If a dead time exists in the year-round NBA calendar, early August is it. As we all sit in a Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving-Donovan Mitchell holding pattern, all we can do right now is start to look ahead with the information currently available. So I’m going to list 10 players I’m most excited to watch in the 2022-23 season. They’re all for slightly different reasons, but they all have major intrigue. Let’s get to it.
After playing in just 85 games through his first three NBA seasons, Williamson was handed a five-year contract extension this summer that is guaranteed to pay him $193 million and could be worth up to $231 million. There is a weight clause in the deal. If Williamson’s body-fat percentage plus his weight exceeds 295 he could lose a portion of the guaranteed money, but that only triggers if the Pelicans waive him. If that happens, things will have gone completely off the rails.
For all intents and purposes, the Pelicans are on the hook to pay a guy who has struggled mightily to remain on the court a cap-crushing amount of coin over the next five years. They’re doing that because when Williamson has been on the court he’s been virtually unstoppable. His scoring efficiency has toggled between extraordinary and downright historic. His ability to get downhill…
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Author : Brad Botkin
Publish date : 2022-08-06 15:03:01
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