Best NBA Players: A Guide To The 2018/19 Season

Best NBA Players – A Guide To The Season Ahead

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For your basketball betting there’s only one place you really need to think about: the North American NBA. With 30 teams in action through the regular season and into the playoffs, all competing to reach the NBA Finals in June, the NBA features some of the greatest athletes in the world playing ball.

When it comes to players and basketball betting, there are many different markets available to you for your NBA bets — but one thing that has a real impact on your betting will be which players really perform like superstars. So, when it comes to the new NBA season, just who will be the best NBA players? Who will end up regular season MVP? Which new star will break through as rookie of the year? Will the famous names be up there with the best of them or will we see a new generation break through in the most exciting basketball league in the world?

In our guide to the best NBA players for the 2018/19 season, we’ll be seeking to answer these questions. We’ll be giving you our top picks for stardom, and will tell you who you’ll need to focus on when considering this season’s top player betting.

What Markets Do Bookmakers Offer For Best NBA Players?

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There used to be a time when NBA basketball wasn’t that visible outside the USA, but that’s definitely changed. There are a huge number of fans of NBA around the world; a change that the bookmakers have certainly picked up on. Pretty much every single online bookmaker offers the full range of NBA betting through both the regular season and the playoffs, with a host of betting markets available, including plenty of betting opportunities for putting money down on individual players. The most common of these will be NBA regular season MVP (most valuable player) and NBA rookie of the year (a rookie being a player in their first regular season).

Best NBA players – how they make a difference to your NBA betting

Knowing about the best NBA players also informs betting on teams and the overall NBA champions – because a team with a star player having the season of his life will definitely have a great chance of getting through to the playoffs. In addition, when you have several of the best NBA players on one team, there’s a great chance to see the team all the way through to the NBA finals.

When it comes to individual players, the best NBA players often salvage a positive result for a mediocre team. For example, this season we’re hoping that LeBron James’ move to the LA Lakers will mean a big difference to the team’s results this year, though it remains to be seen whether his move alone will be enough to propel the Lakers into playoff contenders.

Finally, it’s important that you keep an eye on all the latest player stats, information, and even the gossip to make a decision about how a player’s performance will be affecting a team’s results.

How The Off-Season Affects Player Potential For The New Season

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With the NBA, the season effectively starts the moment the old season ends. From that point onwards, moves are being made that affect every single team in the NBA. This might be how the NBA transfer market plays out, with various players at the end of their contracts becoming free agents with the chance to move teams, or it could be the effect of a new draft player.

At the end of the 2017/18 season, the biggest free agent move came with the huge news that LeBron James was making a move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the LA Lakers. This alone was enough to convince bettors that the Cavaliers chances of making a fifth consecutive NBA Final had vanished overnight. But the smart punters are already saying that James’ addition to the LA Lakers won’t be enough to get them into the playoffs this year. However, if you’re looking at a potential player to make a huge difference in certain key games, James is definitely your man.

As for the draft, every year the top college basketball players are entered into the NBA draft. These young ballers could well become the best NBA players of the future and it’s essential you pay close attention to the draft every year to identify the young players who may influence the season’s games.

Who Are The Potential MVPs In the 2018/19 NBA Season?

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Every year there’s a vote for NBA awards, all of which give us all an idea of just who might be the NBA best players for the next season. It’s no guarantee of who will be influential in affecting match results, but, as with all the multitudinous stats from the NBA, you have to know just who is up there with the best NBA players.

For the 2017/18 season, the MVP ended up being James Harden from the Houston Rockets, with other nominees being Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rookie of the year award went to Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, with the other nominees being Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Jason Tatum of the Boston Celtics. In addition, it’s always a good idea to look at the Sixth Man award — given to the best players coming off the bench as a substitute — as this can give you a clue to the team’s strength in depth and the individual player’s potential for the future. In 2017/18, the Sixth Man award winner was Lou Williams of the LA Clippers, followed by Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets and Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors.

Our Tips For NBA MVP Bets For The Coming Season (And Who To Avoid!)

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We’re going to go out on a limb here and compilse the top five tips for the coming NBA season; the players we reckon are going to be the best NBA players 2018-2019. We’ve gone for a mix of short and long odds, just because it always makes sense for a betting strategy on players to spread the love (and the betting) around. And remember, this isn’t all about just betting on MVP; these are also the players we reckon could be key to pulling their teams through key matches, too.

#1 LeBron James (LA Lakers)

Yes, it’s the obvious choice, and as such the odds aren’t going to be the best around (we’re seeing 3/1 4.00 odds at the time of writing) but James promises to light up the Lakers team every game, a man with a point to prove with a new team. Even though we’re doubtful that the Lakers will make the playoffs, James will still be a force to be reckoned with in the Lakers team. If he does manage to help his new side pull off a surprise playoff berth, you can expect his chances of MVP to go up and up; but even if he doesn’t, a significant improvement in the Lakers fortunes could still put him in MVP running.

#2 Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

With DeMarcus Cousins gone to the Warriors, it can be assumed that Davis is going to put up some great numbers for the Pelicans. Odds of 4/1 (5.00) seem pretty reasonable to us, though always check your own research also.

#3 Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors)

The Raptors blew the Eastern Conference away last season, yet faltered in the playoffs. Looking at the team around Leonard, we think that they’re going to do even better than the 59 games won last season — and Leonard himself is going to play a big part in that. With odds around 10/1 (11.00), we think he’s looking like a potential value bet – the long odds are down, in part, to health worries. However, so far so good; Leonard has passed is medical and seems ready for the season.

#4 Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

With Paul George deciding to stay, and an injury-free Andre Roberson in the team, the Thunder should do way better than last season. Alongside those two names, Westbrook is someone who’ll definitely be putting up MVP numbers. If the Thunder do do as well as we think they will, that’s going to put him square in the frame for MVP, and with odds around the 15/1 (16.00) mark, he looks like decent value at this point in time.

#5 Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) – Our Outside Shot

Yes, we know it’s rare for a second year player to win MVP. However, with the 76ers looking like they might push on this year to come higher than their third seed in the Eastern from 2017/18 and do well through the playoffs, Simmons is the best long shot out there right now in our minds — provided he pulls out all the stops and puts up stellar numbers.

Two to avoid:

Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) might seem like a great bet, particularly at the 16/1 odds we’re seeing around. However, the problem is that the Warriors know they’re going to get to playoffs, so they’ll use him sparingly in the regular season. Plus, no matter how well he does, he probably isn’t going to go further than he has in the last two NBA Final winning seasons – and he was nowhere in the MVP running then, just like it’s unlikely he will be this year.

Another one to avoid is Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics). Although we reckon the Celtics will ace the Eastern this year and go all the way to the NBA Finals (where they’ll still lose to the Warriors), the problem with Irving is that he’s in a Celtics team full of firepower. That simple fact dictates that Irving isn’t going to get the chance to put up MVP worthy numbers.

Our Tips For NBA Rookie Of The Year Bets For The Coming Season

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The thing with rookies is that, when it comes to rookie of the year, you’re looking at teams away from the top. Those playoff and Finals chasing teams not only got low draft picks but they’re also going to be full of star power, which means there will be less chance for the rookies to shine. Additionally, there’s also the evidence of recent years telling us, with Michael Carter-Williams, Dario Saric, Donovan Mitchell, and Malcolm Brogdon, that rookies drafted outside the top ten can be very much in the running for this prestigious award.

So, who do we reckon could be a great pick for a rookie of the year pick?

#1 Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)

The Mavericks gave up their protected 2019 first round pick just to draft the Slovenian, and conditions seem perfect for him to have a real ROY-worthy time with the Mavericks. We think he’s on to get more opportunities to shine than current point guard Dennis Smith Jr., and with a team seemingly suited to his strengths, we expect great things from the big Slovenian.

#2 Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)

The Suns team were bottom of the Western last season for good reason, and it’s not looking like it’s getting better any time soon. So Ayton is poised to come in as a superstar rookie, with the chance of getting huge game time — perfect for stamping his name on ROY.

#3 Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)

More of an outsider here, as we think Jackson has more of a long-term stardom beckoning, heck, he might even be the name to come from the 2018 draft. As far as ROY goes, if he can get shot of the propensity for fouls on defence and firm up his offence to get consistency to go along with those sweet 3-pointers, then he’s still in the running.

#4 Collin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers)

The Cavaliers will be smarting from the loss of LeBron James sure enough, but they’ve a team more capable of dealing with it than a lot think. Having Sexton drop in could play a big part in that not-as bad-as many-expect season, and if that happens, it’s the sort of narrative that ROY awards are all about.

#5 Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago Bulls)

After a brilliant summer league appearance, the only thing stopping Carter is Robin Lopez’s almost nailed-on starting line-up place. But, if the rookie can get enough floor time, he’s going to excel.

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