Many players left their indelible imprint in the NBA 2019-20 season, like always. This year, it was interesting to take note of the young and upcoming stars who made significant improvements in their performance from last time and have certainly established themselves as a force to reckon with. Here is a look at 5 such players.
Here’s one player who seems ready to take the mantle from the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry as the next NBA superstar. Luka Doncic had a spectacular season where he had a Points Per Game (PPG) of 28.7 and helped the Mavericks to secure a playoff berth. This was his only his second NBA season, and yet Doncic performed like a pro. The 21-year old was also a crowd favorite and his skills on display really got them going. He was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year trophy last season and it looks like Doncic is only going to increase his stakes in the coming years.
By now Jayson Tatum has established himself as the best player in the Celtics roster. Tatum was in his 3rd season and has vastly improved his scoring by nearly eight points per game. Furthermore, he was also shooting 40 percent 3-pointers and scored more than he did in the first two seasons. His shooting and pick-and roll have also improved significantly and he moved around much better on the court. Tatum’s terrific shots at the rim were a sight to behold and he will be eagerly anticipated next season.
Brandon Ingram came over from the Lakers last summer when he was traded for Anthony Davis. Initially, no one was sure how long he would last in the Pelicans’ set up. However, Ingram has shown he is a true force and is here to stay. An All-Star season and a PPG of 24.3 has ensured that his name will be remembered for some time to come. One of the biggest highlights of Ingram’s performance this season was his 3-point shooting that elevated his offensive game to a different level.
Siakam had made his name last season but he really went on to enhance his overall game by leaps and bounds this year. This was the reason that he got the Most Improved Player honor in many rankings as he shot up his scoring average by almost 10 points. This, season Siakam’s average was 23.6 per game, which was 15th in the league. This is quite impressive and he was one of the mainstays for the Raptors this season throughout. Siakam’s stunning off-the-dribble 3-point shooting will certainly be remembered for a while.
VanVleet had built up great momentum last year but no one had expected him to rise the way he did this season. He increased his scoring average by almost 7 points and had a PPG of 17.6 per game. Moreover, he also improved his assists, rebounds and 3-point percentage. VanVleet was a livewire on the court for the Raptors and his perimeter defense was one of the best in the league this year. He has come up as a player who is becoming efficient in all departments and will certainly be watched out for eagerly next year.