By GQ Magazine. Kevin has had a monumental season, and I don’t want to take away from this “accomplishment”… but I don’t think GQ’s list is very good.
Their 5 includes Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Love, and Derrick Rose.
Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose make sense. Griffin is on the rise to stardom and Rose is already there. The biggest problem I have with this list is they left out the best player under 25 in the league. Kevin Durant (22). To have that large of an omission makes the list seem inappropriate at least, and borderline offensive (which could be said about Jennings’ inclusion as well).
Instead of going on about how embarrassing their list is (and man is it embarrassing), I’ve compiled my top 5. Here it is:
1. Kevin Durant
2. Derrick Rose
3. Kevin Love
4. Rajon Rondo
5. Blake Griffin
I think these are EASILY the top 5 players. However, how you rank them from there is a bit tougher. I went with a “what have you proven to me” stance, knowing that with young players that is hard for them to prove much in their short NBA stay. As far as ceilings for the future I would still say the top 2 stay the same while Griffin moves up to the third spot, and Rondo moves to 5th. Kevin Love, in my mind has the 4th highest ceiling of anyone in the NBA that is under 25 years of age. Pretty impressive for an unathletic chubby white boy according to the Love-haters.