When the NBA finally restarted, who did you think was going to be averaging the most points in the bubble?
LeBron? Giannis? Harden? Kawhi?
Well, so far, you’re wrong! It’s none of those players.
The player averaging the most points since the NBA restart is none other than Indiana’s Small Forward, TJ Warren.
You probably heard about Warren’s huge 53-point game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Well, although that was his best game, he had two more incredible games that followed, leading the Pacers to a 3-0 start out of 8 games.
During his first three games, Warren has been averaging 39.7 points per game on 65.3% shooting and 60.9% shooting from deep.
Although those numbers are impossible to keep up over a much longer season, Warren is showing his potential to be among the NBA’s elite.
TJ Warren is only 26 years old so he still has plenty of room to grow, meaning that him keeping up, say, 75% of what he’s doing now is quite possible.
If that’s the case, the Pacers could have an incredibly dangerous team for next year. Sabonis got injured in the game against the 76ers and Oladipo is still trying to ease back into the game, but when their pieces get together and improve chemistry, they could be legit contenders next year.
The trio of Oladipo, Warren, and Sabonis, with Myles Turner and Malcolm Brogdon at the 1 and 5, they could stand a chance against the Lakers or Bucks next year.
If Warren keeps this up, the Pacers will become a completely different team that will stive for championships more than just making the playoffs.
Be ready for the Pacers to come back into the championship conversation very soon.