The odds of getting into the NBA are slim, but even the lucky-talented athletes have miles to go from there. As an NBA player, you have to perform well enough to remain a part of your team. Sometimes, ‘good’ is not good enough. Way too many pro basketball players just tread the water of top-tier mediocrity, and it’s not the easiest endeavor to try to identify the one who will skyrocket to the heights of glory. But we tried anyway.
The five-star NBA All-star honoree who is now helping to earn yet another title for the Miami Heat, Jimmy has always been a player whom you talked about in admiration. But he hasn’t really blown up.
That might change due to the isolated nature of the current season, as many journalists speculate that Butler will shine the brightest when the only thing to worry about is the game.
Although his stats were not spectacular last year under the Clippers tag (10.8 points per game, 2.8/3.3 rebounds/assists), he was definitely of great use in the play-offs.
Most importantly, the 21-year-old player has been having a great season for his new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With 19 points per game and the career-first triple-double in a game against Minnesota, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander promises to be appearing on everyone’s radar more often.
Victor might seem like a weird choice due to his 371-day absence from the NBA after a knee injury. He’s been having a suboptimal season thus far with just 13.8 points. But the former All-star has still got it in him to propel Indiana to victorious achievements despite the rough start.
The Denver Nuggets have been holding on to Nikola for a reason. He’s a ‘walking triple-double’ who has demonstrated outstanding offensive performance throughout the years. Just this February he recorded a 30/20/10 game (first in four years) against the Utah Jazz.
“The Joker” is, no doubt, a star. But we think he might become a legend.
Already an NBA All-star at the young age of 22, Bam Adebayo has been having a great season with Miami. Apart from getting his first two triple-doubles this year, he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in December for his impressive 20/11.3/8.7 stats. This might be his breakthrough year if the velocity keeps rising.
There are a number of fascinating players to look out for in the current NBA landscape. Young, seasoned, injured – everyone has their own advantages and something to prove.
We believe they have what it takes to become the next LeBrons and Jordans. Do you?
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