Top 5 NBA Players Today

5. Kobe Bryant

Kobe "Bean" Bryant is an American-professional basketball player that currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kobe Bryant played for the Charlotte Hornets right out of high school. He was soon traded to the L.A. Lakers, where he went on to win five championships and become one of the leading scorers of the NBA. He has had a famous rivalry with one-time teammate Shaquille O'Neal and was once accused of sexual assault, though charges were later dropped. Bryant played on both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, winning two consecutive gold medals with teammates Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, among several other top players.


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4. Chris Paul

Christopher, also known as Chris, "Emmanuel" Paul is an American-professional basketball player that currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was born on May 6, 1985, in Lewisville, North Carolina, Chris Paul grew up in a tight-knit family. Although as a child he played football, Paul later took his older brother's lead and became a basketball standout. Following a high school stint as a star, he was recruited to Wake Forest University, where he became a key part of the team's effort to rebuild. Paul was drafted into the National Basketball Association in 2005, by the New Orleans Hornets, where he played for six seasons before becoming a key part of another rebuilding effort, with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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3. Anthony Davis

Anthony "Marshon" Davis Jr. is an American-professional basketball player that currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. He was born in Chicago, Illanois. He is a Member of the 2012 U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team that captured the gold medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics...averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game while shooting 64.7% from the floor for Team USA at the London Olympics...winner of the 2011-12 Roy F. Kramer SEC Male Athlete of the Year...averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds, and seven blocked shots as a senior at Perspectives Charter High School in Chicago...named Co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks...registered 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks in the McDonald’s All-American Game...posted 16 points with 10 rebounds for the USA team in the Nike Hoops Summit...one of four finalists for the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year Award and five finalists for the Naismith Award...a Parade first team All-American...named all-conference three consecutive years while in high school...stood just 6-3 at the start of his junior year of high school before a growth spurt took him to 6-10...sister, Iesha, was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in their sixth annual player draft.

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2. LeBron James

LeBron "Raymone" James is an American-professional basketball player that currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James showed an early talent for basketball and began to earn a reputation as a prodigy of the sport in high school. James was the first player picked (by the Cleveland Cavaliers) in the 2003 NBA Draft. During the 2003-04 season, he became the first member of the Cavalier franchise and the youngest player (at age 20) to win the Rookie of the Year Award. James played on the 2004, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball teams—winning a team bronze medal and two team golds overall—and led the Miami Heat to NBA championship victories in both 2012 and 2013. He has also achieved a number of NBA records, including becoming the youngest player to score 20,000 points at age 28, in January 2013. In 2014, it was announced that James will return to the Cavaliers.

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