Some of the best, and -- let's be honest -- worst conversations regarding the Warriors reside on social media. Strong voices and opinions of Dub Nation defend or criticize their squad, not afraid to share their thoughts with absolute authority. Many of these personalities live on Twitter, where everyone can be a general manager, coach, critic, troll and hot take artist. Or all at once.
In the second installment of our Warriors Twitter Roundtable, we look at another major conversation floating around the Warriors Twitter world. Answering the question will be a panel of some of the more prominent and revered voices within the community.
If Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, Damian Lillard and Luka Doncic are completely healthy next season and playing at the top of their current abilities, who would be your top five players in the NBA?
@poormanscommish: I generally don’t like to throw any guys under the bus by leaving them out of rankings, or doing comparisons and whatnot, but okay: Steph, Giannis, LeBron, KD, and Kawhi. Hopefully, Dame never reads this!
@samesfandiari: Oh! This is tough. The hedge answer is "They are all great" but with that said, my list would be (In no order): Steph, KD, LBJ, Giannis, Kawhi. Steph, LBJ and Giannis are 3 best players to build a system around. Kawhi and KD are best all-around players, best 1 v 1, etc. They are all great but until I see one of these five drops off, they are my list.
@Jannelle12: Completely healthy and playing at the top of their abilities, I have in no particular order: Steph, Kawhi, KD, Giannis, LeBron
@AndyKHLiu: Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron, Kawhi and Giannis. You could put those in any order but that would be one through five for me. At their current abilities and what they've shown not only throughout a regular season but postseason, these would be the five I trust in a must-win game and series. Anthony Davis and James Harden both have cases above Giannis, one could argue, but their resumes are simply as strong as the upcoming 2-time MVP.
My take (@grantliffmann): Rarely do you see a uniform consensus, but here we are. In no particular order, I'd go Curry, Durant, Leonard, Antetokounmpo and James are viewed by the panel as the top five players in the NBA right now if fully healthy. Four of the five are proven NBA champions, and the fifth is most likely a back-to-back MVP. In my eyes, Harden and Davis just miss the cut as the next best in the league. Yet, when fully healthy and playing at the top of his game, Embiid is a player that has the size and talent to make the leap into the top five. Perhaps he will need a change of scenery or new circumstances in Philadelphia, but his abilities on both ends of the floor are what intrigue me the most.
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