With the arrival of LeBron James there was concern about the impact his presence would have on the development of the young Lakers, particularly Brandon Ingram. While early results were mixed, lately things are starting to click a little more for Ingram.
After Dennis Schroders 32 point break out in the last game against Golden State it is surprising to see very little movement in his line from some bookies. While the performance was certainly an outlier, it wasnt as unexpected as one might think.
When Tim Hardaway Jr signed a four year, $80 million deal with the New York Knicks two years ago, the media and fans heavily criticised the deal as a classic Knicks overpay and one of the worst in the league. While the contract is still an overpay, Hardaway Jr has done a long way to quieten the talk about his performance.
Many pundits have been surprised with De'Aaron Fox's performance this year as a lead guard but the reality is they shouldn't be. An elite high school recruit and a star at Kentucky, Fox was thrown into a tough situation as a rookie sharing minutes with George Hill and at the mercy of Dave Joegers strange rotations and general poor coaching.
One of the last remaining Sixers from the early days of Sam Hinkie's Process, Robert Covington had worked his way into becoming one of the best 3&D wings in the league. His tenure in Philly ended though as he was one of the critical pieces in the Jimmy Butler trade, sending BobCov to Minnesota.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was a Player Line Pro favourite prior to the draft with his size and crafty game reminding us of lead guards like Jrue Holiday and Caris LeVert in the way he controls his body and pace. Despite a crowded backcourt rotation in LA, SGA has carved out a role, and been super impressive in doing so.