Kendrick Perkins included Nikola Jokic, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, but left LeBron James off his list of the NBA’s most terrifying players.
The NBA is in a state of flux heading into the home stretches of the year. There are 6 games to go this year, but practically no seeding position in either Conference has been solidified yet.
Nikola Jokic, meanwhile, is a lock to win his first-ever MVP trophy this year. The 26-year-old Serbian big man has been blazing new trails as a modern playmaking stretch 5.
He’s one of the most unique talents in the league today and has been an ironman of sorts while leading Denver to a top-4 seed. Jokic’s averages of 26 points, 11 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game as a center actually underrate his impact.
Kendrick Perkins has shown a lot of love for both him as well as Joel Embiid as both found top 5 berths on his list. Embiid is another big man who has simply been dominant every time he steps on the floor this year.
Kendrick Perkins puts Kevin Durant and Steph Curry at #1 and #2
With Embiid and Jokic at #5 and #4, Perk proceeded to put Russell Westbrook at #3. He was explicitly being a prisoner of the moment, repeatedly reiterating that he’d rated them according to their recent play.
On that basis, Westbrook does seem to have a fair argument to be top 10. It’s tougher to justify a top-5 inclusion, but it’s also tough to argue against the historic month of April he had.
Perk then laid it on for Steph and KD, but it seemed like he was being disingenuous in ranking KD at #1. Durant has indeed been unstoppable, but Stephen Curry has been playing the best basketball of his career over the past month.
The top-5 most “terrifying” players to go up against in the NBA right now, according to @KendrickPerkins:
1. Kevin Durant
2. Steph Curry
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Nikola Jokic
5. Joel Embiid pic.twitter.com/bYYvfnD6Nv
— First Take (@FirstTake) May 5, 2021
Putting Curry at anywhere other than #1 is to ignore how otherworldly he’s been over the past month. The only unanimous MVP in league history broke the previous record for 3-pointers in a month by 13 makes in April!
Even by Curry’s ridiculous standards, he’s been producing at a rate that he’s never done before. Either way, Perkins is used to controversial statements like this every day. This was a regular Wednesday morning by his standards.