Zion Williamson, James Harden rising up Nick Wright's NBA player pyramid
Roughly midway through the NBA season, how do the league's best players stack up?
"The King," LeBron James, retained his throne at the top of Wright's ratings, and a few other superstars made their respective ascents. But for every player who moves up a level, one must also come down.
Here's how Wright stacks up the NBA's biggest stars, along with key statistics and commentary. Plus, check out the favorite to win the NBA's regular-season MVP award in each of Wright's levels, via FOX Bet.
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TOP LEVEL: LeBron James
Best MVP odds: James +175
Key stat: James is set to miss his first game after playing in all 36 to start the season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Wednesday night's rest against the Sacramento Kings snaps a string of 60 consecutive contests for James dating to Aug. 6, 2020.
Wright's thoughts: "Obviously, LeBron's the best player in the league."
Best MVP odds: Embiid +300
Key stat: Embiid has four games with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds this season. No other player in the league has more than one such game, via ESPN Stats & Info.
Wright's thoughts: "Kevin Durant, you might be like, 'He's barely played this year.' Yeah, but it's an emeritus spot for him. He was playing so well before he got hurt."
Best MVP odds: Doncic +1200
Key stat: Doncic and Damian Lillard were the only two players in the league to average more than 30 points and eight assists in the month of February.
Wright's thoughts: "You might be ineligible for league MVP, James Harden, but you are eligible to potentially be a Level Two pyramid guy. We'll see if you keep up this pace."
Best MVP odds: Jokic +500
Wright's thoughts: "Steph continues to play great."
Best MVP odds: Davis +10000, Irving +10000
Key stat: With 1,020 points in 31 games this season, Beal became the fastest player to crack the millennium mark in a season in Washington Wizards franchise history, breaking the record of 33 games held by Gilbert Arenas and Bernard King, via NBA History.
Wright's thoughts: "Zion keeps moving up the charts! ... Anthony Davis, he wasn't playing great on offense, and now he's hurt. He has to move down."
To see Wright's breakdown of his pyramid, including the full list of players in levels six through eight and players he has added or removed, check out the video below: