The third best player in the NBA, according to the system, is… Kobe Bryant. He checks out at a 46 overall. Bryant is leading the league in scoring at 34.5 points per game, and has recently scored an amazing 81 points in a single game. Second in history only to Wilt Chamberlain’s Herculean effort in Hershey, PA. Kobe is also adding 4.4 assists and 5.5 rebounds. Simply stated, he is producing amazing numbers regardless of era, career numbers, or championships. Kobe Bryant has re-invented himself and is experiencing freedom from Shaq, the pressures of winning another NBA championship, and the salacious public eye that is created out of scandal. Bravo Kobe, Bravo.
Runner-up this year is Lebron James. In only his third NBA season Lebron is the closest thing to Magic Johnson-esque as wearing Converse. Plus, he has a long-range game that commands respect. King James rings in at 48.5. Lebron is averaging 30.9 points per game (third in the league), 6.5 assists, and 7.0 boards. More than the amazing numbers he is constantly lighting scoreboards up with is the character that this young man exudes. He has never been involved with scandal. His marketing potential is through the roof and he always thanks his mother. Move over Grant Hill, Lebron is re-inventing the word “Nice.”
And winning the title of best player in the league, in a split decision over Lebron James, is…drum roll please… Allen Iverson. The Answer also checked in at 48.5, but the decision came down to assist to turnover ratio as a tiebreaker. Lebron clocked out at +2.0, while Iverson edged him out with a +2.3. The Answer is averaging 33.3 points per game (second overall), 7.4 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. He gets the nod as best player in the league because of his efficiency in the assist to turnover ratio and is coincidentally having his best year in that category. With Larry Brown gone to New York, I think that AI is playing loose and free with artistic cognition. His game is a joy to watch. He is so quick he often times makes his opponent look down right silly and who can argue with numbers? Congrats Mr. Iverson, you are having an All-World year and we are aware of it.