The NBA’s Christmas games came and went, and now we’re back to regularly scheduled programming. There’s even more NBA action, and unlike the Christmas marquee matchups, the games aren’t limited to certain teams. 

The NBA has some surprising teams this season, and in some cases, there are players doing exceptionally well on those teams. And they may find themselves in the top 5 in categories such as scoring, rebounding or assists. 

Here are the top 5 scoring leaders of the 2021-22 season. 

1.) Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is one of the league’s best scorers, and this year, he’s reminding us why. He’s putting up MVP caliber numbers and is helping the Brooklyn Nets stay on top of the East. 

Durant averages 29.7 points, which makes him this season’s league leader in scoring. He averaged 33.1 points in December, including a 51-point performance against the Detroit Pistons. 

Durant was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month in November, and he has a great chance in December. However, Durant entered health and safety protocols on Dec.18. But he played so well beforehand that the award is his to lose. 

The Brooklyn Nets are in a tough situation due to the protocols, but once Durant returns, Brooklyn is in good hands. 

2.) Steph Curry

Steph Curry is having a great year, and he’s made history in the process. He’s also having an MVP-worthy season, and earlier this month, he passed Ray Allen in 3-pointers. 

The sharpshooting guard is averaging 27.9 points this season, as he and the Warriors are first in the West. 

Curry and the Warriors are back on the league’s radar. They are once again a threat, and as it stands, they are a legitimate contender. And if Curry keeps putting up big numbers, the Warriors will be tough to beat. 

3.) Giannis Antetokounmpo 

After entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Giannis Antetokounmpo is back in action. He came back just in time for Christmas and had a great performance. He finished the game with 36 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Bucks overcome a 19-point deficit. 

Antetokounmpo averages 27.4 points, and behind Curry and Durant, he’s an MVP candidate. 

The Finals MVP (and two-time MVP) is a talented player, and by the end of the season, he’ll be top five in multiple categories. 

4.) Trae Young

Trae Young is one of the league’s most exciting players. He can hit big shots and can get the ball to his teammates. 

Young averages 27.3 points this season, and although the Hawks are underperforming, he remains consistent. 

Young is currently in health and safety protocols and missed the Hawks’ Christmas game against the Knicks. Hopefully, we’ll see Young back in action soon, and as the season progresses, he’ll likely remain top 5 in scoring. 

5.) DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan is playing great this year. He averages 26.8 points, and since arriving in Chicago, he looks rejuvenated. 

DeRozan was an offseason addition to the Bulls, and despite early skepticism, the move paid off. The Bulls are one of the top teams of the East, and DeRozan has a lot to do with it. 

Like many players, DeRozan missed time due to protocols. But now that he’s back in action, he and the Bulls will continue to prove doubters wrong. And it’s great to see. 

The NBA has had some great performances lately, and as players like Durant and DeRozan play well, there are more great performances to come. 

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