Standout Players From The 2022-23 NBA Season
The 2022-23 regular season has concluded in the NBA, with the race now on for the NBA Finals at the end of the playoffs. Here is a look back at the players who stood out in the campaign based on some of the leading metrics used in the sport.
Joel Embiid Led The League In Points
JOEL EMBIID IS THE 2022-23 NBA MVP 🏆
Embiid is the first 76er to be named MVP since Allen Iverson in 2001 pic.twitter.com/OhvPl4Y1Yi
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 2, 2023
As reported in the basketball news, Philadelphia Eagles star Joel Embiid won the 2023 NBA MVP award this season and that was down to the heavy scoring the center put up throughout the campaign. He averaged a league-high 33.2 points per game.
The decision to award Embiid as the league’s MVP was unanimous. He received 73 votes, the runner-up Nikola Jokic had 19 votes go his way, while two-time winner Giannis Antetokounmpo received 12 votes.
The six-time NBA All-Star was 54.8% on shooting from the field. He was even better from inside the arc, with a 58.7% percentage. He recorded 66 three-pointers and 66 steals. Unfortunately for the 76ers player, he had to miss the final two games of the campaign through injury, otherwise those statistics could have been even better.
As of May 3rd, the Philadelphia 76ers are currently priced at odds of +600 in the outright NBA betting markets for the 2023 NBA Championship. The franchise is bidding for its first championship success since 1983. Their fans will be hoping Embiid can keep scoring heavily and lead them to success in the NBA Finals.
Steph Curry is Still the Three-Point King
Point guard Steph Curry is considered the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history. He showed why he has that tag this season, as he led the league in three-pointers made, averaging 4.9 per game. That left him ahead of Klay Thompson (4.4) and Damian Lillard (4.2) respectively in the standings.
Curry averaged 11.4 three-point attempts per game in the regular season. That reflects how important he is to the Warriors as they look to set him up for a shot outside of the arc as much as possible. He had a 42.7% success rate from three-point attempts.
The former two-time MVP was a big part of Golden State’s victory in their 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. As a winner of four championship titles in the NBA, his experience is going to be invaluable for the Warriors as they bid to become the first team to defend their crown since they did so in 2019.
Davis Ahead of The Pack in Rebounds
With an average of 12.5 rebounds per game, Anthony Davis showed his defensive skills last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. He also had impressive averages of 2.0 blocks and 2.5 turnovers in the campaign.
Davis is one of the greatest power forwards of his generation. He produces big moments at both ends of the court. His teammate LeBron James has spoken very highly of him following the regular season, claiming that the Lakers should retire his number three jersey.
Absolutely Dominant 📝 pic.twitter.com/dHkvFZocpE
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 3, 2023
The 30-year-old won the NBA Championship in 2020 with the Lakers. His career also includes a gold medal at the Olympics (2012), FIBA World Cup success, and an NCAA title. He is likely to add to his impressive CV before he retires from the sport.
Jaren Jackson Jr Continues to Impress in The League
Since entering the league in 2018 as the fourth overall selection in the NBA Draft, Jaren Jackson Jr has shown he has a great set of defensive skills on the court. In the 2022/23 regular season, he topped the blocks’ standings for the second straight year, with an average of 3.0 per game.
Jackson Jr finished the campaign with an average of 1.7 turnovers per game, while he averaged at least one steal for every match he was involved in for the Memphis Grizzlies. It led to him being named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for 2023 and he was selected as an NBA All-Star.
The Grizzlies’ power forward had seven double-doubles in the last campaign. Next season will be his sixth in the league and it would be no surprise to see him better his numbers once again. The 2023 NBA Finals takes place between June 1-18. The above players will be hoping to help their team to the trophy at the end of that seven-game series.