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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 3:50 pm  |  16 responses

Top 50 NBA Players 2010

A glance at players 11-50.

No. 46 OJ Mayo

OJ Mayo. Basketball fans/purists either love him or hate him. There’s no in between. Once hailed as LeBron James 2.0, Mayo’s star lost much of its luster during a less than stellar frosh campaign at USC. After his one and done in SoCal, Mayo was billed as overhyped, overrated and erratic leading up to the 2008 NBA Draft. OJ MayoAs a result, the bball prodigy born Ovinton J’Anthony Mayo fell to No. 3 because the questions about his potential in the L mounted more suspense than Alex Trebek’s Final Jeopardy! round.

But here’s the thing: the former No. 1 high school player in the nation, in the old tradition of “put up or shut up,” put up formidable stats as a rook and avoided the dreaded sophomore slump with an equally efficient year two, which, not surprisingly, made most of his detractors, well, shut the eff up. And while the 6-4, 210-pound combo guard is not the second coming of LeBron or D. Wade or Brandon Roy, he’s no Adam Morrison either. In fact, Mayo has quietly put together a very impressive resume in his short tenure in the League (He is one of only 13 players since 2000 to average 18 points over their first two years in the League). Yet, in an ironic turn of events, the kid who was first mentioned in Sports Illustrated when he was in the seventh grade, considered to be a lock as a lottery pick by the time he entered high school and once bumped his gums to the G.O.A.T. himself, Michael Jordan, during a pickup game at Jordan’s camp is doing the things everyone thought he could do, but this time, no one is paying attention outside of the 901 area code.

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  • http://facebook.com/jray2009 Jray

    Ha, Howard

  • Big Clover

    Juwan?

  • kat

    That’s cute..black mamba

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    WHEN WILL THE SEASON START?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And the top 50 is always enjoyable. Keep it up SLAM!

  • http://www.oprah.com Doyouwantmore

    Kobe should come in third at this point, even though millions of lukewarm starstruck fans would disagree.

  • http://www.nba.com jessdogg

    1. LBJ
    2. KB24
    3. D-wade
    4. KD
    5. D12
    6. D-Will
    7. CP3
    8. Melo
    9. Pau
    10. Dirk

    The fact Kevin Durant Can score when he wants isn’t enough. LBJ still getting better while Kobe Declining. Wade won’t shine as bright as long as LBJ on his team.

  • hoodsnake

    Was Joe Johnson on this list already? He has to be up there with the most paid

  • James

    1. BlackMamba
    2. Dare i say it… Lebron
    3. Dwayne Wade
    4. Kevin Durant
    5. Dwight Howard
    6. CP3
    7. D-Will
    8. Pau Gasol
    9. Carmelo
    10. Dirk
    They’ll put lebron under kobe since he’s on the heat now. cp3 is undeniably better than d-will at the moment. Btw hornets are 6-0 and beat the heat as well
    Pau is getting better and better and actually deserves the no. 6 spot right now or at least before or right behind chris paul. Kevin Durant isn’t thriving right now.

  • Baguma

    1. Kobe
    2. Lebron
    3. D-wade
    4. D Howard
    5. Durant
    6. Gasol
    7. Rondo
    8. Melo
    9. Dirk
    10. C Paul

  • Juice69

    Lebron…Kobe…..Wade…Melo…Durant…Dwill…..Howard….DRose..Rondo….CP3..

  • Russ6

    Lebron
    DWade
    CP3
    MELO
    DURANT
    RONDO
    KOBE
    DWILL
    DIRK
    DROSE

  • http://bomb Damon

    garbage garbage garbage garbage
    you guys are idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. kobe
    2. Durant
    3. Lebron
    4. Dirk
    5. D Wade
    6. Howard
    7. D Will
    8. CP3
    9. Melo
    10.Rondo

  • http://facebook.com Ceejay

    1.LEBRON im not a fan but theres no Q.LBJ#1
    2.WADE many have asked WADE OR KOBE ITS 2010
    3.KOBE its not 2000-2008 its 2010 mamba’s 32
    4.DIRK the greatest 7 foot pure shooter
    5.DURANT will domnate in the future not now
    6.MELO is the man can score rebount pass.
    7.CP3 greatest PG in 2010.
    8.DROSE rose or durant in the future.
    9.D12 the most dominant big man in 2010 no Q.
    10.R.ALLEN the purest shooter in histime.

  • Cwflynn

    1Kobe Bryant
    2 Lebron James
    3Derrick Rose
    4Kevin Durant
    5Dwight Howard
    6 Dwayne Wade
    7Chris Paul
    8Carmello Anthony
    9Deron Williams
    10Dirk Nowitzki

  • RL

    1LBJ
    2D-wade
    3D-Rose
    4KB24
    5DH12
    6Dirk Nowitzki
    7Carmelo Anthony
    8Kevin Durant
    9Rajon Rondo
    10Chris Paul

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