The Resurgence of Nine NBA Players
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Let’s put into focus nine players that have surprised the league this season.
Upon going to the Boston Celtics he suffered a nasty injury in his very first game, which made your body hurt just looking at it. He finally came back last season, but it was evident he wasn’t the same player. However, this season he’s been a solid player on a title contender. He’s posting career-highs in field goal percentage and rebounds, and posting his best three-point accuracy and points per game since before his injury. He’s also dishing out the most assists since 2013-14.
He’s in his 3rd year and this is more of a mini-break out than resurgence. He’s posting career highs across the board and playing his best basketball since being drafted. Anunoby is a big reason why the Raptors are playing such good basketball even with the loss of Kawhi Leonard. This is only a start for him as he’s just 22 with a very bright future.
Furkan is averaging career-highs in field-goal percentage, three-point percentage, three-pointers made and points per game. Philly made a trade for wing depth at the deadline and Korkmaz responded by lighting it up himself. In the two games immediately after the deal, he made 13 treys and scored 65 points in 61 minutes.
He’s averaging career-highs in field-goals made, three-pointers made, points, and rebounds per game. For the first part of the season, with Deandre Ayton out for 25 games due to suspension, Baynes really stepped it up showing that he was more than deserving of a starting gig. In 25 starts this season, he has shot 50.2% from the field, 35.4% from downtown and averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game. However, Ayton is back and Baynes has been hurt, so he’s playing limited minutes as a backup. He’ll be a free agent this summer though, and a team could throw some serious money and a starting job at him.
Malik is in his fourth season and was having good scoring games off the bench for the Nuggets. The Timberwolves took notice, traded for him and placed him in their starting lineup. He has rewarded their gesture by lighting it up so far in eight games for his new team. He’s scoring 21.1 points per game and making 3.9 triples at a 40.8% clip.
After being a lottery pick in 2013 he had almost played his way out of the NBA, scoring only 3.9 points per game in limited action last season. This season, he’s become a key contributor for a title contender in the Rockets making 2.6 threes per game on 39.6% accuracy, while averaging 10.3 points.
Marquese has always had the talent but his head had gotten in the way. After starting his career with the Suns and failing to land on solid ground for a team needing a power forward, it’s starting to look like he’s found his way on the Warriors this season. He’s putting up career-highs in field goal percentage, points, rebounds and blocks per game. In his last 14 games, he’s making 62.9% of his field goals and putting up 13.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
He looked so good in college, but no one can really explain what happened when he got to the league. However, he’s persevered and this season has been a bit of a revelation for him. In 2017-18 and 2018-19 he played in a total of 33 games. This season he’s played in 57 games and started 52 of them. He’s posted career highs across the board and has made 23 more threes this season than he had in the two seasons prior. I hope he keeps it up because the sky’s the limit for him.
When you look in the dictionary under the word resurgence, you will see a photo of Christian Wood. From 2015-16 to 2018-19 he played in 51 games for four different teams. This season he’s played in 56 games for the Pistons and balled out with career-highs in field goal percentage, three-pointers made, points, rebounds, and blocks per game. Continue to prove the critics wrong and make your fans smile, Christian.