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NBA 2021/2022 Who Will Be The Standout Stars

7 players to watch in the NBA next season 

The 2020/2021 NBA season was unprecedented, interrupted, yet still incredibly exciting. The season started late because of delayed pre-season games. The Toronto Raptors had to relocate to Florida because of COVID-19 border controls. Team LeBron won the All-Stars match by 20 points (both teams scored well over 100 points!) And the season was shortened so that the players could take part in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

With all that (hopefully) in the past now, the 2021/2022 season promises us a full year of basketball to enjoy. How will you be making the most of it? Game night parties, NBA daily fantasy sports, or traveling to watch your team play? 

However you are planning to enjoy the season, you are probably curious about which players are going to be the standout stars…  

Here are 7 players that had an amazing 2020/2021 season, who we expect to have an even better 2021/2022 season: 

#1 – Giannis Antetokounmpo 

The nickname “Greek Freak” seems a little derivative considering the immense talent Giannis Antetokounmpo possesses. But, it does encapsulate the shock we all experienced when seeing him play for the first time. 

After being named NBA MVP for the second season in a row, Antetokounmpo joined the exclusive club of players to win the award twice in a row before the age of 26. Who else is in that club? LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

#2 – Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant had an incredible year before in and out of the NBA. 

In July, he led Team USA to their 16th gold medal. The team has won gold at 6 of the last 7 olympics. This was Durant’s 3 Olympic gold medals. 

After moving to the Bucks, Durant sat out the entire 2019/2020 season. He returned in the 2020/2021 season, but eventually had to take time off due to catching COVID-19. These trials have only improved Durant’s game. He is the best player in the world right now, and we hope to see another amazing year from him.  

#3 – LeBron James 

LeBron James is the current reigning Time Athlete of the Year, and that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his career achievements. Anyone else would have retired at this point, but James has been very open about his desire to be the Greatest of All Time. He’s not done with the NBA yet! 

During last season he became the youngest player to reach 35,000 points. He also was named an All-Star for the 17th year in a row and captained the second team to a 170-150 victory. 

#4 – James Harden 

This season was the shortest in NBA history and Harden missed 18 of those games due to injury. But still, he has made it onto this list. Why? Because he was still breaking records and racking up points all season long. 

Harden was traded to the Nets at the start of the season, and led them through one of their best seasons ever. Harden became the first Nets player to win Player of the Month in consecutive months. And was named an All-Star for the 7th year in a row. 

#5 – Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic is the current NBA MVP – he was the third European to ever win the title and only the 5th non-American to win the trophy. Jokic is the first Center to win the award since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000. He is the first ever Denver Nuggets player to win the title. 

Jokic’s Serbian team mate Vasilije Micić won the equivalent title in the EuroLeague – this is the first time people from the same country have won the two key basketball titles. 

If Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic weren’t on the scene, he would be a shoe-in for the greatest ever European in the NBA. 

#6 – Luka Doncic

If you ever want to feel like an underachiever, look up what Luka Doncic has done in the first 22 years of his life. Doncic debuted for his national team at 16, broke the olympic record for points scored in a debut match, played in the EuroLeague for 3 years (and making the team of the decade), before moving to the NBA and signing a five-year $207 million rookie extension – the largest in NBA history. 

That list barely scratches the surface of Doncic’s career. 

He is one to watch in the 2021/2022 season, and most likely the next 10 seasons to come. 

#7 – Damian Lillard 

Lillard was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in 2021 and plays number 0. He is a 6-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year. He is a player that you want on your team, especially during an off-game. 

You may be familiar with the phrase “Dame Time”, we expect it will last long after Lillard had retired. When Dame Time arrives, expect the calm Damian Lillard to turn into a cold-blooded and clinical offensive machine. Dame Time sent Portland into the Playoffs this year – and who knows where it could take them next year. 

 

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