He averaged more points per possession in transition last season than Curry, Thompson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James...the list goes on. This season, his effective field-goal percentage is 60.4 on catch-and-shoot attempts and 50.1 on pull-ups. He's done plenty of damage off the dribble. He’s almost tied with Michael Jordan on blocks. He will be the No. Manage Preferences, Ranking 70 Greatest Point Guards in NBA History, Ranking Top 10 Small Forwards in NBA History, Ranking Top 10 Point Guards in NBA History, Ranking Top 10 Power Forwards in NBA History, Jonathan Isaac Meets with Pope at Vatican as Part of NBPA Delegation, Here’s What Dwayne Bacon Will Bring to the Orlando Magic, Orlando Magic Sign Free Agent Dwayne Bacon, Orlando Magic Re-Sign Michael Carter-Williams, Aaron Gordon Helps Sponsor the Magic and Amway Corporation’s Car Trunk Turkey Dinner Distribution. He's still stereotyped into more of a specialist's box rather than formal stardom. And he doesn't necessarily need to approximate floor-general value when he's so darn useful at the other end. Why Klay Thompson so high in the list you may ask, well considering this 3X champ really has led his team three times to the championships and won, says a lot! He carried the Nets offense in five games against the Sixers, averaging 21.0 points and 3.0 assists with a 49.3/46.2/72.4 shooting slash. Sample size isn't everything, but we're evaluating players based on what's happened in 2019-20 alone, prior to the Disney World bubble. Attributing his numbers exclusively to that volume undermines their significance. Age and role ensure Mitchell will remain the Jazz's most important building block. It is impossible to adequately contextualize James Harden's performance the past two seasons. Other teams would kill for that kind of versatility in their backcourt. But snagging Richardson was huge. George rode that role expansion to a career-high 28 points per game. He's on pace to become the 10th player to clear 25 points and five assists per game with a true shooting percentage higher than 61, joining James Harden (six times), LeBron James (six times), Michael Jordan (four times), Stephen Curry (three times), Kevin Durant (three times), Larry Bird (twice), Giannis Antetokounmpo (twice), Isaiah Thomas and Lillard. Brown's progress is palpable enough that he generated some All-Star buzz. He's more of a floor-preserver—the kind of player who'd be a lot better off as the Bulls' No. For the fifth time in six NBA seasons, he's posting a below-average effective field-goal percentage. He's closer to deserving the benefit of the doubt than not. His stats say it all: 25.1 PTS  |  5.3 REB  |  2.6 ASTS  |  50.4% FG%  |  1.2 STLS. For all the knocks against Booker, Phoenix's penchant for disappointment isn't shared by him. Let’s look at his stats: 18.9 PTS  |  4.1 REB  |  3.4 ASTS  |  45.2% FG%  |  40% 3P%  |  5.7 3PA  |  1.1 STLS. He's second on the team in scoring (18.8) and first in threes per game (2.7). He can make life hell on both guard spots and even wing-sized whatevers. His career isn’t quite over, so we know there’s room to improve for James. Up until his last game, he will play 100%! James Harden, Houston Rockets. In the meantime, Hield's shooting is elite across many of the most important areas, the sum of which render him more than just a shooter and one of the NBA's most underrated players. 11 of 11. Invariably, though, fuzzier instances will demand judgement calls. It comes as even more of a relief for those who believe that, despite sentiments to the contrary, the Clippers will manage Kawhi Leonard's workload throughout the regular season. He's knocking down 45.0 percent of his mid-range jumpers (83rd percentile) and splashing in 45.9 percent of his floaters.