The NBA Finals 2016 between the defending champions Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has begun. Who are the players likely to be at the top of their game in this match-up?

Both the Warriors and the Cavaliers have superstars and elite players among their ranks but basketball analysts sift through their lists and give us the following names as presumably the best players in this year’s NBA Finals.

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Tristan Thompson, Center, Cleveland Cavaliers

Analysts see Tristan Thompson as having the potential to influence the Finals, being arguably the most dominant offensive rebounder in the NBA.

What he needs to do is to continue to exploit the Golden State Warriors’ lone major weakness in order to be a significant factor in the Cleveland Cavaliers pursuit of a championship, according to

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J.R. Smith, Shooting Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers needs Smith to continue shooting the lights out during the 2016 NBA Finals, being one of four players in the NBA to make at least 200 three-point field goals.

He is an explosive athlete who can terrorize teams in transition and go off for an infinite number of three-point field goals at his best.

Kevin Love, Power Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers needs Kevin Love to be at his absolute best to win the 2016 NBA championship. He’s been excellent in some regards during the playoffs.

Draymond Green, Power Forward, Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green had one of the 10 best seasons of any player in the NBA in 2015-16. His stellar play earned him an All-NBA Second Team nod. He is believed to be the best power forward in the NBA.

Klay Thompson, Shooting Guard, Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson could be considered as the MVP of the 2016 NBA Playoffs for saving the Golden State Warriors against the Oklahoma City Thunder.  He has been its most reliable scoring threat over the course of a full four quarters.

Stephen Curry, Point Guard, Golden State Warriors

He is the best player in the world, according to SB His superb skills both in shooting and handling are considered powerful and deadly, outweighing other contenders’ advantages.

LeBron James, Small Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

Should LeBron James dominates this series the way he did the 2015 NBA Finals, he’ll be back at No 1. He’s already a two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP, and adding a third championship would be an undeniable statement.