The 2020/21 NBA regular season has finally come to an end, which means that the best is yet to come, as the playoffs are just around the corner.
As it happens year after year, we witness several historical milestones this season. It's clear that, as long as they continue to keep up the pace and this set of rules, we're going to see new marks and offensive records every season.
Needless to say, none of that would be possible without the great efforts players put in night in and night out for their teams, and that's why it's so hard to lead the league in one major category throughout a full season.
Besides consistency, you also need durability. For instance, Myles Turner was leading the league with a whopping 3.4 blocks per game but it's negligible for the award because he didn't play in 70% of his team's games this season.
That's why today, we're going to honor those few players who once again managed to stand out from the rest of the pack, letting you know about this year's league leaders in every important stat.
Steph Curry - 32.0 PPG
Just when some people were questioning his legacy, Stephen Curry responded with the best season of his career, which is a lot to say. The two-time MVP led all scorers with 32.0 points per game, scoring 2,015 points (his second-highest total) despite missing 9 games due to injury. On top of that, he also knocked down an NBA-record 5.3 three-pointers per game, all while shooting 48.2/42.1/91.6 from the floor.
Clint Capela - 14.3 RPG
Clint Capela was a major addition to the Atlanta Hawks and one of the main reasons why they put an end to their playoff drought. His presence above the rim and as a roll-man was huge for them but not as much as his ability to give them second-chance opportunities (4.7 offensive rebounds per game) and lock down the defensive glass. They were carving a rim protector for years and now they finally have one.
Russell Westbrook - 11.7 APG
Russell Westbrook had the best season of his career this year. He became the league's all-time leader in triple-doubles after leading the league in that department with 38. He also posted career-highs in assists per game (11.7) and tied his game-high with 24 dimes. He willed the Washington Wizards into the 8th seed and will now look to lead them to the playoffs.
Jimmy Butler - 2.1 SPG
Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Jimmy Butler would've been an MVP candidate if this was a full season and we won't disagree with that statement. Once again, Butler made an impact beyond scoring points and continued to establish himself as one of the best defenders in the world. He had a career-high 2.1 steals per game in a season no other player had more than 1.9 steals a night.
Rudy Gobert - 2.7 BPG
Rudy Gobert is the clear-cut favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year award again this season and this is one of the main reasons why. While not a great defender in the perimeter, Gobert's presence in the paint just alters the rivals' game-plan night in and night out. His ability to swat shots into the stands is among the league's finest, as he proved with his 190 total blocks this season.
Rudy Gobert - 67.5 FG%
If leading the league in blocks per game wasn't enough, Rudy Gobert was also the most efficient scorer, which doesn't come as a surprise considering that he makes the most of his damage from within the close range. Gobert has improved as a rim-runner and a finisher, and he's not a bad free-throw shooter anymore so it's not like other teams can just hack him in the paint now.
Joe Harris - 47.5 3P%
While it's obvious that Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving are the most important players for the Brooklyn Nets, Joe Harris continues to make a huge impact with his efficient shooting. This year, he knocked down 3.1 three-pointers per game on a career-high 47.5%. That took his career average to 43.8% and that number will only go up with the Nets' Big 3 drawing so much attention.
Chris Paul - 93.4 FT%
Some people argue that Chris Paul should be an MVP candidate after what he did with the Phoenix Suns this season and I agree with them. Besides being a top-notch backcourt defender and one of the best playmakers in the league, Paul also was the best free-throw shooter in the Association, knocking down 2.4 free-throws per game on 93.4% shooting.