Top 5 forwards heading into 2018-19 NBA season

A look at the top players at the forward position as the new season arrives.

1

LeBron James - L.A. Lakers

No surprise here. The best in the game, today, is LeBron James. He'll now continue his career with a third team, but his first in the Western Conference. James will look to bring his superstar skills and leadership to a team of young stars and acquired veteran talents. Can he deliver another title to L.A.?

2

Kevin Durant - Golden State Warriors

KD is right on LeBron's heels at the moment in terms of chasing NBA greatness. While it may seem premature, Durant is now 2-for-2 in capturing titles with the Warriors. He's looking for a third-straight in the upcoming season, and with All-Star DeMarcus Cousins on board, that's a strong possibility. Durant has averaged 27.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and nearly four assists per game for his career, thus far.

3

Giannis Antetokounmpo - Milwaukee Bucks

The Greek Freak is right up there with Kevin Durant in terms of overall talent. He's just as his nickname describes, an athletic freak who seems capable of doing so much. While his Bucks haven't been super successful, this could be his breakout year. Giannis is among the top contenders in the odds to win NBA MVP.

4

Kawhi Leonard - Toronto Raptors

Leonard will now become the new star in Toronto, after a big trade involving longtime All-Star DeMar DeRozan. He's considered one of the top defenders in the league, and could be on track for either the DPOY or MVP in 2018-19. Leonard is a quiet star, but could be a difference maker for the Raptors in this new era.

5

Paul George - Oklahoma City Thunder

He was expected to try to join the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, but shocked the world and re-signed with Westbrook and the Thunder. With George giving OKC his full attention, it should be interesting to see how the tandem performs. Could they be among top contenders in the West after Golden State? PG13 brings last season's averages of 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.

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