Kyrie is a top scorer when healthy.Since joining the Nets, he's rarely available. Irving has played less than half of the Nets' games since the 2019 season.
Darius Garland made his first All-Star squad in 2021-22 and appears headed for another this season. He's a great playmaker and an outside shooter.
Sacramento's perimeter attack relied on De'Aaron Fox after the Kings traded Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis. He's performed. Fox and Sabonis have helped the Kings rank sixth in the West with a top-five offence.
Harden is no longer Houston's one-man offence, but he's still a top playmaker and scorer. If everyone is healthy in the playoffs, Harden and Joel Embiid's pick-and-roll should be unstoppable.
Haliburton is Indiana's franchise player and may be the NBA's best passer, though Luka Doncic would disagree.Haliburton's play puts the Pacers in contention for a top-six East berth, despite expectations
Lillard can play at his best with a new supporting cast that is more versatile.Injuries have slowed a promising start to 2022-23, but Portland has a team talented enough to win in the playoffs, which is all Lillard needs to shine in the NBA postseason.
Young has played effectively with Dejounte Murray as the Hawks' offensive motor.Murray's confidence in the Hawks' scheme should allow Young to be used as an off-ball threat to deter teams from over-covering him.
In 2021-22, Ja Morant was an MVP candidate, and in 2022-23, he's proven that last season wasn't a fluke.Morant is dangerous in transition and unstoppable at the rim. The Grizzlies' Western Conference ceiling will rise as he improves.
Generational attacking player Luka Doncic. You have to pray his teammates miss his open threes since he has seen and dominated every defensive you can play against him.
Doncic should've overtaken Curry by now, but Curry keeps going. In 2022-23, he's a leading MVP candidate after torching the Celtics' top-ranked defence to win another NBA title. The Warriors can win if Curry stays.