• Ollie Nash

Top 10 Players in the 2020 NBA Finals

1. LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers 

No surprises here. LeBron’s still the best player in the NBA and he’s the key to the Lakers winning this series. He has been putting up classic LeBron numbers in the playoffs with 26.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and nine assists on 54.7/35/74 splits. Nine Finals in 10 seasons, this year is as good a chance as any for LBJ to grab that fourth ring.

2. Anthony Davis – Los Angeles Lakers

Again, no surprises here. The Lakers have two of the top five players in the league and throughout these playoffs they have played like it. Anthony Davis has proven his big game ability throughout the playoffs, leading the team in scoring and hitting a game-winning three against Denver in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals (WCF). It’s going to be fun watching AD and Bam Adebayo go at it on both ends. 

3. Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat

Bam Adebayo gets the nod over Jimmy Butler at number three purely because if he doesn’t play well, Miami don’t win. Butler has had games throughout these playoffs where he is the fourth best Heat player on the floor. However, you only need to look at Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals (ECF) when Adebayo wasn’t great with 13 points and Boston got over the top of them. If Adebayo can be effective and impactful, Miami are a huge chance.

4. Jimmy Butler – Miami Heat

He has answered all the critics and now Jimmy Butler is four wins away from his first NBA Championship. As has been the case all season, the box score won’t always look amazing for him, but watch a Miami Heat game and you will see the impact he has on their performance on both ends. He loves to distribute and let others attack but, in these Finals when Miami need it, I think Butler will take over and be the attacking first option offensively.

5. Goran Dragic – Miami Heat

There is a case Goran Dragic could be higher because without him, Miami don’t make it this far. He isn’t super athletic or big, but Dragic is just really good at basketball, it’s that simple. Shifty with his handles and creative once inside the paint for a score or an assist. Can get the Heat a bucket inside or on the three-point line and he has proven that in times where they get stuck offensively. In what will be another close series, he will be so valuable for Miami.

6. Tyler Herro – Miami Heat

It’s not new information, but Tyler Herro is fearless. The 20-year-old has become such an integral part of this Miami offence in the playoffs and he’s answered the call every time he’s been called upon. The former Kentucky star is putting up 16.5 points on 37.8 percent shooting from the three point line but he hasn’t lived and died by the deep ball. He is still putting up six shots inside the arc and getting to the line for nearly three attempts a game. 

7. Rajon Rondo – Los Angeles Lakers

It really is take your pick from seven to 10, so I am going to go with Rajon Rondo here. Like the guys below him, he can go missing or be a negative on the court at times. However, when switched on, Rondo’s defence is elite, his playmaking is never in question and his shooting has improved dramatically. Nine points on 50/44.8/54.5 splits with seven assists during these playoffs is a big jump from the Rondo we all knew in Boston. A key role player if the Lakers are to win the title.

8. Duncan Robinson – Miami Heat

It may be a bit of recency bias to have him at eight because he wasn’t great in the ECF, but Duncan Robinson could be the x-factor that will win Miami the title. In every NBA Finals there’s that game, like Mike Miller in Game 5 of the 2012 Finals hitting seven threes, where a role player takes over and it shifts a series. Expect him to play a lot better than he did in the ECF.

9. Andre Iguodala – Miami Heat 

For a player that’s averaging four points, just over two rebounds and one assist in these playoffs you may think eight is a little high. However, Andre Iguodala is a top 10 player in this series and Game 6 of the ECF proved that. 15 points on 4-4 from the three-point line showed you he can still do it at the highest level. Hitting open shots is huge for him, but his defence on LeBron James is what is going to decide Iguodala’s impact on this series.

10. Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers

The tenth spot belonged to either Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Alex Caruso. Maybe it’s the fact I’ve bought Kuzma stock this season, but I’m taking him as the tenth best player in these Finals. Similar to Robinson, Kuzma has the potential to have 20 points in a game or two and be the difference. He hasn’t shot the ball well especially from three but he is still someone you need to respect from deep and his raw athleticism always puts him in a good spot when attacking the rim.

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