On – 18 May, 2017 By Andrew Ites
5. G- Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving proved he was an elite scorer during the NBA Finals last season, and made the game-winning bucket to beat the 73-win Warriors. He kept that momentum going into this season with a career-high 25.2 points per game, and also career-highs in effective field goal percentage (53.5) and Player Efficiency Rating (23).
4. G – Chris Paul
Chris Paul missed 21 games this season due to injury, which knocked him from the ranks of the All-NBA teams that he had made eight times in his career. Paul remains to be the best pure point guard in the league as he averaged 18.9 points and 9.2 assists with a true shooting percentage of 61.4% and a Player Efficiency Rating of 26.2
3. F – Paul George
Paul George has been selected to one of the All-NBA teams three times, but the depth of talent at the forward position left him off the list. This came after he had the best year of his career, averaging 23.7 points per game with an effective field goal percentage of 53.3, while shooting 89.8 percent from the free-throw line.
2. F – Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward continues the theme of players who had breakout seasons, but just missed out on an All-NBA selection. He made his first All-Star team this year as he led the Jazz with 21.9 points per game with an effective field goal percentage of 53.6. He was also a key defender on the league’s third-best defense.
1. C – Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns followed up his unanimous Rookie of the Year season with an impressive second year averaging a double-double: 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He finished fourth in the league in offensive win shares ahead of MVP candidates LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.