Champs Sports Presents :24 – 5 Years From Now These Basketball Players Will Be Household Names

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    Andrew Wiggins

    Minnesota Timberwolves


    Andrew Wiggins left high school as the most hyped recruit since LeBron James. The 20-year-old swingman has so far lived up to expectations after winning Rookie of the Year and is on breakout watch during his sophomore season.

    The Wolves have built a solid young core with Wiggins as the anchor and guys like Karl Anthony-Towns, Ricky Rubio, and Zach LaVine in the fold. But the most important factor in Wiggins’ development may come from spending a year with veterans Kevin Garnett and Andre Miller. This is going to be a very critical season for Wiggins and his future.

    Off the court, his brand is constantly growing. He just amassed a million followers on Instagram and is one of the faces of adidas basketball. If things go accordingly, it might not be too early to start thinking about a signature shoe for him.

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    D’Angelo Russell

    L.A. Lakers


    Landing in Los Angeles may be a gift and a curse for the rook but if he makes the most out of his opportunity, he can become a fan favorite.

    Russell has made a big name for himself and his flashy game, and is entering the league at a great time for point guards. With Kobe playing mentor and on the way out, this is the perfect opportunity for Russell to pick his brain and develop a killer mentality.

    Off the court, Russell has a bright future. His sneaker collection is pretty dope and if you look at his Instagram you can tell he is on a mission to become one of the best dressed players in the league. He recently just signed a deal with Nike and you can expect him to be rocking all of their latest performance sneakers.

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  • Emmanuel Mudiay


    Emmanuel Mudiay

    Denver Nuggets


    With Kemba Walker out the door and Brandon Jennings‘ future in question, Mudiay has the chance to be a huge presence at Under Armour. Stephen Curry is the biggest star on UA’s basketball roster but Mudiay has enough room to operate and make a name for himself there. His personality has already landed him in some great commercials.

    The Denver Nuggets granted him the keys on Day One after shipping Ty lawson to Houston and he has looked great so far in the preseason.

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    Josh Jackson

    Prolific Prep


    Josh Jackson is perhaps the next big potential superstar in basketball after Andrew Wiggins. He is just built differently from other players in his class and already has a mentality that he is better than everybody else. Standing at 6-8 at the shooting guard position, Jackson is a matchup nightmare. He reminds me a lot of Paul George with the ability to play on both sides of the ball relentlessly. Jackson is the type of player that brands crave for in the future to market their product.

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  • Harry Giles


    Harry Giles

    Oak Hill


    The class of 2016 is stacked with potential stars. You can rearrange the top order of the trio of Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, and Josh Jackson and you can’t go wrong. It all depends on what kind of player you prefer. If you want a power forward that is a freak of nature, Giles is your guy. Giles is Chris Webber 2.0. Young C-Webb was a true hybrid power forward in which we have grown accustomed to seeing in the modern NBA. He could face up, handle the ball, and had some crazy athleticism. Giles fits that same mold and is going to be a problem for some folks in the coming years.

    Webber was once a Nike signature athlete and played in the Nike Air Max CW, aka the Nike Air Sensation (which will be coming back soon.). In a time when big men don’t necessarily get a signature sneaker, a player like Giles could be an exception because of his game and style. He is currently considering five schools: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wake Forest.

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    Dennis Smith Jr.

    Trinity Christian


    Dennis Smith Jr. is a walking highlight tape. Here we have another hybrid point guard from the state of North Carolina that is going to win fans over with his athleticism. He reminds a lot of Steve Francis–same height, same game, same appeal. It is a bummer that Smith Jr. is going to sit out his senior season with a knee injury but he is expected to make a full recovery by the time he steps onto the court for N.C. State. Smith has played a couple years on the adidas basketball circuit and I can easily see him joining the brand after next year.

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More so than in any other league, game takes on a vital role in the NBA. It isn’t just about making shots or playing defense. It’s about staying fly for the cameras, crowds, and fans. In the week leading off to tipoff for the 2015-16 NBA season, this will be the only preview you need. At Champs Sports, we know game. We can see it in the sneakers. The uniforms. The sounds. The faces. The fans. We see it everywhere. Get schooled on what’s going to happen next.


It is hard to predict what the NBA is going to look like in a five years. I can imagine it’s a league where guys like Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Stephen Curry are in the midst of their primes. But as you would expect there will be some new names in the near future that will join the list of marketable faces in the league.

Here at The Drop, we decided to look into the future and predict the next tier of players that will be household names. Talent. Personality. Style. These names could come from any level–from top high school players like Josh Jackson and Harry Giles all the way to on-the-rise NBA players like Andrew Wiggins, D’Angelo Russell, and Emmanuel Mudiay.

They can’t simply be good at basketball. It’s about their lifestyle surrounding the game and personal brand. Kobe, LeBron, KD, Steph…all of them earn fame through their ability to score and handle that rock, but they don’t go next level until they prove they’re more than just athletes. They are trendsetters, the ultimate tastemakers. Kids look up to them for how they play, yes, but also how they dress, how they present themselves.

The players highlighted here obviously have the talent but they have some factors that will definitely set them apart from everyone else in the game. A lot can happen in a five-year period and it is going to be really interesting in the next couple years to see how these young dudes develop.

Get ready for the future…5 Years From Now These Basketball Players Will Be Household Names.

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