5 Players with the highest usage rate in the NBA this season
- With the playoffs nearing, we look at the five players who have been involved the most in their team's usage.
#4 Trae Young - 34 minutes per game
Second-year in the league, Trae Young has been performing like a perennial All-Star this campaign. Averaging over 30 points per game while dishing out over 9 assists, Young is having a truly great season. He is shooting nearly 37% from the perimeter while pulling up from the logo for the Atlanta Hawks.
Compared to Steph Curry, the Hawks have not yet done a good job putting a competitive team around the guard which is one of the reasons why he is having such heavy workload. That being said, if they can soon surround him with quality players, they could make the playoffs very soon.
Young was selected for the NBA All-Star Game as a starter for Team Giannis and this is a testament to the fact that he has been having an outstanding campaign.
#3 James Harden - 36 minutes per game
After a remarkable start to the campaign, James Harden suffered a slump for the Houston Rockets. He is averaging 35.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 36.3% from beyond the arc and has continued his trend of setting ridiculous scoring records over the last few years.
Leading the way for the Rockets along with Russell Westbrook, Harden is still having to share a huge workload despite having someone of Westbrook's caliber. He is averaging 36 minutes per game and is having to do a lot of work for the franchise.
The Rockets should be looking to reduce the amount of time on the court for the guard mainly because they'll need him at his absolute best when the playoffs come around, especially after going small ball.
Published 27 Feb 2020, 20:25 IST