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Welcome to the November version of the 2017-18 NBA Participant Energy Rankings, the place theScore’s basketball editors cumulatively rank the highest 10 gamers of the season up to now on the second Monday of each month.

As a reminder, these rankings are based mostly solely on 2017-18 efficiency, with no inventory positioned on prior historical past or future projections.

Honorable mentions

The next seven gamers acquired at the very least one vote from our panel of 9 editors, however finally got here up wanting the highest 10: Damian Lillard, Nikola Jokic, Bradley Beal, Al Horford, Russell Westbrook, Andre Drummond, Ben Simmons.

On to the rankings:

10. Blake Griffin

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The Clippers (and Griffin’s taking pictures) have tailed off after a scorching begin, however the large man’s general manufacturing up to now this season stays spectacular. By 12 video games, Griffin is averaging 22.6 factors – his highest mark in 4 years – together with 7.9 rebounds, four.7 assists, and a steal whereas typically working Los Angeles’ offense as a point-forward within the post-CP3 period.

He is additionally taking pictures a stable 35.eight % from deep on 5.6 makes an attempt per recreation, whereas his 67 whole Three-point makes an attempt are already greater than he launched in every other season apart from final 12 months. – Joseph Casciaro

9. Kyrie Irving

The evolution of Irving right into a vocal chief who elevates the play of the younger roster surrounding him has been a sight to behold. He is additionally the very best participant on what’s presently the very best workforce (by document) in basketball. Irving’s transition into Celtics inexperienced has been seamless, as evidenced by the 12 straight victories he performed a big half in. – Chris Walder

eight. DeMarcus Cousins

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For Cousins’ dimension, there is probably not a extra dynamic offensive middle within the league as we speak. He is hitting 33.7 % of his whopping 7.eight Three-point makes an attempt per recreation. Attempt to stymie him past arc and Boogie will not hesitate to again down his opponent into the paint. Double-team him, and he is dishing the ball out to the tune of 5.7 assists per recreation, the highest mark amongst facilities and 19th within the NBA general. – Andrew Potter

7. Kevin Durant

The Warriors lead the Affiliation in rejections by a considerable margin because of Durant’s dedication to making an impression on protection. He is blocked two or extra photographs in 9 of his 12 outings, and has helped the league’s ninth-ranked protection permit 6.9 fewer factors per 100 possessions when he is on the ground. – Walder

6. Anthony Davis

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The highest-heavy Pelicans are nonetheless hovering round .500, however Davis has by no means been higher. With Cousins assuming extra of a point-center function, Davis has been unleashed as an off-ball terror.

He is been one of many league’s greatest and most frequent cutters, scoring a bonkers 1.57 factors per possession when he will get the ball on cuts. He is additionally grow to be an more and more devastating spot-up shooter, with a 67.9 % efficient field-goal mark and practically 40 % Three-point taking pictures off the catch. That is why his scoring has hardly taken successful regardless of his utilization fee coming down nearly 6 % from final season. Add in a career-best help fee and sometimes elite rebounding and rim safety, and Davis has been the whole bundle; nearly as good as any large man within the recreation. – Joe Wolfond

5. Kristaps Porzingis

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The unicorn of all unicorns, Porzingis has been on an absolute tear because the No. 1 choice in New York. He is carrying arguably one of many weakest rosters within the NBA and making the workforce related, at the very least by means of 12 video games. He is averaging 30.four factors and seven.Three rebounds whereas netting an environment friendly 61.four true taking pictures proportion. In the meantime, the Knicks are 16.2 factors higher with Porzingis on the ground, and his utilization has considerably elevated to 36 %. Perhaps the “give it to Kristaps” technique is not such a foul one, proper Carmelo? – Wael Saghir

four. Stephen Curry

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Curry hasn’t shot under 40 % from deep in any season of his NBA profession, however by means of 13 video games this 12 months he is at 38.eight %. That is simply wonderful although, thanks. He stays the catalyst of the league’s greatest offense, and the MVP of – document however – the NBA’s greatest workforce. He ranks solely behind James Harden and LeBron James in NBA Math’s whole factors added metric, and the Warriors are greater than 22 factors per 100 possessions higher with him on the ground. – John Chick

Three. LeBron James

In an age when taking part in time is fastidiously monitored and relaxation is doled out liberally, LeBron leads the league in minutes (38.Three per recreation) for the second straight 12 months – the 15th season of his profession, no much less. His defensive effort has been lackadaisical at occasions, however as his 57-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist victory over the Wizards reminded us, he can nonetheless take over a recreation on the flip of a change. Even along with his Cavaliers treading water, LeBron’s been distinctive. – Potter

2. James Harden

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Harden’s assists could have fallen again from a league-best 11.2 per recreation final season to 9.eight, however his analytics-friendly scoring proficiency has taken one other leap ahead; he is taking pictures a career-best 40.eight % on Three-pointers, and with out the assist of one other high creator in his backcourt. Harden has cemented his standing because the early MVP front-runner. – Potter

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Simply whenever you thought the Greek Freak could not probably take one other monumental step ahead in his growth, right here he comes averaging 31 factors per recreation on practically 60 % taking pictures. Antetokounmpo’s contributions throughout the board give a Bucks squad combating to remain above .500 an opportunity. He simply wants slightly little bit of assist. – Walder

Rank Participant Preseason rank*
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo eight
2. James Harden 6
Three. LeBron James 1
four. Stephen Curry four
5. Kristaps Porzingis Unranked
6. Anthony Davis 7
7. Kevin Durant 2
eight. DeMarcus Cousins 15
9. Kyrie Irving 19
10. Blake Griffin 16
11. Damian Lillard 17
T-12. Nikola Jokic 22
T-12. Bradley Beal 30
14. Al Horford Unranked
15. Russell Westbrook 5
T-16. Andre Drummond Unranked
T-16. Ben Simmons Unranked

* Preseason rankings will be discovered right here