‣ The NBA season is about to start and players are expected to increase their scoring accounts.
‣ Joel Embiid is the current leading scorer and reigning MVP.
‣ Damian Lillard, Anthony Edwards, Luka Doncic, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are top contenders for the NBA scoring title.
Damian Lillard’s first bucket as a member of the Bucks on the pass from Giannis 🔥
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With the new NBA season just around the corner, fans are buzzing with anticipation to see which teams and players will dominate the league. In recent years, scoring in the NBA has been on the rise thanks to the increased competitiveness and more freedom towards offensive plays. Last season, a record-breaking 58 players averaged 20+ points per game, including Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero.
As we approach the start of the new season, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 stars expected to compete for the NBA scoring title. First up is Damian Lillard, who has finally left the Portland Trail Blazers after over a decade and joined the Milwaukee Bucks. Lillard averaged an impressive 32.2 points per game last season, and now with a title-contending team, he has the potential to challenge for the scoring title.
Next on the list is Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Edwards has been hailed as a player who will dominate the league in the years to come, and this could be his breakout season. He showcased his scoring abilities during the FIBA World Cup, leading Team USA’s offense and dropping 34 points against Germany, the eventual champions. If the experiment between big men Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns works in Minnesota, Edwards could have the green light to become the team’s certified scorer.
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers is another player to watch. As the current league MVP and back-to-back leading scorer, Embiid is highly motivated to lead his team to success once again. He averaged an impressive 33.1 points per game last season and became the first center in over 40 years to lead the NBA in scoring. With the Sixers gaining momentum, this could be the year they contend for the title, with Embiid at the forefront.
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks is a rising star in the NBA. With a scoring average of 32.4 points per game last season, Doncic finished second behind Embiid in the scoring race. He showcased his scoring prowess with a remarkable 60-point performance against the New York Knicks. If the Mavericks can maintain their form, Doncic has the potential to improve his numbers even further.
Finally, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder is a young player on the rise. After leading the Canadian national team to a FIBA World Cup bronze, Gilgeous-Alexander is expected to improve his scoring averages this season. He averaged 31.4 points per game last season and has showcased his skills from range, attacking the rim, and a high free-throw efficiency. With the Thunder also expected to make a leap in title contention, Gilgeous-Alexander is the favorite for this year’s scoring title.
As the new NBA season kicks off, basketball fans can look forward to an exciting competition for the scoring title. These five stars have the potential and the teams around them to make a strong case for the coveted title. Will one of them claim the crown? Only time will tell.