But the engagement and resolve he's sustained for the latter half of this season are truly, totally terrifying. Boston has been unable to buy time on offense when he plays without Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, and he's on the books for superstar money, but his shift in status post-injury isn't dire. There are certain contemporary accents to Valančiūnas’ skill set: the odd three, patches of rim running, and a combination of size and skill that’s conducive to switch-busting. Transitioning into a full-time power forward who moonlights at center (since arriving in Houston) has looked good on him. And that isn't exclusively a function of the time spent with Myles Turner (though it helps). All rights reserved. He doesn't lead the Raptors in scoring. He is posting the second-highest true shooting percentage of his career and has been Kevin Durant automatic from mid-range, where he's connecting on 53 percent of his looks, another personal best. More than 20 percent of his looks come as catch-and-fire threes, on which he's shooting 37.5 percent. He's not. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fd/42/killian-hayes-111720-getty-ftrjpg_o33pmgci0b2h1vv3i3ddiwols.jpg?t=-686485939&w=500&quality=80, 9. He remains a Swiss Army knife of a defender who can bother multiple positions and rebound at a solid rate. Tasking him with from-scratch creation leaves you with a viable source of offense. At long last, the moment (we hope) you've been waiting for has finally arrived: Our officially official ranking of the top 100 NBA players for the 2019-20 season is officially here. He has added more changes in pace and in-and-out dribbles to his repository and is much better at finishing through contact from outside the restricted area. It takes more than a little space to string out the game’s best rim protector. He is at home swishing jumpers after coming around ball screens, even if his turnover woes out of the pick-and-roll are closer to the rule than the exception. Generally speaking, though, he remains one of the most impactful players in the league. The stardom of a player like D'Angelo Russell is very much in the eye of the beholder. On the way to his latest title, Leonard went up against Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Stephen Curry, outlasting them all. Could he improve and endear himself to the long-term future of the Nets with a Kevin Durant- and Kyrie Irving-approved addition behind him? But he needs the experience of playing with great players against great competition. He's averaging 20.0 points and 3.1 points while swishing 39.1 percent of his threes since Nov. 15. Living up to that job description isn't easy, period. The results are not. It’s impossible to separate Lillard as a player from Lillard as a leader because the two are informed by the same qualities. That he also collects his 20-plus points per game without significantly eating into the usage of those around him—he's downing 47.1 percent of his catch-and-fire threes—is very on-brand. Westbrook’s recent inefficiency is inarguable. Ricky Rubio has played eight seasons in the NBA, and still his shot has yet to come around. Collin Sexton leads the team in, , and Darius Garland and Kevin Porter are above 20 percent. Last season, there were 48 players in the NBA that averaged 18 points or more. There’s no reason to expect that Love would shoot so poorly (38.5% from the field) again—particularly if healthy and given any reason to compete. That speaks to everything else he does, particularly on defense. There is no delusion to his game. Harden can choose to participate in them (as in a pick-and-roll with Clint Capela), but he doesn’t have to. For further context, the Bucks allow just 97.7 points per 100 possessions when Giannis plays. He just happened to create them for other people.