Westbrook is a superstar, no doubt about it. However, almost every season come playoff time, he has doubters. He fails to lead teams beyond the first or second round, and at times his play style seems to hurt him more than it helps him. Alongside another bonafide star in James Harden, Russ needs to show something different this season in Orlando. He needs to be more efficient, and lead the Rockets on a serious run.
Davis’ talent s undeniable, but he has not yet seen the playoff success of some of the other elite players in the league. With only one playoff series win, he definitely needs to prove something this season. Lebron’s championship window is fading, and Davis is the ultimate X-Factor that can take the Lakers all the way. He needs to dominate other bigs on both ends for the Lakers to have a chance at a ring this season.
PG has had a somewhat disappointing career, partly due to injuries as well as supporting cast. However, this is by far his best chance at a ring. The Clippers seem destined for a deep playoff run, led by their incredible team defense and George and Kawhi leading them on offense. PG needs to be a strong second option, and give LA a few big games if they are to go all the way.
The Greek Freak is one of the best players on the planet, there is no question about it. However, he has not exactly lived up to the superstar hype thus far in the playoffs. In a weaker East, Giannis must take the Bucks to the finals, and challenge their finals opponent. If not, not only will the doubters begin to creep in, but Giannis’ future in Milwaukee may become less secure.
Regardless of the criticisms of his jump shot, Simmons is an elite player in this league. His defense, playmaking, ball handling and IQ make him a phenomenal point guard for Philly. However, he needs to take this team on a long playoff run to prove people wrong. Him and Embiid are one of the most talented duos in the league, and they can not settle for an early round exit again this season.