Friday, January 10, 2014

Best Athletes of 2013

The best player in the NBA is clearly LeBron James. After winning back-to-back MVP’s and NBA Championships it seems almost impossible to not label LeBron as the best player in 2013. In the 2012-2013 season, LeBron averaged 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game. This year he is averaging 25.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game. Almost remarkable numbers from a player at his position, but we have all come to expect that from LeBron.

On the women’s side I’d have to say the best player of 2013 was Candace Parker. Parker was the 2013 MVP of the WNBA, so it is hard to really argue that she wasn’t the best player in her league. Parker averaged just below 18 points per game with 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists. In the playoffs, Parker averaged 25.7 points per game with 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists.  Although Maya Moore also had a great season, Candace was able to edge her out in the race to be MVP, which earns her my pick as the best WNBA player of 2013.

On the offensive side, I’d say its pretty obvious that Peyton Manning was the best player in the NFL. Peyton has broken record after record this year and finished the regular season with 5477 total yards and 55 touchdowns (both regular season records). Peyton has led the Broncos to the number one record in the AFC with a 13 and 3 win loss record. Nothing else is really needed to be said as his numbers speak for themselves and he is clearly the best offensive player in the NFL and will surely be the 2013/2014 NFL MVP.

On the defensive side, my pick for best player would probably have to be Richard Sherman. Sherman has always been a player who isn’t afraid to talk and get in the head of players, whether it is Tom Brady, Roddy White or even analysts along the lines of Skip Bayless. Sherman backed up his talk this year with 49 tackles, 8 interceptions, 16 pass deflections and 1 defensive touchdown. Overall, Sherman has been the best player on the best defensive team in the NFL whom has shut down many of the top WR’s. He is who I think will
win defensive MVP this year and is also my pick for best defensive athlete in the NFL.


A lot of pitchers had great seasons but at the same time I think there was a clear best pitcher in the league. That pitcher is Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw won the 2013 NL Cy Young Award with a 16-9 record during the season. Kershaw had a 1.83 ERA and rallied 232 strikeouts in the season. With all that being said its hard to argue that Clayton Kershaw was not the best pitcher in the league. As for hitters, the best player on that side of the ball would have to be Mike Trout. Trout had 27 HR, 97 RBI, 33 Stolen Bases, and a .323 batting average. Mike Trout is my pick here over Melky Cabrera just because I felt like he was the best all around player in the league.

The best player on the ice in the year of 2013 would have to be Sidney Crosby. I considered putting Ovechkin here being as he was the MVP last year but, as much as I hate him, I just felt that Crosby was the better all-around player in the league. Last year, Crosby had 56 points with 15 goals and 41 assists. This year he is up to 65 points with 24 goals and 41 assists. Overall, I just feel that he brings the most to his team making him the best player of the year 2013.

On the field the best player of 2013 would have to be Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo beat out Messi with 29 goals and 6 assists in 2013-2014 Season. Messi was injured towards the end of the season which might be the reason he doesn't get the spot here. This will be a head to head battle between the two that will probably go back and forth for years to come. Messi had it the year before but this award has to go to Ronaldo.

Lindrit Shkodra is originally from Diber, Macedonia but lives in Maple Shade, NJ. He is a sophomore in the Sports Management program and is currently the Treasurer of the Drexel Sport Management Student Union. He currently works for KCB Sports Marketing. In the past, he has work experience with Ron Jaworski's Celebrity Golf Challenge and Ridgewells Catering at the 2013 U.S. Open.  Follow Lindrit on Twitter @LindritShkodra.

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