Choosing Ja over Luka when building a franchise
The NBA is in good hands with all the young and talented players currently in the NBA trying to make a name for themselves. The two most prominent names among the next generation of NBA superstars are, without doubt, Ja Morant and Luka Doncic. They are true franchise players, capable of carrying the team on their back even though their playing style is entirely different, and they dominate the game differently.
Ja Morant is an explosive guard that uses his athleticism to gain an advantage against other players on the floor. His shooting has improved dramatically since his rookie season, and it's an element to his game that will benefit him a lot in scoring even more points. On the other hand, Luka is playing like he's been in the league for over a decade, patiently looking to find the best spots to score the ball while using his body and strength to abuse smaller guards. Both of them have asserted themselves as the main leaders of their respective teams.
In a recent podcast for All The Smoke podcast, former NBA players and teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett talked about today's young players and who they would choose to build their franchise around if they had the opportunity. Interestingly enough, both of them said they would rather have Morant than Doncic, and for Pierce, he is a mix between Allen Iverson and Derrick Rose.
"I gotta go with Ja Morant. He a dog. He puts pressure on the defense, athleticism, speed. Reminds me of a mix between Allen Iverson and D-Rose."
KG said he is also going with Morant because of his improvement in shooting which makes him an even more dangerous player. It's evident his game evolved in comparison to last season, and his versatility is an issue now for any defense in the NBA.
"I'll take Ja too. His three-ball got a lot better. Ja's stock is up and the way he's playing with the team. It's a tough one."
The future is bright for the NBA
Even though Pierce and Garnett said they would take Ja Morant over Luka Doncic when starting a franchise, a lot of other people would do the contrary. If you look at their stats for this season, they are pretty impressive, with Ja Morant averaging 26 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds, shooting 49 percent from the floor. Luka Doncic, on the other hand, is averaging 25.6 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 9 assists, shooting 44 percent from the field. These stats are pretty similar, and you can immediately tell they impact the game in several different ways.
When you think about it, it's crazy how both Ja and Luka can dominate the game in such a way at the age of 22. They still haven't entered their prime but have already asserted themselves as leaders of their respective teams that are doing pretty good at the moment in a very challenging and tough western conference. These two young players have the future of the NBA in their hands and could easily dominate for the next decade or even longer if they both remain healthy, which we hope they will.