We can expect a really interesting 2019 NBA Season and after many great decision and signings, it is time to talk about players who can surprise us and play even better than last season.
Some of them will get more minutes, some of them developed this summer and we can expect better performances and maybe one great comeback.
5. Thon Maker
Standing at 7 foot 1 and having great rebounding and defensive skills Thon Maker looks like he can be an ideal starting center for the Milwaukee Bucks.
In the 2017 season, Thon averaged 4.8 points and 3 rebounds with only 16.7 minutes per game. In the 2018 playoffs, Thon scored 14 points and 5 rebounds in game 3 against the Celtics.
This was a sneak peak of what he can do with more play time. If the Bucks decide to give him more minutes and maybe even a starting role he could very well average 15 points and 5 rebounds per game next season.
4. Bam Adebayo
Drafted by the Heat with the 14th pick, Bam Adebayo looks like he may just be what the Heat organization needs. He is a young player who is insanely athletic and can grab boards and block shots.
In the 2017 regular season, he averaged 5.5 rebounds per game. In the 2018 season, he will be getting more minutes and has been working on his mid-range and post game.
He will be a good role player alongside Dwyane Wade if he decides to stay.
3. Dejounte Murray
After getting more game time Dejounte Murray showed what he is capable of and how he can be a great backup point guard for the San Antonio Spurs. He went from getting 8.5 minutes, 3.4 points, and 1.1 rebounds per game to now 21.5 minutes, 8.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
When getting more minutes it showed that he can make a bigger impact on the team and with a great coach like Gregg Popovich he can end up being a great player for the Spurs.
2. Derrick Rose
Three-time All-Star and youngest NBA MVP Derrick Rose is underlooked by many because of his history with injuries. It is often said that if Rose had never had as many injuries as he has that he would be one of the best players in the league.
After being traded from the Bulls to the Knicks in 2016 Rose’s athletic capabilities were never the same. He later signed with the Cavaliers in 2017 and before trade deadline he was traded away and picked up by the Timberwolves. During the 2018 postseason,
Rose showed some light on the Timberwolves averaging 14.2 points per game coming off the bench and hope so he will improve even more next season.
1. Willie Cauley-Stein
Willie Cauley-Stein showed that he is very capable of being a good starting center for the Sacramento Kings after improving a lot this season. In 2016 he averaged 8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds.
After working on his rebounding skills and now taking smarter shots he averaged 12.8 points and 7 rebounds per game in the 2017 season. He has shown that he can be a good starting center for the Kings and can get a high amount of rebounds per game.