If and when Howard's arsenal resembles Duncan's, he'll then be the kind of player who can carry his team to NBA championships. Whether or not that day will come, we'll have to wait and see.Getting back to Duncan, his basketball IQ is off the charts. He has the championship rings, and he's been in every possible high-pressure situation you could imagine, so he knows how to make the correct play at critical stages of the game The value of that ability is immeasurable. Timmy is equally as intelligent defensively as he is offensively.And he's still got it, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game this season. 6.
Carmelo Anthony, SF, Denver NuggetsHere's a player who is currently taking his game to the next level. 'Melo is leading the NBA in scoring while shooting 48 percent from the floor Talk about efficiency.With J.R. Smith suspended for the first seven games of the year, 'Melo knew he'd have to be more aggressive offensively to pick up the slack. Already one of the game's most well-rounded scorers, 'Melo found a way to increase the volume of his shooting while maintaining a high quality of attempt. back, 'Melo has continued his high-percentage play and has been able to facilitate offense for his teammates in the process.After a strong '08-09 campaign, the Nuggets are again looking like an elite team If they can keep it together, Mr Anthony will be an interesting MVP candidate. 5.
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We expect a certain level of production from this guy each and every year, and he delivers...and then some. Nowitzki is averaging 27 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while the Mavs have stormed back near the top of the Western Conference after a couple of mediocre seasons.Simply put, Nowitzki is a freak. A seven-footer with a stunning shooting stroke and superb overall ball skills. We see big fellas like Shaq and Howard struggling at the foul line, and yet there's Nowitzki, stroking it (and making it look easy) from behind the three-point arc.Sure Nowitzki's never won a championship, but he does have a Western Conference title under his belt, and he's made his fair share of big shots the past few years. Coach Rick Carlisle can go to him with his back to the basket in the post or facing up and driving right from just inside the top of the key.The only way to stop Dirk is a hard double-team; otherwise, you have to cross your fingers and hope he misses.He doesn't too often. 4. Chris Paul, PG, New Orleans HornetsBecause of his injury hiatus, CP3 isn't qualified for the statistical leaders at the moment.