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Future Stars of the Nba

Future Stars of the Nba

Future Stars of the Nba

Future Stars of the Nba

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Whether they’re college freshmen, draft picks or they have been there awhile, the future stars of the NBA continue to be molded each year. Here is a list of some of the standouts in the 2018 draft.

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The buzz on Mitchell: The Jazz didn’t hesitate to lock Mitchell up with a max extension, not after the way he’s put on for the franchise. His playoff performance in the Orlando bubble (he and Denver’s Jamal Murray put on a show for the ages) showed off all facets of his game. He shot a blistering 52% on 3-pointers, averaging 36.3 ppg all while elevating his game in the most competitive environment possible. He’s blossomed into a legitimate superstar scorer and the face of the franchise for the foreseeable future, which is great news for new Jazz owner Ryan Smith. What the Jazz put around him long-term remains a bit of a mystery. Rudy Gobert has been stellar, a three-time All-NBA pick and two-time Kia Defensive Player of the Year to date. But the question lingers, can Mitchell play at the highest level with another superstar wing/perimeter player? That’s probably the only way the Jazz climb into that upper echelon in the West on a consistent basis

The buzz on Morant: The Grizzlies might not have realized it at the time, but the 2019 draft lottery yielded two future superstars in Williamson and Morant, who was a runaway winner in the 2020 Kia Rookie of the Year race. Morant’s fearlessness, creativity as a scorer and facilitator and next-level athleticism set him apart from the crowd. He makes the spectacular look routine, no matter who is on the court with him. He gives the Grizzlies star power on the court and provided an immediate face of the franchise off it. It’ll be easier to sell free agents on a bright future in Memphis with a talent like Morant already in place and ready to ascend. You simply don’t find players with his scintillating combination of skill and style on a regular basis. And that’s a mouthful in a league filled with next-level physical specimens. The more proficient he becomes as a shooter, the deadlier his game will be in the future. (Source: www.nba.com).

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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).

The buzz on Ingram: While Zion Williamson garnered most of the buzz last season, it was the lanky and lethal Ingram who was the Pelicans’ best player. The winner of the Kia Most Improved Player award for his efforts, Ingram shouldered the nightly go-to guy burden on a team that harbored playoff aspirations from the start of the season through the seeding games in the restart. The Pelicans came up short, of course, but not because Ingram wasn’t up to the task. Those Kevin Durant comparisons that seemed a bit far-fetched early in his career don’t seem so out of line now. The All-Star could, in the next few seasons, form a potentially dynamic duo with Williamson. Either way, Ingram has established himself as as a legitimate star with All-NBA potential on his own. (Source: www.nba.com).

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The buzz on Tatum: Tatum would be an easy No. 1 pick if we could get a do-over on the 2017 Draft. Danny Ainge got it right in selecting the versatile Tatum, who fully stepped into his own as an All-Star last season. While most players his age are just now figuring out who and what they are in the league, Tatum is already a seasoned veteran, complete with 45 playoff games and two trips to the Eastern Conference finals. The growth and development he’s put on full display guaranteed his status for the 5-year, $195 million max contract extension he signed last month. The Celtics have long-term keepers in both Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who have a chance to be the best forward duo in the league before they are done in Boston. And that’s before we see what Tatum’s ceiling really is, which includes the potential to be in the Kia MVP mix one day.

The buzz on Young: HIs critics will suggest that Young’s spectacular numbers have been empty calories, given the Hawks’ brutal 49-100 record in his two seasons. Those critics clearly don’t appreciate the offensive brilliance that is obvious to the rest of the world. Young joined Luka Doncic as an All-Star starter in his sophomore season for a reason. He’s the face of the franchise in Atlanta for good reason. There’s no mistake here, Young is already an elite scorer and playmaker just two seasons into his career. A stellar offseason and free-agent haul has the Hawks talking playoffs, which is the single biggest motivator for Young, who says the narrative that he can’t win is a myth he’s eager to put to rest. This season holds huge ramifications for Young’s viability as the catalyst of an elite, playoff outfit. (Source: www.nba.com).

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