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All-NBA Team-Fredsportsextra’s 2015-2016 Regular Season Top Players

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 12: Kawhi Leonard #2 speaks with head coach, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 12, 2016 at AT&T in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)

 

 

The 2015-2016 NBA regular season gave the fans some of the greatest all-time statistical performances in the past forty years of the league.  When you start comparing today’s players with those of the past, include Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as examples, statistical milestones must be put into perspective, as the game today is different than the one, say in 1985, 1975, and even farther back, to the 1960’s and 1950’s. The stats of Wilt and Oscar in their time were astronomical, and many records they own will never be broken unless the game changes dramatically.  And that is not happening.  With that, my NBA team this year will focus on two things. First, statistically, how do the numbers match up with those in the recent past?  Second, how significant was the player to his team’s success?  To be fair, a player on a second tier team would have to have had a season that was cause for their wins and success.  In picking the fifteen players on my three teams, I will not be traditional, with a center, two guards, and two forwards. I have chosen by the criteria above, regardless of position.  Players are listed in a ranking order, with #1 the best player of the year, and #5 on the third team the 15th ranked player of the year.

First Team

  1. Stephan Curry-Golden State
  2. Kevin Durant-Oklahoma City
  3. Russell Westbrook-Oklahoma City
  4. Kwai Leonard-San Antonio
  5. Lebron James- Cleveland

Second Team

  1. Dramond Green-Golden State
  2. Damian Lillard-Portland
  3. Chris Paul-Los Angeles Clippers
  4. DeMarcus Cousins-Sacramento
  5. DeMar DeRosan-Toronto

Third Team

  1. James Harden-Houston
  2. Andre Drummond-Detroit
  3. Anthony Davis-New Orleans
  4. Klay Thompson-Golden State
  5. Paul George-Indiana

 

The season that Stephan Curry and Russell Westbrook have had are remarkable. Curry led the best team in the regular season and is a three point machine. He has become the most deadly scorer in the league with the game on the line.  Westbrook is the Association’s stat king as his 18 triple doubles is historic since Michael Jordan. Add the comeback of Kevin Durant off injury and you have the three best players in the NBA this year.  Kwai Leonard, the best defensive stopper in the league and quite possibility the best player in the league that doesn’t hog the stat line is the cog that makes San Antonio the second best team in the league.  And Lebron James continues to run the Eastern Conference with his superior play. James might not be the best player in the league in 2015-2016 but he is a consistent all-world player.

 

Most Valuable Player:  Stephan Curry, Golden State

Offensive Player of the Year: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

Defensive Player of he Year:  Kwai Leonard, San Antonio

Rookie of the Year:  Karl-Anthony-Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

Sixth Man of the Year:  Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City

Come Back Player of the Year:  Paul George, Indiana

Coach of the Year:  Terry Stotts, Portland

 

Twenty-five years in the future, the ranking of the players listed will be remembered as:

Russell Westbrook-one of the greatest twenty players ever-the most athletic guard to play in the NBA

Stephan Curry-one of greatest twenty-five players ever-the greatest three point shooter in the history of the NBA

Kevin Durant- the all-time leading scoring in NBA history and a top fifteen player in the history of the NBA

Lebron James-one of the top ten players in NBA history (career cut short by wear and tear on the body)

Kwai Leonard-one of the top fifty players in NBA history and remembered for his all-around game.  A top twenty defender of all-time in the Association. A three time World Champion

Chris Paul-a top twenty-five player and considered in the group of all-time point guards in NBA history.  Could be the greatest if he can lead a team to an NBA championship.

 

Credit for 2nd Photo: SAN ANTONIO, TX – MARCH 12: Kawhi Leonard #2 speaks with head coach, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 12, 2016 at AT&T in San Antonio, Texas. Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich (Photo Credit: Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)

 

Feb 19, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) passes the ball on Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 19, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) passes the ball on Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter of the game at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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