These 3 NBA stars now have our attention
Here are three players we believe will be household names by the end of the 2015-2016 season.
R.J. Hunter, Guard, Boston
The sweet shooting guard from Georgia State University was selected by the Boston Celtics late in the first round. In college, Hunter was a deadly scorer who used his abilities to attack the basket and shoot over defenders to average over 18 points per game. The Celtics are in desperate need of scoring in their backcourt. Current starters Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley are both great defenders but do not provide enough offensive punch to keep the Celtics in games. At 6’5, Hunter has excellent size for a shooting guard and will be given ample opportunity to make shots in coach Brad Stevens’s offense.
Jabari Parker, Forward, Milwaukee
Parker came into the 2014 season with sky high expectations. The second overall pick in the draft and former Duke star was expected by many to win the rookie of the year award. A torn ACL 25 games into the season derailed Parker’s rookie year, but he will be returning for the 2015-2016 season at full strength. The versatile forward is a natural scorer both in the post and on the perimeter. He should be the featured weapon on a young, talented, and incredibly athletic Bucks team.
Jusuf Nurkic, Center, Denver
NBA fans did not know that much about Nurkic before his rookie year, but the Bosnian center showed some serious potential. At a massive 6’11 tall and 280 pounds, Nurkic used his physicality and brute strength to bully opponents in the paint. At the beginning of the season, he was not much more than an intimidating defensive presence, but as he got more accustomed to the NBA, his offensive game began to develop. Nurkic’s averaged seven points and six rebounds a game, which are solid numbers for a rookie big man who was still learning the game. As a rookie, Nurkic proved he as the strength, athleticism, and well-rounded game to compete at the NBA level.
Will RJ Hunter be the scoring spark the Celtics desperately need? Will Jabari Parker return from injury and realize his potential in his second NBA season? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4