Now that Kobe is out of the picture; and LeBron James permanently making his name as one of the best with three championships and 4 MVPs under his sleeve, it’s time to look for the next NBA superstar, or is it the next NBA megastar. We’ve got Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, and Anthony Davis. And these are just a few mentions. The list is longer than these.
Well, when it comes to picking who’s more likely to make it in the list of the likes of Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, etc., it’s hard to know. Every year, superstars keep cropping out of nowhere. Four or five years ago, who would’ve thought Steph Curry would take the NBA MVP two years in a row?
So far, Steph and Durant are now set to play as teammates, it would be interesting to see who’s gonna be dominant superstar than the other. That is, in most cases, it’s usually a tricky situation if you’ve got two biggest players – presumably the best and second best – in the same team. Thus the anticipated debate on how those two (Steph and Durant) are gonna fair out.
Let’s hope the best. I hope for the best, because two have somehow similar personalities – cool, calm and down-to-earth.
Will it be Steph?
Anyways, let’s get back to the next superstar thing. What exactly makes an NBA superstar? Is it the championships one has won? Is it the awards? Is it the player’s skills and average points per game? What exactly is it? Well, that depends on how you look at it. But most would agree that a real superstar has to have or possess all the aforementioned aspects.
So what makes Steph unique and probably NBA’s next megastar? He’s the greatest shooter in history, and he’s got the ability to extend his record if it weren’t for “teamwork” roles he plays with his GSW teammates. He’s a world class ball handler and can shoot off the dribble. Better yet, Steph has very much improved on his defensive liability. And let’s not forget how smart he is. We can all see it from the way he talks. He’s never full of himself (Durant isn’t either).
Or Will it be Durant?
On the other hand, we have Kevin Durant, who happens to be one of the purest scorers in NBA’s history. For the past half a decade or so, Kevin Durant has been compared to LeBron James quite a number of times, and he’s always come out better. For instance, last season, he was more efficient than James since he shot around 39 percent from 3 while shooting <50 percent from the field. He wasn’t a great passer, but he’s shown some improvements in that sector, dolling out 5 assists per game.
As you can see, comparing these two is kinda difficult and hard to say. But they’re surely set to dominate the NBA in the next few years, given that they are of the same age, at 28.
What about Anthony Davis?
Putting these two aside, we’ve got Anthony Davis. At only 22 years of age, he managed to secure a maiden appearance in last season’s All-NBA 1st team. He also came fifth in last season’s MVP voting. At New Orleans Pelicans, he’s helped the team for being very effective when it comes to mid-range jump shots, which has made him devastating player to opponents.
Even though last season saw him slump, Davis is set to bounce back. And if he does, he’s be a force to reckon.
Things Looking Good For Devin Booker
Finally, if there is a potential NBA superstar is Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker, a 19 year old sensation who has been personally endorsed by major superstars like Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Butler, Dwayne Wade, and recently by LeBron James. The praises weren’t for nothing.
As a rookie, Devin averaged 13.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. The numbers make him the fourth youngest player to reach 1000 points – only behind Bryant, James, and Durant!