Tough to choose out of Murray and his back court teammate in Gary Harris here but we feel like Murray might just have a higher ceiling at the moment. Both are young and full of potential but at just 21 years old, Murray is already one of the best shooters in the NBA.
Andre Roberson and Paul George are both elite wing defenders but it’s big man Steven Adams that will make the 2018-19 Oklahoma City Thunder a truly daunting prospect on defence. Doesn’t really standout in any one aspect of the game but brings so much passion and grit to the team and rarely makes a mistake.
Elevated his game in the playoffs last season and went from being a fantastic player that only real NBA fans had heard of to be a household name. averaged 20.1 points per game in the regular season and bumped that up to 24.7 in the Bucks seven game series against the Celtics. Is an elite scorer in the NBA.
Arguably the most athletic player in the league, Gordon has the ability to take his game to the next level this season. Has been slowly improving his 3pt shot and will want to live up to the big contract the Magic threw his way in the off-season.
Hard to believe that Gordon could be sitting this high after the extremely inconsistent start he had to his career in Los Angeles and New Orleans. However, at 29 years of age he seems to have finally sorted his game out, and his game is to shoot the three ball, arguably as often and as efficiently as anyone in the league.
Has there been a better introduction to playoff basketball than the one Jayson Tatum displayed last season? With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both out for the Celtics playoff run, the Celtics needed a reliable wing scoring option and they got it in form of the rookie. ‘Sky is the limit’ is an overused term but it applies to this kid more than anyone in the league.
If Capela had of signed elsewhere in the off-season, I might have been inclined to drop him down the list. However, as long as he is on the same team as James Harden, he is a top 50 player. Harden’s creativity allows Capela to score the easiest of baskets and his lack of defence forces Capela to be a rim protecting juggernaut. Carries the Rockets defensively.
Underrated at nearly everything he does. Was 19th in the league in points per game last season with 21.4 and played the 12th most minutes per game of any player in the league. Forms one of the best back courts in the NBA with Damian Lillard and should continue to improve in 2018-19.
It seems like Goran Dragic has been on the verge of making an all-star team for the better part of a decade but deservedly got the nod last season as he averaged 17.3 points and 4.8 assists per game. Was the catalyst in the Heat making the playoffs and while we think he’ll be asked to do less this season, is still their key player.
Lost his back court running mate in DeMar DeRozan in the off-season but gained a generational wing defender in Kawhi Leonard who should aid his game. Kawhi is a better off-ball player than DeRozan and will take pressure off Lowry on the defensive end, allowing the PG to do what he does best which is control the game at the other end.