The NBA has tipped off and it just completed one month of the regular season with great games, highlights, game winners, incredible individual performances and team efforts. Many second-year players have been really impressive so far in their respective teams, helping them get some important wins.
A month into the 2017-2018 NBA season Fadeaway World presents you the five best sophomores.
Jaylen Brown - Boston Celtics
Stats: 16.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist
So far, he has been a key player in the starting line-up of the Boston Celtics. Next to Kyrie Irving and rookie Jayson Tatum, Brown has found a very stable, solid and important role in the team. Brad Stevens’ is turning into an exceptional coach in the league, leading his team to a 16-game winning streak and he also has a lot to do with Brown’s improvement over the curse of the off-season.
The 21-year old guard is becoming a great two-way player, plays with tenacity, ferociousness on both ends of the court and has helped Kyrie to a large extent on both ends of the court. He is averaging 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, his team is on a 16-game winning streak and has the best record in the entire league.
Joel Embiid - Philadelphia 76ers
Stats: 22.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.9 blocks
The 23-year old center is turning into a star in Philadelphia. Despite his injuries and limited minutes, Joel Embiid is putting up phenomenal numbers and is just a pleasure to watch compete night in and night out. Together with rookie Ben Simmons they could bring the glory days back to Philly in the near future as they have started off this run impressively good.
Embiid is playing 29.2 minutes per game and is averaging 22.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.9 blocks while shooting an efficient 50% from the field. He has started this season off right, the Sixers have a winning record and he is emerging as the best center in the Eastern Conference and one of the best in the NBA.
Brandon Ingram - Los Angeles Lakers
Stats: 14.7 points, 5.4 rebounds
Even though he did not start this season off incredibly well, Ingram is putting up fair numbers in a good Lakers team so far. Next to Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and the rest of the young Los Angeles pieces he is scoring 15 points a night while shooting 44.7% from the field. He is attacking the basket more, and not just settling for jump shots which is something he needs to do relentlessly.
The 20-year old second-year player is also averaging five free-throw attempts per game compared to last year’s only 2.7 a contest. He needs to work on his three-point shot, but he has the skills and the talent to average 20 points a game.
Malcolm Brogdon - Milwaukee Bucks
Stats: 13.2 points, 3.6 assists
Even though Malcolm Brogdon lost his starting position to Eric Bledsoe, when he was traded to the Bucks, the second-year player from Virginia is still able to average 13.2 points and 3.67 assists off the bench for coach Jason Kidd. Next to his All-Star teammate in Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brogdon has been very solid for Milwaukee’s team as he can score the basketball, rebound and also run in transition.
He had an impressive year last season, winning the Rookie of the Year award and so far, he has been able to continue his good play and have a positive impact on his team.
Dario Saric - Philadelphia 76ers
Stats: 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds
Starting the game or even coming off the bench for this young 76ers squad, the 2017 Rookie of the Year runner-up is averaging 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He has been an important piece in the team’s offense especially when Ben Simmons is on the bench. He can facilitate the basketball, find his teammates, but also rebound the basketball and score in a various of ways.
Saric has not started this season off perfectly well as he is shooting a mediocre 37.9% from the field but he impacts the game when he comes in, finishes the game off, and has played his role in the 76ers winning record so far, this year.