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Four “Robins’ you want for your NBA franchise

Who will be the best player this season? These players are either the best “Robins” or borderline “Batmans.” Here are four of the best “sidekicks” that you would want to have on your NBA franchise. 

Zach Lavine, Chicago Bulls

With the Chicago Bulls, asking Zach Lavine to be a “Batman” would be a perfect example of asking too much. Unibet India hardly has the Bulls competing, but Lavine keeps the team in the game. Lavine showed that he has still not hit his ceiling yet at the age of 25; however, he is not someone that should be the No. 1 scoring option. Last year, Lavine finished with a career-high 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. Per 100 possessions, his stats balloon to 35.3 points per game. 

If Lavine was on a title-contending team, he would be one of the best No. 2 players in the league. Lavine is limited as a defender and rebounder. He’s not yet a knockdown shooter from outside, and his 38% shooting from three-point range is suspect given the volume of shots he takes. However, Lavine is asked to be a No. 1 scoring option, so some of his percentages could be skewed. 

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

Plain and simple, Lowry makes teams better. He is a floor general that leads by example. He plays well as a scorer, passer, and defender. Lowry is a great shooter. Last season, he had his best scoring output (25.9) per 100 possessions in four seasons. Occasionally, he is a streaky three-point shooter, while he is very clutch in the postseason.

Despite standing at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, he plays much bigger, especially on defense. He has been an integral part of the Raptors team defense that has ranked near the top in the league in the last two seasons. Lowry will be in the mix to make his seventh straight All-Star team this season. 

CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers

McCollum had another very productive “Robin” season. He is the perfect complement to Damian Lillard as an instinctive and fearless scorer. McCollum ranked 17th in the league in scoring (22.2 ppg). He possesses excellent range from 3-point range, but also midrange.  Last year, McCollum took 13% of his shots from 16-feet to the arc and made over 50%. 

McCollum is the prototype of what a player like Zach Lavine would look like on a contending team. Luckily, the Trail Blazers have their sturdy No. 2 players alongside “Dame Dolla.” McCollum is truly a professional.  

Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics

Walker finished last season with a line of 20.4 points, 4.8 assists, and shot over 80% from the free-throw line. Walker could be the most underrated point guard in the league. He’s an accomplished leader, clutch winner, and excels at breaking down opponents one-on-one. He’s also great at getting to the rim and converting in the lane. 

What limits Walker’s true potential as a “Batman” is his outside shooting range. Walker took 53.2% of his field-goal attempts from three-point range but converted just 38.2% of the time. If he can shoot just a few more threes consistently, the four-time All-Star could be even deadlier and take over as “the man” in Boston. 

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