NBA’s Best Numbers 31-40

Previous number sets: 21-3011-200-10

31

John Henson

Bucks

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Henson is having one of his more productive seasons in Milawaukee.  He’s shooting a career-high 59% from the field and he’s leading the team with 1.5 blocks per game.  Henson doesn’t exactly stretch the floor but he has a very effective old-school hook shot and solid midrange game.  Milwaukee was reportedly interested in trading for DeAndre Jordan but the two sides couldn’t settle on a fair price.

With former coach Jason Kidd out the door, the Bucks seem content with starting Henson and further developing young prospect Thon Maker.

Honorable Mention: Mike Muscala

32

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves

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Towns has been exceptional this year putting up 20 points and 12 rebounds, leading the league in double-doubles.  Karl was widely criticized for his ‘mediocre’ defense at the start of the year, but his play as of late has silenced the critics.  He’s has had a couple monster games defensively including a 16 rebound and 5 block performance in Houston.

KAT is also one of the most prolific floor-spacing big men, making a career-high 1.5 threes on 40% shooting.

Honorable Mention: Blake Griffin(now 23), Kris Dunn

33

Marc Gasol

Grizzlies

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The Grizzlies have been extremely dysfunctional this year with an injured Mike Conley and a fired David Fizdale.  But Gasol hasn’t really let the issues affect his play as he’s still putting up a respectable 18/4/9 line. Big Spain is shooting a career-low 42% from the field but that’s because he’s increased his three-point attempts and he’s been asked to carry the load on offense.

Marc remains one of the best passing bigs in the league but Memphis just doesn’t have a lot of talent around him.

Honorable Mention: Myles Turner

34

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Bucks

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Check recent NBA player rankings.  ‘Nuff said.

Honorable Mention; Tobias Harris

35

Kevin Durant

Warriors

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Durant has over 20,000 points which is significantly more than any other player on this list.  KD is the best and most pure scorer I’ve ever seen considering he’s a 7-footer with an elite handle and unlimited range.  Durant is not only the best this season but he’s the best #35 ever…

If all that wasn’t already enough, Durant is also averaging a career-best 2 blocks per game this year.  Draymond and KD make up a scary defensive duo, anchoring an elite D in Golden State.

Honorable Mention: Trevor Booker

36

Marcus Smart

Celtics

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Smart is smart and he plays a smart brand of basketball for a smart team with a smart coach.  He is the alpha and omega, the only #36 this season.

Also, we ranked him the second-best back up guard a week ago.

37

Semi Ojeleye

Celtics

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Ojeleye has found a way into the juggernaut Celtic’s rotation.  Semi is a big body capable of defending and rebounding at very high levels.  He doesn’t really space the floor but Ojeleye is another wing/big contributing to Boston’s elite switchability and number one defensive rating.

38

No current players wear #38.

39

No current players wear #39.

40

Harrison Barnes

Mavericks

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The Black Falcon is enjoying another productive year in Dallas, putting up 19 points and 7 boards a game.  Barnes has been a model of consistency this year, failing to score in double digits in only 3 out of 52 games.

HB is still only 25 so he may still have a couple years before reaching his prime. Critics claim that Barnes’ numbers are a product of the Maverick’s dysfunctions so as Dallas gets better we’ll see if Barnes can take the next step in his development and be a legitimate option on a winning team not named the Warriors.

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