Tier 2: Possible All-Stars
8. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
7. Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans
6. Kyrie Irving, Dallas Mavericks
5. Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers
LaVine dodged a barrage of trade rumors in the offseason, as the Bulls weren’t ready to give up on a proven, automatic scorer. Ingram, a giant 2-guard for a Pelicans team that plays big, remains one of the most underrated two-way All-Stars this game has to offer.
Irving’s peak is as good as any name on this list, but his lack of availability and lack of contributions to winning hurt his ranking. George could be a difference-maker for the Clippers if he stays healthy, as his ability to get to the rim and pull up from anywhere has not eroded.
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Tier 1: All-NBA contenders
4. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
3. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
2. Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland Cavaliers
1. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Brown has some hype to live up to as the league’s highest-paid player, but his performance in the regular season prompted Boston to hand out that deal. Edwards is already an All-Star guard, and his athleticism will only help him get better.
While the final results (leading scorer on a talented team that lost in the first round) were the same for Mitchell, his raw numbers were once again elite. He’s still not on Booker’s level, however. Booker’s sterling scoring is one of the main reasons Phoenix is considered a championship frontrunner.