Ranking the top 10 NBA wings from 2020 season
Top 10 wings in the NBA from 2020 season
In the year 2020, wings have become the most important position group in the NBA. Teams value two-way versatility over everything and having a great wing can turn a lottery team into a championship contender overnight.
This season, so far, we saw plenty of great wings solidify their greatness once again and a few others ascend into stardom. So while we wait for basketball to come back, here's a look at 2019-20's 10 best wings.
10 Paul George, Clippers
2019-20 stats: 21 PPG / 3.9 APG / 5.7 RPG / 43.2% FG, 39.9% 3P
Paul George would probably be in the top five on this list if it weren't for an injury-plagued 2019-20 season.
He played in just 42 games and was hampered by ailments while trying to figure out how to best play alongside Kawhi Leonard. Still, less-than-100-percent Paul George is better than a vast majority of the league.
We'll see what he looks like after a long layoff that should give him time to get his body right.
9. Devin Booker, Suns
2019-20 stats: 26.1 PPG / 6.6 APG / 4.2 RPG / 48.75 FG, 36% 3P
Booker went from putting up huge numbers on a completely terrible Suns team to sustaining that production on a respectable Suns team, earning him his first All-Star selection, albeit he was replacing an injured Damian Lillard.
Ricky Rubio handling the point guard duties and allowing Booker to play more off the ball helped the two-guard's efficiency tremendously. Let's see if the Suns can start to turn booker's production into more victories moving forward.
Also, just a friendly reminder that Booker is still only 23 years old.
8. Khris Middleton, Bucks
2019-20 stats: 21.2 PPG / 4.1 APG / 6.2 RPG / 49.9% FG, 41.8% 3P
Middleton was the definition of efficiency in 2019-20. His numbers would probably look better if he played more than 30 minutes per game. You know, if the Bucks weren't blowing everyone out of the water.
He may not be the best wing on his team and most of his open looks come from Giannis Antetokounmpo attacking the rim, but Middleton proved this season he could be a legitimate No. 2 guy on a historically great team.
7. Bradley Beal, Wizards
2019-20 stats: 30.5 PPG / 6.1 APG / 4.2 RPG / 45.5% FG, 35.3% 3P
Say what you want about the Wizards' record, but Beal's production on a team with few playmakers and scorers is undeniable.
He sits at second in the NBA in scoring and at one point rattled off 21 straight games where he scored 25-plus points.
With John Wall out for the year, Beal took control of a fun, yet inconsistent, Wizards team that's looking up next season with their point guard coming back and Beal building off a career-year.
6. Jayson Tatum, Celtics
2019-20 stats: 23.6 PPG / 2.9 APG / 7.1 RPG / 44.8% FG, 39.8% 3P
With Kyrie Irving gone and Kemba Walker coming in to replace him, the Celtics needed Jayson Tatum to make a leap into stardom if they were going to contend in the East this season.
He did exactly that, and in the two months prior to the coronavirus suspension, Tatum was playing at an MVP level. While his development of a step-back three catapulted his status in the league, it was his continued excellence on defense that helped the Celtics solidify a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference.
Unfortunately, we'll have to wait to see whether he could sustain that level of production.
5. Jimmy Butler, Heat
2019-20 stats: 20.2 PPG / 6.1 APG / 6.6 RPG / 45.4% FG, 24.8% 3P
Counting stats don't tell the entire story for Jimmy Butler's first season in Miami. He may be a wing, but Butler was the Heat's do-it-all superstar that helped foster Bam Adebayo's rise to All-Star status.
You'd probably like to see him shoot the ball a little better from beyond the arc. though there are probably few guys in the league you'd trust with the game on the line.
4. Pascal Siakam, Raptors
2019-20 stats: 23.6 PPG / 3.6 APG / 7.5 RPG / 45.9% FG, 35.9 3P
Siakam took a leap from end-of-bench contributor to a top-three player on a title team last season. This year, he took yet another leap and is now a bonafide All-NBA forward.
He increased his volume on shot attempts and threes and while Siakam didn't match his efficiency from last year, he still shot the ball very well in the paint and off the dribble.
If Siakam makes a habit of improving his game substantially over time, he could be scary in a couple years.
3. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers
2019-20 stats: 26.9 PPG / 5.0 APG / 7.3 RPG / 46.9% FG, 36.6% 3P
Kawhi, in true Kawhi fashion, quietly was one of the best players in the NBA this season and poses a serious threat to win back-to-back titles with two different teams.
He's efficient, he's a deadly shooter, can get any shot he wants and can lock down your best player.
If it weren't for the top two players being the leaders in the MVP race, Leonard would be at the top of these rankings.
2. LeBron James, Lakers
2019-20 stats: 25.7 PPG / 10.6 APG / 7.9 RPG / 49.8% FG, 34.9% 3P
LeBron James focused on setting up Anthony Davis and playing good defense for the first time in a long time and it translated into a terrific season for the Lakers.
Oh, and he still managed to score over 25 points per game on strong shooting numbers.
Heading into the playoffs, teams should be scared of a Lakers squad that has a fully-rested James, even though he's the only real playmaker on the roster.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
2019-20 stats: 29.6 PPG / 5.8 APG / 13.7 RPG / 54.7% FG, 30.6% 3P
You see the numbers up there? Giannis Antetokounmpo has posted those insane averages in just 30 minutes per game. I repeat, 30 minutes per game!
Antetokounmpo is going to win back-to-back MVP awards and led one of the best regular-season campaigns in NBA history. How could you not put him at No. 1 on these rankings?