1. C.J. McCollum • Shooting Guard • Portland Trail Blazers

McCollum tops our list based on the simple comparison of where he was a year ago to where he is now. He was given the opportunity to produce at the start of the season, and he has delivered flawlessly by evolving into one of the NBA’s top shooting guards.

2014-15 statistics – Points: 6.8, rebounds: 1.5, assists: 1.0, steals: 0.7, field goal percentage: 43.6%, three-pointers made: 0.9, three-point percentage: 39.6%, player efficiency rating: 13.15, minutes: 15.7

2015-16 statistics – Points: 20.9, rebounds: 3.7, assists: 4.4, steals: 1.2, field goal percentage: 43.9%, three-pointers made: 2.5, three-point percentage: 39.8%, player efficiency rating: 18.30, minutes: 35.5

2. Will Barton • Small Forward • Denver Nuggets

Barton struggled to find playing time during his first two and a half season for the Trail Blazers. But, now a key part of the rotation in Denver, he’s beginning to make a name for himself by providing a spark off the bench. He currently ranks second in the league in bench scoring, and minutes are becoming much easier to come by.

2014-15 statistics – Points: 6.8, rebounds: 2.8, assists: 1.4, steals: 0.8, field goal percentage: 42.5%, player efficiency rating: 13.60, minutes: 16.9

2015-16 statistics – Points: 15.8, rebounds: 6.2, assists: 2.5, steals: 1.0, field goal percentage: 44.7%, player efficiency rating: 18.53, minutes: 29.6

3. Draymond Green • Forward • Golden State Warriors

The statistical turnaround for Green hasn’t been quite as pronounced as Barton’s and McCollum’s, but his overall level of play has been much higher. The fourth year man out of Michigan State has become the NBA’s most versatile player and a vital asset to the NBA’s most dominant team — and he’s just scratching the surface.

2014-15 statistics – Points: 11.7, rebounds: 8.2, assists: 3.7, steals: 1.6, blocks: 1.3, field goal percentage: 44.3%, three-pointers made: 1.4, three-point percentage: 33.7%, player efficiency rating: 16.43, minutes: 31.5

2015-16 statistics – Points: 15.2, rebounds: 9.7, assists: 7.3, steals: 1.3, blocks: 1.4, field goal percentage: 47.5%, three-pointers made: 1.6, three-point percentage: 42.3%, player efficiency rating: 20.58, minutes: 34.9

4. Kawhi Leonard • Small Forward • San Antonio Spurs

Similar to Green, Leonard’s statistical improvements haven’t been as noticeable as the first two on the list. But the Spurs forward has quickly transformed his reputation as an elite perimeter defender into that of a bonafide NBA superstar. He’s the best player on one of the NBA’s top teams, and — just like Green — the best has yet to come.

2014-15 statistics – Points: 16.5, rebounds: 7.2, assists: 2.5, steals: 2.3, field goal percentage: 47.9%, three-pointers made: 1.0, three-point percentage: 34.9%, player efficiency rating: 22.09, minutes: 31.8

2015-16 statistics – Points: 20.6, rebounds: 7.1, assists: 2.6, steals: 2.0, field goal percentage: 51.4%, three-pointers made: 1.9, three-point percentage: 49.0%, player efficiency rating: 26.84, minutes: 33.1

5. Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond • Point Guard and Center • Detroit Pistons

Coming in at No. 5 is the duo of Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, both in the midst of the best seasons of their young careers for the Pistons.

Jackson: Once a short-term replacement for the injured Brandon Jennings, he has quickly secured the starting point guard role as well as the role of Detroit’s cornerstone player.

Drummond: Known as a rebounding specialist still working to improve his offensive game last season, the 22-year-old has since become the top center in the Eastern Conference with a bright future on the horizon.

Jackson’s 2014-15 statistics – Points: 14.5, rebounds: 4.2, assists: 6.0, steals: 0.8, field goal percentage: 43.4%, three-pointers made: 0.9, three-point percentage: 29.9%, player efficiency rating: 17.24, minutes: 29.5

Jackson’s 2015-16 statistics – Points: 19.9, rebounds: 4.0, assists: 6.4, steals: 0.9, field goal percentage: 44.0%, three-pointers made: 1.5, three-point percentage: 36.4%, player efficiency rating: 21.80, minutes: 31.2

Drummond’s 2014-15 statistics – Points: 13.8, rebounds: 13.5, assists: 0.7, blocks: 1.9, steals: 0.9, field goal percentage: 51.4%, player efficiency rating: 21.50, minutes: 30.5

Drummond’s 2015-16 statistics – Points: 18.1, rebounds: 15.6, assists: 0.8, blocks: 1.5, steals: 1.8, field goal percentage: 52.9%, player efficiency rating: 23.68, minutes: 34.5

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