Lets take a look at the top 5 shooting guards in the NBA.
5. Victor Oladipo.
Oladipo is having a career year with the Indiana Pacers. He is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal % and three point field goal %. The newly acquired Pacer is already a top candidate for the Most Improved Player award and is also on pace of getting his first All-Star nod. However, the biggest reason he makes this list is for the success the Pacers are having due to his play. A team that was expected to be in the lottery currently has a 16-12 record and sits at the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference.
4. Demar Derozan
Demar Derozan has been a consistent top shooting guard in this league and has one of the deadliest mid-range jumpers in the game. He is responsible for keeping the Toronto Raptors nothing less than a four seed within the last four season. Derozan is currently averaging 23.7 points per game and is averaging a career high in assists, with 5.2.While being the Raptors all-time leading scorer, he has shown he is capable of scoring in various ways.
3. Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is a top two-way player in the NBA. He is currently averaging 19.8 points to go along with 1.8 steals while adjusting to playing with other lethal scoring options such as Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Town. Jimmy Buckets is quite an offensive threat, and serves as someone who can be trusted on the defensive end.The three-time all star is assisting the Wolves to the 4th seed out West and is on pace to lead the Timberwolves back to the playoffs for the first time since the 03-04 season.
2. Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson is the second best shooter in the NBA, next to his Splash Brother Steph Curry. He is currently having one of the best seasons of his career with averages of 20.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. What sticks out the most is his improved shooting. Klay is shooting 50.5 from the field and 47.2 from the three, which are both career highs. He has filled in exceptionally well in the absence of Steph Curry, as the Warriors are only half a game out of first seed they’re used to having.
1. James Harden
James Harden has been on an absolute tear these past few years, improving each and every season. The Beard is currently producing averages of 9.4 assists and an impressive career high, 31.6 points. James has led the Rockets to the best record in the NBA, with 22 wins and 4 losses, while of course receiving help from his key role players and All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Harden is definitely playing at an MVP level and has very high chances of receiving the award this season.
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