With the NBA set to resume very soon, we take a look at the top 5 small forwards who have been standout performers for the respective teams this season.
1. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
In his second season with Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James has continued his phenomenal performances so far this season. Thanks to his partnership with last summer’s acquisition Anthony Davis, the Lakers have once again become a dominant side in the NBA this season.
The Lakers sit on top of both of the Western Conference and Pacific Division with an impressive 49-14 win-loss record and a .778 win percentage (Second-highest behind Milwaukee Bucks). Their place at the top of the Western Conference saw them book their spot in the playoffs before the suspension of the season a few months ago. At the age of 35 years, LeBron has been a constant feature in the Lakers side this season and has averaged 25.7 points per game, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game in 60 appearances so far this season. He also has an average of 1.2 steals per game and 4.0 turnovers per game. Also, LeBron has a 49.8 Field Goal percentage and 34.9% for 3-pointers.
In terms of the leaderboards, LeBron ranks 11th overall for the most averaged points per game, 22nd for the most averaged rebounds per game. In terms of the most averaged assists per game numbers, LeBron is the 1st overall and ahead of the rest in the NBA.
2. Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)
Kawhi Leonard has been the driving force behind the Clippers’ successes this term in his debut season following his move from the Raptors last summer. With the presence of last season’s NBA finals MVP in the team, Los Angeles Clippers have already secured an early qualification for the playoffs. They are currently second in both the Western Conference and Pacific Division behind their local rivals Los Angeles with a 44-20 win-loss record and a .688 win percentage.
In 51 games for the Clippers this season, Kawhi Leonard has averaged 26.9 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game and 5.0 assists per game. He has also averaged 1.8 steals per game and 2.7 turnovers per game. Kawhi Leonard also has a 46.8 field-goal percentage and a 36.6 percentage for 3-pointers.
Kawhi also ranks 8th overall for the most averaged points per game, 29th for the most averaged rebounds per game and 37th overall for the most averaged assists per game so far this season.
3. Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat)
In his first season with Miami Heat after signing via a sign and trade with the 76ers in a four-team trade last summer, Jimmy Butler has quickly changed the fortunes of the team this term. He has already helped them qualify for the playoffs after missing out last season. At the moment, Miami Heat is 4th in the Eastern Conference and top of Southeast Division with a 41-24 win-loss record and a .631 win percentage thanks to the incredible performances of Jimmy Butler.
In 54 appearances for Miami Heat this season, Butler has averaged 20.2 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game and 6.1 assists per game. Butler has also averaged 1.7 steals per game and 2.2 turnovers per game. He also has a 45.4 Field-goal percentage and 24.8% 3-Pointers.
In terms of the leaderboards, Butler ranks 26th overall for the most points per game averages, 38th for the most rebounds per game averages, and 21st overall for the most assists per game averages in the NBA this season.
4. Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
This season has been a fantastic one for Khris Middleton and his Milwaukee Bucks team. The Bucks have been the dominant team in the NBA and ahead of the rest this season. The Bucks have already booked their place in the playoffs and are still top of both the Eastern Conference and Central Division with an astonishing 53-12 win-loss record and a .815 win percentage.
Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo being the headline grabber and focal point of the team, Khris Middleton has also played a big part in the team’s success this season. In 55 games this season, Khris Middleton has averaged 21.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and another 4.1 assists per game. He also has an average of 0.9 steals per game and 2.1 turnovers per game. Middleton also has a 49.9 Field-Goal percentage and a 41.8 percentage for 3-Pointers.
In the NBA leaderboards, Middleton ranks 21st overall for the most points per game averages, 56th overall for the most rebounds per game averages, and 51st overall for the most assists per game averages.
5. Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans)
Following his move from Los Angeles Lakers to the Pelicans last summer, Brandon Ingram is finally reaching his full potential. He is gradually filling the void left by Anthony Davis, who moved to the Lakers last summer as part of the trade deal that brought Ingram to the Pelicans. Despite the early-season struggles, the Pelicans still have an outside chance of making the playoffs as they currently sit 10th on the Western Conference table and 4th in the Southwest Division with a 28-36 win-loss record and a .438 win percentage.
Without the services of Ingram for most parts of this season, the Pelicans wouldn’t be in their current position as rookie sensation Zion Williamson missed a large part of the season due to injury.
In 56 games this season, Ingram has averaged 24.3 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game. He also has an average of 1.0 steals per game and 3.1 turnovers per game. Ingram also has a 46.6 Field-Goal percentage and a 38.7 percentage for 3-Pointers.
In terms of the leaderboards, Ingram ranks 13th overall for the most points per game averages, 54th overall for the most rebounds per game averages, and 46th overall for the most assists per game averages in the NBA.