Backcourt Statements

Here are three backcourt guards that made a statement in the first half of the 2014-15 season.

John Wall

This man wants to be known across the league as one of the best point guards in the game. In a league full of good floor generals, Wall is arguably making the biggest impact this season, it’s between him and Steph Curry at the point. Wall leads the NBA by dropping double-digit dimes (10.2 is a career-high) and snatches 2.2 steals per contest. He also leads the Wizards in scoring with 17.2 points per night, and is currently tied for 9h in rebounds (4.2) out of all PGs. More than statistics, his speed is nearly second to none and he’s playing more aggressive defensively. Wall is becoming a superstar that makes plays down the stretch on both ends. He is an emotional and exciting player that is growing more and more into one of the better leaders in the game today.

James Harden

Since getting his own team, Harden has never looked back. The cold-blooded lefty has been on top of the scoring ladder for most of the season at 27.6 points per game (would be a career-high). Houston is his team, at least offensively, while Dwight Howard probably runs that defense. The difference between him and the other top scorers, he’s the only leading scorer out of the backcourt. The next guards are teammates, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson of the Warriors, who are tied for 7th with Blake Griffin (22.8 ppg). Harden is one of the best at the charity stripe, attempting and making the most in the league, as he has done in recent seasons. You never hear about him missing games like some other All-Star caliber players, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, and he’s hovering around a career-high 2 steals per game (5th).

Jimmy Butler

Perhaps the most overlooked star approaching All-Star Weekend, Butler is playing at a high level, putting other win players on notice with his emergence and efficiency. Butler is a stud defender and he’s keeping that up this season, all while picking up his scoring for the Bulls by getting to the free throw line. Butler is only behind Harden in terms of free throws attempted and made. Averaging 7 more points than last season (20.1), he’s also averaging career-highs all across the board. Butler hasn’t been afraid of the big moment, often taking over the offense, despite having All-Stars Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol on the floor. Butler has been the go-to guy for a lot of the season and is raising his value by the game in a contract year. As good as he has been with the ball in his hands, the guy cuts and crashes the glass for the hustle points too, he has all the intangibles.