K. Nunn vs. W. Baldwin: It's time to find out who's better.

K. Nunn vs. W. Baldwin: It’s time to find out who’s better.

A recent controversy has erupted between Kentrick Nunn and Wade Baldwin. Nunn claimed he is the best forward in the Euroleague, prompting a swift response from Baldwin,

“For him, he probably feels like that. He’s made some big shots in situations, but there are statistics that show who the best offensive players are”, he first stated to the official EuroLeague website. “There’s all sorts of different net ratings that you could do and he’s not on top of the board right now”

W. Baldwin

As luck would have it, Panathinaikos will face Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague playoffs, ensuring that the battle between K. Nunn and W. Baldwin will continue, this time on the court.

How K. Nunn’s dispute with W. Baldwin began.

Kendrick Nunn spoke to Eurohoops after Panathinaikos’ huge win over Barcelona in OAKA. Among other things, he said:

Of course, I think I’m the best offensive player in the league. Of course, of course, I believe that I am the best offensive player in the league.

K. Nunn.

The American star was the leading scorer for the winners with 22 points (7/11 2-pointers, 2/5 3-pointers, 2/2 free throws), 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 29:24′.

W. Baldwin did not let K. Nunn’s statement go unanswered and among other things said:

You have Mike James, Keenan Evans, myself, Markus Howard, who’s playing phenomenal right now.

He’s getting there, he’s definitely doing what he needs to do and it’s very impressive that in his first EuroLeague season as an American guard, what he’s doing is great. But you can’t call yourself No.1 and best offensive player when you have guys who are statistically doing better.

But we’ll see. The postseason and the end of the season is what matters most and he had a big game-winner against [Virtus] Bologna. The race and the challenge could be on for who that crown is.

W. Baldwin.

But of course, K. Nunn reignited the controversy via Twitter, and now everyone is eagerly awaiting the match between Panathinaikos and Maccabi Tel Aviv to finally decide who the best is.

no smoke with someone that averages 3pts for career average (Maccabi’s guard has averaged 3.1 points in his 3-year NBA career.)

K. Nunn

Mike James’s tweet about K. Nunn.

Even M. James positioned himself in the contest between K. Nunn and W. Baldwin, albeit in a more relaxed manner, of course. M. James is the leading scorer after M. Howard in the Euroleague and a strong candidate for MVP this year.

The stats of the best offensive players in the Euroleague.

But let’s examine the stats of the players who have performed the best so far in the Euroleague to determine if K. Nunn’s statement holds validity.

PlayerTeamGPGSMinPTS2PM2PA2P%3PM3PA3P%FTMFTAFT%ORDRTRASTSTLTOBLKBLKAFCFDPIR
M. HOWARDBKN351823:1519.32.85.749.5%3.79.240.1%2.63.183.6%0.30.91.21.60.41.800.62.72.711.2
M. JAMESASM343431:1618.73.98.148.4%2.36.138%3.9577.2%0.53.74.25.11.22.10.10.61.84.520.1
W. BALDWIN IVMTA282828:19184.49.148%1.53.840.6%4.75.486.2%0.32.42.74.912.80.10.225.619.6
K. EVANSZAL343427:2317.33.15.952.5%2.45.643.5%3.84.289.5%0.52.32.83.91.22.30.10.52.44.718.3
N. MIROTICEA7211726:3116.93.2563.8%2.25.241.8%44.784.7%1.83.95.70.90.81.70.30.32.2418.9
S. LARKINEFS353331:3816.82.85.154.8%2.56.439.1%3.74.190.8%0.22.72.85.11.11.90.10.31.44.319.9
S. SHIELDSEA7292830:2615.72.9559%2.66.638.9%2.22.782.1%0.73.13.72.81.320.10.21.73.616.8
K. NUNNPAO282026:5115.448.846.1%1.84.638.5%1.9298.2%0.32.12.53.10.93.10.10.92.12.610.9
K. PUNTERPAR282429:07153.66.953.1%1.54.235%3.33.690.2%0.32.32.62.61.12.20.20.42.4414.2

K. Nunn ranks 7th in scoring average in this year’s Euroleague with 15.4 points, while W. Baldwin sits at 3rd with an average of 18 points. The battle continues…

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