Today’s NBA veterans have changed a lot since their rookie seasons.
Just check out these amazing GIFs, created by SportsBettingExperts.com, that show the facial transformations of NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Chris “Birdman” Andersen.
It’s safe to say that Durant has changed the least, while Chris “The Birdman” Andersen has changed the most.
Fox really seems to have turned the corner from a knee injury suffered earlier in the season. He put in his best performances of the campaign during the SEC Tournament, and has tossed up over 17 points per game over his last six contests.
Fox will need to keep improving his strength physically in order to deal with the grind of long seasons, but he affects the game in so many ways on both ends of the floor that it’s difficult to see him not translating in some capacity. If he irons out the jump shot, he could end up being a top-10 point guard at the next level.
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen more of the razor’s edge that Monk lives on as a prospect due to his singular nature of his prospectdom. Monk at this stage is essentially just a scorer, albeit an elite one.
Neither of those mean anything if Thomas doesn’t know what to do with it, of course, which brings us to the final point..
Thomas’ attitude isn’t something we can measure as easily as his scoring ability or the impact his teammates have on his success, but it explains how he’s been able to sustain this historic run. Earlier in the season Thomas told Mass Live that his teammates count on him to carry them in the fourth quarter, and he can “just go out there without a care in the world.” The latter is somewhat reflective in his quarter-by-quarter scoring breakdown.