ASM’s Rising Stars to Watch
The NBA 2016-17 season is over but that does not stop us from anticipating what next season will look like. ASM has numerous guys ready to take the next step in their evolution as NBA players and this time we would like to focus on our clients who will be entering their sophomore year.
Brice Johnson: After getting drafted by the Clippers, Brice was injured to start the season but was still developing his game by watching tape, rehabbing his body, and learning the fundamentals from the Clippers coaching staff. Brice was more than ready as he entered Vegas Summer League play as he made numerous highlight plays including a spin move and dunk against newly drafted Lonzo Ball. With the offseason changes to the Clippers roster, Brice should earn the chance to compete for mornings as a backup forward and give the team some much needed defensive energy,
Fred Van Vleet: After going undrafted, Fred was not a victim of his circumstances as he went on to play for the Raptors in summer league before getting signed to the team on a non-guaranteed contract. With a lot at stake on the line, the Raptors found it hard to cut someone with so much talent. Fred went back and forth between the D-League and the Raptors and while he was with the D-League team, he went on to lead the team to the championship. This season should be even better for Fred as he’ll be playing backup for ASM client and All-Star point guard, Kyle Lowry. Van Vleet’s versatile skill set will be valued for the team as they go into the season as favorites to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. and compete for a championship.
Malik Beasley: After getting drafted last year and recovering from a leg injury, Malik spent his time rehabbing and watching a lot of film. Malik spent time in the D-League making highlight plays and got minutes toward the end of the season where he proved he was an NBA player scoring in double digits in all games. During Vegas Summer League, Malik came ready to play as he was one of the top 5 leading scorers in the league and averaged 25 points a game. This should be exciting season for Malik as the Nuggets are a very young team with a lot of promise and with the addition of Paul Millsap, they should be a tough competitor in the rigged western conference.
Troy Williams: Like Fred Van Vleet, Troy also went undrafted after three solid years at Indiana. Nevertheless, Troy took it a chip on his shoulder as he played for the Memphis Grizzlies providing valuable minutes as Chandler Parsons was nursing an injury. Troy brought energy and scoring averaging 14 points a game in that stint before getting waived. Troy was too good to avoid and he was eventually picked up by the Houston Rockets where he provided scoring in bunched for the Rockets while bringing strong defense. Troy was part of the Rockets Summer League team and like Malik, was one of the top 5 scorers. Recently, the Rockets signed Troy to a multi-year deal and he should prove to be a key bench player for the Rockets as they will be competing as a championship contender with the new addition of Chris Paul.