10. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook would be much higher on this list if not for a couple of injuries that limited him to just over a half a season on the floor and his lowest scoring output in the last four seasons. Even in limited action, he still showed remarkable explosiveness and the ability to get to the rim as quickly as anyone in the entire league.
On the season, he averaged 21.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.9 steals in 46 games.
9. Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings: even though the Kings still struggled as a team in the mighty Western Conference, Thomas had a breakout season after the trade of Greivis Vasquez gave Thomas his starting spot back. What he did from that point on earned him a huge new contract in a sign and trade with the Phoenix Sun. While Thomas is still a defensive liability, he can really get it done on offense.
On the season, he averaged 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 72 games.
8. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors: just like Thomas, Lowry earned a big contract thanks to a really good year. Lowry had the best season of his career as he led the Raptors to the third seed in the Eastern Conference and a trip to the playoffs. Lowry is an impressive defender who stepped up his game on the offensive end of the floor in a big way.
On the season, he averaged a career-high 17.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 79 games.
7. John Wall, Washington Wizards: Wall made the first of what will be many all-star appearances and took the Wizards to the playoffs with his improved play and leadership. Along the way, he had his best year in scoring, thanks to his vast improvement as an outside shooter. While still not prolific from the outside by any stretch of the imagination, his 35.1 percent from three-point range opened up way more space to find the open man.
On the season, he averaged 19.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 82 games.
6. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers: Irving made his second straight all-star game even though he took a step back in scoring, shooting percentage and rebounding. Irving is still a dynamic playmaker who is a nightmare for opposing point guards with his ability to break down a defense and create open looks for himself and his teammates.
On the season, he averaged 20.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 71 starts.