We are on the verge of a big breakthrough…not necessarily a medical breakthrough, but a big one nonetheless.
We are just days away from NBA training camps opening in colleges and universities across the country (and in Halifax, Nova Scotia, of course). This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for…
Well, not exactly. Everyone’s still waiting for opening night, but training camp is close enough. It’s also the perfect time for rookies across the league to begin to integrate their Summer League experience with the rest of their teammates. It also gives undrafted players an opportunity to find a long term home with an organization. A few key names to keep an eye on over these next few weeks, for one reason or another, are:
Anthony Davis: The Brow will make his much anticipated NBA “debut”, as he squares off against much stiffer competition than the competition he faced in the Olympics (see: Latvian bench warmers).
Lillard proved his worth in the Summer League. Now he’ll have to prove himself again the rest of the NBA.
Damian Lillard: The prospective point guard of the future in Portland, Lillard had an extremely impressive Summer League, as he showed he could play with all the “big boys” from major collegiate conferences. Now, he will once again have to prove doubters wrong as he squares off against more than just his incoming rookie class.
Jae Crowder, Draymond Green, Quincy Acy, and Kyle O’Quinn: These four have possibly the most to gain in training camp. All four play a very blue-collared style game; strong defense and a strong will that results in stuffing stat sheets to no end. All four were drafted in the second round, yet they all have a decent shot at making their teams rotation based off of their hard work and will power.
Training camp is a time for the incoming rookies to show what they can bring to the table before the season begins. It’s their final shot.
It’s the final countdown.