Heading into the 2013-2014 season, there are quite a few young players looking to take that next step from above average talent to true star. Perhaps two of the most intriguing youngsters just happen to be former #1 overall picks from Kentucky. Both John Wall and Anthony Davis have shown that they can be pretty good at the NBA level, but now the players are looking to become fantasy basketball standouts and leaders for their franchise.
Wall will be entering his fourth season in the NBA, and while he has shown flashes of brilliance, people seem to be pretty torn on whether or not he can lead a winning franchise. The Wizards have committed to the gifted point guard, and his play at the end of last season did silence some critics.
Once he returned from an early season injury, the Wizards played like a playoff contender. He became a more efficient scorer, and more importantly he became a leader. With Bradley Beal now a year older, and with Otto Porter Jr. ready to step in at the 3 right away, Wall has the chance to reach the playoffs for the first time.
In the Western Conference, Anthony Davis has a revamped roster to work with as the second year New Orleans Pelicans player has a chance to take a huge step forward. Like Wall, injuries hurt Davis last season, but he should head into training camp healthy and ready to go. He missed 18 games last season, and that ruined any chance of him winning Rookie of the Year honors. Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holliday join him in the Big Easy this season, and the team appears to be poised for a playoff run in the West.
To take the next step forward, Davis really just needs to stay healthy and be a bit stronger inside. The only true knock on him coming out of college was that his slight frame would take a beating at the NBA level. Playing the 4 will help him some, but he will need to work on his shooting range a bit to excel there.