Upcoming Stars Of NBA 2023
The performances of some of the NBA’s brightest prospects have got stronger and stronger throughout the season as the youngster’s find their footing. With more players now declaring early for the draft every year, we are seeing swaths of new blood impressing on the court with plenty yet to have even left their teens. As we approach the business end of the season, we will now take a look at the best rising stars in the league right now.
Banchero seemingly already has the NBA Rookie of the year award tied down with NBA oddshaving him as low as - 1200, and rightly so. A physical powerhouse, the 20-year-old is averaging 19.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists so far this season. His physical ability and skill level has exceeded expectations this season and he has also proven his shooting ability is exceptional, going 6-7 from distance against the Celtics in December. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 Draft, Banchero has been a revelation in Orlando and may even help the Magic to a surprise play-in appearance. Even if they don’t, they can rest easy knowing that, with the likes of Banchero, Franz Wagner (21) and Wendell Carter (23) at the core of the team, they have a bright future.
Bennedict Mathurin has already established himself as one of the best explosive players in the league. At the time of writing, the rookie has amassed 223 fast break points, placing him fourth in the league for the stat behind Buddy Hield, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James respectively. Despite playing a reserve role for parts of the season, he has been one of the Pacers’ most important players this year averaging 17.5 points off the bench. This puts him tied 1st for players with a minimum of 10 games from the bench. He has shown he can drive at an elite level and looks to be working his way towards becoming one of the standout players from the class of 2022.
As strange as it may sound, Green’s purported struggles this season are actually a testament to his talent. Allow me to explain. Green’s 21.8 ppg ranks him higher than any other player in the league in their sophomore season. Admittedly his efficiency has taken a slight hit, but that should be expected when you consider that the volume of his scoring has increased. He is also being defended harder this year. Yes, elite players should be able to adapt, but I have complete faith in his ability to do just that soon enough. The fact that a 21-year-old averaging over 20 ppg is seen as disappointing proves just how highly he is rated by both fans and his peers. For reference, the likes of Kobe Bryantand James Harden both averaged well below 21.8 in their respective Sophomore seasons at shooting gaurd. Whilst he may not have quite taken the step up that many would have hoped this season, Green has enough time and talent to right those wrongs.
At just 19 years of age, Jalen Duren is already in esteemed company. The Detroit Pistons center led his team to a double overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs in February, producing 17 rebounds ,30 points, three assists ,four blocked shots, and one steal in the 138-131 win. He became the youngest player to produce 30 points and 17 rebounds in a game at 19 years, 84 days. He also joined Lebron James among others in becoming just the fourth teenager ever with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game. He has garnered comparisons to future Hall of Famer Dwight Howard, strengthened by the fact that became the second-youngest player in history to reach at least 100 rebounds and 15 blocks within their first 14 career games trailing only Howard himself. Duren will likely enter his Sophomore season still in his teens and the Pistons may have an all-star center for years to come.
Staying in Detroit, Duren’s teammate Jaden Ivey is having an equally impressive rookie season. He leads all rookies in the league with 4.6 apg. Though his efficiency is not the best, he has become Detroit’s primary ball handler of late and that burden is expected to come with some struggles, especially in his first season. He is also the only rookie this season to total at least 700 points, 200 assists and 200 rebounds. This is a testament to his all-round game. He is now being prioritized as a starter in Detroit and is going from strength to strength in the role.
Although these are amongst the best young players, there are plenty more who could’ve made it onto the list. Franz Wagner, Josh Giddey, Evan Mobley and Keegan Murray are just a few more names who have impressed in their rookie/sophomore seasons. With so many rising stars, the NBA is in great shape going forward.