Portland Trail Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe is taking a leap in his second NBA season.
The Canadian guard is averaging 16.5 points per game and he still has yet to turn 21 years old. His jump from 9.9 points per game to 16.5 even before he can legally buy a drink in the United States has people believing he could turn into one of the elite guards in the NBA.
Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley listed Sharpe among those to watch to make an All-Star team in the foreseeable future.
Give Portland more time to reset its roster, though, and Sharpe could slot in as the franchise centerpiece.
That’s projecting quite a bit, but when a 20-year-old pairs elite explosiveness with a creation bag this deep, it’s easy to let the imagination run wild. Especially when he’s already going on bucket binges, like when he netted 24-plus points and at least three triples in five consecutive contests earlier this season. Or when he sprinted through the tape last season and averaged 23.7 points and 3.1 triples on 46/37.8/77.3 shooting over his final 10 tilts.
His efficiency is down, but so is the talent level around him. Three years should be enough time for the Blazers to build that back up and better position Sharpe for success. His talent and natural tools should take care of the rest.
What makes Sharpe’s ascension even more impressive is that he’s doing this with a team that hasn’t truly had an offseason together. As the chemistry develops and stronger players come in to complement him, Sharpe is only going to draw closer to that eventual All-Star bid.
Can it come by 2027? That remains to be seen, but it’s hard to imagine it doesn’t if he continues to grow at the rate he’s at.