New research into US sports streaming trends shows that NBA is among the most commonly streamed sports. With more viewing options available, the number of NBA fans has increased year after year.
If you’re among these newer fans, you might wonder which players to watch besides the well-known superstars. Here, we’re taking a closer look at up-and-coming players you’ll want to see in action this coming season.
1. Jaden Ivey, Detroit Pistons - Guard
Height: 6'4" (1.93 m)
Weight 195lb (88 kg)
Jaden Ivey was drafted by the Pistons with the 5th pick, no surprise as he was one of college basketball's most dynamic players in this position while with Purdue. Ivey is the son of former NFL receiver Javin Hunter and Niele Ivey, a head coach at Notre Dame—a robust athletic background in anyone’s book.
Often described as an ‘electric’ player, Ivey shows considerable potential and a noteworthy leaping ability. Probably the steal of the draft, given he dropped to no.5.
2. Dyson Daniels, New Orleans Pelicans - Guard
Height: 6'6" (1.98 m)
Weight 199lb (90 kg)
The eighth pick in the 2022 draft, Australian native Dyson Daniels was scooped up by the Pelicans for his defending prowess. Although his shot isn’t up to the same standard as others on this list, experts believe Daniels can improve here, so long as his recent ankle injury doesn’t hold him back.
One to watch, even if his short, eight-minute debut didn’t go quite as planned.
3. Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic - Forward
Height: 6'10" (2.08 m)
Weight 250lb (113 kg)
Number-one pick in the 2022 draft and with the odds in his favor for the Rookie of the Year title, Paolo Banchero is fast becoming a favorite among viewers worldwide. The 19-year-old forward has given the Magic - a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2011/12 season - the booster shot it needed.
A strong season at Duke and a magical debut have all eyes on Banchero this year.
4. Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings - Forward
Height: 6'8" (2.03 m)
Weight 225lb (102 kg)
A couple of years older than the other rookies featured, Keegan Murray was the fourth overall pick in the 2022 draft. Some might say an unusual choice, given Murray was a three-star prospect during his high school years. But during last year’s season, he was what many are calling college ball's best all-around wing.
So which of these rookies are going on your must-watch list? We suggest you catch them all in action!