Sports fans are always looking for the next big thing, but that doesn’t mean you have to be on top of the latest developments in the game to be the best in your field.
Here are eight of the most entertaining athletes of 2017.
Chris Paul, LAC ClippersThe Los Angeles Clippers’ star point guard won’t be around much longer after the season.
He is now 34 and the Clippers are in a rebuilding phase.
But he’s still one of the greatest players of all time.
He averaged 26.8 points, 7.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game last season, which ranks him in the top five of all-time NBA point guards.
Paul won’t play again for the Clippers until 2020, but his career is worth celebrating.
He won the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, a competition that involves a series of difficult hurdles that require a minimum of one jump.
He also won the 2016 World Slam Dunk Championships and was a semifinalist for the 2016 PGA Championship.
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors Durant’s career stats have been solid throughout his tenure with the Warriors, but he will retire in 2021 after a career year in which he averaged 30.5 points, 8.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds per contest.
He will likely be remembered for the most incredible dunk in NBA history when he nailed a jumper over LeBron James on Sunday, but the legend of his game is far more than just a basketball player.
He’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, philanthropic mentor and social justice advocate who has helped inspire countless young people.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento KingsCousins is now 39 and has spent his entire career in the NBA.
He has won two championships, been a champion three times and has become one of sports’ most iconic personalities.
He was a member of the 2004 Olympic basketball team that went to the World Cup.
Stephen Curry, Golden Warriors Curry has had a very successful career with the Golden State Golden State.
He made a name for himself in the late 2000s and won two NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs.
His legacy will continue on in 2019 with the Curry Center for Sports and Health in Oakland, California, where he will be a part of a multi-year plan that includes training and academic programs.
Anthony Davis, San Antonio Pelicans Davis was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth round of the 2014 NBA Draft.
After a slow start to his career in New Orleans, Davis blossomed in 2016-17 and was named to the All-Star team for the first time in his career.
He led the NBA in scoring in 2017-18, which ranked second to only Kevin Durant.
He ranked fourth in assists per game and was second in scoring.
Kevin Love, Los Angeles LakersLove is one of those superstars who was able to overcome adversity and improve his game during his illustrious career.
The star point forward has been in the league for almost five decades and is still one the game’s most revered athletes.
His career started with the Los Angeles Angels in 1991, when he was drafted with the No. 3 pick.
Love was the first NBA player to ever hit 2,000 career points and was the longest tenured player in the history of the league.
He helped lead the league in scoring for the second consecutive season and won the 2004 NBA MVP Award.
LeBron James, Cleveland CavaliersJames is no longer in the midst of his illustrious NBA career, but it’s still fun to watch him get up there and do his thing.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star was voted to the Hall of Fame last year and is one the greatest basketball players of our generation.
His Hall of Famer career was punctuated by a lot of injuries that cost him his entire 2017-2018 season.
But with a healthy season, James is a lock for the 2019 MVP Award and will be one of several players to win that honor.
Kevin Garnett, New Orleans HornetsGarnett was traded from the New York Knicks to the Los Lamesons for Pau Gasol and a 2018 first-round pick in 2019.
The former Minnesota Timberwolves star averaged 18.9 points, 10.4 boards and 5.7 assists per contest in his first season with the Hornets.
He signed a five-year contract extension in March of 2018 that will pay him $88 million over the next three years.