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The game was not as easy for the Wildcats like it was in the opening round game against Hampton. ESPN, which had ranked him as the top prospect in the recruiting class, listed him as third-ranked in its class. Retrieved April 12, One of the league's most enthusiastic gunners, Smith struggled last season after missing a bunch of time due to injury. Gophers Nothing to sweat about: If he can wield those tools consistently, the Timberwolves will take a big leap and he will move even higher up this list next season. On March 2 Kentucky traveled to Athens to for its second meeting with Georgia.
25. Jayson Tatum, Celtics
A capable rim protector, Capela has formed a strong bond with James Harden as the pick-and-roll man, putting up 1.
Guess who Houston added this offseason? Someone named Chris Paul who might know something about throwing alley-oops to big men. A kid who wants to play ball and win. At his core, Ball is simply a point guard who makes everything easier for those around him.
There are fair questions about Ball's defense and athleticism, but he should have plenty of time to figure it all out. Just don't ask his dad about it. Hood just made the cut his birthday is Oct. Hood will have a bigger role in the offense with Gordon Hayward gone, and there is reason for optimism.
Hood has fought through injury problems and consistency. This is his chance to truly show what he can do. Harris has become a solid all-around player. He has meshed quickly with Nikola Jokic and benefitted from Jokic's innate passing ability. He also routinely guards the opposing team's strongest guard or wing, a tough task given Denver's team defense is fairly weak. The Nuggets made a smart move this offseason by locking in Harris for another four years.
Brown gained valuable experience in his rookie season, playing He had a net rating of plus Of course, better numbers with better players is no surprise, but Brown always had the look of someone who belonged on the floor.
Parker went from The biggest roadblock to success for Parker is health. He has torn his left ACL twice since entering the league. Parker at percent next to Giannis Antetokounmpo could make the Bucks a dangerous sleeper in the East. Wiggins is quite possibly the most controversial figure on this list.
He can clearly score the ball, and he's reliable, starting and playing in games over his first three seasons. However, he doesn't create much for others, he has a curious role on his current team and he's poor defensively to say the least. FiveThirtyEight even graded him as the least impactful defender in the league , which might be a bit harsh. He gets lost off the ball constantly, though, and sometimes just doesn't give much effort. After a foot injury derailed what would have been his true rookie year, Simmons is ready to get back on the floor and hit his teammates all over the floor with pinpoint passes.
Simmons will have to adjust defensively and still needs to fix his shot, but he did enough in those five games to get Philly fans excited. A veteran in this group, Beal is an indispensable part of the Wizards' game plan along with All-Star point guard John Wall. Beal just gets buckets, and he isn't afraid of the big moment. He dropped 33 points on the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and poured in 38 points in a Game 7 loss.
He put up After his point outburst against the Celtics last season, Suns games are basically an excuse to see what Booker can do. He has a very high ceiling at this point. Turner started all 81 games in which he played in , averaging Turner has the potential to become a defensive anchor as well and a strong rim protector. Paul George's departure left a sizable gap on Indiana's roster in terms of production, leadership and star power.
We'll see if Turner can eventually fill that spot. Jokic is one of the most unique players in the NBA. He doesn't have exceptional speed or athleticism, yet he is the centerpiece of a Nuggets offense which finished in the top-five in offensive efficiency behind only the Clippers, Cavs, Rockets and Warriors. Offseason acquisition Paul Millsap should be able to cover some of Jokic's deficiencies on defense, and "The Joker" should naturally improve on that end by focusing on positioning and rotations.
Expect another leap from him with a full season of starting minutes. With everything Porzingis has been forced to handle in New York, it feels like he's been in the league for a significant amount of time.
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