As this season has progressed, the NBA has continued to show that it’s still as brimming with talent as ever, with new stars seeming to come out of the woodwork with each passing day.
5. Anthony Edwards
Since Towns went down in late November, Edwards has been averaging 24.9 PPG (24th in the NBA) on 56.5% True Shooting, and he’s taken a notable jump in his playmaking.
Another aspect that works in Edwards’ favor is that – in an era of managing loads – he has appeared in all 45 of his team’s matches so far.
4. Laurie Markkanen
Luri Markkanen’s rise to the top level of the NBA has been one of the best The best feel-good storylines in the league this year.
In his first season with Utah JazzMarkkanen has emerged as one of the league’s most prolific and prolific scorers. To date, it ranks 94th in terms of volume (34.5 points per 100) and 95th in efficiency (66.3% real shooting).
As a team, the Jazz is 12.1 points better per 100 possessions (95 percent) when Markkanen is on the floor (as measured by glass cleaning).
You know what they say, All-Stars usually make their teams better! Laurie did, and he’s supposed to get a first nod as a result.
3. Daron Fox
the Sacramento Kings She looks ready to take pictures Longest active qualifying drought in professional sportsand the jump by one De’Aaron Fox made is a big reason for that.
Every Division 1 team needs a closer, and Fox turned out to be one of the best teams in basketball this year. Among players who have played at least 15 clutch games, Fox sits second in points per game (5.0), trailing only the notorious crunch time killer, DeMar DeRozan (5.2).
However, Fox has the edge in efficiency, as his real shooting percentage is seven points higher (68.3%) than DeRozan (61.3%).
De’Aaron Fox this season:
– Second place in Clutch PTS
– the first in clutch skids
– 1st in clutch FG%
39th in clutch minutes
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On top of all of his late-game heroics, Fox has the most efficient seasons of his career from the edge, free throw line, and middle range (as per Dunks and Threes).
2. Therese Haliburton
Former Fox teammate Tyrese Haliburton also rose as a third year, transforming himself into modern-day Midwest Magic Johnson and, in the process, taking Indiana Pacers from Projected bottom feeders To a potential Top 6 player in the Eastern Conference loaded team.
No basketball player has averaged more assists than Haliburton (10.2 per game). Moreover, he has recorded 20.2 PPG while his average is close to 50/40/90.
he It hurts nowbut he’s due back very soon, so injuries shouldn’t hinder his already strong All Star status.
1. Gilgis Alexander tea
The question with Canadian-born Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is not “Will it be an all-star?” It is whether he will be selected to the All-NBA Team.
That was fine.
the Oklahoma City Thunder – a junk group that lost its number two overall preseason – is currently 1.5 games outside the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
This is largely due to the one-man offense of Gilgios Alexander. According to single-digit metrics of influence such as EPMAnd raptorAnd dripGilgos Alexander is firmly among the top 20 NBA players this year.
And given that there are 24 All-Star spots to be awarded, that’s a pretty strong indication that he’ll be playing basketball during the league’s Midwinter Classic.