The 2021-22 NBA season is off to a fast start, and things have gone well for the league even in the face of the pandemic. Much of the focus has been on the top teams in the NBA, but there is also another battle brewing.
The scoring title is an honor that is extremely important when it comes to this league, and it is an honor that is celebrated. There are a handful of players currently in the mix to win this title, but that should shake out more over the next few months.
Here is a look at the NBA scoring title race, with some comments on how the race will play out.Jump to
Terrific Trio Leading the Way
The NBA Scoring race can change in any given week, but there are three players that are going to continue to stay near the top of this list. These are three players that are used to being at the top of this list, and you are going to see several former MVPs included.
Kevin Durant is the current scoring leader at 29.7 points per game. Many experts believe is he the best offensive talent in the league. This total could go down in the coming weeks, though, as Kyrie Irving is now back in the fold for the Nets.
LeBron James is actually in second place on the list as he has poured in 29.1 points per game. James might be nearing the end of his career, but he is having one of his best scoring seasons of all-time.
Giannis Antetokounmpo got off to a relatively slow start this season, but he has bounced back in a major way. The “Greek Freak” is now averaging 28.5 points per game, and he is going to factor into this race as the season moves along.
Will Curry Make a Run?
Stephen Curry got off to a terrific start to the 2021-22 season, but he has cooled off considerably of late. Curry is now averaging just 26.3 points per game this year, and he is in jeopardy of falling out of the race if he doesn’t get hot.
The former league MVP does have a history of putting up some massive numbers, but the Warriors are also going to have Klay Thompson back for the rest of the year.
Trae Young (27.6) and Joel Embiid (27.0) are also in the mix, but it’s hard to see those players really making a run at this award.
Best of the Rest
The NBA is a long season, and the scoring title race can change in a hurry, and it can really change at any time. There does appear to be a clear gap between the top scoring threats and the rest of the pack.
DeMar DeRozan and Donovan Mitchell are both scoring 25.7 points per game, and that will technically keep them in the conversation as well. It’s going to take a massive run though to find a way to sneak into the group of leaders.