In-season starters & potential future All-Stars
Fans should see both of the Thompson twins, Scoot Henderson, and Brandon Miller starting for their respective teams either at the beginning of the season or shortly thereafter. These players all went in the top five for a reason. They're immediate NBA players and all have legitimate All-Star potential.
Brandon Miller is going to be good and there is not any question about that. He brings a scoring punch to the Charlotte Hornets that should pair naturally with LaMelo Ball's inherent playmaking ability. But he doesn't pop for me quite the way that the Thompson twins and Scoot do.
These three young guards are special. The NBA is filled with stellar athletes, but these three are a cut above. They should all immediately be viewed as some of the most explosive athletes the league has to offer.
Scoot Henderson, in particular, should bring us some of the most electrifying highlights we're going to see this season. The hyper-athletic point guard has the keys to the kingdom following the trade of Damian Lillard to Milwaukee, so expect him to shine as the Blazers' lead ball handler. Expect plenty of the rim-rattling plays that made Henderson must-see TV when he was in the G-League.
Don't take this as a slight to either of the Thompson twins, they're not quite on Henderson's level in my eyes, but they're dang close and both should have instant starting roles with their respective teams.
Of the two, Amen will have the better season as he's landed in a situation that is almost tailor-made for his playmaking abilities. With all of the talented youth Houston can put on the court, Amen should have no problem running the point and setting up his guys. The biggest hurdle he must overcome is finding a way into the starting lineup next to Jalen Green and Fred VanVleet.