Biweekly Player Power Rankings: 2/5/13

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The Best of the Best

1. LeBron James

Last night LeBron James scored 31 points on 13-14 shots. He racked up eight assists and eight rebounds along with that. He got a single game PER of 41.8 accoriding to @CoupNBA. That’s only the fifth highest PER that he’s had this season. He’s the best. Enough said.

2. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is the clear number two here. Before last night, he could’ve been considerd 1B. He’s still leading the league in scoring with 29.4 points per game and is on pace for a 40-50-90 season. Its pretty conievable that Durant could one day surpass James at the rate in which he’s been growing as a player.

3. Carmelo Anthony

The Knicks are on a five game winning streak and its because of the two players that are coming next on the list. Anthony has averaged 24.6 points per game,four assists per game, and six rebounds per game over the last five games. He’s shot 46% from the floor and is shooting 47% from beyond the arch.

4. Tyson Chandler

Chandler is averaging 20 rebounds per game over the last three games and 14 rebounds per game in the last five. He’s averaging 10.2 poitns over the last five and is has been a clear defensive force for the Knicks all season long.

5. Tony Parker

Tony Parker has picked up things in Tim Duncan’s absence. His PER is steadily increasing as he continues to perform. Right now its at a 23.4 and he’s continued to be the fulcrum for the Spurs offense. Over the last five he’s averaging 23.8 points per game and 9.8 assists per game. This includes three games of over 10 assists.

6. David Lee

David Lee has been playing above his PER and its showed in his last five games. His PER is only a 19.7 but He’s averaging 19.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game along with 4 assists. Over the last five games he’s averaged 16.8 points along with 14.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. He’s been destroying teams as a facilitator more than anything. That’s amazing for a big.

7. David West

West has picked up the pace for Indiana. He’s shootin 61% from the field in the last five games and scoring 22.8 points per game. He’s become Indiana’s best player and has turned out to really be a bargain for them.
8. Dwyane Wade

Wade has quietly been the best shooting guard in the league. He’s got a PER of 23 and has improved his all around game. In a league where Kobe Bryant and James Harden have stolen all of the headlines, Wade has been amazing.

9. Kyrie Irving

There’s been an ongoing debate about how good Kyrie Irving is as a point guard. At this point, it doesn’t matter. He’s the league’s best Kyrie Irving. He’s averaged 26 points per game over the last five games, he’s shot 90% from the free throw line, 50% from the field, and 52% from three. He’s had three 30 point games in his last five and he’s also taken down the Oklahoma City Thunder.

10. Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh is the third wheel on the Heat, obviously. But that doesn’t mean he’s been any less effective. He’s shooting 57% from the field in his last five games and averaging 19.2 points per game. He’s been the most consistent player on the Heat other than LeBron James.

The Best of the Rest

11. James Harden
12. Brook Lopez
13.  Chris Paul
14. Serge Ibaka
15. Steph Curry
16. Joakim Noah
17. Kobe Bryant
18. Kevin Garnett
19. Paul George
20. Jrue Holiday
21. Tim Duncan
22. Greivis Vasquez
23. Amare Stoudamire
24. Manu Ginobili
25. Jeff Teague

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