The NBA playoffs are in full swing, with teams looking for the victories that they need to make it through to the next round. However, some players throughout the season have caught the imagination more than most.
Some of these stars have gone under the radar throughout the season. However, which players have been the most underrated shooting guards in the league this term?
It has been a special season in 2020-21 for Zach LaVine. The Chicago Bulls star was named an All-Star for the first time in his career, and it comes off the back of an impressive season for the Bulls. There was never any denying the ability was there with the 26-year-old, but he is certainly reaching his potential now he is with the Bulls.
LaVine was traded to the Bulls from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017, and has been a consistent player for the Bulls during the four years that he has been at the franchise.
He is consistently performing, with his numbers increasing with every passing season. Last season was his best in terms of points per game, assists, and three-point averages. LaVine averaged 27.4 points per game in the regular season, while he also had success rates of .507 from the field and .419 from three-point range.
It is hard to believe the effect that Donovan Mitchell has had on the NBA in the short amount of time that he has been in the league. There isn’t any denying that he is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA, and his star will only continue to rise.
Mitchell is the star man for the Utah Jazz, which means that he will play a bigger part than most when it comes to their chances in the playoffs this season.
The 24-year-old joined the NBA in the draft in 2017, as he was picked at 13th overall. However, since then, he has become a two-time NBA All-Star, and it could be argued that this season is where he has taken his game to a completely new level.
His averages have reached new heights this season, as he averaged 26.4 points per game in the regular season, which was his highest average to date. As well as that, he made 4.4 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists. His average from three-point range has reached a career-best too, as he was shooting .386 in the regular season. His impression on the team in the post-season is clear for all to see, as he has averaged 36.3 points per game, and has shot .516 from beyond the arc, and .529 from the field.
Devin Booker has also taken his game to new heights this season in the NBA. Booker is now a two-time NBA All-Star, as he was named in the team both last season and this term. He has been with the Phoenix Suns since being picked at 13th overall in the 2015 Draft.
He was named in the All-Rookie first team in his first season in the NBA. The Suns have been in excellent form throughout the season, and have charged towards the Western Conference finals, where they will play either the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah Jazz.
Booker has enjoyed one of his best seasons to date in the NBA, as he scored an average of 25.6 points per game in the regular season. He averaged .484 from the field and .340 from three-point range. He has been excellent through the Suns’ recent series again the Denver Nuggets, as he scored 34 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists in their game four victory.
There you have it, the most underrated shooting guards this season on NBA. For more fun facts about basketball check out this list of the youngest players in NBA history by TwinSpires Edge.