3. Dwyane Wade: 21.2 PPG, 5.1 APG, 5.0 RPG, 52 FG%, 25 3P%, 72 FT%
Wade’s points per game dipped three points from his career average as the play of his physical career might be taking a toll on him. Wade is clearly the second option on his team but that hasn’t stopped the superstar from producing. You aren’t taking many players over Wade and the future Hall of Fame, if he gets his knee “Kobe-ized, will probably stay at this level of play as long as he has LeBron James at his side.
2. James Harden: 25.9 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.9 RPG, 43 FG%, 36 3P%, 85 FT%
The Thunder shocked the basketball world when they traded the best beard in all of sports in what was obviously a salary cap move. Harden would have demanded a max deal and the Thunder have already committed to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and chose the less expensive Serge Ibaka over Harden. The Rockets became Harden’s team and he very easily and showed the league early that he is an elite scorer in this league. If/When Kobe falls off; Harden will surely be the best shooting guard in the league for years to come.
1. Kobe Bryant: 27.3 PPG, 6.0 APG, 5.6 RPG, 46 FG%, 32 3P%, 83 FT%
The Black Mamba was on top of his game once again this season and showed no signs of his older age. If any player averaged 27.3 points a game, they would call it a career year, but for Kobe this his eighth highest scoring season of his career. Unreal. Kobe was the only Laker who had a pulse this season and it’s a shame his team didn’t meet their high expectations. As a basketball fan and a huge Kobe fan it killed me watching him go down with the horrific Achilles heel injury and I hope he comes back stronger than ever. There are a lot of young stars rising and it’s LeBron’s league now, but that won’t stop Kobe from being Kobe next season.
Honorable Mentions: Gordon Hayward, JJ Redick, Kevin Martin, Iman Shumpert, & Manu Ginobili