IGN is hosting a weekly NBA podcast, NBA Countdown, where the team’s stars are debated in an attempt to predict what players will be playing for their favorite team this season.
For this week’s episode, we asked the league’s biggest stars to weigh in on the latest NBA developments.
Here’s a quick recap of the discussion.
Here are our favorites:Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder): The All-Star forward is the latest member of Durant’s Thunder to sign a maximum contract.
He has averaged 16.6 points and 11.6 rebounds over the past four seasons, and his presence will be sorely missed by the defending champion Warriors.
Kevin Love (Chicago Bulls): Love is one of the most popular players in the league, and he is one who could be one of Kevin Durant’s main rivals.
He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, and if he is traded, his services could be used by a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers): The second overall pick in this year’s NBA draft is still trying to get back on track after having a season that was cut short by injury.
He averaged 19.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 28 games last season.
Kevin Durant is one star left in the NBA.
Here’s a look at some others who could fit the bill.
Anthony Davis (San Antonio Spurs): The NBA’s leading scorer has scored at least 20 points in six straight games, including back-to-back 20-point games on Feb. 23 and 24.
Davis is a veteran leader who can help the Spurs with their younger stars, especially with DeMarcus Cousins on the mend.
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons): Drummond has been a dominant force on the defensive end of the floor since joining the Pistons.
He led the NBA in defensive box plus-minus last season and averaged 17.2 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
He has the potential to be a big-time free agent this summer, but he is likely to be dealt.
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers): Kobe Bryant is one half of the Lakers that will compete for a championship this season, but his return to the court could depend on the health of Kobe Bryant.
He could miss a significant amount of time due to injury, and the Lakers may not be able to get him healthy if he has to miss much time.
The Cavs’ Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers): Cleveland has a new coach in LeBron James, but there are a number of questions to be answered in the Cavs’ frontcourt this season after starting the season with a 3-1 record.
It is unclear whether Kyrie can handle the pressure and play at a high level, and it’s hard to envision the Cavaliers having a high ceiling offensively without him.
Derrick Rose (New Orleans Pelicans): The third overall pick of the 2010 draft was an All-NBA performer during his rookie season, and that is what Rose is most remembered for.
But it appears that Rose is entering his prime and that he is on the decline.
Rose is averaging just 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game in 30 games this season and is entering the final season of his contract.
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors): The former MVP is one piece away from a Hall of Fame career with the Warriors, and this season is the last chance to make sure that happens before he leaves for the Los Angeles Lakers.
With a team in desperate need of an elite rebounder, Thompson has already proven he can score.
He is a huge part of the Warriors’ offense, but is he really a No. 1 scorer for the franchise?