Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Next Superstar

With there being so many potential stars in the NBA draft, I started wondering who could potentially be a lethal and impact player that is already within the NBA, but not yet to their full potential. These young players have the talent to get to superstardom but just haven't reached it yet.

First, one of the players withe the most potential is the center from the Utah Jazz in Rudy Gobert. He has length, athleticism, is smart around the rim, already has a highlight reel and a great nickname in the Steiffel Tower (he's from France). Once the Jazz traded Enes Kanter, Gobert had a chance to give us a preview of good things to come. Rudy and the Jazz went on a run after the allstar break and gave many people reason to believe that the Jazz could finally make the playoffs again.

Second, Elfrid Payton of the Orlando Magic proved in the 2014-2015 season that he's more than just a sweet haircut. With 8.9 ppg he can score but still needs to improve on that point. He averaged 6.5 assists per game and was one of the surprise good rookies of the season out of Louisiana-Lafayette. Under new head coach, previous Magic point guard Scott Skiles (who set the NBA record of 30 assists in one game), Elfrid Payton is anxious to blossom and prove that he belongs with the best of them.

The third best prospect to go supernova is C.J. McCollum, the shooting guard for the Portland Trailblazers. He has the ability to help Damian Lillard and Lamarcus Aldridge on the scoring front. That trio has the potential to take the Blazers further, that is if LA decides to stay in Portland. When Wesley was injured McCollum provided quality minutes and averaged 17 ppg in the Playoffs up from his 6.8 ppg from the regular season. If he can continually improve exponentially next season he is in a good position to become an all-star.