The NBA’s Western Conference youngsters will have a great opportunity to showcase their talents and leadership in the NBA restart.
The NBA Playoffs is the place where mature players thrive. It is a battlefield where experience trumps talent most of the time. For one, it is very rare for a young team to go deep in the Playoffs regardless of the amount of talent in the team.
However, the NBA is full of surprises and this NBA restart will be jam-packed, assuming that it pushes through. It appears that several NBA teams vying for a spot in the Playoffs are led by players under the age of 25. This reality is especially true for Western Conference teams.
Luka Doncic and the Mavs
The reigning rookie of the year, Luka Doncic is carrying the Mavs into greater heights. His leadership on the court is impeccable for a player at his age. He enters the NBA restart at just 21 years old. Nonetheless, he’s averaging an almost-MVP statline at 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game.
The Mavs are presently on the seventh spot in the Western Conference and they may still climb up to the fifth or sixth spot to avoid meeting the Clippers early in the Playoffs. However, Doncic’s chemistry with Porzingis may just cause an early upset this year.
Zion Williamson and the Pelicans
All the buzz surrounding 20-year old Williamson was well worth it even though he has only played 19 games so far. His immediate impact on the game was obvious. It appears that he is carrying the torch forward for the Pelicans. At present, he is averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.
The NBA is allegedly making all arrangements necessary for the Pelicans to enter the Playoffs on the first year of Williamson’s career. These rumors are unverified, but the hype for the young player is palpable. If he forces the Pelicans into the Playoffs, he just might cement his status as the rookie of the year regardless of the number of games he’s played.
Ja Morant and the Grizzlies
This year’s Grizzlies are overachieving to say the least. They are being led by another 20-year old rookie in Ja Morant. He is just one of the many NBA Western Conference youngster that is going to make the Playoffs a sight to see.
Before the season was postponed, Morant was averaging 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. Coincidentally, Morant is also the other favorite to win the rookie of the year award. He and Williamson will be placed under the microscope to determine who takes home the trophy.
Nonetheless, Morant has downplayed the talks on the award. Morant said that his focus is getting his team into Playoffs and nothing else.
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