Honorable Mention : Landry Shamet
Landry Shamet surprised a lot of people in his rookie season. He showed that he’s a threat from deep, who can also make you pay off the dribble. He shot 42% from 3 on five attempts per game, which is better than both JJ Redick’s and Ray Allen’s rookie seasons. He’ll be a better important part of this Clippers team moving forward, even though he’ll only be a sophomore. He’s only an honorable mention due to the fact that Los Angeles will be getting a ton of coverage next season, which will give him a larger spotlight to impress.
The reason that he’s an honorable mention, and not part of the actual list is that he’s just a rookie. Compared the players on the list, he’s had far less opportunity to gain exposure. The players on the list have had more opportunity, but still remain overlooked.
#5 Wesley Matthews
Wesley Matthews is a good all around player, who also has a great 3 point shot. He gives effort on both sides of the ball, and is willing to take a backseat for the greater good of the team, a quality which will definitely help Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo needs shooters around him, which is a role that Wesley Matthews can fill. He’s a career 38% 3 point shooter, who also averages 1.1 steals for his career, which will help Milwaukee on the fast break, which is an area they hope to improve this upcoming season.
#4 Joe Harris
Joe Harris is the best shooter in the entire league, and has the potential to be one of the best shooter of all time. He lead the league in 3 point % this past season, shooting 47.4% on 5 attempts per game. That’s higher than any of Ray Allen’s, Stephen Curry’s, or Reggie Miller’s career highs. Obviously it’s only one season, but you can’t undermine how impressive of a season it was.
#3 Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross had a very impressive season last year, but since he plays for Orlando, he doesn’t really get the recognition he deserves. He’s one of the best bench players in the league, averaging 15.1 points per game on very good efficiency (something that he struggled with early in his career). He shot 38% from 3 on seven attempts per game, which shows that even at a high volume, he’s still a great shooter. He shot 42% from the field, and 88% from the line. He’s a complete player on offense, who also fights on the defensive end of the floor. He’s a much better player than people give him credit for, and could be a potential sixth man of the year candidate this upcoming season.
#2 Marcus Smart
To fully understand Marcus Smart’s appeal, you’ll need to watch some Celtics games. There’s no quantifiable stat that can show you how good of a player Smart is, he’s just not a box score kind of player. His career averages are 9.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals. Those are good stats, but it just doesn’t quite capture what Marcus Smart does. Marcus Smart is the heart and soul of the Celtics. He plays with an unmatched intensity and swagger. He fights on every single player, and never shows admits defeat. Most people consider Marcus Smart a bust, but that’s just not true.
#1 Lou Williams
Lou Williams is a special player. He’s one of the best scorers in the league, but he doesn’t get the respect that being a 20 ppg scorer would warrant. This last season he averaged 20 points, 5.4 assists, and 3 rebounds per game. The thing about Lou Williams is that everyone knows he’s a great player, but people just don’t know the extent of it. He scored 30+ eight times, and had 10+ assists seven times. He’s a volume scorer with passing ability. You can’t double team him because he’ll just get the ball to the open man for an easy bucket. You can’t gameplan for him, so you just need to hope he has an off night. He’s a special player.