Time to Shine

18 10 2009

by: christow

Here are the players I’m most excited to see play this coming season.

the kid

Kevin Durant

Who was the last great lights out shooter in the NBA? Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Glen Rice are the first names that come to mind. These were players that anywhere past the half court line could drain a shot. Kevin Durant has one of the sweetest strokes in the game and he combines that deadly touch with a 6’9 frame. He can kill you with his jumpshot, drive to the basket and the scariest part is he’s still putting it all together. With two years under his belt and at the tender age of 21, he has all the talent in the world to become be a superstar. Talent is all too common in professional sports, which is why I am so excited to watch Durant. Can he combine the work ethic and the skills this coming season? If he can (and I believe he will) Durant is likely to become the leagues premier scorer, watch out D-Wade and LeBron.

For the Stat geeks:

’07-08: 20.3 PPG 4.4 RPG 2.4 APG 43% FG 28% 3P

’08-09: 25.3 PPG 6.5 RPG 2.8 ASG 47% FG 42% 3P

The stat I want to watch the most? Assists.

randolph

Anthony Randolph

There is no hype greater for a player next season than Anthony Randolph. In the same way that Kevin Garnett was able to transcend the power forward position, the entire San Francisco Bay Area has high hopes for the youngest player in the NBA (just 20 years old).

Why I’m excited to see him play?

Don Nelson is notorious for his small ball type of play, but even more so for how tormenting his doghouse is for young players. I believe Randolph is in the same mold of a Chris Bosh hybrid forward. He can do a little bit of everything scoring wise, and his athleticism could develop into a monster on the defensive side. Scariest of all is Randolph’s ability to handle the ball. In his first summer league appearance last year, Randolph spent time at the point! Randolph can push the envelope and become a trailblazing point-forward type of player (a point forward is similar to a point guard, but just in the frame of a bigger frame *think Grant Hill, Magical Johnson, and Lebron James). If he can somehow find minutes on the court for the players, it will an interesting core of players to grow from with Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins.

Rose

Derrick Rose

This soft-spoken point guard is a monster on the court. During the playoff series with the Boston Celtics last season, he showed that he had the poise to be manage a team. With the departure of Ben Gordon (a very gifted scorer), more pressure (and opportunity) awaits Rose, the Chicago native. There is no doubt that Derrick Rose will be a great player in the NBA, the question is how good will he be? The reason I’m so excited to see him play this season is to see that development. Will he shoulder the load of an entire team through his scoring capabilities? Or will he develop into a well-rounded point guard that makes everyone better?

granger

Danny Granger

He is built in the same physical frame as Lebron James. At 6’8 and 223 lbs. Mr. Granger is the do-it-all player for the Pacers. Last season he was 5th in the league in scoring and this year we will likely see slip into the top 5. Kobe and Dirk Nowitzki (3rd and 4th in points per game) both have improved rosters on their teams this year and they will most likely contribute less points this upcoming season because they simply don’t have to. Believe it or not, Granger was also one of the best 3-point shooters in the game last season, ranking 4th with 3’s made and shooting at a high percetange (40%, on par with Ray Allen). Now that he proved he can score, Granger spent the off-season working on ball-handling and passing. If he can develop into a complete player and increase his assists from 2.7 a game up to the 4 assists a game range, he and the Pacers will improve dramatically this season. I’m excited to see the development of Granger and if he can become the same type of player as the King.

Dev the Dude

Devin Harris

Devin the dude is the closest thing to Gilbert Arenas since Gilbert Arenas because the kid can flat out score. Last season he break in the 20 PPG territory as a point guard. That number should only increase this season because with Vince Carter now gone, he and Brooke Lopez are the face of the New Jersey Nets. Harris also increased his assists to just under 7 a game so we know he can also distribute the ball. I am excited to see Harris play because I want to see if he becomes one of the leagues best scoring point guards, or if he can develop into an all-around player and make his teammates better. I am leaning towards the former because I believe he has and always will be a scoring guard and his supporting cast just isn’t solid enough this season. Lookout for Devin Harris to explode as an offensive machine this season as well.

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2 responses

19 10 2009
Eric

Watch out for Danny Granger. He will have an even bigger year that Durant. Also, dont forget about Trevor Ariza, Aaron Brooks, Luis Scola. These guys are the ROCKETS

20 10 2009
jacob wasag

Danny Granger is a stud, but will he get the respect he deserves by playing in Indiana? He lit it up last year, but you barely heard about him. How much more does he need to deliver to included in that upper echelon?

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