By Oliver Mauntel
Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets (14): If healthy, Porter would have essentially been guaranteed to be a top 5 pick in the draft. Porter’s latest episode of back spasms in the week prior to the draft led to some concerns about his long term health, causing him to slip to the bottom of the lottery. Read Full Article Here!
By Thomas Jeffrey
Before the NBA season even started the Rookie of the Year was Ben Simmons’ award to lose. It was the Aussie’s debut season after a year of rehab and rest, and NBA fans were excited to finally see Simmons in action. Simmons did not disappoint those fans. He seemed to have the award in the bag based on his performance early in the season… That is until Donovan Mitchell burst onto the scene. After the all-star break, the race for the league’s top rookie heated up between these two. Let’s take a look at why both players can capture the award. Read Full Article Here!
By Dastan Haghnazari
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!