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FutureStarrFuture Nba Stars 2020 OR
The 2020 NBA Draft will be drawing near and the high schoolers vying for a spot in the NBA are becoming more and more recognizable. The list of potential future stars is a long one, as is the list of fantastic players who never cracked the highest level of the NBA. So, while mostly speculative, these are the guys we hope to see playing in the NBA in the 2020-21 season.
Players who received multiple votes but just missed the cut include: Jalen Suggs (Orlando Magic), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans), Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets), Kevin Huerter (Atlanta Hawks), Gary Trent Jr. (Toronto Raptors), Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards), Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs), Kevin Porter Jr. (Houston Rockets), PJ Washington (Charlotte Hornets), Talen Horton-Tucker (Los Angeles Lakers), Cam Reddish (Atlanta Hawks), Saddiq Bey (Detroit Pistons), Desmond Bane (Memphis Grizzlies).
The buzz on Jokic: If there was an All-Orlando playoff bubble team, Jokic would have been the first team center. (There was an All-Bubble first and second team for the eight seeding games that Jokic didn’t make.) The Nuggets’ big man has established himself as the most effective center in the league. Whatever he lacks in explosive athleticism he more than makes up for everywhere else. Jokic scores from anywhere on the floor and he’s a great passer and excellent rebounder. The Nuggets have built their entire roster around the versatile Joker, who should play his way into the Kia MVP conversation this season. The continued development of the pieces around him (Michael Porter Jr. and Bol Bol come to mind) will determine just how impactful a player Jokic becomes long-term, if he’s the sort of player a championship team can be crafted around. (Source: www.nba.com)
The buzz on Simmons: Simmons has inspired spirited debates from the moment he entered the league. Some love his versatility and defensive prowess and consider him a jumbo point guard with transcendent talent. Others lament his lack of 3-point shooting and seemingly indifferent attitude about improving that aspect of his game. What can’t be disputed is the fact that he’s developing into one of the NBA’s premier defensive players. And now we’ll get to see what coach Doc Rivers can do to unlock the rest of his game. The legion of believers in Simmons insist we haven’t seen the best of what he brings, which makes sense when you consider how much work he has to do on his offensive game. It’s fair, though, to wonder if Simmons will get the chance to continue his development in Philadelphia or somewhere else (there’s no sense in acting like those James Harden trade rumors don’t exist).
Simmons is arguably the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner this season thanks to his ability to legitimately guard all five positions at a high level while being an elite disruptor when jumping passing lanes – his 1.6 steals per game are tied for sixth in the NBA – and even does a solid job protecting the basket. (Source: hoopshype.com)