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Where the Houston Rockets’ stars fit in the top 10 players in the NBA

By Tevin Williams
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images /
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Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Stephen Curry. 2. 41. . . Guard

With Kevin Durant choosing to take his talents to Brooklyn, Stephen Curry is now the clear No. 1 option on the Warriors once again, but that’s not a bad thing. Even with all of the talent on Golden State last season, Curry still managed to average 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

With 472/437/916 shooting splits, Curry proved once again why he has quickly become universally accepted as the best shooter to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.

Curry didn’t look like himself through the first three games in the series against Houston back in May, but after Durant went down with a calf injury, Curry regained his old form and led Golden State to back-to-back wins to knock out a healthy Rockets squad before burying the Blazers in four.

I expect Curry to put up big numbers next year as Klay Thompson will miss most of the season while he recovers from a torn ACL.

Forward. Kawhi Leonard. 1. 77. .

Kawhi Leonard is honestly the most deserving player of the No. 1 spot on this list. Despite taking a lot of load management games off last season, Leonard still finished the season averaging 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

However, Leonard really shined in the postseason. After finishing Orlando off in five games, Leonard averaged 34.7 points and 9.9 rebounds against the Sixers. Kawhi capped off the series with an insane buzzer-beating corner 3-pointer in Game 7 to send Philly home. Kawhi continued his domination in the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Bucks, the team with the NBA’s best regular season record, in six games.

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In the Finals, Leonard out dueled Stephen Curry and the Warriors in just six games to take home his second championship and Finals MVP. Leonard’s run in the postseason was definitely one to remember and he looked like the best overall player in the league. That’s why he takes the top place on this list.

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