10. Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
Now heading to his first Finals appearance, Jamal Murray has shown the world how good he is. Murray has been a premier playoff performer, averaging 27.7 points and 6.1 assists to help lead the Nuggets to the Finals. Back-to-back 37-point performances in the Western Conference Finals were the perfect example of what Murray can do when fully healthy. After missing all last season, Murray averaged 20.0 points and 6.2 assists while helping the Nuggets achieve the first seed in the West.
9. Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks
The 14-year NBA veteran, Jrue Holiday, has become one of the league’s premier defenders. The 2021 NBA champion and 5-time All-Defensive team member has been a significant part of the Bucks’ success, perfectly playing alongside superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Holiday averaged 19.3 points, 7.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
8. Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks
After signing a shocking4-year contract worth $104 million this past offseason with the New York Knicks, many people doubted how good Jalen Brunson would be. He proved any doubter wrong, having a great season and cementing himself among the league’s best guards. He averaged 24.0 points and 6.2 assists but was more impressive in the playoffs. He went two playoff rounds without scoring less than 20 points in a game, including four 30-point games just in the second round and a 41-point performance facing elimination.
7. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
While his future is up in the air, Ja Morant’s playing ability is undeniable. The high-flying guard has unlimited talent and is one of the most athletic players I have ever seen. The 2023 All-Star starter averaged 26.2 points, 8.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game. While Morant has not seen much postseason success, he has been amazing the past two seasons, putting him among the league’s best point guards.
6. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
The two-time All-Star, Trae Young, has been an elite three-point shooter and playmaker since he was in college. Young averaged 26.2 points and 10.2 assists per game and has been putting up numbers like these since he entered the league. While he has been inefficient at times, his playmaking ability is one of the best we have seen in a long time. He has had more postseason success than most of the players behind him, highlighted by a 2021 Eastern Conference Finals appearance, and averaging 29.2 points and 10.2 assists in his 6-game playoff stretch this season.