I have been pondering this question all season long and there just does not seem to be a definitive answer. There are three legitimate candidates but all of them have valid cases for being our best player. Let's present the players and their cases to determine who is truly our best player and a guy that is most key to our success thus far.
Let's start with our starting point guard Kyle Lowry. He is living proof that hard work truly pays off. He has been called the engine to the car that is the Rockets. Good defender especially for his height. A "pass first" PG who has improved as an overall scorer to help round off his game. One of the best rebounders at his position. He is gritty and is not afraid to get his hands dirty to stick his nose everywhere the ball goes, a hustle player as well. His improved jump shot has been most talked about when concerning him especially from range. He is also beginning to put up the numbers to be in the conversation of one of the better PG's in the league averaging 19 points and 8 assists on 48% shooting in the month of March so far. In my opinion his best asset is his leadership with the way the team seems to rally around him in dire moments of the game. He uplifts the play of those around him and I think that has been overlooked to this point. He has also been clutch and made some timely plays as of late.
On to the starting 2 guard Kevin Martin. We all know about the efficiency and high scoring. But many fans including many here on TDS swore up and down the man could not play 65 games in a season so we shouldn't rely on him. Well right now he is at a whopping 70 games and going strong. He has been a very consistent number one option all season long and is having his best season as a pro. Leading the NBA in free throws made, 2nd in points per 48 mins., and 4th in 3pters made. Not to mention since the calender turned his defense has been improved. He's no shut down guy but he isn't necessarily a liability either. As our leading scorer and number one option on offense he has played great and should have been an All-Star in my opinion. A top five SG? He may be number 5.
Last but not least we make it to the South American dance partner. The Argentinian Tango himself, Luis Scola. People talk about playing hard for 48 minutes but not many actually do. Scola shows us each and every game how much he loves basketball ball with his non stop motor and solid consistent play. You can never deny his effort on every play. He is having a career season across the board and he has been often referred to as our MVP. The 18 points and 8 rebounds per game do no justice to his value with his team. Some even wonder where we would be without this season to this point. His footwork in the post is second to none in the league. He leads the league in hustle and "tango".
So we have three guys who all have a case for the best player on the team. Lowry, Martin, and Scola are so evenly matched in terms of value to the team that anyone could be the best player in any given game in any given week. We have to get to the bottom of this, if there even is a bottom. There can only be one best, right?