With another NBA season about to start, we at Hoops Addict wanted to share some young players with bright futures.
Sure, basketball fans know about younger players like Paul George, Andre Drummond, and Larry Sanders, and there are a lot of teams you can read about that have bright NBA Futures at TopBet.eu, but there are still a lot of players you should keep an eye out for this season.
Here are a couple of young players that you should keep an eye on this season.
Jonas Valanciunas: The kid was an absolute beast in Las Vegas this July as he averaged 18.8 points, 10 rebounds and was named MVP of the tournament. Also worth noting is that Valanciunas’ growth isn’t just against second round picks, unsigned free agents and European players who can’t cut it in the NBA. The talented big man averaged 14.9 points and 5.9 points during the final month of last season; impressive stuff considering he only averaged 9.0 points in December. Instead of fading when he hit the rookie wall he burst through it and had arguably his best month of his rookie season in April.
Brandon Jennings: Sometimes all a player needs to take the next step is a change of scenery. Jennings has butted heads with the last few coaches he had in Milwaukee and getting to play for a legendary point guard in Mo Cheeks will help. Throw into the mix he’ll have Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond to throw lobs to, and it’s expected his scoring burden will lesson while his assist totals will rise.
Jimmy Butler: Yes, I realize he had his coming out part in the playoffs, but there are still a lot of basketball fans who aren’t aware of how much his game has grown. He has earned playing time through his gritty defense, but his offense isn’t too shabby either. He’s shown an ability to hit the open jumper (46% from the field) but he can also step outside the arc and hit 3’s (38%). In the playoffs he stepped up huge and averaged 15.6 points against the Miami Heat.
Reggie Jackson: Last season when Russell Westbrook went down with a season-ending injury, it was Jackson who stepped up to average 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 dimes per game in the playoffs. Those numbers will take a hit this year as he won’t average 33.5 minutes like he did with Westbrook out, but it stands to reason that Jackson can step into the scoring spark role off the bench that Kevin Martin filled last year. Consider him a toned down version of James Harden.