With all the accolades and nightly triple-doubles that Luka Doncic has accumulated, he is just a 21-year old star entering his third year in the league. Many people predict Luka to come up with an MVP-caliber year this season, but that will be dependent on the level of success that the Mavericks will achieve.
At the age of 27, Anthony Davis is finally a winner. Ever since he came to the league, he has always been one of the most versatile big men out there. He made the All-Star game in just his second year and has been a fixture in the festivities ever since.
After revamping their front office by firing Gar Forman and demoting John Paxson to a new role, the Chicago Bulls are primed for a better performance this season. The roster from last season is still mostly intact, but the coaching and front office changes could instill a much-needed winning culture within the organization.
James Harden recently logged in his first preseason game for the new-look Houston Rockets. He has stood firm in his desire to be traded, although I do believe that the Rockets front office will stand their ground as long as they can, and see if they can rack up the wins with their new-look squad.
But then again, there will be rookies who will immediately assume more playing time than their counterparts. Obi Toppin will be one of these lucky first-years, as there’s no doubt that the rebuilding New York Knicks will be more than happy to give him the exposure he needs to fast-track his progress.
But with the league already filled with established stars, there are some who are still overlooked by many. These five names I will enumerate are overshadowed by their higher-tier superstar teammates, but their production is already on par with the more popular players in the league.
There are some stars who get riddled with consecutive injuries, while there are others who just don't pan out with their respective teams. With that said, let's take a look at the five worst contracts heading into the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season.
While it is true that the NBA has become a guard-driven league, the growing versatility of bigger frontcourt players is steadily stealing the spotlight. It is a much different era of basketball nowadays, and gone are All-Star centers who dominate mainly from the post.
Coming up with a Top 5 list of the best current NBA point guards is always a challenging task. Aside from talent, point guards are now stuffing the stat sheet in today's positionless basketball. It's safe to say that the production among point guards in this NBA era is at an all-time high.
An exceptional playmaker who can also shoot and defend is the perfect archetype for a guard in today's positionless basketball. Cunningham will be the face of the 2021 draft class, and these NBA teams should tank to nab his elite services.
After bringing home the NBA championship to the city of Toronto for the first time in 2019, the Raptors are no longer a so-called "pretender" among the elite teams in the league. The golden hands of Masai Ujiri, their president of basketball operations, have been the driving force of their sustainable success since 2013.
After a surprisingly great year that saw them come just one win short of making it to the playoffs, the Memphis Grizzlies have been fairly quiet this offseason. That does not come as a surprise, considering that running it back with their Ja Morant-led young core makes perfect sense.
The Phoenix Suns are riding their most significant offseason in recent years. With the acquisition of a 10-time All-Star in Chris Paul, the Suns have launched themselves into serious contention for a playoff spot in the stacked Western Conference.
The Bulls will be entering the draft armed with the fourth overall pick, but there's the possibility that they would try moving up. Jonathan Givony of ESPN mentioned that Chicago is interested in trading up to take either one of the top two spots in the draft.
Speculations have been going back and forth on whether the Golden State Warriors will keep their 2nd overall pick in the draft or trade it for a proven quality player. But if the Warriors keep their pick and make a selection, I expect them to draft for need, rather than get the best talent available.