The last year and a half have been challenging to say the least, however, with most major sporting leagues across the globe making a comeback in recent months, people are finally starting to regain a sense of normalcy in their daily lives. The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) ongoing 2020-2021 season, in particular, has been touted by many as being must watch TV and is currently grabbing the attention of sports lovers worldwide.
From the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies narrowly edging out the Golden State Warriors in the recently concluded “play-in tournament” to the Brooklyn Nets roping in some of the biggest names in the world— ala James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving — this off season, fans all over the globe seem to be quite eager to witness this season unfold.
As things stand, the first round of the playoffs will conclude in the coming few days. In this article, we will look at the five most interesting player prospects that you should consider putting your money on. Fortunejack can help you in this regard, allowing you to source the best odds in the market as well as letting you to utilize your crypto seamlessly. So without any further ado, let’s get straight into the heart of the matter.
After having been labeled “just an allstar but not a superstar” by NBA legend Charles Barkley last year, twenty-four year old Donovan Mitchell really seems to have upped his game this season.
Mitchell’s value to his team is probably best made evident by the fact that during Utah’s opening round series with the Grizzlies his team was struggling quite badly up until he came back from injury in game 3, eventually leading his team to a dominant 4-1 series win.
Statistically, he has put up an impressive 28 points and 4 assists per game. And while some may argue that these numbers are good but not amazing, it is worth remembering that Mitchell was able to post these figures playing just 30 minutes a night with a mildly sprained ankle.
Ever since the Boston Celtics assembled their 2008 superteam, the concept seems to have really taken off in a big way across the league. Most recently, the Brooklyn Nets were able to assemble a starting lineup that, on paper, seems to be good enough to make any fantasy basketball enthusiast shed literal tears.
By bringing together three of the best offensive players that the game has ever seen, many expect the Nets to win it all this season, and of their three headed monster, James Harden is the one who has emerged as the de-facto leader/main go to option of the pack.
Despite having to share the rock with arguably two of the best scorers in the world, he has been able to average 28 points though the first round of the playoffs, all while dishing out an insane 11 assists and collecting 7 rebounds per game.
To your average NBA fan Nikola Jokic may come across as a lanky, unassuming post player with a decent all-round skillset but the fact of the matter is that this man is a straight up killer. This is best highlighted by the fact that even after his running mate Jamal Murray got injured earlier this year, he has been able to rise to the occasion and take up a plethora of additional responsibilities including scoring more, being more vocal from a leadership standpoint, etc.
To put things into perspective as to how dominant Nikola Jokic really has been this entire year, since the beginning of the playoffs, he has been averaging 32 points, 11 rebounds and a little over four assists. What’s more is that he has been able to put up these numbers while displaying an extremely high level of efficiency. For example, his shooting percentage through the first round has been well over the 50% mark while his turnover ratio is currently hovering at his personal all time low (at less than 2).
Our second Brooklyn Nets entry on this list. Much like Harden, Kevin too has been on an absolute tear this season, which is extremely commendable considering the fact that he is just coming off a season ending ACL injury last year. In the recent series against the Celtics, Durant put up 32.6 points along with 7.4 rebounds per game while showcasing an insane level of shooting efficiency — 50/50/90.
Even though in the eyes of many the Milwaukee Bucks have underperformed quite massively over the course of the last couple of years, no one can deny that Giannis Antentokoumpo is an absolute freak of nature. The 26-year-old Greek born athlete has been putting up absolutely crazy stats this postseason, averaging 23.5 points, 15 rebounds, and nearly 8 assists in his team’s most recent series against the Miami Heat.