After acquiring Russell Westbrook via trade, the Houston Rockets now have two players that are among the 10 best players in the NBA.
However, Houston was far from the only team that made a big offseason move. The Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, the Clippers made a blockbuster trade for Paul George which ultimately convinced Kawhi Leonard to sign there too and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving teamed up together in Brooklyn. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Golden State’s super team has been broken up, so now it’s a league of dynamic duos. Houston’s back court is among the league’s most talented, as James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who both cracked the top 10 on this list, will be one of the most unstoppable one-two punches in the NBA.
The biggest notable omission on this top 10 list is Kevin Durant. Before his achilles injury in the Western Conference Semifinals against Houston, KD was probably the best player in the league. However, given the severity of his injury, its hard to know just how much explosiveness Durant has lost. Until we see him back out on the court, which likely won’t happen next season, it’s nearly impossible to rank him. So I left him off this list in favor of players that will be good to go next season.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the top 10 players in the league heading into the 2019-20 season.
Next: Nos. 9-10