Being left-handed means being an unorthodox basketball player. However, some see this as an advantage. It’s a challenge defending lefties – their timing and angle of shots are different from the right-hand shooters. That inspired us to assemble the All-NBA lefty starting 5.
Center – Domantas Sabonis
Sabonis has evolved into a star player this season. He has been an All-Star for the second consecutive year and ended the “Sabonis or Turner” discussions. It’s nice to know he is slowly creating a name for himself in the league, somehow escaping the shadows of his legendary father, Arvydas Sabonis.
The Pacers big man averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds this season. He can pass, run the floor and defend the lane. Your alternative at the big man spot would be DeAndre Jordan.
Power forward – Zion Williamson
Zion is young, but he can bully anyone in the paint. He uses his heft, agility, and strength to get his way around the paint. The kid is smart, does not force things, knows where he can take advantage of the defense, and passes the ball. This year, Williamson recorded several 30-point games with 70 percent shooting efficiency.
His backup at the PF spot would be a guy who’s been playing out of position his entire career – Ben Simmons.
Small forward – Julius Randle
Randle had a breakout season. At times included in the MVP conversation, Randle showed he can lead a team to regular-season success. The New York Knicks reached the playoffs because of him. Although his postseason performance was left wanting, it’s impossible not to include him in the list of best lefties in the NBA today. He averaged a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Expect bigger things from Julius next season with coach Tom Thibodeau leading the way.
Your alternatives are Joe Ingles and Thaddeus Young.
Shooting guard – James Harden
The most obvious name on the list, James Harden is the best lefty in the NBA at the moment. The 2018 MVP joined the Brooklyn Nets with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, so his offensive production understandably dipped a bit. But Harden is Harden. He can go zero to 40 points any time. Over the years, the former Houston Rockets star has developed his playmaking skills, making him even more unguardable.
If for some reason you wouldn’t want Harden on your team, D’Angelo Russell could fill the spot.
Point guard – De’Aaron Fox
Fox has been a revelation for the Sacramento Kings. Fans thought he was a good player, but Fox elevated his game this year. De’Aaron averaged 25 points and seven assists for the Kings. As many Kings players before him, we can only wonder what he would look like on a competitive NBA team.
He earned the starting point guard position in this lineup ahead of Mike Conley.
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