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Top 10 best basketball players in the world

The 2023/2024 basketball season is in full swing. But it is most interesting to watch the twists and turns of the NBA regular season, where the most famous basketball players perform and you have a good opportunity to watch all the matches and make your predictions in real time at Melbet – sports betting Africa. At the end of January 2024, the list of basketball players who made it to the main roster of the NBA All-Star Game appeared. This included the best players of the season. In this article, I propose to review the list of the best basketball players in the world. In my opinion, only two players out of the ten main players in the All-Star Game do not make the top 10 list for the 2023/24 season.

10. Kawai Leonard

Position: Light Forward

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 32

Kawai Leonard is one of the two players in this ranking who did not make the starting lineup for the NBA All-Star Game. But this basketball player deserves to be included in this top. The player is among the highest paid basketball players in the world. Kawai is a two-time NBA Finals MVP, two-time champion and All-Star Game MVP. Leonard won a championship title with two different teams, the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs.

Now playing for the Clippers, Kawai remains one of the most recognizable basketball players in the league and greatly influences the team’s play. The player is known for having a large hand, which helps him to easily hold the ball with one hand and perform unique feints. Kawai has played in almost every game of the 2023/24 season and is characterized by his consistency. He plays well on both his own and others’ boards. He had one of his best games of the season on 01/25/2024 in the derby against the Lakers, where he had a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

9. Anthony Edwards

Position: Offensive guard

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age: 22 years old

Anthony Edwards is the second player in this top who did not make it to the NBA All-Star Game. The basketball player has the nickname Ant-Man and is a young talent who made it to the National Basketball Association in 2020 as the first pick of the draft.

At 193 centimeters tall, Edwards is one of the most efficient on the team. But he is also incredibly athletic and can score highlight-reel layups and dunks while jumping above taller opposing defenders. And who are the authors of the top 10 highest jumpers in basketball, read in another article.

Anthony Edwards often scores more than 30 points and even with such a relatively small height, he averages 5 rebounds per game. Now the basketball player is one of the leaders of Minnesota, which is fighting for the first place in the Western Conference standings. The Ant-Man can make athletic passes underneath the basket, has excellent technique and a well-positioned long-range shot.

8. Luka Doncic

Position: point guard, light forward

Team: Dallas Mavericks

Age: 24

Luka Doncic is one of the most talented players in the NBA. He came to Dallas in 2018 at number three of the draft, although he was selected by Atlanta, but the Hawks immediately traded the player for Trey Young, who was also the number five pick of the draft at the time.

In 2019, Doncic was named the 2019 Rookie of the Year, and since 2020, Luka has consistently made the NBA All-Star team. Despite the fact that the Slovenian does not stand out with an athletic physique, the basketball player has good court vision and is a very strong team player. In addition to scoring more than 30 points in most of his games in the 2023/24 season, Doncic is also a prolific passer and a good rebounder. In January 2024, the Slovenian reached the mark of 75 triple-doubles in his NBA career. And in the game against Atlanta, who traded him, he set a historic achievement by scoring 73 points with 10 rebounds and 7 assists. That’s a personal record for Doncic and the best single-player output for the Mavericks. Only Kobe Bryant (81 points) and Wilt Chamberlain (78 and 100 points) scored more in NBA history.

7. Tyrese Haliburton

Position: Point guard

Team: Indiana Pacers

Age: 23 years old

Tyrese Haliburton is another representative of the talented new generation of basketball players in the NBA. In 2020, the player joined the Sacramento Kings as only the No. 12 pick of the draft. And already in the season 2023/24 Tyreese is one of the main players of Indiana and is called up to the All-Star team for the second year in a row.

Heliburton’s main advantage is his excellent court vision and ability to play for the team. At times, the player produces performances of 30+ or even 40+ points per game. But Tyrese’s main value is his ability to find partners in favorable positions with his passes. For example, in a New Year’s Eve game on December 31, 2023 against the New York Kings, Haliburton had 23 assists for 22 points and 5 rebounds. And a 13-18 assist-to-turnover ratio is no longer a surprise for Tyrese. Therefore, as of the 2023/24 season, this basketball player is one of the most valuable team players.

6. Jayson Tatum

Position: Light Forward

Team: Boston Celtics

Age: 25

Jayson Tatum entered the NBA at number three in the 2017 NBA Draft. Already in the NBA Summer League preseason, the player averaged nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds in his debut season and earned a double-double in his debut official game. Tatum has been a regular on the All-Star team since 2020, and in 2023 he was even recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the NBA All-Star Game.

In the 2022/23 season, Jason became the first player in Boston history to average more than 30 points per game in the regular season. At the equator of the 2023/24 season, Tatum is on pace to average 27 points and 8 rebounds per game. However, the player has a big impact on the team, helping to keep Boston at the top of the standings in the Eastern Conference.

5. Yannis Adetokunbo

Position: heavy forward

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 29 years old

Yannis Adetokounbo is the most famous Greek basketball player. The player made it to the NBA in 2013 as the 15th pick of the draft and has been playing consistently for Milwaukee ever since. This is a case where the team found a true diamond that was undervalued in the draft. Greek Freak has been a regular on the NBA All-Star team since 2017 and is the 2021 NBA Champion, Finals MVP and two-time league Most Valuable Player. What’s interesting is that almost none of the basketball players above the Greek in the 2013 draft ever managed to prove themselves as a superstar.

Interesting fact, the 2013 draft also included Ukrainian Oleksiy Len, who was the number five pick and is Sacramento’s center as of 2024.

Yannis Adetokunbo stands out on the court with his height of 213 cm, which makes him one of the tallest heavy forwards in the league. Although the player is more than 10 centimeters behind league rookie Victor Wembanyama, who is among the top 10 tallest basketball players in NBA history, the Greek stands out for his athleticism. This allows him not only to make spectacular dunks, but also to play effectively on rebounds and force fouls. Often Yannis scores triple-doubles and is Milwaukee’s undisputed leader. In the 2023/24 season, Adetokunbo is on his way to a historic record. At the equator of the regular season, the Greek has an average of 31.5 points per game with an accuracy from the game of 60.5%. Previously, no one has ever scored more than 30 points per season with an accuracy of more than 60%.

4. LeBron James

Position: Heavy forward, point guard

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 39

LeBron James is a living legend in the NBA. I only placed him at number four on the rankings because in the 2023/24 season, the King of the NBA is a team player and tries to play for the team, giving leadership to younger basketball players. But, when needed, LeBron can plug in and single-handedly lead the team to victory. And that’s at the age of 39.

LeBron has broken many NBA records, including rewriting some past accomplishments that were considered eternal. James has become the league’s all-time leading scorer and could pass the 40,000 point mark before the end of the 2023/24 season. The previous record belonged to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38387 points) and had stood since 1989.

In 2024, LeBron James made the All-Star team again for the twentieth time in his career. With this achievement, the player rewrote another record. Before that, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made it to the All-Star Game 19 times.

At 39, LeBron is the leader of the Lakers, almost every game he scores more than 25 points and often earns triple-doubles. For example, in January 2024 in a game against Golden State Warriors, James scored 36 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists.

3. Shay Gilgeous-Alexander

Position: Point guard

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 25 years old

Shay Gilgeous-Alexander is the leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder team, which in the 2023/24 season is one of the best and most consistent teams in the regular season. Shay came to the NBA in 2018 and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets team in the draft at number 11. But the Hornets traded the player to the Clippers on the same day, where Shea played in every game of his debut season. But already in 2019, the basketball player moved to Oklahoma, where his talent began to unfold more and more every year.

Shay Gilgeous-Alexander was called up to the NBA All-Star Game for the second year in a row. The player finished the 2022/23 season with an average of 31.4 points per game with 51% accuracy from the field. In 2024, Shay remains the team’s leader, scoring more than 30 points in almost every game, helping Oklahoma to stay atop the standings in the competitive Western Conference. Even with a height of 196 cm, Shay often scores not only from beyond the arc, but also makes spectacular passes under other people’s boards and is characterized by good technique and jumping ability.

There are much shorter basketball players in the history of the National Basketball Association. For example, the top 10 shortest basketball players in the NBA is a player with a height of 160 cm.

2. Joel Embiid

Position: Center

Team: Philadelphia Seventy Sixers.

Age: 29

Joel Embiid is one of the most efficient basketball players in the 2023/24 season. The player made it to the NBA in 2014 at number three of the draft and has consistently played for Philadelphia with one of the most expensive contracts in the league. Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine the seventy-sixers without Embiid. The 213 cm tall center dominates both under his own backboard and on the other team’s half of the court. In 2023, the basketball player is recognized as the most valuable player in the NBA, and in 2024 he is on his way to the record of performance. As of the end of January, the Philadelphia center has a streak of 22 consecutive games in which Joel has scored 30+ points. The previous record was 14 games. At the same time, Embiid often scores 40+ and even 50+ points with more than 10 rebounds per game.

Joel also marked 70 points scored in a game against San Antonio, which took place on January 23, 2024. Although Embiid is not used to having someone taller than him on the court, Victor Vembanyama with his 224 cm couldn’t stop the Philadelphia center. With this achievement Joel set a personal and team record and entered the history of basketball.

The basketball player is one of the main contenders for the title of MVP of the regular season and can get this award for the second time in a row. But the obstacle may be injuries, because according to the new rules, to qualify for the title of the most valuable player, a basketball player must be on the court in at least 62 games of the regular season, and by the middle of the season Embiid has almost exhausted the limit of possible absences.

1. Nikola Jokic

Position: Center

Team: Denver Nuggets

Age: 28

Nikola Jokic is a Serbian center who made it to the NBA in the 2014 draft, but didn’t start playing in America until 2015. Joker is one of the most underrated players in the draft. Jokic only made it to Denver at No. 41 in the draft, and now he is the most recognizable basketball player in the league and commands respect even from opposing fans.

Jokic is the 2023 NBA Champion, Finals Most Valuable Player, and two-time regular season MVP (2021, 2022). The Serbian has been a regular on the All-Star team since 2019. Nikola also has one of the most expensive contracts in the league.

The Serb is one of the most consistent players. He regularly scores 25+ points, but also averages 12-16 rebounds and hands out almost as many assists. Making assists is a player’s specialty. He is able to give the most unexpected assists. Nikola is also responsible for all of Denver’s quick offensive transitions. After a rebound under his own backboard, Jokic launches a pass across the court to his teammates, which allows him to score easy points quickly. Joker is a player who is not only efficient, but also significantly influences the game of the whole team and plays in almost every game. Therefore, the Serbian is considered the main contender for the MVP of the NBA regular season in 2024.

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