Ranking the best players in the NBA has been a discussion as old as the league, but now CJ McCollum has shared his opinion.
In an episode of The Boardroom, the Trail Blazers guard was asked who the best three players in the NBA are at this moment and told to put them in order.
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He knew the top three pretty quickly but needed some time for how to rank them.
I'd go Bron....Kawhi. Giannis.
McCollum thinks that LeBron James "has solidified himself as the best player right now" and even said that he would have his vote for the MVP award.
[He] makes his team better. Like you take him off that Laker team you see what happened last year you know what I'm saying. Like put him on another team. If you change roles that's how I look at like most valuable player.
The choice of LeBron as the game's best player isn't a controversial one, but to say he's also the MVP is. Before the abrupt suspension of the NBA season due to COVID-19, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was easily the favorite to win the award averaging 29.6 points (3rd in the NBA) and 13.7 rebounds (3rd in the NBA) on the NBA's best team while also recording a PER of 31.63 (1st in the NBA, 7th all-time).
LeBron has been great in his own right with 25.7 points (11th in the NBA) and 10.6 assists (1st in the NBA) but the Lakers have a worse record than the Bucks and James has Anthony Davis as his team's second-best player who is arguably a top-five player in the world as well.
With his choice for the second-best player, CJ chooses Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard who led the Toronto Raptors to an NBA Championship just last season, which included winning four straight games in the Eastern Conference Finals against Giannis, CJ's third-best player.
McCollum took Kevin Durant out of the running because of his Achilles tear suffered in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.