Who is the next King?

July 8, 2017
July 8, 2017
NBA legends: Shawn Kemp
July 9, 2017

We are blessed to live in the era of LeBron James. Although some NBA fans always find a reason to hate ´The King´ you can't deny he is the best player of the past ten years. If he isn't the king of the NBA, he definitely is the king of the East. In the 60´s you had Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. Next came Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Michael Jordan was the next face of the NBA. MJ gave it to Kobe Bryant and Kobe passed it through to LeBron. Of course you have future Hall of Famers like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. But they will be in their mid-thirties when LeBron retires. Which NBA talent is about to dominate the NBA in the next 15 or even 20 years?

Anthony Davis

It is obvious that Anthony Davis will be right up there in the future. The problem with Davis are his injuries. "The Brow" already missed 74 games in his career. That is an average of 15 per season. The second problem with Davis are his surroundings. The New Orleans Pelicans have not proven to be a great franchise over the past ten years. Besides that, he doesn't have great teammates except for DeMarcus Cousins and maybe Jrue Holiday. Davis had incredible stats this season. He averaged 28 points with 12 rebounds. But the biggest doubts are his injuries and his teammates.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Antetokounmpo has been progressing extremely since his debut in the NBA. He leads his team, The Milwaukee Bucks, in every single category (points, rebounding, assists, steals & blocks!) "The Greek Freak" may be the next triple double king when Westbrook is starting to slow down in the aftermath of his career. The only problem with Giannis is his shot, but he has time to work on that because he is just 22 years old. If he also gets a three-point shot to his game, then Giannis is going to be unstoppable.

Karl-Anthony Towns

A player quite similar to Anthony Davis, Towns maybe has the more promising future of the two Big Man. That's because he is part of a great group of young guys in Minnesota. With teammates like Wiggins and LaVine, future NBA stars, and a well-proven coach in Tom Thibodeau the Timberwolves seems well-equipped for the future. The only problem with Towns is his defence, but other players within the team can make up for that. The Timberwolves can be a contender in a few years, especially if they acquire a few veterans to the team. Towns cannot be the face of the NBA if the Wolves aren't winning.

Devin Booker

I´m not completely sure about this one. We all saw his 70-point game. Nobody knows what Bookers ceiling is. He can be a guy who scores 30+ in five straight seasons. But I think Booker just comes a little short with the comparison to the other guys on this list. But he will be an All-Star for sure. Booker has shown flashes of Kobe and Wade who both recognised his talents. This boy has a bright future.

Players who haven't played in the NBA yet.

Maybe the next King isn't in the NBA yet. This makes it hard to predict who will become the next king. Ben Simmons looks like a 7 feet tall point guard who maybe can be what LeBron was. Markelle Fultz is a phenomenal player in College who most likely will be the number one pick in this upcoming draft. But these guys haven't put their shoes on a NBA basketball court yet. So it is almost impossible to predict, but if we should believe LaVar Ball, Lonzo Ball is going to be the best player the world has ever seen. But don't get your hopes up too high, only time will tell.

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