Basketball is full of talented players and we are able to see it every day, as both the NBA and the rest of the leagues around the world counts with lots of stars, but just like some players become stars, there are a few others that are only a fluke.
Over the course of history, the NBA has seen plenty of these cases in which somebody looks pretty good at the beginning of his career but at the end they were only busts, while other look like major flops or just average players and wind up being superstars.
Of course, it’s very difficult to make predictions based on just a couple of seasons into a guys career, especially considering all the hard work they need to put on the gym and all the adjustments that need to be done if they want to thrive in the Association.
Nonetheless, considering what we’ve seen out of some of the most hyped prospects the league has at this point, we believe we can already put together a nice bust - star list for the future of the Association, so sit down and enjoy while we break this down.
5 Future NBA Busts
5. Jaylen Brown
Jaylen is perhaps the most unlikely player to become a bust in this list. He is good, he has the abilities and he is a good team, but being in a good team can be counterproductive, as he will have a lot of competition with both Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward. He was set to become a machine in Boston, but now he is going to fight in order to see some minutes.
Brown has a nice skillset and he definitely counts with Brad Stevens’ trust, but he might as well try to get the hell out of the Boston Celtics if he actually wants to become the superstar he could having the right amount of touches.
4. Dragan Bender
Bender is good, he is a quality player, but his fragility will curtail his career and his chances to become the big player the Suns front office expected. In addition to that, he is going to compete against Marquese Chriss for the position and it’s very likely that he won’t have many chances to demonstrate his potential.
Bender seems like a lock to be dumped in any salary dump deal at this point, and even though he may actually become a very good player, he may not have a room in the Association and could be better off in Europe.
3. Lauri Markkanen
Lauri is one of those cases where a player looks good in college but you know he is going to be a bust in the big leagues. Sure, he was pretty great in Arizona, but it does not appear like he is going to be the same in Chicago.
Maybe the media wants to sell him as a new Porzingis, but Lauri is slower, less athletic and doesn’t have the same resources as Kristaps, and he might as well be closer to Andrea Bargnani than to the Latvian forward-center.
2. Jakob Poelti
Jakob is already becoming a bust. He hasn’t shown anything remarkable during his time with Toronto despite all the trust and run he got as the team’s starting power forward.
The Austrian player received a lot of minutes, but he didn’t show what everybody was expecting from them. Now it’s getting late for him –yes, even when he is only 22- and both Jakob and Raptors have to discuss what’s going on if they want to have a happy run together. So far, Poeltl has several things to improve if he wants to stay in the Association.
1. Jonathan Isaac
You just can’t make it in Orlando, you can’t, and if you believe you’re good enough to thrive and bring this long time forgotten franchise back from the ashes, you better think again, as the Magic has one of the worst scouting teams ever and Isaac might as well become yet another flop.
The Magic has spent a lot of time looking for a new franchise player, but this streaky inconsistent shooter is extremely rough, and considering how poorly the team’s front office has fared, it’s very likely to see Frank Vogel get canned as soon as the team starts losing again, making it very difficult for youngsters to develop on teams that have no other plan than just playing hero ball.
5 Future NBA Stars
5. Ben Simmons
After missing the whole past season, Simmons will make his NBA debut this one. The Australian small forward is keen to demonstrate the league the same things he showed back in his days with LSU. Simmons is seeing as one of the most promising players in the world and the leader of the Philadelphia Sixers, a young team with great talents.
Keep an eye on this guy, as he will make everything people said Andrew Wiggins was going to a couple of seasons ago. Ben is going to be one of the biggest stars of this league in the near future with his outstanding passing ability and his still improving skill set.
4. Jayson Tatum
Tatum is a very interesting player and Boston knows it. With a great physique and great understanding of the game, Tatum is set to take over the NBA. Just after one year at Duke, he was picked by Celtics in one of the best movements for the franchise.
Tatum is strong and fast, plus he has various tools to score and has a high ceiling on the defensive end. Besides, this guy can flat out put the ball on the bottom on the net, having everything a player needs to be successful in this league.
3. Lonzo Ball
Lonzo is another superstar who proved he was ready to play at the highest level as soon as he arrived at college. Lavar Ball’s son displayed spectacular skills during his days with UCLA and after being drafted by Lakers, Lonzo started demonstrating he is not afraid of any challenge and led the team to win the Summer League.
Lonzo knows how to score, he passes the ball with extremely ease and is not selfish at the time of playing. This season he will play with Brandon Ingram as the biggest stars of the team, but maybe in a few season, he will be commanding the Lakers with some of the greatest stars of the sport at this moment.
2. Josh Jackson
Be ready because this guy is going to steal the show. Jackson is perhaps the most underrated player on this list, but he is going to be a big thing, that’s for sure. The former Kansas University player arrived at Phoenix where he only can improve his game. Jackson is not only good at offense but defensively where he has shown the best of his game. Jackson passes the ball as an expert thanks to his extraordinary vision of the game.
Phoenix will have a great time watching Jackson play every night and so will us, as this youngster can definitely improve the Suns’ horrid defense and makeup from some of Booker’s defensive liabilities.
1. Thon Maker
Thon is already doing things to become a superstar, as the Milwaukee player has led his team alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo to be one of the most exciting to teams to see during past season. Maker arrived at NBA a couple of seasons ago and since the very first day he started putting good numbers on the sheets and demonstrating he is good enough to be in this league and to be a star.
Luckily for him, he has a good team and with sometime both Thom and his team will be playing to reach glory. It’s only a matter of time before he finds his groove and gets some more playing time, but considering his physique and skill set, he might as well become one of the league’s elite centers.