Mitchell exploded on to the NBA scene last season, averaging 20.5 points and 3.7 assists for the Utah Jazz. He bumped that up to over 24 points and over 4 assists in the Jazz playoff run, proving to be one of the most talented SG’s in the league at just 22 years of age.
Millsap played just 38 games due to injury last year but is still one of the most flexible and versatile players we have in the game. Can guard multiple positions and scores, assists and rebounds well. Might not have long left on this list but is still a player that you’d love to have on your team.
Hard to believe that DeAndre Jordon is now 30 years old. Has been in the league for 10 years and finally gets a change of scene this year as he heads to Dallas. Still chasing that elusive Defensive Player of the Year award but will be no doubt be in contention come seasons end.
Booker is younger than Suns new rookie Mikal Bridges. He’s also younger than Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Thon Maker, Kyle Kuzma and Karl Anthony Towns. Oh and he has already racked up two full seasons in the NBA averaging over 22 points per game. One of the purest scorers we have in the game.
Hard to split Jordan and Drummond but I think the Pistons centre has the slight edge given his standout performance last year and his durability. He has missed just six games over the past five seasons and has led the league in rebounds in two of those seasons including last year when he averaged a ridiculous 16 per game. Definition of the word monster.
Pure talent would probably have him higher on this list but still needs to put together the full resume that we have been hoping he can compile for years now. Was arguably the best player in the Pelicans series against the Warriors last season and will need to bring that same energy and domination on both ends of the floor if New Orleans want to remain competitive in the tough East. Another season like the last and he’s arguably in the top 20 in next year’s list.
After four years of team domination with the Cavs, Love will feel like he is back at the Timberwolves this season. He is the only star on what should be a non-playoffs team and his rebounding and scoring numbers should soar.
Played just 12 games last season due to injury but looks fit and ready to go in 2018-19. He is 30 years old but we still feel he has plenty to give on both ends of the floor and still makes up a lethal pick and roll combination with Marc Gasol. One of the smarter PG’s in the game.
Might be a controversial choice here as the small forward played just a few minutes in the 2017-18 season before suffering a horrific leg injury, however, his form and stats prior to the injury are undeniable. Averaged 21-5-3 in 2016-17 and while he won’t be asked to do as much on the stacked Celtics team, is still an elite player on the wing.
Has been rewarded over the last two seasons with two deserved all-star selections. Continues to be criminally underrated at the point guard position in comparison to the likes of John Wall and Damian Lillard, but we think he isn’t that far behind.