The 2021 NBA Finals is one of the most equal championship series in the league’s recent memory. When the roster is healthy, neither the Phoenix Suns nor the Milwaukee Bucks have a clear talent advantage.
Both teams are led by legal superstars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Chris Paul, who finished fourth and fifth respectively in this competition. 2021 MVP competitionEach of them is surrounded by several all-star players and other role players who can play an important role in the playoffs.
This is the ranking of the top 10 players in this year’s finals.
1) Giannis Antetokounmpo
In the past five seasons, Antetokounmpo has won two NBA MVP awards and three additional top seven MVPs, making him one of the best players in the league. Antetokounmpo is Milwaukee’s only 2021 All-Star player. This playoffs he filled the data sheet with 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.in case Antetokounmpo knee injury It didn’t stop him from missing most of the series, he could enter a new stratosphere by becoming the best player on the championship team.
2) Chris Paul
Among current players, only LeBron James has surpassed Paul in terms of sustained greatness. Sixteen years after being selected, Paul is still one of the league’s most influential superstars.Phoenix went from a 10-year playoff drought to NBA Finals favorite In the season when Paul arrived. Paul made all his teammates better and became an assassin at a critical moment. In the last two games of the Suns series, Paul averaged 39.0 points, 7.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 turnovers per game. He is most likely to win the 2021 NBA Finals MVP award.
3) Devin Booker
In this playoffs, Booker has transformed from an All-Star player to a true NBA star. Booker led the Suns with 27.0 points per game in his first ever playoff game, leading the Suns in some key games. When the Suns eliminated the defending champion, Booker defeated LeBron James in the first round and ended the game with 47 points. Due to Chris Paul’s absence due to COVID-19, the guard defeated Paul George with a triple-double of 40 points in the first game of the conference finals.
4) Chris Middleton
As an All-Star in 2019 and 2020, Middleton sometimes looks like one of the best scorers in the league. Middleton was the biggest reason why Milwaukee defeated the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals. In Antetokounmpo’s absence in two games, he took over the third game with 38 points, averaging 29.0 points per game. The forward may be unstable, and his poor shooting performance on the road almost cost the Bucks a heavy loss in the second round. He is closer to Milwaukee, and the Bucks need to perform well in order to beat the Suns.
5) Jrue Holiday
In the conference finals, Holiday showed why Milwaukee traded him during the offseason. With the Bucks ending the series, the veteran played several important games in the following games. He led the team with 8.4 assists per game in the playoffs. As one of the best wing defenders in basketball, Holiday’s two-way ability makes him the most valuable. Hollid does have a tendency to disappear offensively, which is why he was selected to the All-Star team for the last time eight years ago.
6) DeAndre Ayton
Since being selected in the first round in 2018, Ayton has not been selected to the All-Star team, but his playoff performance shows that this situation will not last long. The big man fought head-on with Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic in the second-round sweep in the first round. Ayton may be Phoenix’s MVP in the conference finals, dominating the rebounding and paint zone. In this playoffs, with a walking double-double and a 70% shooting percentage, Ayton is sure to be the top three players on the championship team.
7) Mikal Bridge
Phoenix has more depth than Milwaukee, starting with Bridges. Sometimes Milwaukee’s fourth-best player on the side of the ball is an inconsequential factor, but Bridges’ two-way ability makes him the perfect fourth on the Suns roster. Bridges can switch to most players on the defensive end and is an above-average three-point shooter. He is not an important factor in the offense in the conference finals, he must shoot better from beyond the three-point line.
8) Jay Crowder
For the second consecutive season, Crowder was a key contributor to a team that is unlikely to reach the Finals. The veteran is similar to Bridges in defense and three-point shooting, and he brings Phoenix resilience that cannot be measured by data. Crowder is not afraid of shooting. In the Suns’ three final games, he averaged 15.3 points and 58.3% shooting.
9) Brook Lopez
Lopez is almost a minor version of Middleton. Sometimes he looks like an All-Star, sometimes Lopez sits on the bench for most of the game. It usually depends on whether he made a three-pointer, although Lopez did score 33 points on all two-pointers and free throws in Game 5 of the conference finals. Lopez had trouble with the pick-and-rolls against Treyang and Atlanta in the early part of the series. When they share the field, Paul can use Lopez as a defensive target.
10) PJ Tucker
Looking at Tucker’s offensive statistics will show that he is not even the top 20 player in this series, but his impact on the other side of the court should not be underestimated. The 36-year-old has given everything he has defensively and is often responsible for defending the opponent’s top scorer. Tucker allowed Kevin Durant to score in the game against Milwaukee. He averaged 8.5 rebounds in the Bucks against the Hawks. If the veteran can regain his shooting percentage in the corner three-pointers, he can play a bigger role in the finals.