Best NBA Players from the 2015 Draft

The 2015 NBA Draft was one of the better in recent years. The draft has both current and future NBA stars. Unlike some draft classes, 2015 has quality players from all different positions with a variety of skill sets. While the draft class from 2015 is deep, it certainly has a few standouts whose stars have shined brighter than most.

Karl-Anthony Towns was the number 1 overall pick in the draft, and has certainly lived up to all the usual hype that comes with being the top overall selection. In 2016, so far Towns is scoring 21-PPG, while grabbing almost 11 boards a night with 1.4 blocks on average. At 7 ft. tall and 244 lbs., Towns is not only an efficient scorer around the basket, but has shown he can step out and hit jump shots from all over the floor. Playing on a Minnesota team with a nucleus of young talent, Towns spearheads a roster that will more than likely have certain playoff success in coming years.

The second pick in the 2015 NBA draft went to the Los Angeles Lakers who took D’Angelo Russell. Russel, a 6’5, smooth shooting lefty from Ohio State, is scoring 15 points a game on a young Lakers team which, like the Timberwolves, shows a lot of promise and has a potentially bright future.

Knicks fans booed when with 4th pick in the draft New York picked up 7’3 power forward Kristaps Porzingis. This year Porzingis is averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds a night. While those numbers are quite impressive for a second-year player, it’s his 39% from three and versatile ball handling at 7’3 which make him the player in the draft with the highest ceiling. He is often compared to Dirk Nowitski, another foreign-born big man with a similar skill set who one day will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, no doubt. Knicks fans should be happy that they have a versatile big to build their future around.

One of my favorite players from the 2015 draft is point guard, Devin Booker. Coming out of Kentucky I knew he would be an excellent shooter, but what has surprised me most is his superb ability to handle the ball and facilitate offense for his team, the Phoenix Suns. Booker is averaging 18 points a game, and could end up being the best guard in the draft, while being picked only 13th.

Jahlil Okafor a 6’11 center from Duke University was taken third in the draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Okafor is a physical big man who has a soft scoring touch around the basket. He averages 11 points a game to go along with 4 rebounds, and coupling him with Joel Embid gives the 76ers one of the best young front courts in the entire league.

The NBA has a very steady talent pool. Overall, the 2015 NBA draft class was well above average and should have a lasting impact on the league for many years to come.

Who is Going to Win NBA Rookie of the Year in 2016-17

Top Potential candidates to win NBA rookie of the Year 2016-17. 
Predicting who is going to win or rather the top winners in the national basketball association in the year 2016/2017 is not a very hard task. I have keenly followed all the games in the current season, and quite a good number of players have kept their record all along. NBA has good players to the extent that quantifying or ranking them is a headache. However, some players are excellent, and their effort and momentum cannot go unnoticed. In my opinion, the following players have maintained their top position since the season started and I feel that they should win the NBA Rookie of the year.

Dario Saric tops the list. Dario has played professional basketball since he was fifteen along with other players of his kind. Commonly referred to as Orlando Magic, Dario Saric is quite magical in his right as once he gets hold of the ball, he becomes fierce and is hard to compete with. Before joining NBA, Saric had played for Philadelphia, Croatia, and Turkey and this background is believed to be the sole reason why he always tops in every game.
Saric having played for his third game in a row in the NBA, he has averaged ten points in every game and six rebounds at power forward. Saric can put up to twenty-one points in a single game and twelve rebounds at the same time. This is what am referring magical as very few can keep up with such scores. If Saric can only improve his mid-range game and how he selects the shots, he is a candidate in the NBA winners of the year. I do wish him well, and I know he is a potential winner in all forms and manners.

Jamal Murray is a yet another potential candidate in the NBA, and he is very likely to emerge a winner this season. His fans, I included, are very hopeful, and since he hasn’t lost zeal in the season, I believe he is a potential winner. Jamal came to the limelight in the 2014/2015 Kentucky club alongside other incredible players where they scored overwhelmingly. Murray was, however, silent for a year, and I do believe it was a rebuilding process as he came back with excellent performances. At Kentucky, Jamal Murray had averaged twenty points, two assists and five rebounds per game in just one season.
Murray’s ability to push the ball, pace and get hold of the basket while on the floor is one of his greatest strengths. While in college, he would slash the basket in rim-rocking jams which left all his views perplexed. At nineteen years of age, Murray was a perfect player, and he had already worked himself into rotation and him now comfortably scoops ten points, two assists, and three rebounds with ease. Being one of those players with the highest scores in this NBA this season, it would mean not to predict his win. All the best Jamal Murray.

Blake Griffin is another potential candidate to secure a win this season at NBA award of the year 2016/2017. Blake started playing basketball at a young age. In 2010, he fractured his left kneecap that saw him spend a whole year at home to heal properly. However, this break did magic once he was back on the floor. He once scored twenty-three points, four assists, and twelve rebounds and had since the maintained the exemplary performance. In the current season, he has continually taken the league by storm, and that is why I term him a potential award winner. Blake has perfectly helped Joel Embiid and their collaboration always yield great results. I, therefore, wish the three candidates all the very best, and I hope they win the NBA award of the year 2016/2017.

Most Overpaid NBA Players

NBA is one of the premier basketball leagues not only in the United States but also globally; this is because it attracts the attention of not only the fans but also the wagering lovers with most people earning a lot from the underdogs therein. However, people believe that many players in the league make ridiculously high amounts of money compared to their performances. Sports is one of the productive activities to take part in, and most of the club owners pay their players well because it has been the norm for a long time, the tradition is less likely to change and highly paid players are sometimes not productive. Nothing would be more annoying to owners and fans that watching nonperforming players yet their pay is high; this often bores the fans to the core. There were sometimes in the past when clubs opted to cut the salary of the players and paid according to their performances, however, people witnessed them sign other contracts and wages far bigger than their rate of return. Here are some of the players that seem to be overpaid when compared to their performance levels.

1. Enes Kanter.
In the 2014-2015 season, Enes Kanter was transferred to the Oklahoma City team as part and parcel of the deal that was among three teams. However, the performance of Enes Kanter in the 26 games of the season did not impress at all. Kanter who performed highly averaged 18.7 points and 11 rebounds in 31.1 minutes. The contract that Kanter signed is like no other due to the fact that it is lucrative and amounts to 70 million and in the two years that he has played for the team, his performance has not matched the score. Because of the consistently low performance, people believe that Kanter does not deserve such a high pay.

2. Bradley Beal.
Due to the exemplary performance in the 2015-16 season that he averaged 17.4 scores per game and blasting 38.7 percent from three-point range, Beal was transferred to the Washington Wizards and the team decided to award him a hefty contract. Though he is one of the most paid players in the NBA history, his performance does not augur with his payment since his performance dropped from 36.6 percent to below 30 percent shooting from there point range. This is also made worse by both his bad performance averages in rebounds and assists per game, but all does not go as people believe that Beal has plenty of time to improve his performance and make it equal to his pay.

3. Joakim Noah.
Joakim Noah is one of the best players that amuse the fans when it comes not only to his defensive abilities but also rebounding power on top of the high passion for the game. However, people believe that his performance in not impressive. He received a lucrative contract that amounts to 72.6 million for four years, and he has not translated the pay into performance on the game. Although he is the former defensive player, he averages 4.3 points, 7.3 rebounds per game and his attempts do not bear much fruit anymore.

4. Evan Turner.
Evan Turner is one of the prospectively best players and teams may want to sign contracts with him, but his performance lately falls below expectations. Although his performance is flat, he is currently one of the most paid players in the NBA with a salary of over 70 million dollars over the past four years. He plays for Portland Trailblazers where he averages 6.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 23.7 minutes.

Top 10 Players in NBA History

The National Basketball Association is at the pinnacle when it comes to round ball. Some of the most talented individuals of all time has graced this stage, but only a few will make the final cut as the NBA’s top 10 players. This top 10 is being judged on what I feel is most relevant, being Skill level, statistics, awards, and impact.

10. Tim Duncan:
In his 19 year career, the Big Fundamental has exceeded other power forwards because of his consistency, commitment, and high level IQ. Duncan’s game wasn’t flashy unlike others, but he was the total package on offense and defense. Whether it’s face-up jumpers off the glass, back down post-ups, or suffocating defense, Duncan’s game was complete and was awarded with 2x MVP, Rookie of the Year, and 5x Champion.

9. Bill Russell:

What can you say about this guy besides being an 11x Champion. Russell was the heart and soul of his team and he turned Boston into a legitimate Dynasty during his playing days. His dominating presence made him a defensive nightmare while averaging 22.5 Rebs per game for his career. The guy was simply amazing and personified being a true team player.

8. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:

The league’s All Time Leading Scorer is who this man is as he racked up over 38,000 total points in his career while possessing arguably the most dominating move, “the sky hook.” Twenty years of offensive prowess came from Jabbar while playing 1,560 games. This 7’2″ giant was a
6x Champion
6x MVP
19x All Star
2x Scoring Champion
7. Shaquille O’neal:

Arguably the most dominating force in history by sheer size along. Shaq was brute force at it’s finest with a touch of elegance. The Diesel dominated the paint throughout his career and at over 300lbs, was a nightmare to defend. The big fellow played for multiple teams through 19 years and racked up awards such as:
Rookie of the Year
2x Scoring Champion
4x Champion
15x All Star

6. Oscar Robinson:

The 6’5″ Guard personifies greatness and is arguably the best all around player in history. The Big O’s stats were simply mind boggling as he seemed to play with pure grace. Robertson averaged at Triple Double during the 1961-62 season with 30.8 pts, 11.4 assists, and 12.5 rebounds per game.

5. Wilt Chamberlain:

This dominant center’s numbers were stacked from head to toe. Wilt the Stilt holds the 4 Highest All Time Seasons of Scoring and scored a record 100 points in a game. Yes, he was that good. Though he wasn’t built like a brick house, Wilt imposed his will on opponents with turn-arounds, dunks, finger rolls, and swatting blocked shots. Chamberlain was a 2x Champion, 4x MVP, 7x Scoring Champion, and he led the NBA in assists for one year.

4. Lebron James:

King James makes the list because he simply makes everyone better. The 6’8″ 250lb is a beast on the court with his energized and athletic play. Though he doesn’t have the offensive prowess as others on the list, King James impacts the game like non-other by filling up the stat sheet. Speed, size, strength, agility, and unselfish play makes him a joy to watch and Lebron can guard all five positions. LBJ’s awards include:
3x Champion
4x MVP
Rookie of the Year
12x All Star
3x NBA Finals MVP
Cavs All Time Leading Scorer

3.Earvin “Magic” Johnson:

Mr Showtime is possibly the best point guard in history with his no-look passes, slashing drives, and floor running capabilities. Magic was simply “the playmaker” of the L.A. Lakers At 6’9″, Magic ran the floor like non other and commanded attention on both sides of the ball. Though his career was cut short by illness, his stats/awards are:
5x Champion
3x MVP
3x Final’s MVP
Rookie of the Year
4x Assist Leader

2. Kobe Bryant:
What can you say? Kobe Bryant is all that and some with his Jordan like jump shot, dazzling crossovers, and high flying dunks. The 6’6′ Shooting Guard can do it all and is 3rd on the All Time Scoring List. His Jordan like moves makes him impossible to guard and he hit 81 points in a game vs the Raptors. Though known as a volume shooter, Kobe has made over 20 game winning shots through his 20 year career and is the closet thing to “His Airness”.
5x Champion
1x MVP
2x Finals MVP
2x Scoring Champion
18x All Star

1. Michael Jordan:

There is no if, ands, or but’s about it, Jordan is a basketball God and is the Greatest Basketball Player in History and in space. No other player could match Mike’s skill, passion, abilities, and drive. The 6’6″ Shooting Guard has no weaknesses and is the best mid-range jump shooter of all time. Blazing quickness, tremendous jumping ability, insane footwork, hangtime, and a jumper nicknamed after himself, “money”. Jordan’s IQ is superb and has a sniper’s killer mentality with well over 25 game winning shots. Creativity with the ball is unmatched by anyone and Mike transcended the game to a global level. MJ is a brand rather than a person. From clothing lines to the best selling sneakers, Jordan is out of this world and check out his resume:
6x Champion
6x Final’s MVP
5x MVP
Defensive Player of the Year
10x Scoring Champion
Highest All Time Scoring Average
Rookie of the Year
3x Steals Leader
2x Olympian

There just isn’t enough room for all of MJ’ accomplishments as he has the highest playoff and final’s scoring average, more 50/60 games in history, and the true heart of a champion.