10 very good young NBA players who hit in silence

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PJ Washington (Charlotte Hornets)

The rebound season for PJ Washington. A little late last year, when his explosion was expected, the 24-year-old winger is taking advantage of the departure of Miles Bridges – who did not sign after he was accused of assaulting his wife – to find playing time and strengthen your statistics. 16 points and 5 assists average. But hey, the Hornets suck.

Austin Reaves (Los Angeles Lakers)

The new Alex Caruso of the Lakers. The match is relatively easy: an undrafted white player who comes out of nowhere and makes his place in the rotation by playing hard. But the profiles are quite different. Austin Reaves is more attacking and his ability on the outside is very important for Los Angeles. He became one of the most important players in the rotation behind the three stars.

Trey Murphy III (New Orleans Pelicans)

A climbing sophomore! More importantly, Trey Murphy III made a hot start before falling at the line. He still comes up with very interesting performances at times but more irregularly, according to those not on the Pelicans squad. There remains a trigger capable of igniting at any time – 5 award-winning baskets in a recent victory over Chicago – and an interior that so stretches the lines. Enough to fill out the bench of a certain deep team.

10. Onyeka Okongwu (Atlanta Hawks)

He perfectly matches this definition of “passing under the radar. His name rarely appears in reviews or articles about the best young players in his position. His statistics have slightly decreased since last season Even though he brought 8 points and 6 rebounds in just 19 minutes.

However, Onyeka Okongwu could be the player to push Clint Capela out of Atlanta. He is weaker than the Swiss, less confirmed, less experienced, but the Hawks could try to surf Capela’s value by reclaiming another asset if they believe Okongwu is ready to take on the responsibilities of a holding. A future Mr. Double-double before the end of the season.

9. De’Anthony Melton (Philadelphia Sixers)

What a great pick for the Sixers. Usually the kind of obscure but valuable player that Daryl Morey knows how to find on the market. De’Anthony Melton is an underrated member of the Grizzlies rotation – and they miss him! – last season. He was one of the few reasons for excitement in Philadelphia at the start of the season.

The back contributes 11 points, 38% from three-pointers, more than 4 rebounds, more than 3 assists and 2 steals in 27 minutes. It is also a perfect complement to the stars of the team. Soldiers in his style are the ones that can win a franchise… as long as you have real leaders around (that’s less certain in Philly).

8. Bowl Bowl (Orlando Magic)

His case has already been mentioned this week in BasketSession.

While waiting for Victor Wembanyama, Bol Bol is revolutionizing Magic

A taste of Victor Wembanyama, on a less exciting scale. A “wish” version, though the term has become too simplistic. The son of Manute Bol is making a real place for himself in the Magic, and therefore in the NBA, with skills rarely seen for a player of his size.

7. Alperen Sengun (Houston Rocket)

It’s hard to be interested in the Rockets because it’s not always fun to watch the “two man show” of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. But behind the two scorers, there is one of the most excited pivots in the league! Alperen Sengun is undoubtedly, and insanely, the interior with the most moves back to the basket. From all over the NBA.

He obviously needs to step up defensively to avoid ending up like his compatriot Enes Kanter, but the 20-year-old Turk has already chipped in nearly 15 points and more than 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. Houston gets a little better when he’s on the field.

6. Grant Williams (Boston Celtics)

Most basketball fans already know him after being one of the architects of the heroic course of the Celtics, who ended up losing in the NBA Finals, last season. A few months later, Grant Williams was more important. His averages don’t blow people away (9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds) but the winger is solid and major in the rotation of the best team in the league.

Grant Williams can remain a substitute or a complementary player throughout his career and still assert himself as a very high quality basketball player. He has all the “all around players” that will make their team a winner every season. PCs Tucker, Trevor Ariza and company. It’s hard to imagine it ending without a ring.

5. Bones Hyland (Denver Nuggets)

A divisive player. But a player who is a hit. Bones Hyland is cut like a sixth man: small but not a leader, a sacred ball handler, a cruncher at times, capable of burning or self-sabotaging his team. Luckily for the Nuggets, he shot them up more often than down.

Hyland is Denver’s X factor every time he takes the field. He was an offensive weapon off the bench with his 15 points per game thrown in 21 minutes. He played only two minutes more than last year and planted five more units. A real development and a valuable asset for the Colorado franchise, which dreams of going as far as possible in the playoffs.

4. Nic Claxton (Brooklyn Nets)

The only Nets player along with Kevin Durant to actually have a good season. Nic Claxton is Brooklyn’s imposing pivot, even if it’s hard to get him to play with Ben Simmons at times. But it’s not that bad. He could be a more attacking/less defensive version of Kevon Looney, should the Aussie succeed in becoming a Draymond Green on steroids.

Claxton remains light on the defense of some pivots but is consistent, combines well in the pick-and-roll and is efficient. 11.7 points on 72% shooting and 8.3 rebounds per game. If Brooklyn had more players this solid and consistent, the New Yorkers would be in the top-4 in the Eastern Conference.

3. Jaden McDaniels (Minnesota Timberwolves)

He is only 22 years old, he is playing his third season in the NBA but he could be the key for Minnesota. An unfair responsibility for a player who thrives with “four” All-Stars in power. A thankless role. But Jaden McDaniels has filled it nicely and is a big reason for the Timberwolves’ recent rise to fame.

The long winger should provide a link between the backcourt and the frontcourt of his team. He does this with his rising outside address (37%), height, defense, mobility and athleticism.

2. Kevin Huerter (Sacramento Kings)

LIGHT THE BEAM!!!! The Kings took to throwing a Star Wars-style purple light into the sky after each victory. Silly but funny. And if they do it often these days, it’s because Kevin Huerter plays basketball every night. He might be the best shooter in the league right now.

An hour behind Klay Thompson, the young fullback is starting to approach his role model, even on offense. He is running nearly 50% behind the arc while taking over 7 attempts per game! crazy In addition, he is not a penguin ball in hand. Without being a great creator, Huerter remains a decent playmaker. He is only 24 years old. Sacramento has an interesting player.

1. Devin Vassell (San Antonio Spurs)

Spurs new star. The best player in a team that is certainly weak but has an interesting young hard core. The Texans are playing very good basketball. And Devin Vassell is therefore their go-to-guy. He may not, probably doesn’t, have the potential to be a pure franchise player, but a Khris Middleton trajectory would hold water.

Meanwhile, he compiled more than 20 points, almost 4 rebounds and almost 4 assists. 48% on shots and 44% on three-pointers. He is not talked about much but he is a very good player. We have to keep an eye on the San Antonio side.

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