Scott breaks down the Point Guard tiers in the NBA for the second year in a row.
On the Brink:
Kemba Walker and Reggie Jackson - Both had their best years to date.
Kemba had a breakout year last year to bring the Hornets to the 6th seed in the playoffs. His career year included career-highs in pts, rbs, FT%, PER, and possibly most importantly, 3pt%. He improved his 3pt% by nearly 7% while taking a career high 6.1 threes per game. This allowed the Hornets to space the floor like they hadn’t been able to before. The bad news for Kemba is that he may need to turn in another career year in order to make the playoffs again and for the sake of the Hornet’s future because as Lynch says, their future isn’t looking too bright. I look for Kemba to be about the same as last year, without large roster improvements as the Eastern Conference around him has improved. However, he does his best when people count him out, so I guess that is me hedging my bet as a Hornets believer.
Jackson is step behind Kemba right now if I am putting these two in order. He also improved his three point shooting last season by over 5%, but he was still below average at 35.3%. He is the floor general of a rising Detroit team who may find himself on this short list soon enough. He will need to take a big step within the next two years. This team is set up well for the future, but they need an all-star in the backcourt, and Jackson is trying to be that guy.
Now to the top 10...