6. Arron Afflalo, Knicks
Afflalo was brought in to be Carmelo Anthony‘s number two, but with the unexpected play of Kristaps Porzingis he hasn’t needed to be that guy. Afflalo has furthered his reputation as one of the league’s best role players.
Afflalo has been an excellent shooter for the Knicks, 43.4 percent on corner 3’s and 46.6 percent on mid-range jumpers. Afflalo has been arguably the Knicks most complete offensive player: He’s one of the best guards in the league with his back to the basket, in the 95th percentile on post-up plays, the 91st percentile on isos, and surprisingly as low as the 73rd percentile on spot up jump shots.
5. Thaddeus Young, Nets
Lost in the shuffle on one of the worst teams of the season, is the fact that Young is having one of the best seasons of his career. The ninth-year power forward from Georgia Tech is averaging 33.1 minutes, 15.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.6 steals while shooting 50.9 percent from the field.
If the Nets were smart they’d use that momentum to trade him in the offseason.
4. Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks
The rookie phenom has exceeded all expectations for the New York Knicks. Porzingis is averaging 27.9 minutes, 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, on 42.6 percent shooting from the field.
On a per-36 minute basis, the Latvian star’s averages soar to 18.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. The potential is tremendous on both ends of the floor, as he’s leading the team in block percentage with a PER of 18.4.