LeBron James, Aaron Donald top Colin Cowherd's list of L.A. athletes
There's no shortage of star power in Los Angeles, including that of the athletic variety.
Their addition to the Los Angeles sports scene had Colin Cowherd pondering the question: In a city replete with star power, which players get top billing?
Here are Cowherd's 10 best athletes currently in Los Angeles, based on "talent, plus production, plus star power."
Accolades: 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
Cowherd's take: "Destroyed every rookie quarterback passing record of all time. What's most remarkable? The Chargers' biggest weakness: their offensive line."
9. Trevor Bauer, pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
Accolades: 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner, 2018 All-Star
Cowherd's take: "Last year, Cy Young winner. Last year, National League ERA leader. Struck out 100 batters in 73 innings. Was virtually unhittable at times last year."
8. Joey Bosa, defensive end, Los Angeles Chargers
Accolades: 2019 first-team All-Pro, Pro Bowl (2017, 2019, 2020)
Cowherd's take: "Bosa averages 3.8 quarterback pressures per game, second in the NFL. He is what everybody wants outside of a quarterback: an elite pass-rusher."
Accolades: First-team All-Pro (2017, 2020), Pro Bowl (2017-20)
Cowherd's take: "Best pure corner in the NFL. Hyper-physical. A passer rating of 73 is what rival quarterbacks had against the Rams."
Accolades: 2020 NBA champion, All-Star (2014-20)
Cowherd's take: "Is injured more, but he did average 25 [points] and 10 [rebounds] last year in the Finals."
Accolades: NBA champion (2014, 2019), All-Star (2016-17, 2019-20)
Cowherd's take: "He's arguably, after LeBron, the best get-a-bucket, get-a-stop player in the NBA."
Accolades: AL MVP (2014, 2016, 2019), All-Star (2012-19), 2012 Rookie of the Year
Cowherd's take: "He has finished in the top five in MVP voting in nine straight seasons. No other person has ever done that in the history of the sport."
3. Mookie Betts, outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
Accolades: World Series champion (2018, 2020), AL MVP (2018), All-Star (2016-19)
Cowherd's take: "Led baseball in WAR [wins above replacement], largely considered the baseball stat that says, 'hardest player to replace in the sport.'"
2. Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams
Accolades: Defensive Player of the Year (2017-18, 2020), first-team All-Pro (2015-20), Pro Bowl (2014-20)
Cowherd's take: "Regarded as the best player in the league at his position."
1. LeBron James, forward, Los Angeles Lakers
Accolades: NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020), NBA MVP (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), All-Star (2005-20)
Cowherd's take: "Only player in league history to be named Finals MVP with three different franchises. Talent is amazing, production obviously, star power unrivaled."
To see Cowherd's full breakdown and Nos. 15 through 11, check out the video below!
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