For the definition of young, we’ll be examining players aged 22 years and younger. Some are rookies, but others have been in the league for a few years; however, all these players share one thing in common. Bright futures.
15 Lauri Markkanen – CHI 20 y/o
Markkanen is Chicago’s seven-footer, but his strengths lay in his wide-range of shooting capabilities and his average of almost 8 rebounds per game. Draft Express described Markkanen in his draft profile saying, “A fluid, coordinated athlete who… has a nice mix of tools to complement his advanced skill set his on the offensive end.” He, the third leading scorer on his team, currently maintaining an average of 14.9 ppg. Shooting an average of 42.3% from the field and 34.7% from three. With further development of Chicago’s young talent, the Bulls with Markkanen can expect success a couple of years down the road. Read Full Article Here!
There is just over a week left until conference tournament play begins. One of the most riveting conference tournaments this year is in the Big 12. They are loaded from top to bottom so lets take a closer look at the contenders for their tournament.
Bill Self’s squad is playing great basketball at the moment and is looking to carry that momentum into the conference tournament. After winning their 14th straight Big 12 regular season title the Jayhawks are the team to beat this year. Senior guard Devonte’ Graham is averaging about 18 PPG and has been playing great ball down the stretch of games. This team will be hard to beat, and with a one seed in sight for the NCAA Tournament, look for these guys to pull out all the stops to run through the Big 12. Read Full Article Here!
The NBA playoffs are always full of surprises, but within the past few years, it was definite that the Warriors and Cavs ruled supreme over the NBA. This season the Cavs have been shaken up in a restructure, and Chris Paul has joined with James Harden to form a lethal duo in Houston. We may see new teams in the finals this year or tradition may dictate that the Warriors and Cavs will be in attendance again.
The West is the better of the two conferences, and it contains the best players in the league, apart from the King. Currently, I believe the best teams in the West are the Rockets, Warriors, Thunder, and Timberwolves. The Rockets and Warriors are the obvious favorites in the West for the one and two seed, respectively, and the rest of the seeding is almost a toss-up. Read Full Article Here!
Even since his high school days, Damian Lillard has often been overlooked. He was rated a mere 2-star prospect out of high school, and eventually accepted a scholarship to play for Weber State of the Big Sky Conference. Now, as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard is still often overlooked in the discussion regarding the top point guards in the league. Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Russell Westbrook receive plenty of attention for their play, and rightfully so. Curry has won a pair of MVPs and championships, Irving has a championship under his belt, and Westbrook is the league’s reigning MVP. Damian Lillard doesn’t have an MVP or any NBA Finals victories on his resume, yet he deserves to be held on the same pedestal as the formerly mentioned.