Shabazz Napier’s Contract One of the Best in the NBA Among Point Guards

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Shabazz Napier is making a mark on the Portland Trail Blazers in his second year with the team, morphing into one of their most dependable bench options after a quiet inaugural season. The three-guard lineup of Napier, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum has seen defenses get burned by any one of the guards while focusing on the other two.

This is Napier’s last season on his rookie deal, with free agency coming at the season’s end. For now, he’s significantly outplaying his contract, as Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report details using NBA Math’s total points added metric. Fromal’s measurement pegs Napier’s contract (about $2.36 million) No. 4 among all point guards:

Napier fares so well because he's knocking down 54.4 percent of his shots from the field, 65.0 percent of his three-point attempts and 72.2 percent of his tries from the stripe.

Napier ranks above Delon Wright, and he’s below Spencer Dinwiddie, Kemba Walker and No. 1 contract Ben Simmons. ... int-guards
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