Of course, it’s way too early to figure out what’s going to happen this upcoming season, as teams are still to figure out their respective rotations, injuries and trades may happen and who knows what else could this upcoming season prepare for all of us.
Rookies may knock you off your feets, duds may become studs, rebuilding teams may actually contend and even big contract players could disappoint, as the NBA’s one of the most competitive and amazing competitions in the world, and that’s just one of the hundreds of reasons why we love it so much.
But, as diehard basketball lovers we can always make predictions of things we would love to see happen or things we’d hate to see happen but we all know are going to get down anyways (yeah, like Cavs vs Warriors 4th year in a row).
Still, there are many things that may or may not happen that we could anticipate and you may not (and vice versa!) so today, we’ll let you know as our predicted top 10 players that are going to have at least one tremendous stat sheet during this upcoming season.
10. Brandon Ingram
This guy was a bit of a let down during his first season, although you could put that one on coach Walton, who trusted Luol Deng with the starting gig for half of the season even despite not having a single chance to actually compete in the Western Conference with that youngster plagued roster.
Still, this guy’s skill set is just off the charts, and he’s been working really hard to improve his shot, so we could expect more than just a few impressive nights out of one of the most complete prospects the league has seen over this past 5 years of so, proving his worth as a 2 way future All-Star.
9. Dennis Schroder
The German Rondo, as he was called before he set foot on an NBA court, has really improved in pretty much every aspect of the game since coming to the Association, being an above the average defender and a very good playmaker despite not being sometimes a bit slow and clumsy.
And now, with the Atlanta Hawks on the verge of a rebuilding process, it’s pretty much the Schroder show right now, with the youngster having his 2nd season as the primary ball handler at Georgia and having most of the offensive responsibility at Philips Arena, so we could expect a lot of points from him this year, although assists may depend on his teammates ability to finish against teams that are actually in a position to compete.
8. Devin Booker
We all saw what this guy was capable of despite being one of the youngest players in the Association, as the shooting guard is already one of the most prolific and versatile NBA scorers despite having just a couple of seasons under his belt, and although he’s kind of struggled with consistency, he can just flat out ball.
Booker’s ability to score has never been doubted, but as the prior season progressed, we also saw his playmaking abilities and even some improvements on the defensive end, so we can definitely expect some monstrous stat sheets from the Phoenix franchise player as the go-to-guy on offense man once again.
7. Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis has been a stat sheet stuffer since the very first day he set foot on an NBA court, being able to put the ball on the floor and set his teammates up, or just take matters into his own hands and pull up from distance or attack the rim, as well as swatting a couple of shots per game.
And now, with the Knicks prepared to have yet another awful season and Carmelo Anthony finally getting the hell out of the Big Apple, it’s going to be Porzingod time now more than ever, and considering his skill set we can definitely expect more than a dozen triple doubles from the Latvian Junior.
6. Rudy Gobert
Gobert shocked everybody a couple of seasons ago when he stepped up as Utah’s main anchor on defense, and it was a huge surprise to see him snubbed from the Western Conference All-Star squad this prior season considering how much of a dominant big man he became since the start of the year.
So, with him improving his offensive game and already being perhaps the best rim protector in the league and with Gordon Hayward leaving to have a championship run with the Boston Celtics, it’s Rudy’s time to shine as Utah’s franchise player. Besides, Rubio thrives in PnR’s situations and he’s on for a lot of easy alley-oop dunks this next season with the Spaniard on board.
5. Kris Dunn
The former Providence player was one of the most desired prospects not so long ago, but after being pretty much sent to the doghouse by Tom Thibodeau and having to share minutes with Tyus Jones, his value really diminished until the Chicago Bulls sent Jimmy Butler and a pick in exchange for him, Zach LaVine and the rights to Markkanen.
And now, even if according to Fred Hoiberg the starting point guard gig is up for grabs, he’s the frontrunner to run Chicago’s offense, and considering his defensive talent and his athleticism and strength, we definitely expect a breakout year from the sophomore guard, so stay tuned and stay alerted.
4. Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield was a major disappointment this past season, as even if we all knew he was going to struggle to find a consistent touch as a scorer in his first season against NBA defenders, he didn’t have that much of a chance to prove his value and looked hesitant at times with the ball in his hands.
But now in his first full season with the Sacramento Kings and with him poised to be the primary scorer in Sac-Town for the long run, we can definitely expect him to flourish as the offensive beast we all expect him to become, and if he commits and tries to play for the team instead of just score, he could be an elite rebounder with his size and length as well as a very good passer.
3. Ben Simmons
According to a lot of footage that has emerged over the past season, Ben Simmons is not only ready, but he’s also improved a lot since his college stint at LSU, where he struggled to be a consistent shooter and was kind of clumsy with the ball on his hands when driving in some halfcourt sets.
And considering his height, his basketball IQ and his prodigious passing ability, now that he’s finally improved and apparently developed a touch from distance, he’s poised for a Rookie of the Year campaign alongside Fultz, Redick, Saric and Embiid. So.. we’re definitely trusting the process.
2. Myles Turner
Ok, the Indiana Pacers acquired a couple of very interesting young talents in Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo in that Paul George trade, but that isn’t merely enough for the Pacers to contend even in that weak Eastern Conference, so expect them to give their youngsters a lot of runs for them to develop for the future.
Having said that, Turner’s set for a monster season, as he was an early MIP candidate the prior year before struggling over the last passage of the season, but now that’s there’s absolutely no pressure on his shoulders and he’s finally the most talented guy on the roster, he’s on the verge of a breakout year as a two-way dominant big man.
1. D’Angelo Russell
Well, apparently karma exists and it’s not pretty gentle, as Nick Young just decided to young the defending champions at Golden State, while D'Angelo was pretty much kicked out of the Lakers on a salary clearing deal to become the starting point guard of the lousy and dysfunctional Brooklyn Nets.
But, that could just be a blessing in disguise for the former Buckeye, as he’s going to be pretty much the lone capable scorer on the roster and he could just chug shots on a nightly basis, and considering how freakily talented he is on the offensive end, he could finally blossom into that dominant scorer he seemed like he was going to be during his Ohio State stint.