Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
With only a handful of video games remaining, the King has clinched back-to-back OSPR titles. It was an expectably spectacular run, which now has us excited about a three-peat.
In the meantime, the King’s buddy in South Seaside and 2016-17 champion has made a giant late-season push and finds himself again within the chase for the primary time shortly. On the different finish of the spectrum, it seems to be like Marc Gasol’s presence within the chase is over — not less than for 2018-19.
NOTE: Statistics are by means of video games of March 21Any participant who turns 32 throughout common season may be added to rankings.Take a look at earlier rankings
1. LeBron James (34), Los Angeles Lakers
Earlier rank: 1
Newest stats: four video games, 32.zero ppg, 7.5 rpg, 7.5 apg
Season stats: 27.5 ppg, Eight.5 rpg, Eight.zero apg
Go forward, LeBron. Sit out the remainder of the video games. You have already clinched this child, changing into the primary back-to-back OSPR champ.
However realizing his aggressive juices, he’ll in all probability nonetheless get on the market for a handful of video games, in all probability delivering some extra 30-point efforts (secure guess, contemplating he has 4 within the final 5 video games) and possibly even one other triple-double.
2. Lou Williams (32), LA Clippers
Earlier rank: 2
Newest stats: 6 video games, 24.Eight ppg, Three.7 rpg, four.Three apg
Season stats: 20.Three ppg, Three.zero rpg, 5.Three apg
Williams began the stretch on absolute fireplace, handing over a 40-point effort and a 34-point displaying. Over the subsequent 4 video games, he tapered off, handing over two video games of fewer than 20 factors, although he managed to attain 21 and 25 within the two different. It was positively a powerful sufficient displaying to interrupt freed from Aldridge and declare the No. 2 spot all to himself.
Three. LaMarcus Aldridge (33), San Antonio Spurs
Earlier rank: 2a
Newest stats: 6 video games, 21.2 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.Eight apg
Season stats: 21.1 ppg, 9.zero rpg, 2.four apg
Solely as soon as within the final six video games Aldridge scored lower than 17 factors, going for 12 (5-for-13 capturing) on March 16. Actually, that was additionally the one sport he shot lower than 50 p.c from the sector. Along with the scoring, we have taken discover of the rebounding, which has picked as much as the tune of 10.zero in March in comparison with Eight.9 in February and eight.Three in January.
four. Kyle Lowry (32), Toronto Raptors
Earlier rank: four
Newest stats: four video games, 16.5 ppg, 7.Three rpg, 9.zero apg
Season stats: 14.Eight ppg, four.Eight rpg, 9.zero apg
Regardless of lacking a while with an ankle damage, Lowry did sufficient in his 4 video games to take care of his place. That is nearly anticipated while you begin off the stint along with your second triple-double of the season. He adopted that up with a 24-point, 10-assist efficiency in a win over the Warmth. We have additionally seen the contact from deep — hitting 50 p.c (18-for-36) within the final 4.
5. Chris Paul (33), Houston Rockets
Earlier rank: 5
Newest stats: 7 video games, 14.7 ppg, 5.Three rpg, 7.four apg
Season stats: 15.6 ppg, four.6 rpg, Eight.2 apg
Paul began the stint with a stinker towards the 76ers, managing simply 4 factors on 2-for-Eight capturing. He adopted that with a relative stinker towards the Mavericks (9 factors on 2-for-11 capturing, however added 9 dimes). Then issues rotated, going for 24 and 25 whereas capturing a mixed 15-for-24 (62.5 p.c). He is additionally gone for seven or extra assists in three straight.
6. Paul Millsap (34), Denver Nuggets
Earlier rank: 7
Newest stats: 6 video games, 17.Eight ppg, 7.Eight rpg, 2.7 apg
Season stats: 13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.9 apg
Like Paul, Millsap began the stint in ugly vogue, going for 9 factors on Three-for-Eight capturing in a loss to the Warriors. Additionally like Paul, he rebounded properly, going for 23 and a season-high 33 over the subsequent two. Two of the final three video games have been environment friendly double-doubles. All in all, it was a strong capturing interval for Millsap, who shot 61.5 FG% and 45.zero 3PT% within the six video games.
7. Dwyane Wade (36), Miami Warmth
Earlier rank: Simply missed
Newest stats: 7 video games, 14.four ppg, Three.1 rpg, 2.6 apg
Season stats: 14.2 ppg, Three.7 rpg, four.1 apg
Welcome again to the chase, former champ. For the primary time since Weeks 7-Eight, Wade sees himself within the High 10. It is with good motive, as he is gone for double-digit scoring in seven straight, eclipsing 15 3 times. It could take a run of 20 and 30-point video games, however it might be one thing to see Wade crack the highest 5 in his ultimate NBA season.
Eight. J.J. Redick (34), Philadelphia 76ers
Earlier rank: 6
Newest stats: 7 video games, 15.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, Three.1 apg
Season stats: 17.Eight ppg, 2.four rpg, 2.Eight apg
Like Paul and Millsap, Redick began slowly, handing over back-to-back video games of lower than 10 factors for the primary time this season. He did rating 17 or extra within the subsequent 5 video games, although he didn’t crack 43 p.c from the sector in three of them. During the last seven video games, Redick is definitely capturing higher from past the arc (45.zero) then from the sector (39.Three).
9. Al Horford (32), Boston Celtics
Earlier rank: Eight
Newest stats: 6 video games, 13.Eight ppg, 5.Three rpg, four.7 apg
Season stats: 13.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, four.1 apg
Unspectacular but regular is how we will describe Horford’s final six video games — and actually, his whole season. He is gone for double-figure scoring in 5 video games, with the final two eclipsing 20 factors. However the first 4 video games have been bland, all between 9 and 12 factors with only one sport of greater than six rebounds. Actually, Horford has solely gone for 10 or extra boards as soon as within the final 13.
10. Goran Dragic (32), Miami Warmth
Earlier rank: NA
Newest stats: 7 video games, 14.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, four.zero apg
Season stats: 15.2 ppg, 2.Eight rpg, four.2 apg
After lacking a giant chunk of the season with a knee damage, Dragic seems to be near 100 p.c and discovering his sport. Too unhealthy there’s solely a handful of video games remaining. He is scored 19 or extra in three straight and has gone for double-figure scoring in six of the final seven. Actually, Monday’s 26-11 effort in a win over OKC could have been his greatest efficiency this season.
Simply missed the lower: Taj Gibson, Rudy Homosexual, Marco Belinelli, Jeff Inexperienced
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