Maybe it's due to the fact that I haven't been able to watch NBA basketball for well over 100 days, but I find myself getting more triggered than every online when it comes to these sort of lists. I think it started way back at the beginning of quarantine when players were giving out their top 5 all time lists and whatnot. Then it continued when ESPN "experts" started talking about DPOY votes, and now here we are with Bleacher Report's Top 10 Most Versatile Stars In The NBA.
I know I shouldn't take this list all that seriously, but I can't help it. Again my brain is in a weird place with no basketball on. I want to make something very clear before we dive in. This is NOT just about the omission of Celtics. Sure, they are on the list but this is more about not really being positive whoever came up with this list has actually been watching the 2019-20 season.
Someone is going to have to explain to me how any of the following names are not a top 10 versatile star in today's NBA. Where is Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Kristaps Porzingis, Pascal Siakam, and Draymond Green? Remember, this is not a conversation around the "best" or "most talented". This is a combination of versatility. There's a clear difference there.
I look at that list and I see guys that are all really good. Most are even dominant. But versatile? Let me ask you something. Khris Middleton is more versatile than Pascal Siakam? On what planet? Kyle Lowry is a legit championship caliber point guard who is good on both ends. He's more versatile than someone like Marcus Smart who is about to make All NBA First Team Defense, is just as good a shooter this season (look it up), and guards all 5 positions at an elite level?
Joel Embiid is an absolute monster talent. But he's also someone who is limited in who he can guard defensively. He's more versatile than someone like Bam who is just as much of a beast, can guard more positions and also averages 5.1 assists a night? Embiid is the better player without a doubt, but he's not more versatile. Bam straight up plays point guard at times for the Heat. Does that happen in Philly? I could go on and on but I think you get the point.
Now I understand that if I want to complain about this list I also have to give my Top 10. Remember, this is about versatility, not talent level.
1. LeBron James
2. Anthony Davis
3. Kawi Leonard
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo
5. Draymond Green
6. Marcus Smart
7. Ben Simmons
8. Russell Westbrook
9. Bam Adebayo
10. Paul George
If I had to guess I would imagine people will disagree with me including Draymond, but considering he pretty much was a main factor in changing the way the NBA is played because of his versatility at the four, he's in my top 10. I'm sure people will call me a homer for including Smart, but that just means they don't watch. To consider anyone else but LeBron the most versatile player in the league is offensive, and I'm including Ben Simmons because he defends 1-4, is the second best passer on this list and also holds his own o the boards. Is still too scared to actually consistently take threes, but he is absolutely versatile.
So go ahead, call me mean names on the internet, but only if you're brave enough to put up a top 10 as well.