PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS – C.J. MCCOLLUM
C.J. McCollum is a very valuable young asset in the Trailblazers’ arsenal. He is one of the best scorers in the league with 20.7 ppg and is apart of one of the best backcourts in the league with Damian Lillard. All the Trailblazers need to do is get some talent in the front-court to be a great team in the association. The Trailblazers are definitely excited to see this guy progress in years to come. After losing some veteran talent last offseason, it’s imperative the Blazers re-tool through youth.
SACRAMENTO KINGS – WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN
Willie Cauley-Stein is the big, athletic, 7 footer from Kentucky. Backing up and also playing off of the best big man in the league, DeMarcus Cousins, Willie is definitely learning a lot about being a center in this league. He is averaging 6.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and a solid 1 block per game. This raw big man could definitely be a productive player in this league in years to come. The Kings are starved for a winning environment and Cauley-Stein will have to be a part of it.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS – BOBAN MARJANOVIĆ
BOBAN! This 7-foot-4 monster from Serbia is one of the best players in the league…according to per 36-minute stats. With Tim Duncan’s looming retirement, Boban could fill his role easily. He is a 27-year-old rookie (only exception for the under 24-25 year old mark), but his per 36 minute stats are incredible. If he played three quarters of the game (which he doesn’t come close to for some reason), he would average a whopping 22.2 ppg, 15.4 rpg, 1.1 stls, and 1.7 blks! This guy needs minutes!
TORONTO RAPTORS – LUCAS NOGUEIRA
The Raptors have a great team and aren’t really looking to develop their young players as of now. They’re looking to make their first run through the Eastern Conference in their history, so they’re very much in win-now mode. Someone to note is Lucas Nogueira from Brazil. This 7 footer shows promise whenever he gets in the game and is an explosive rebounder. With more minutes this guy could really develop into a good big man in this league.
UTAH JAZZ – RODNEY HOOD
This second year player from Duke is a great scorer for the Utah Jazz. While he was only drafted 23rd overall in 2014, he’s progressed nicely for Utah and is looking like a bit of a draft steal. He is averaging about 15 ppg and is growing before the Jazz’s staff every single night. He can score from anywhere on the court and at only 23 he will only get better. He is one of the Jazz’s best young pieces in the years ahead.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS – OTTO PORTER JR.
Otto Porter may have been a disappointment for the Wizards before, but he is now starting to come into his own. He is averaging 11.5 ppg and 1.5 spg. The Wizards have one of the best backcourts in the league with Beal and Wall, and Otto is a great addition at the SF position. The Wizards have a bright future ahead. It’s hard to believe they’ve taken such a step back after looking like one of the more promising teams just last year.