NBA season recap and what to look out for

One of the most exciting leagues each year, one of the most followed and that causes the loudest noise in general, the NBA, came to a forced stop a few weeks ago. Coronavirus, or Covid-19, has caused chaos in the sports world and some of the fans that have felt it the most are the true basketball fans, who were enjoying one of the best, most competitive seasons of the NBA in recent years.

This seemed to be like a good year for LeBron James to win his 4th NBA ring, backed up by the greatness of Anthony Davis and a greatly assembled LA Lakers team. LeBron was even leading the race to NBA MVP when the season stopped. The Milwaukee Bucks are the best team in the league, according to numbers, and were showing off amazing strength and team play, lead by the “Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Other teams like the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat or Boston Celtics, in the East, or the LA Clippers, the Denver Nuggets or Houston Rockets, in the West, were giving this season the extra ingredients we were all waiting for, while we got closer and closer to the playoffs.

The NBA has announced that they intend to finish the season, hopefully coming back to action in early June, and moving the NBA Finals to August, considering a probable format change. We all certainly hope this will happen, and we will get to watch the ending of a remarkable season, at least so far. In fact, former players and media have already commented that, if the season were to be completed, we might be in for the best playoff run ever, considering that all the superstars and best teams in the league are getting a 2 month rest, allowing them to get in shape, adjust details, work on the floor and get ready to fight for the ring. This hiatus will definitely help players return in top form and allow veterans like LeBron himself, to get to the playoffs 100% healthy.

These are the individual leaders so far in the 2019-2020 NBA season

          Points per game: James Harden, 34.4 – Houston Rockets

          Rebounds per game: Andre Drummond, 15.2 – Cleveland Cavaliers

          Assists per game: LeBron James, 10.6 – LA Lakers

          Blocks per game: Hassan Whiteside, 3.1 – Portland Trail Blazers

          Steals per game: Ben Simmons, 2.1 – Philadelphia 76’ers

          Field Goal percentage: Mitchell Robinson, 74.2 – New York Knicks

          Three Pointers made: James Harden, 271 – Houston Rockets

          Three Point percentage: George Hill, 48.0 – Milwaukee Bucks

These are the team leaders so far in the 2019-2020 NBA season

          Points per game: Milwaukee Bucks, 118.6

          Rebounds per game: Milwaukee Bucks, 51.7

          Assists per game: Phoenix Suns, 27.2

          Blocks per game: LA Lakers, 6.8

          Steals per game: Chicago Bulls, 10.0

          Field Goal percentage: LA Lakers, 48.5

          Three Pointers made: Dallas Mavericks, 1026

          Three Point percentage: Miami Heat, 38.3

          Free Throw percentage: Phoenix Suns, 82.6

If the NBA playoffs started today, just to have an idea of how things are currently in the league, in the East we would have Bucks vs. Magic, Raptors vs. Nets, Celtics vs. 76’ers and Heat vs. Pacers. In fact, Bucks, Raptors and Celtics had already clinched their playoff spot before the season stopped. In the West, we’d enjoy of Lakers vs. Grizzlies, Clippers vs. Mavericks, Nuggets vs. Rockets and Jazz vs. Thunder. Only the Lakers, so far, had clinched a playoff spot, their first since 2013.

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Who is the best NBA player under 25 yrs old

We have a young and exciting generation in the NBA right now. We have teams like the Phoenix Suns and Utah, with some great young players, like Devin Booker and Donovan Mitchell – but are they the top of the top in the age bracket of under 25?
We can talk about who is great and who is going to be great, but it comes down to who is the tops of the young age bracket right now.
Lets take a deep look at some of the top 3 NBA players under 25 playing the game right now.
So we will look at 3 of the top young guys who are balling and are under 25.
We will start with a 2nd year PG.
Trae Young; Atlanta Hawks, PG, 21 years old
Trae Young has been very good for the Atlanta Hawks – he runs the machine, he is the guy for this team, and Atlanta has a legit scoring machine , with the 21 year old, Young, at 28ppg this year. Even though defense is the weak spot for Trae – the quality of opponents in the division, has a little bit to do with his lack of ability to make plays on defense. But, he has never been a shutdown guy.
Atlanta, on offense, plays a steady pick and roll game on their bottom ended offense, but he excels with scoring the ball, and he gets a shot off all the time, and is never shy about looking for his shot either. With 20 FGA in 66% of the games this season, as of this article. He is easy to play with due to his ability to hang pts on the board – but Atlanta is a team that has no other realistic scoring options or any likely chance of making the playoffs this year.
Oddly enough, Young has a problem with knocking down shots. Hitting just 44% of his shots on the season – and hitting just 42% over the last 2 seasons, this has been his glaring problem for some time. Young seems like he would rather defer to someone else to take it over when the chips are down. He seems to be passive at times – a guy who is afraid to take the big shot. This could be based on Young only playing 1 season in Oklahoma – he may have not have learned the cold hearted assassin thought for a leader for a team.
When the game becomes tighter and rolls into clutch time – teams can lay off him & force him, it seems he lacks confidence that is really needed in that area. Teams aren’t going to be afraid of his below 45% shooting percentage.
Luka Doncic; Dallas Mavericks, SG, 20 years old
Luka Doncic takes everyone he plays to school on the court and he has been lighting up the NBA for 29ppg and almost 9 assists /game for Dallas – he has been just outstanding. Luka has been in the league for just 2 years – and has shown he is something really, really special. His scoring has been amazing to watch and his overall game is just incredible.
The 20 year old has been outplaying seasoned players with 5, and 6 years behind them – Luka is the future of this league – hands down. He is still getting down shooting the trey ball – knocking down just 32% of his 3pt shots – but he has a spectacular mid range game and is a treat to watch with leaners, and sweet jump shots. The Slovenian SG is a pure shooter for sure – he doesn’t waste his shots with crazy double covered shots – he is fun to watch scoring. He scores when needed for the Mavs – and is virtually unguardable, scoring 26+ in 76% of his games this season, as of this article.
Brandon Ingram; New Orleans Pelicans, PF, 22 years old
Brandon Ingram has been injury prone over his 4 season career with 26.5 games missed/season since 2017. Which really sucks – no one wants a talented scoring option like him, to be absent for 32% of the year – and Ingram missing games seems to be clockwork every season. It is just waiting for the time, when he go absent. Again.
The former 2nd overall pick is a beast with his natural scoring ability. Obviously Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis are better overall at the PF position – but Ingram is just 22 years old and Antetokounmpo and Davis are older and more experienced – give it time, I think Ingram is going to be a long time superstar and could be in the same classroom on the court with either one.
Brandon is a great asset to the Pelicans and is only going to get better – especially when Zion Williamson arrives.  He has rebounding, at 7 rpg- and is improving his overall defense, and he has brought rock solid scoring over the season, each and every game.
If challenged to pick 2 guys to win a championship – it’s coming down to the slender Ingram and Doncic – as I would think many feel they are the top 2 playing under 25, right now.
Imagine how good Ingram is going to be in 2-3 years from now, he is guy that has sweet scoring and shooting ability, but needs to get better with his training, he needs to stay on the court.
I grasp what Ingram and Young are – but Doncic is better.  A better player, a better leader, and easily a better shooter. Luka is only 20 years old and putting up top of the league like numbers, people need to realize that he is a transitional historic player – one that ruins a games gameplan.
Numbers don’t lie.
29ppg, 10rpg, and 9apg are just ridiculous.
What other guys are doing – is nothing close to what Luka is doing. He can play the game of basketball – bottom line. He can play with the best of them in the league. Luka and his pure scoring ability has opponents asking what kind of sorcery is being unleashed when he is on the court.