate Player

There’s a lot great players in the National Basketball Association, but what would happen if you combined some of the best players in the game to make the NBA’s ultimate player. There’s something each player does the best, so let’s take a look at the best players at what they do, which would make the NBA’s ultimate player.

Scoring: Kevin Durant 

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You may not have seen it this year, but in my opinion, last year’s MVP season by Kevin Durant made him the best scorer in the league, as he took that title away from Carmelo Anthony. Durant averaged 30 points per game for the second time in his career last season, and he was also the last 30 points per game scorer that the NBA has seen. Dwyane Wade was the last player to score 30 points per game in an entire season before Durant did.

Rebounding: DeAndre Jordan 

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DeAndre Jordan is a total monster on the boards. Jordan has 39 double-doubles on the season, with 10 games with 20 or more rebounds on the season. Jordan also averages a double-double, with 11.2 points and 14.8 rebounds per game this season. Everyone thought the Clippers were going to take a step back because of the injury to Blake Griffin, but Jordan’s game kept the Clippers winning.

Passing: Chris Paul

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Chris Paul was born to assist for a reason. Paul’s ability to set up his teammates unlike any other player in the NBA is huge for the Clippers, and “Lob City”, if that’s even a thing anymore. Paul, just like his teammate DeAndre Jordan, also averages a double-double, put Paul’s is with points and assists, unlike Jordan, who’s double-double is with points and rebounds.

On-Ball Defender: Tony Allen 

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Allen doesn’t get enough credit for his defensive game due to the fact that he doesn’t have a major offensive game. However, Allen can lock up virtually anyone in the NBA, and he showcased his talent during last years playoffs with his excellent defense on Kevin Durant. If you want to have the NBA’s ultimate player, you would need to have Tony Allen like defense.

Paint Defender: Anthony Davis

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 Nothing gets by Davis in the paint. Davis currently averages 3 blocks per game, and has multiple games with three or more blocks in the league. When also talking about steals, Davis can also rack those up quickly for a big man. Davis’ paint defense is the reason why the young gun will one day have multiple defensive player of the year awards in his trophy case.

Athleticism: LeBron James

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Some of the dunks LeBron James does just leave you in awe. LeBron’s athleticism might not be the best in terms of wingspan and whatever, but when’s the last time you have seen a player being able to dunk like LeBron James does during games. His vertical is well over 40 inches, and we are pretty sure he could get a lot more blocks if he used his athletic ability more.

Explosiveness: Russell Westbrook

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We’ve all seen what Russell Westbrook is doing this season. With Durant being hurt, Westbrook has taken charge, and even shown some things we didn’t think he could do until now. Westbrook’s ability to run the floor is like something a 6’10 forward would do. Westbrook has changed the way we are starting to look at the point guard position, and that’s something that I never thought I’d be able to see again from a guard in the NBA, but I was wrong.

Unselfishness: LeBron James

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If everyone had the power to be as unselfish as LeBron James is and still be a MVP contender year in and year out, the NBA would be beyond scary to even think about. It’s already been said that LeBron could average way more points then he did if he didn’t pass the ball as much as he did. LeBron sets up his teammates like no other, and changes the entire complexion of a team in every way. This along with everything else, would make the NBA’s best player.

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