One of the most highly-anticipated rookies of the 21st century, Zion brings a plethora of skills, energy and highlight plays on a nightly basis. A heavy ‘Rookie of the Year’ favourite.
Jrue Holiday | 21.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 7.7 apg
The 29-year-old guard can play on or off-ball and is an excellent two-way force, proving a trustworthy scorer and three-point shooter on offense, whilst being a defensive menace on the other end of the floor.
Brandon Ingram | 18.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg
Ingram is only 21-years-old and was enjoying a career year during his third season, before being sidelined due to a concerning diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (a blood clot in his arm). His return and development could provide New Orleans with a lead-scorer, now out of LeBron’s shadow and given more freedom offensively.
Derrick Favors | 11.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.2 apg
The big man will be a veteran presence to help welcome Zion in to the league. For years, he has been battling for rebounds and position against an elite defender and rebounder on his own team – Rudy Gobert on the Utah Jazz. Now Favors could be the starting center on a team that will likely prefer a smaller line-up, so there should be plenty more rebounds available, and it could lead to an increase in scoring opportunities.
Lonzo Ball | 9.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.4 apg
Despite what his father thinks, Lonzo has performed reasonably well given his limited opportunity so far. He was forced into a fifth or sixth option on the Los Angeles Lakers last year after LeBron James arrived, but he’s also struggled with injuries since he joined the NBA. Despite this, he managed nearly 10, 5 and 5 last season on 40 percent shooting. He is also a good defender and is willing to keep the ball moving around the floor with passes that don’t always lead to points or assists. He should be useful on this team.