The 2019 offseason has been one of the most shocking and eventful in NBA history. Many dynamic duos have been formed, which actually brought the league under a lot of scrutiny. But regardless of the team, an elite player will remain impactful even if it doesn’t bring home a ring. Here are five point guards to look forward to in the 2019-2020 NBA season:
1. Stephen Curry
Rewinding to a time when Kevin Durant was not a factor, Stephen Curry was the main man on the Golden State Warriors and won them a championship with the help of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. To adjust for Durant’s presence, Curry took a step back. That is no longer the case. With all the offseason changes and Klay Thompson injured, Curry will have no choice but to step up again. Of course, that comes with another adjustment—to play with D’Angelo Russell as a co-point guard. Regardless, Curry will have to be the best player on the floor to keep his team a championship contender.
2. Russell Westbrook
With Westbrook’s new role as a Houston Rocket, he is one to keep an eye on. Marred by his previously labeled selfish play to average triple doubles, Westbrook will have to prove himself anew this season. He might be able to maintain that streak, but he will have to adjust to Coach Mike D’Antoni’s game plans and not to mention James Harden. Although they have played together in the past, they have both evolved into dynamic players. It’s time to see if they will prove to be a dynamic duo.
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3. Kyrie Irving
Irving a.k.a. Uncle Drew will once again be on the move this season. With his new home with the Brooklyn Nets, Irving has something to prove too. With Boston being somewhat of a nightmare for the former champion, he gets a chance at redemption with a new team and a real chance at emerging in the East. Although Durant is expected to miss the entire season. Irving will have to show that he can indeed be a leader.
4. Ben Simmons
A rather Magic Johnson-esque type player, Simmons is a top point guard in the league. With Joel Embiid by his side, the Sixers are in a great position in the East. With all-stars like LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard out of the East Coast, the path to the Playoffs and possibly the Finals is getting easier. However, unless he improves his shooting, Simmons will not be truly elite.
5. Trae Young
Trae Young has shown great potential in his rookie season. Even with a slow start, he managed to be runner-up for Rookie of the Year award. After the All-Star break he averaged 24.7 points, nine assists, and four rebounds in the games he played. That is one of the best averages for a rookie, joining the likes of Oscar Robertson and Damon Stoudamire. Not to mention he had a 49-point, 16 assist, and eight rebound game against the Bulls in a quadruple overtime game last season. With all this in mind, the 2019-2020 season, or rather the rest of his career is something to look forward to.
These along with many others are point guards to look forward to in the 2019-2020 NBA season. Some honorable mentions include Damian Lillard, Jamal Murray, Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry, and John Wall (if he manages to be healthy).
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