14. Patrick Beverley, Minnesota Timberwolves - 8.5 ppg, 4.8 apg,4.7 rpg
Patrick Beverley has always been a scrappy player, and I love scrappy players. I’m tired of hearing about how the Wolves are the next team up with their core of KAT, DeAngelo Williams, and Anthony Edwards. At a certain point they need to win, and being the tenth seed is not what they need. The lack of points Beverley puts up would be forgiven if he was racking up assists, but he isn’t. His defense saves him from coming dead last.
13. Kevin Porter Jr, Houston Rockets - 12.7 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.1 rpg
Kevin Porter Jr will be a very good NBA player in about three years. He’s shown promise on defense and as a scorer but the efficiency is just not there yet. He’s barely shooting 30% from deep, and it can’t be ignored that he’s the point guard for the worst team in the league. If I redo this list in 2026, he might make the top five, but not this year.
12. Devonte’ Graham, New Orleans Pelicans - 15.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.7 rpg
Devonte’ Graham is not a bad player. In fact, I think he’s a good player. The West is just stacked at the guard position, and Graham has not been asked to be “the guy” in his young career, which is the role he’s been asked to take on in New Orleans. His outside shooting and scoring have regressed from his time in Charlotte, and he is playing without All-Star Zion Williamson, which affects his rating for sure.
11. Mike Conley, Utah Jazz - 13.4 ppg, 5.4 apg, 1.8 rpg
Mike Conley is not asked to do much in Donovan Mitchell’s offense. He has become a spot-up shooter and his career-high 45% mark from deep really boosts his rating. Coupled with solid defense, Conley is by no means an All-Star or an elite talent, but he’s still a solid starter on a very good Utah Jazz team.