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10 Must-Watch NBA Players This Season
Who should you keep an eye out for as the NBA 2022–2023 season kicks off?
Great news, basketball fans: the NBA 2022–2023 season has finally begun. After a long and eventful off-season, hoop fans have a lot to look forward to with all the exciting roster changes, rising stars shaking things up, and storylines set to take place.
Now that it’s anyone’s league, just who’s at the top of the must-follow list at the NBA? As we gear up to see who will rise to the occasion and who will achieve greatness, we round up the early contenders worth getting to know.
The 10 Best NBA Players for the 2022-2023 Season
Don’t miss out on any of the action as early as now. Below are the ten players considered as must-watch athletes, who are hoping to lead their teams to victory:
Four-time NBA champion and finals MVP (not to mention 18-time NBA All-Star) Lebron James hopes to bring another title to Los Angeles. After missing the playoffs last year, fans and critics may be counting his team out. But expect the King to respond to all the doubters the way he knows best: leading the Lakers back into championship contention.
Also a four-time NBA champion and now finals MVP, Stephen Curry continues to define his legacy with his impressive three-point shooting. Last season, Golden State again reached the top of the NBA, winning their fourth title in eight years. Looking to win back-to-back championships, Curry is also looking to prove why he is one of the greatest of all time.
Kevin Durant has proven time and again that he is one of the best players in the game today. After winning two chips with the Warriors, he moved to Brooklyn to team up with another star, Kyrie Irving. But after only making it past the first round once in the last three years, expectations are at an all-time high for Durant and the Nets.
The Greek Freak is a force to reckon with in the Eastern Conference. The two-time MVP continues to evolve and has added an improved jump shot to his arsenal. The Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in the 2020–2021 NBA Finals, and it’s clear as day that they want to earn more rings. Keep a close eye on this player, NBA fans.
There’s no doubt that Kawhi Leonard is another one to watch with his gorgeous mid-range game and defense. But after tearing his ACL last year, his momentum was cut short as he was forced to sit on the sidelines instead. With Paul George, John Wall, and a deep Clipper bench backing him up, the Klaw’s return finally puts the Clippers in the title picture again.
European sensation Luka Doncic is currently a front-runner for the league MVP. His performance against the Suns last season was one of the best in recent memory, and it’s clear to see that he’ll only get better from here. Fans should expect nothing but Luka magic throughout the year and beyond.
Arguably the most popular young gun, Zion Williamson continues to stun fans with his out-of-this-world athleticism. Now that he’s back from recovering from his injury, expect more electrifying moments from the high-flying forward. With help from Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum, Williamson should be one of the top breakout candidates for the season.
Already considered one of the NBA’s best guards, Ja Morant absolutely makes must-watch sports on TV. With his athleticism, highlight reel dunks, and swagger, he and the Grizzlies gave the Warriors a good scare in the second round of the playoffs. Now that he’s healthy and has a stronger team backing him up, fans should gear up for Ja.
Here’s another player who’s back after recovering from an injury. Jamal Murray suffered an ACL tear that forced him to sit out last season. With Nikola Jokić becoming MVP and Michael Porter Jr. returning, will he and the Denver Nuggets finally win the Western Conference and reach the NBA Finals this year?
There are a lot of questions Dbook needs to answer this season. After the horrible exit from the playoffs last year, Devin Booker and the Suns must redeem themselves and show what they are capable of. Will the pressure be too much, or does Booker have what it takes to lead Phoenix back to the Finals? Fans will find out soon.
Witness Greatness at the NBA
The rise in competition has made the NBA even more exciting. New rivalries and marquee matchups make for great storytelling on this side of sports. And when all is said and done, the victor can bask in the glory, raising the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Will a young rising team take over? Or will a veteran establish dominance once again? Are we going to see a dynasty take over? Make sure to subscribe to NBA League Pass and avail of streaming promos via the GlobeOne app to witness greatness unfold.
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