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Ranking the NBA's Best Offensive Players Going Into 2018

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Modified 29 Dec 2017
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The primary reason why basketball is such a great spectator sport is the inevitable regularity with which points get on the board. Consequently, the most watchable players are the ones who can score a bunch of points every time they step onto the court.

In the modern NBA, where the defense has taken more of a backseat than ever, while offenses are reinventing themselves in order to account for a faster pace by relying more on the 3-point shot than ever. The volume of 3-pointers taken by teams these days is much higher than ever - the Houston Rockets are the greatest case in point.

The best offensive players in this era are closer to finished articles than their counterparts from older times, who thrived on go-to moves while playing iso ball rather than making shots in the flow of a motion offense. The following is the comprehensive list of basketball's most unguardable players today:

Honourable Mentions: Chris Paul, John Wall, Klay Thompson, Devin Booker, Kevin Love

#10 DeMar DeRozan

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DeMar DeRozan

The ability to reliably pull up and make jump shots from distance's between 8 to 23 feet is a primary facet of an elite scorer's toolbook. And DeRozan from the Compton crips is perhaps the most dangerous player in the league from that range.

For a player who was considered a rank bad jump shooter, DeRozan's remarkable turnaround from being a bench player with a limited scoring ability to averaging 27.3 points per game in the 2016-17 season for the Raptors is nothing short of astounding.

Thousands of hours honing his craft have given DeRozan the ability to decide games in clutch time in a manner that few other players in the league can match. He has always been an athletic phenomenon, and his drives to the basket are some of the most exciting to ever be seen in the NBA.

In addition, DeRozan is a willing facilitator for his teammates, using double-teams from unsettled opposition defenses to dish the ball out to the open man for easy shots. His lateral quickness, crafty handles and flat-out scoring ability mark him out as one of the league's most entertaining, effective swingmen.

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Published 29 Dec 2017, 17:04 IST
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