5. Dwight Howard - The large man led his team to the NBA finals last season and appeared to be on the way upward. His turnovers are along the way down, his free throw scenario is (slowly) improving, and he's a rallying and blocked shot machine. What's not to like?
4. Chris Paul - Arguably on his way to becoming one of the greatest NBA points guards of all-time, CP3 seems to get better with each year. At only 24 years old, it's terrifying to think about where he will be at his peak.
3. Kobe Bryant - Some may criticize me for placing Kobe at #2, and not #1. All things considered, he led his team to an NBA championship this past season. But hear me out. He's still an incredible player, make no mistake about it - but his numbers have slowly begun to diminish. At 30 years old, this is always to be anticipated. When it comes to NBA title, his supporting cast (Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom) was more than LeBron had on his side. Give LeBron Pau and Lamar, and he will bring home a ring also.
2. LeBron James - The new and future king of the NBA. Indeed, he hasn't won a championship, and some may be critical of his spotty clutch factor, but you can't assert the numbers and what he did for his team last season. 28.4 ppg, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.3 assists. 1.7 steals, and 1.2 blocks. 49% from the field. A 66-16 record. Everything adds up to the league's most valuable player.
1. Dwyane Wade - What a means to follow a significant letdown of a 2007-2008 season. His turnovers were a bit high, but no one's complaining. Wade undoubtedly won his team far more games than they'd have won without him.