In this article, we take a look at the top 10 best NBA players of the 2022 season. So check out the best performers this nba season 2022.
1. Joel Embiid
Joel "The Process" Embiid played at an MVP-caliber level throughout the 2020-21 season to lead the Sixers to the No. 1 seed in the East. Then this year he dragged the Simmons-less roster on his back before impressing a certain lefty also on this list enough to force his way out of Brooklyn. The 7-foot-2 center is in the best shape of his life and has more of an impact on both ends of the floor for his team than any other star in the NBA.
As the clear MVP frontrunner this season, Embiid gets the nod at No. 1.
2. Kevin Durant
Before getting sidelined with a torn Achilles injury in the 2019 NBA Finals, Kevin Durant was the clear No. 2 in the league. After? Durant somehow proved to reach his elite form even after a heel injury that has changed the career trajectory of greats that have come before him.
Durant turned himself into the world's greatest scorer with the Thunder, became a gifted passer and more willing defender with the Warriors, and is now with the Nets is neck-and-neck to be known as the best player in the world.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
After winning two MVPs, Giannis Antetokounmpo one-upped himself with an NBA Finals MVP award last season. His dominance on both ends stems from his incredible 7-foot-3 wingspan.
The Greek Freak's elite athleticism make him an unstoppable force in transition and on the defensive end, and now he's an NBA champion. In 2021-22, Giannis has showcased some impressive offensive moves to show that he still could be quite a ways away from his overall peak.
4. LeBron James
LeBron James has entered the post-Space Jam era of his career.
He's the most well-rounded player of this generation and James' chase to be the greatest of all time keeps him motivated to still be among the best players in Year 19.
5. Stephen Curry
Steph Curry cemented himself as the best shooter of all time when he broke Ray Allen's 3-point record in December 2021.
He was winning games all by himself at times last season and is now leading the Warriors back to the top of the Western Conference in MVP form.
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6. James Harden
Though James Harden's nine-year tenure with Houston ended distastefully, he did the same the next year with the Nets. Still, his scoring ability will never go overlooked. What does go overlooked, though, is his vision.
In his first season with Brooklyn, Harden was hampered with a persisting hamstring issue, but averaged almost 11 apg. Harden led the league in assists when he played primarily at the point for the Rockets during the 2016-17 season and his passing acumen will be an invaluable asset to a Philadelphia squad trying to capitalize on Joel Embiid's prime.
7. Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic was instrumental during Denver's magical run to the Western Conference Finals in the bubble, but he took it to another level en route to his MVP campaign. From nailing clutch shot after clutch shot to passing his teammates open, Jokic has amassed one incredible combination of skills.
Like another center above him on this list, Jokic singlehandedly carries the team. Though he doesn't have as much of an impact on the defensive end, he's certainly disproven any notions of being a liability.
8. Ja Morant
Ja Morant's meteoric rise this season has been the most fun thing about this year. He has been playing at an MVP-level in his third season in the NBA, can jump out of the building and has steadily improved his field goal percentages from all over the court.
The time is now for Morant, who's beginning to challenge Embiid in the MVP race.
9. Luka Dončić
It's been simply remarkable to see just how much the third pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has surpassed expectations so far in his NBA career.
Always playing at his own pace, Luka Dončić can do it all offensively and he's significantly improved his assists numbers each season with the Mavericks. His ability to take over games is up there with the best.
10. Kawhi Leonard
The third multi-NBA Finals MVP honoree, Kawhi Leonard has proven he can win as the lone superstar while with Toronto and is looking to take the Clippers to those same heights.
Leonard takes more pride in his one-on-one defense than just about anyone and he's improved his offensive repertoire every year he's been in the league. As much as critics call out his preferential treatment and rest days, "The Claw" could once again have the last laugh before too long.
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