Toughest omissions: Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, C. J. McCollum, Gordon Hayward, Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Joel Embiid
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(Number in parentheses is age when season opens.)
DOB: 11/12/88 (28)
Westbrook’s historic 2016-17 season saw him win the scoring title by averaging 31.6 points per game, become the second player ever to average a triple-double, and win MVP. Along with his league-leading scoring average, he also averaged 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He has now led the NBA in scoring twice, and has been named to the All-Star Game in six of the last seven seasons.
DOB: 3/14/88 (29)
Curry won back-to-back MVP honors in 2015 and 2016, and won his second NBA championship this past season. He played in 79 games in 2016-17, finishing with per game averages of 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.8 steals. He shot 41.1% on threes, which amazingly was the lowest percentage of his eight-year career. His 30.1 points per game led the NBA in 2015-16.
DOB: 9/6/90 (27)
Wall made his fourth straight All-Star appearance last season, in which he posted career-highs in points, assists, and steals per game as well as field goal percentage. He was named to the All-NBA Third Team and finished seventh in MVP voting. In 78 games, he averaged 23.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 2.0 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. It was the third straight season he averaged at least 10 assists a game.
DOB: 3/23/92 (25)
After six seasons with Cleveland that saw him win Rookie of the Year, 2014 All-Star Game MVP, make four All-Star appearances, and three NBA Finals appearances (one championship), Irving will begin next season with the Celtics. In 72 games with the Cavaliers in 2016-17, he finished averaging 25.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He posted career-highs in scoring average, field goal percentage (47.3), and free throw percentage (90.5).
DOB: 2/7/89 (28)
Thomas’ hip ailment has his new team, the Cavaliers, unsure as to whether he will begin the season in street clothes or on the court. The 5’9 guard had a going out party on offense last season though, and was named to the All-NBA Second Team and finished fifth in MVP voting. In 76 games, he had per game averages of 28.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. He had career-highs across the board in shooting with a 46.3 field goal percentage, 37.9 three-point percentage, and a 90.9 free throw percentage.
DOB: 8/7/89 (28)
DeRozan’s excellent 2016-17 season garnered him an 11th-place MVP finish. He appeared in 74 games, averaging 27.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. It was his third All-Star appearance in the past four seasons, and he was named to the All-NBA Third Team.
DOB: 9/14/89 (28)
After six seasons with the Bulls, Butler will now look to become a leader on a young Timberwolves team brimming with talent. He was named to his third straight All-Star Game last season, and was named to the All-NBA Third Team. Last season saw him post career-highs in a multitude of categories such as scoring average (23.9), rebounds per game (6.2), assists per game (5.5), steals per game (1.9), and free throw percentage (86.5). He was named to the All-Defensive Second Team three straight years from 2014-16.
DOB: 9/29/88 (29)
Durant is already a four-time scoring champion, eight-time All-Star, 2013-14 MVP, and now the reigning Finals MVP all before his 30th birthday. His ninth place finish in MVP voting in 2016-17 ended a streak of six straight years with a top-5 finish, but the lower finish had more to do with his missing 20 games. In 62 games, he had per game averages of 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.6 blocks. It was his lowest scoring average since his rookie season, but on a stacked team he took less shots and ended up with a career-high 53.7 field goal percentage.
DOB: 6/29/91 (26)
Leonard finished third in MVP voting last season, a year after finishing second. The stout defender was named Defensive Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. His breakthrough really came when he was named Finals MVP in 2014 in the Spurs victory over the Heat. In 74 games during the 2016-17, he went on to average 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game.
DOB: 5/2/90 (27)
George joins the Thunder after spending his first seven seasons as a member of the Pacers. In 75 games last season, he went on to average 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. The four-time All-Star went on to set career-high marks in both field goal (46.1) and free throw (89.8) percentage. He has been named to the All-NBA Third Team three times, All-Defensive First Team once, and All-Defensive Second Team twice.
DOB: 3/11/93 (24)
Despite the Pelicans not making the playoffs, Davis had a very notable season. He won All-Star Game MVP, made the All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive Second Team, and finished ninth in MVP voting. He appeared in 75 games, finishing with per game averages of 28.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.2 blocks. If there is a weakness in Davis’ game, it’s the ability to stay on the court. Prior to last season, his career-high in games over his first four seasons was just 68.
DOB: 3/16/89 (28)
The five-time All-Star has hit a bit of an injury bug the past two seasons, playing in 35 games in 2015-16, and 61 last season. He showed why his all-around game can still be matched by very few, ending last season averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4:9 assists per game. Free throw shooting was a major struggle early in his career, but he shot a career-high 76.0% from the charity stripe in 2016-17. He has been named to the All-NBA Second Team three times in his career.
DOB: 3/4/90 (27)
After two straight seasons finishing as the runner-up to Kawhi Leonard for Defensive Player of the Year, Green finally won the award last year. It was his third straight year making the All-Defensive First Team, and he was also named to the All-NBA Third Team. He led the NBA with 2.0 steals per game, while also averaging 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. Arguably the most skilled passer for any frontcourt player, a high scoring average isn’t necessary for him to be a super impactful player.
DOB: 8/13/90 (27)
Cousins was named to his third straight All-Star Game last season, and finished with per game averages of 27.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 72 games with the Kings and Pelicans. He has developed a reliable three-point shot, connecting on 36.1% on five attempts a game in 2016-17. After 17 appearances with the Pelicans in 2016-17, he enters his first full season sharing the frontcourt with Anthony Davis.
DOB: 6/26/92 (25)
The “Stifle Tower” was named to the All-NBA Second Team and All-Defensive Second Team for the 2016-17 season. He led the NBA with 2.6 blocks per game, and also posted per game averages of 14.0 points and 12.8 rebounds while shooting 66.1% from the field. He has improved on his scoring and rebounding averages in all four of his seasons in the league.