The 2022-23 NBA season kicked off on October 18. The Golden State Warriors will start the season against the Los Angeles Lakers to defend their title. With no fewer than six legitimate championship rosters that all have a chance at the 2023 trophy there hasn’t been this much parity for title contenders in some time.
The Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks have some of the best odds. While the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns are dark horses. The Brooklyn Nets and Lakers were hot messes last season, but they both have the talent to make a serious run if they can keep their house in order. If you’re looking to wager on the 2022-23 NBA season, there are several top sports betting apps for NBA you can use including PointsBet, DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM Sports.
Who Will Have a Breakout Season in 2023?
Heading these teams are well-known superstars such as consensus #1 player in the league Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Joel Embiid, and Kawhi Leonard. And we all know about the younger all-stars Luka Doncic and Ja Morant. When a new season starts, we’re most-excited to see which second and third year players will take that leap. As we look ahead to the new NBA season, here are a handful of those young players that we’re curious to see if they’ll take that next big step.
Cade Cunningham The rebuild continues at Detroit Pistons and the development of all-around prospect Cade Cunningham is key to their potential progression this season. The second-year point guard turned just 21 years old in September, and he has been working on his physique over the summer. In March last season, the #1 pick from the 2021 NBA Draft produced impressive numbers across the board of 22.9 points, 7.0 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game shooting 48% from the field. Those are all-star numbers.
If Cade can limit his turnovers and improve his outside shooting, this coming season could be huge for Cunningham. If the Pistons can win half their games near midseason, we’re predicting Cade’s first all-star appearance.
Josh Giddey Giddey is the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double having done so at the age of 19. The young Australian plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder and was impressing last season before he suffered a hip injury in February. If you watched Giddey during the NBA Summer League, you would have been impressed; his performance picked up where he left off last season and in his last 24 games of 2021-22, he averaged 14.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in 33.3 minutes per game. Despite his youthful appearance, you can tell Giddey has some competitive fire in him. If he can work with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the back court and improve his outside shot, we think Giddey has strong potential to become an NBA all-star in the next couple seasons.
Franz Wagner Following a strong rookie season in which Franz Wagner earned the No. 8 overall pick All-Rookie First Team honors, we are expecting big things this season. The 21-year-old averaged 15.2 points per game on 53% shooting for Germany at the EuroBasket tournament this summer and Wagner will join 2022 No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero as Orlando Magic aim to create a team capable of winning in the playoffs for over 10 years. As with most younger players, Wagner will need to be more consistent with his 3-point shooting. If his distance shooting improves this season coupled with his natural ability to make shots near the basket, we can see Wagner becoming a force on a Magic squad with a lot of potential.
James Wiseman The Golden State Warriors have reached the NBA Finals in two of the previous four seasons. If they are to make it three in five seasons, James Wiseman is likely going to have an important role to play in the team. The former No. 2 overall pick has had to endure injury problems to the extent that he did not play a game last year. However, Wiseman has looked promising in the early stages of preseason ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, generating high percentage shots and looking like a much better fit in the Warriors system. If Wiseman stays fit, continues to develop his body and understanding of the NBA game, we can see him playing significant minutes for the Warriors by the end of the season (and becoming a centerpiece for the 2023-24 season).
Ziaire Williams Memphis Grizzlies performed above expectations last season and if that is to continue into 2022-23, the performances of young Ziaire Williams could be vital. The 21-year-old forward was the No. 10 overall pick last year which was a little unexpected but there is no doubt he has enormous potential. Rather than a traditional 3-and-D operator, the versatile Williams is more of a playmaking and scoring wing and the second year forward could make a substantial leap in his level of performance this season. The problem facing Ziaire isn’t his talent, it’s getting the opportunity to show his talents on a team that already prioritizes shots for Morant, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks. Will Williams be okay being a Mikal Bridges?
Of course there’s also Scottie Barnes and Evan Mobley – the two rookies that were at the top of all rookie rankins last season — those two are likely to also improve upon their inaugural NBA seasons.