Being in the NBA is mostly about talent and hard work, but timing also has a lot to do with success in modern basketball, as being in the right place and the right time may take your game up a notch given the appropriate circumstances.
Some players enter this year on the verge of a very productive prior campaign and looked poised to have yet another breakout year as soon as the season begins, but in order to do that, some other things may need to happen.
Being the team’s lone go-to-guy due to the departure of other scorer, or just continuing to improve and develop as one of the league’s rising star is something that’s always around the corner in the NBA, and today we’ll let you know about the top 4 youngsters that are in for a treat this upcoming season.
Honorable Mention: Zach LaVine (After recovering from injury)
4. D’Angelo Russell
After struggling in the early going, D’Angelo Russell is set to have as many touches as he can handle in the renewed Brooklyn Nets offense, finally being able to rack up shots as he did during his time at the NCAA, where he showed an unlimited range and vast scoring skills.
Russell is a very intriguing talent and a very prolific scorer, and even though he hasn’t been the most consistent player at an NBA level, he’s shown several glances of greatness and flashes of what he’s able to do. So, barring injury, he’s set for a 20+ season this year as Brooklyn’s go-to-guy.
3. Rudy Gobert
With Gordon Hayward out of town, the Utah Jazz are Rudy Gobert’s squad, and he’s set to be the team’s first scoring option down low, trying to make the most of his dominant presence in the paint and his improving offensive game.
Besides, the acquisition of former Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio to the Jazz’ roster means nothing but good news for the defensive standout, as Rubio’s one of the best playing the pick and roll, and they’re both used to the FIBA style and should kick things up right away.
2. Kristaps Porzingis
If (when) the New York Knicks finally get rid of Carmelo Anthony and his huge contract, there won’t be much of a team to rely on besides Kristaps Porzingis, one of the league’s surging stars that keeps getting better and better as days go by.
Porzingis keeps improving on the defensive end and has shown to have a very long range and diverse skill set on offense, so the sky’s the roof for the young Latvian who’s set to be the Knicks cornerstone for the future and should have a monster season this upcoming campaign.
1. Devin Booker
Devin Booker has already shown that he can shoot lights out, already putting his name in history with one of the sickest scoring performances the NBA has ever seen despite not being around for that long in the Association, and there’s nowhere to go but up now that he’s settled as a very consistent NBA scorer.
Booker’s offensive repertoire is unlimited and even though his defense is far below questionable, the addition of standout prospect Josh Jackson should definitely improve things in Phoenix, helping him get space and be constantly open to kill their opponents from distance.