The fans' Top 5 most potent offensive weapons in the NBA
1. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Bryant jumped to the NBA right out of high school, so it took a couple of years for him to start to fully reach his potential. Since then, he has been one of the NBA's toughest players to contain. He can take it to hoop off the dribble and can shoot daggers from downtown. He's arguably the most dangerous crunch time player since Michael Jordan.Bryant has averaged more than 30 points three times in his career and has averaged 25.1 points in his career.
2. LeBron James, Cavaliers
King James couldn't have received more hype before coming into the NBA from high school, but he hasn't disappointed. Kevin Garnett averaged 10.4 points per game in his rookie year. Kobe Bryant averaged 7.6. LeBron averaged an astounding 20.9 ppg. In his six seasons in the NBA, he's put up 27.5 points per game. He's one of the league's best finishers, and although his jump shot was spotty coming into the league, he has improved upon that facet each season.
3. Dwyane Wade, Heat
Wade was an offensive threat the moment he stepped onto an NBA court. He averaged 16.2 points in his rookie season, and bumped that average to 24.1 the following year. He led the Heat to the NBA title in just his third season and was named Finals MVP. His fearless attitude and ability to get into the lane helped him average a career-best 30.2 points per game this season. Injuries have hampered him before, but he played in 79 games this seaosn.
4. Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
After spending just one season in college at Syracuse, Melo made the jump to the NBA and hasn't scored less than 20.8 points per game in any season. While this season wasn't his most prolific scoring-wise, averaging 22.8 ppg, it was the most successful season for the Nuggets since Anthony has been in Denver. He can drive the lane and take opponents off the dribble, and he has a sweet stroke from downtown, so it's no surprise he's averaged 24.2 ppg during his career.
5. Chris Paul, Hornets
It's not just scoring that makes Paul such a potent offensive weapon. Although he did average 22.8 points per game this season (a career best), the Hornets point guard's biggest strength is his play-making ability. Paul led the league in assists for the second straight year, dishing out 11 dimes per game. Through four seasons in the NBA, Paul is averaging 19.4 points and 9.9 assists per game, and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.