After watching Ric Bucher make a mockery of himself by picking his top 7 players in the NBA, I had to make a list of my own.  Here’s Bucher’s list:

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Derrick Rose
  3. Lebron James
  4. Dwight Howard
  5. Dwayne Wade
  6. Dirk Nowitzki
  7. Russell Westbrook

Now, I’ve never run into Bucher on TV before and I hope I don’t ever again. This list is just shameful, and I have a feeling he doesn’t actually watch the NBA. First off, to point out the obvious, the thing that everyone is talking about, he included Westbrook OVER DURANT.

 “Russell Westbrook does more of those things and is better at his position than Kevin Durant and that’s just a fact”

He’s some facts for you Bucher:

  • Westbrook had a game this year were he was 0-13 from the field with as many turnovers as points (4).
  • Durant has Westbrook beat in fg%, ft%, 3 pointers per game, rebounds, blocks, and points… perennially.
  • Durant is arguably the best scorer in the NBA, along the likes of Kobe and Carmelo.
  • Westbrook is not a top 10 player.

There are two other gripes I have with Bucher and his list.

  1. LeBron isn’t number one.
  2. He wanted to put Rose as number one.

LEBRON JAMES IS THE BEST BASKETBALL PLAYER IN THE WORLD. He just is. He is an absolute monster. This year he’s averaging 29 ppg, 7.5 apg, and 8.5 rpg, not to mention the fact that he’s shooting .570 from the field. This is the closest I’ve seen anyone to averaging a Triple-Double in awhile, and James just gets better and better each year. There is no current player better than James, the only thing he doesn’t have is Championships, but they will come.

Derrick Rose is good, he’s great, he’ll continue to be great and could easily be top 3 down the road, but he’s not number one. He’s not nearly as proven as every other player on the list, he’s had one great year, last year. Before that- he was good, but in order to be that high on the list (number one as Bucher wanted to put him) you have to prove yourself, year in and year out. Which Rose will no doubt prove himself, but in time. Yes, he did win MVP last year, but most of us forget what that means. Most Valuable Player, the one who helps their team out the most, the Bulls are nothing without him. Steve Nash has won MVP two, almost three times, where is he in the conversation?

Now that I’m done talking about this idiot Bucher, who gives me the confidence to know that I’ll have a job at ESPN tomorrow, it’s time for my top 7.

    1. LeBron James – His stats prove it, watching him proves it, now all he needs to do is win Championships.
    2. Kobe Bryant – He’s got the rings, he can score. This year he’s averaging over 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game (a career high). I don’t like him, but he’s damn good.
    3. Dwayne Wade – He won a championship, only with help from an aging Shaq. He takes over games.
    4. Kevin Durant – He can shoot better than anyone. He’s arguably the best scorer, and he’s getting better each year.
    5. Dirk Nowitzki – He’s been around forever, showed us how Europeans can ball. Finally won a championship last year, when he DOMINATED games… in the clutch.
    6. Dwight Howard – One of the last true (classic) Centers around. The Magic built a perennial playoff team around him. He can rebound and block shots better than anyone.
    7. Derrick Rose – He stepped his game up immensely last year and was the youngest player to win MVP in NBA history. Need I say more?
Rounding out the top ten, I have Paul, Anthony and Love. Love is a gutsy pick, but what can I say… I LOVE LOVE.
     For a good article about Ric Bucher and SportsCenter’s video of his Top 7… Visit: