Yawnie has been an avid NBA and lakers fan for over 25 years.
Young players looking to breakout
A young NBA player is always looking to get more playing time and prove his worth in the league. Players come and go, and injuries are apart of the game. With that being said these are some young players who are looking to breakout and become stars in the NBA.
5. Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray began his career in the NBA in 2016-2017 season being drafted 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs. He only played in 38 games and wasn't much of a factor in his rookie season. His second year is where things started to come together for the young player. He played in all but one game, and started over half his games as well. Murray tragically tore his ACL on his right knee last year and did not play. The kid has a good feel for the game and is a very good defender with a 6'10" wingspan as well. Being a 6'5" point guard is very important and he is a superb rebounder for a guard as well. I look for Murray to really flourish in Greg Popovich's system. Coach Pop is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA, and is known for coaching to a players strength. If Murray can add more of a shooting touch, he can really be an elite point guard for years to come.
Numbers in 2017-2018: 8.1 ppg 5.7 rpg 2.9 apg
Projected numbers 2019-2020: 13.5 ppg 6.5 rpg 5.5 apg
4. Miles Bridges
Miles Bridges was the twelfth overall pick in 2018 to the Clippers, but was traded to the Charlotte Hornets on draft night. Miles had an average rookie season, but I see him getting more playing time with the departure of Kemba Walker in free agency. Miles can do it all, score rebound, and a good defender. Charlotte has a very young team and their best player is gone. Terry Rozier III from Boston signed on, but he is no Kemba Walker. With coach James Borrego and a young roster, there is no where to go but up for the Hornets. Borrego falls under the coach Popovich tree in San Antonio. With more playing time and more players needed to step up, look for Bridges to really breakout this season.
Numbers in 2018-2019: 7.5 ppg 4 rpg 1.2 apg
Projected numbers in 2019-2020: 15.2 ppg 7 rpg 2.3 apg
3, Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo was selected fourteenth overall in 2017 by the Miami Heat. Bam is an excellent rebounder and defender. The Heat traded Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trailblazer in the off season. Bam had two good campaigns increasing his scoring and rebounding averages in both season. With Whiteside gone, Bam has now been inserted into the starting lineup and will look to really flourish this upcoming year. Whiteside was on the decline after signing his lucrative four year, 100 milllion dollar deal a couple seasons ago. Adebayo last season would play in critical moments of games while Whiteside sat on the bench. With more playing time his numbers will really increase. The free agent signing of Jimmy Butler will really help out Bam, bringing an established NBA star into practice and really pushing each other to the limit.
Numbers in 2018-2019: 8.9 ppg 7.3 rpg 2.2 apg
Projected numbers in 2019-2020: 12.5 ppg 10.5 rbp 3.2 apg
2, Marvin Bagley III
Marvin Bagley was taken second overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2018 out of Duke university. Bagley had an excellent rookie campaign, but did miss 20 games due to injury. Marvin Bagley is a part of an excellent up and coming team in the Sacramento Kings. They have a good young core to build from, and Marvin only adds more to that element. He only started four games, but averaged almost 15 points a night in just about 25 minutes per game. The Kings know what they are getting in Marvin and with Willie Cauley-Stein on the Warriors, look for Bagley to start games and have his minutes increased. Bagley is a great scorer, defender, and rebounder. With now a year of experience under his belt, I look for him to really be an elite big man this year.
Numbers in 2018-2019: 14.9 ppg 7.6 rpg 1 bpg
Projected Numbers in 2019-2020: 20.3 ppg 10. rpg 1.5 bpg
1. Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert was drafted 20th overall by the Indiana Pacers and was traded a couple weeks later to the Brooklyn Nets in 2016. The Nets have signed Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but Durant will miss the entire year with a torn achillies. LeVert has improved in his scoring and most stats throughout his three year career. With the Nets thin at the two guard and small forward spots, look for Caris to take advantage here. He came back mid-way through last season from a grueling leg injury and really established himself as a main contributor for the Nets. In the playoffs last season against the 76ers his scoring and shooting numbers sky rocketed and I look for him to go off of that into this upcoming season. Having Kyrie to alleviate some of the ball handling might me good as LeVert can get open for more shots.
Numbers in 2018-2019: 13.7 ppg 3.8 rpg 3.9 apg
Projected numbers in 2019-2020: 18.2 ppg 4.5 rpg 4 apg