Who are the league’s Top 10 best scoring trios this season?
It’s a really tough decision. Check the list.
Honorable Mention: Washington Wizards: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr. – 58.1
The Wiz trio is averaging 56.8 percent of the team’s point total. Wall and Beal are both putting up career-high scoring numbers despite battling injuries. But Porter’s improvement is the reason that the trio is on the list. Porter is making six field goals a game and shooting a career-best 50.3 percent from the field as he is scoring 3.2 points game more than a year ago.
10. Boston Celtics: Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Al Horford – 59.3
This trio combine for 56.7 percent of the C’s points this season. Thomas, No. 9 in the NBA in scoring (26.2), is having an incredible efficient season as he is averaging a career-best 1.44 points per shot. A big reason for Thomas’ high efficiency is his ability to get into the paint and score through contract. Thomas is averaging 9.4 free throw attempts a game, shooting 87.9 percent from the field.
Bradley is having a career season in large part due to his improved three-point shooting, making 2.1 triples a game. Bradley has scored in double-figures in every game this year. Horford missed nine games with a concussion, but he is third on the team in scoring because of his improved his perimeter shooting.
9. New Orleans: Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore – 59.6
Davis can score inside and outside. He can score off the dribble like no other player his size, except for Durant. Davis, the league’s No. 2 scorer, has scored 30 points (11 times), 40 points (twice) and 50 points once. Holiday is still working his way back after missing the first 12 games as he was dealing with family issues.
8. New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Rose – 59.8
This trio could have the Knicks back into the playoffs this year. Anthony, Porzingis and Rose are accounting for 57.8 percent of the team’s point production.
Porzingis’ development is the reason that the Knicks are in the list. The 21-year-old has increased his scoring average by six points from his rookie campaign as he is making 2.3 triples a game and is shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor overall. Anthony’s lowest scoring output of the season is 17.
7. Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Darren Collison – 60.4
Cousins is the second best big man in the game. Gay is a fantastic wing who can score inside and out as well as in transition. Collison has picked up the pace after struggling the first two games following his eight-game league imposed suspension.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, EnesKanter – 61.2
Westbrook has been amazing, compiling six-30-point triple-doubles. Westbrook is averaging an NBA-best 32.0 points a game and is the main reason the trio is producing 57.3 percent of the Thunders point total. He is scoring 9.5 points a game more than he did last year.
Oladipo has become a good Robin to Westbrook’s Batman. Oladipo has not been a very efficient scorer throughout his career, and is not this year (1.17 points per shot). However, he is shooting a career-best 45.8 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from beyond the arc – also a career-high. Kanter is having his worst season, in terms of scoring, in five years due to the fact he is only playing 18 minutes a game. He has 12 double-figure scoring performances.
5. Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Maurice Harkless – 62.4
Lillard is one of the best scorers in the game, averaging 28.3 points a game and 1.46 points per shot. McCollum is a volume scorer who is lethal from downtown. Harkless is very effective around the basket. The trio account for 56.9 percent of the Blazers points total.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine – 63.9
The Wolves trifecta are the youngest trio on the list as none of the players are 22-years-old. They are scoring 61.97 percent of the Wolves points this year. All three players are posting career-high scoring numbers as each player has increased their scoring at least three points from a year ago. LaVine has seen the biggest jump of 4.8 points a game.
3. Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas – 64.7
This trio is contributing 59.7 percent of the Raptors point total. DeRozan, the league’s third leading scorer with 30.3 points a game, has scored at least 20 points in 14 of his 15 contests and 30 or more points 10 times. DeRozan is second in the NBA in field goal makes as well as field goal attempts. His point per shot total is not great as he is not a three-point shooter.
Lowry has also reached double-figures in every game this season. His points per shot stat is among his lowest of his career since he is shooting just over 40 percent from the field – which is among his lowest shooting percentage of his career.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love – 69.5
James is currently averaging a point-and-a-half less than his previous two seasons. While his point per shot average is not at his MVP seasons level, it is better than the past couple of seasons as he is taking a shot less per game. Irving’s production is back at the level it was two years ago, though he has grown as a lethal shot maker to a point James will defer to him on occasion.
The trio’s production this year has a lot to do how Love is playing. The 28-year-old power forward is scoring more than five points than his per game total in his previous two seasons in Believeland. He is taking 2.8 shots more than his first two campaign, but he is also having the highest point per shot total of the trio.
1. Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson – 74.0 points per game
Durant, Curry and Thompson each average more than 20 points a game. Durant and Curry are the only teammates who are averaging more than 26 points a game. The trio produce 62.3 percent of the Dubs league-high 118.0 points per game.
Durant has been everything the Dubs could have asked for, plus some. He is shooting a career-high 57.4 percent from the floor and a personal-best 43.0 percent from beyond the arc, which has led him to produce an incredible 1.60 points per game.
Curry is having another phenomenal year. It may not seem like it, but Curry is scoring and shooting better than he did in 2014-2015 when he claimed his first MVP. Thompson is starting to get things going after a slow start, tallying 25 or more points in five of his past seven games.