NHL’s Top Talent Compared to the NBA’s Dominating Inside Presence

 

The National Hockey League is filled with the best hockey players in the world. From great goalkeeping, defensemen, forwards and centers. But who are the top players? If judging by goal scoring, then Boston’s Brad Marchand is at the top of the list. His 37 goals lead the league. Not to be overlooked though would be Sidney Crosby (35 goals), Vladimir Tarasenko (34) and even Evgeni Malkin (33). Perhaps a better way to find the best is by points total. Again, Marchand leads with way as he has 42 assists to go along with his 37 goals. Connor McDavid is tied with Marchand at 79 points by way of 55 tallied assists. Netminders play a large part also. Sergei Bobrovsky, Devan Dubnyk, Braden Holtby and Cam Talbot lead the league in wins, with Bobrovsky near the top in save percentage.

 

Over the years, the position of center in the NBA has undergone a drastic change. No longer are the days of posting up inside, back to the basket. But big men aren’t completely out of style. Al Horford and DeAndre Jordan are two of the best center in the NBA. The young Karl-Anthony Towns has also immediately risen toward the top. Marc Gasol remains steady with Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside both physical forces. But top of this list has to be DeMarcus Cousins. Attitude aside, Cousins offers a complete game, from an inside presence with the ability to shoot the three. While his defensive skills could use improving, his offensive talent rises way above the rest.

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