Point Guard: Stephen Curry
When talking about the first half of the NBA season, how can you not lead off with Stephen Curry? The sixth-year point guard is shooting 49% from the field (tied for his career high) and has been the driving force behind the Warriors’ Western Conference best 36-8 record, Curry also ranks in the top-5 in assists and steals.
Shooting Guard: James Harden
If Stephen Curry is the best player of the first half of the NBA season then James Harden is a close second. The only thing more impressive than Harden’s 27/6/5 stat line is his beard. The Rockets currently sit in third place in the Western Conference and are on a four game winning streak.
Forwards: Anthony Davis/ LaMarcus Aldridge
The term franchise player probably gets thrown around too often but Anthony Davis is a franchise player and this season, he is playing like the most valuable player in the league. Davis is averaging a little over 24 points per game this season, four points more than his career high. In fact, Davis is averaging career highs in blocks, steals, assists, rebounds and field goal percentage this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge is a beast, plain and simple. After putting off surgery on his left thumb last week, Portland’s big man is averaging 33 points and 10 rebounds per game in his last three contests. For the season, Aldridge is averaging 24 points (fifth best in the NBA) and 10 rebounds per game.
Center: DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins is set to play in his first All Star Game of his career and the honor is well deserved. “Boogie” has missed 12 games this season but when he is able to suit up, he’s been unstoppable. Cousins’ 12 rebounds per game is good for third best in the NBA and his 23 points per game, ranks sixth best.
Point Guard: John Wall
There’s a lot of talented point guards in the Eastern Conference but John Wall stands at the front of the pack. Wall has led the Wizards to one of its best seasons in franchise history and his efforts earned him a spot as an All-Star starter for the first time in his career. “Optimus Dime” leads the NBA with 10 assists per game as well.
Shooting Guard: Jimmy Butler
All Jimmy Butler does is get better and better every year. Two seasons ago, Butler averaged eight points and four rebounds per game. Last year, he averaged 13 points and five rebounds per game. This year, the Marquette product has exploded onto the national scene, averaging 20 points and six rebounds per game.
Forward: Lebron James/ Paul Millsap
The Cavs have endured its fair share of struggles early on this season but they seem to have righted the ship. Despite, the struggles as a whole, LeBron’s averages this season have been on par with his career numbers. Bron will make his 11th straight All Star appearance.
Paul Millsap isn’t an elite athlete like LeBron but he gets the job done. Millsap is averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds per game. The former 47th pick overall has been on a roll in his last five games, tallying 20 points and 9 rebounds per game. Atlanta (39-8) is on an 18 game win streak and Millsap is a huge reason why.
Center: Chris Bosh
I hope people didn’t forget how much of a superstar Bosh was in Toronto before joining LeBron and Dwayne Wade in Miami. If they did, Bosh is reminding them of his dominance this year, averaging 21 points per game (five more than he did over the last two seasons).