This season is pretty much a wrap with just a handful of games left before we get to see the playoffs, so it’s only natural to already be making statements regarding how players have performed throughout the year.
Over the campaign, we’ve seen some breathtaking performances out of the best athletes in the history of the game, proving once again that nobody in the world can contain their offensive outbursts.
But what has impressed us the most is the fact that a handful of players have been able to do so on a nightly basis over 70+ games this season, and today, we’re going to tell you exactly who are the top 10 best offensive players of the year.
Honorable Mention: DeMar DeRozan, Devin Booker, John Wall
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Greek Freak just keeps getting better and better and due to his speed, length and athleticism he’s just a guy that the only way to stop is to collapse the paint and try to let him kill you from distance, the lone liability in his offensive game up to this date. Over the year, he’s put vastly impressive averages of 27.2 points, 10 rebounds and 4.8 assists on 53% from the floor.
9. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis has always been a defensive standout, but he’s taking his offensive game up a notch as well over the last couple of seasons, especially over this last passage of the campaign following DeMarcus Cousins injury. Over the course of the year, he’s been one of the few players to average a triple-double with 28.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.5 blocks per game on almost 54% shooting.
8. Kyrie Irving
If Kyrie Irving doesn’t have the best handles in the world, then he’s a close second. Also, his offensive versatility makes him perhaps the most talented scorer at the point guard position in the entire world, and he’s almost single-handedly carried the scoring load for the Celtics this year without Gordon Hayward, recording season averages of 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game on 49% from the floor and 40% from downtown.
7. Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard has been on a mission for some time now and he’s desperate to prove that he’s one of the league’s elite offensive talents, and he’s definitely making a strong case for it after leading the Blazers to the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. Being the clutchest player you’ll find in the league, Dame Dolla has been on a roll all year long with his averages of 26.8 points, 4.5 boards, 6.5 dimes and 3.1 triples per game.
6. Stephen Curry
What can we say about Stephen Curry that you don’t know already? He’s by far the greatest shooter in the history of the game, has one of the sickest crossovers and handles, and his layup package seems to be limitless. There’s a reason why he’s a two time MVP, and he hasn’t slowed down a bit this season with his averages of 26.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.1 dimes and 1.6 steals on 49.5% from the floor, 42% from deep and 92% from the line.
5. DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins was playing the best basketball of his career and was leading the New Orleans Pelicans to the postseason before suffering a devastating season-ending injury, but when he was able to go out there and ball, there was simply no other big man in the league that could shut him down (except maybe Anthony Davis), posting season averages of 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 dimes and 1.6 blocks per game.
4. LeBron James
LeBron James’ monster season has gone pretty much unnoticed because of how inconsistent the Cleveland Cavaliers have been, but this one has been arguably the best season of his career despite not being a frontrunner or a true candidate to the MVP award. Over the year, he’s single-handedly carried the Cavs, averaging 27.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game in 54% from the floor.
3. Russell Westbrook
The reigning MVP hasn’t slowed down a single bit despite having to share the rock with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, and even though nobody seems to be impressed with this anymore, he has been pretty close to averaging a triple-double for yet another season, filling up the stat sheet with 25.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 10.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game throughout 73 games this year.
2. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has proven once again that shifting teams and play for the Dubs was the ideal scenario for him, with coach Kerr getting the best out of the veteran scorer and even developing his rim protection skills. Durant is the most skilled big man in the league and he can play and guard all 5 spots on the court right now, posting season averages of 26.6 rebounds, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.9 blocks on 52% from the floor.
1. James Harden
And he’s finally made it. There’s absolutely no way anybody in the league can take the MVP award from James Harden this year, and he’s on track to becoming the first player to ever win the 6th Man of the Year and also that award. We’re running out of adjectives to describe how incredible Harden has been all year long, as his averages of 30.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game on 44% shooting.