Sometimes, it feels like he’ll play forever, but we may well be nearing the twilight of LeBron James’ career…

Sometimes, it feels like he’ll play forever, but we may well be nearing the twilight of LeBron James’ career…

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10. Cam Reddish
Cam Reddish’s season-long numbers aren’t likely to blow many away, but that’s an indicator of the aforementioned learning curve. Once he settled into his role with the Atlanta Hawks, Reddish found a nice rhythm.
Since the calendar turned to 2020 (27 games), he has averaged 13.3 points, 1.9 threes and 1.1 steals while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from three.
In the same stretch, Atlanta’s net rating is 6.2 points better with the budding three-and-D wing on the floor.
9. Wendell Carter Jr.
His NBA production hasn’t been quite as wide-ranging as his college numbers suggested it might, but Wendell Carter Jr. has still shown the potential to be an effective modern 5.
There’s plenty of time for the playmaking and outside shooting to come along. In the meantime, he may actually be a bit ahead of schedule in terms of traditional big-man skills.
For his career, Carter is averaging 1.4 blocks per 75 possessions. And this season alone, he’s shooting 69.4 percent on shots within three feet of the rim and 17-of-33 (51.5 percent) on mid-rangers in the 10- to 16-foot range.
8. Kevin Huerter
His career 38.3 three-point percentage may be the most exciting number on the stat sheet, but Kevin Huerter is more than just a shooter.
He’s averaging 4.2 assists per 75 possessions this season, and he’s second among Hawks in possessions used as a pick-and-roll ball-handler.
He may never be a lockdown defender, but he’s big enough (6’7″) to cause some problems. His emerging point forward game should help him be a net positive.
7. PJ Washington
There aren’t a lot of bright spots on a Charlotte Hornets roster that seems bound for mediocrity over the next several years. In fact, PJ Washington might be it.
This season, he’s averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.5 threes, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks in 30.3 minutes per game.
And they aren’t just empty-calorie numbers for a bad team. Charlotte’s net rating is 2.8 points better when Washington is on the floor.
6. Collin Sexton
He has a long way to go as a playmaker for othersa lead guard should average more than 3.0 assists per gamebut Collin Sexton’s shooting and competitiveness are for real.
For his career, he is shooting 39.2 percent from three. And his scoring average is up to 20.8 this season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need to find more intriguing talent to develop alongside him, but Sexton appears to be a sturdy building block.

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