Shooting: Stephen Curry

Steph Curry is arguably the greatest shooter of all time. The two time MVP has some of the craziest three-point shooting numbers ever. Of the top five seasons with the most three-point field goals made by one player, four of those belong to Steph including the number one spot where he hit 402 threes. Steph has a career three-point field goal percentage of 43.5% on 8.2 attempts per game which is out of this world. Year in and year out, Steph has produced shooting the basketball, making him the best shooter in the league.

Defense: Kawhi Leonard

You don’t get a nickname like “The Claw” for no reason. The two time defensive player of the year is an extremely versatile defender who can guard positions 1-4 at an elite level. Kawhi usually gets the assignment of guarding the other team’s best player and does about as good of a job as you can against some of the leagues best offensive juggernauts.

Scoring: James Harden

“He’s a bucket” is probably what pops into your head when you think of James Harden, and you’re absolutely right. The two time, about to be three-time scoring champ is one of the greatest scorers of all time. Harden can shoot the three, attack the basket, and get to the free-throw line virtually whenever he wants. Over the past three seasons, Harden has averaged a ridiculous 33.7 points a game while shooting 44.2% from the field and 36.3% from three. With almost no flaws in his offensive game, Harden has shown that he’s the best scorer in the NBA.

Rebounding: Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond is about to have his third straight rebounding title and fourth of his career. The former all-star is averaging an insane 15.6 rebound per game over the past three seasons. Entering his prime, Drummond could win many more rebounding titles and make his way pretty far up the all-time rebounding list.

Playmaking: LeBron James

Leading the league in assists at 10.6 per game, LeBron has put on a playmaking clinic this year with the Lakers. LeBron has always been an elite playmaker, but this year he has taken it up a notch. This is LeBron’s first year officially playing point guard and he has fully taken on the facilitator first mentality. LeBron really plays like he has eyes on the back of his head and seems to always find the open man, even when it seems nearly impossible to.

Finishing: Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak is one of the most explosive finishers in the league. Giannis is a dominant force down low and is able to finish ridiculous plays at the rim. Within five feet of the basket, Giannis shoots 71.1% and averages 15.6 points per game. The reigning MVP is one of the most dominant paint players we have ever seen and is currently the best finisher in the league.

All-Around: LeBron James

When you think of an all-around player, one of the first people who probably comes to mind is LeBron James. The four-time MVP has no flaws in his game. He can score when he wants, rebound at a high level, facilitate the offense, and be a lockdown defender when he is asked to. The King has shown that he can do it all, and it doesn’t seem like he will be slowing down anytime soon.

2 thoughts on “Best Player in the League by Category

  1. Zain says:

    Lebron > Jordan

  2. Lynne Leonard says:

    Great article Matt!

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