Under Armour Athletes You Should Be Watching Right Now

  • Bryce Harper

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    Bryce Harper

    This Major League Baseball season has quickly become all about Bryce Harper. The 22-year-old has gotten off to the kind of start that some hitters would take for a full season: 16 home runs, 41 RBI, and a staggering 1.198 OPS as of press time, all Major League bests. His offensive outburst has helped the Nationals rally from a rough 7-13 start, and Washington then won 20 of its next 25 games to climb back on top of the NL East. If Harper keeps playing this way, he’ll be the favorite to lock up the first MVP award of his promising career.

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  • Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry

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    Stephen Curry

    What more can you say about Stephen Curry? Best player on the best basketball team in the world? Check. NBA MVP? Check. Playoff hero? Check. Basically, all that’s left for this maestro of the hardwood is a championship, and that could be just a few weeks away. It’s a remarkable new peak for someone who was barely recruited out of high school and dismissed by many as too small to make a lasting impact in the NBA.

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  • Emmanuel Mudiay Under Armour

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    Emmanuel Mudiay

    Get ready to hear the name Emmanuel Mudiay a lot in the buildup to the NBA Draft. Once a top prep player in the United States, Mudiay decided to skip college and head straight to the pros in China last season before heading to the NBA. The move couldn’t have worked out much better for him, as the 6-5 point guard cemented his status as one of the top prospects in the draft and is considered a lock to be a top-10 pick.

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  • Brandon Jennings Detroit Pistons

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    Brandon Jennings

    After the Detroit Pistons waived Josh Smith just before Christmas, something clicked for point guard Brandon Jennings. While his first season in the Motor City was an epic struggle, the former Milwaukee Buck turned into the All-Star-caliber player the Pistons had hoped he’d be when they signed him to a three-year, $25 million deal in the summer of 2013. Jennings was averaging 19.8 points, 7.0 assists, and just 2.1 turnovers per game without Smith when he tore his Achilles tendon on January 24, ending his season after just 41 games. Now in a contract year, Jennings will be back with a vengeance next season as he looks to push the Pistons back into the playoffs.

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  • Julio Jones Falcons

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    Julio Jones

    While the Atlanta Falcons struggled to a 6-10 record last season, Julio Jones had no such issues. The wide receiver finished third in the NFL in receptions and receiving yards and second in average yards per game, and with a new offensive coordinator in town he figures to see even more targets from quarterback Matt Ryan this season. A physical freak who can catch basically anything in the open field, Jones is also just 26 years old and could put up record-setting numbers if he can just manage to stay on the field for all 16 games.

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  • Cam Newton

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    Cam Newton

    The NFC South may have been an ugly slapfight last season, but someone had to win it. The reason Carolina was able to get to the postseason (and win a game)? Cam Newton. Their star QB overcame a lack of weapons not named Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen to help lead the Panthers to four straight wins to finish the regular season and get them atop the division. Despite missing their ugly win over Tampa due to an injury, Newton finished with a 96.9 passer rating and three rushing TDs during the Panthers’ playoff-sealing winning streak and looks primed to take it to the next level this season.

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  • Brandon Marshall Under Armour

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    Brandon Marshall

    Despite injuries, despite quarterback problems, despite all of the double-teams that come with wide receiver fame, Marshall has been one of the game’s most consistent players over the past five years. Take away last season’s campaign–one in which Marshall was never healthy…and yet still had eight touchdowns–and we’re talking about a player who has recorded five 100-catch seasons in seven years. He has seven 1,000-yards seasons and has three years with double-digit touchdowns.

    A physical 6-4 and 230 pounds, the new Jet is promising a monster season in New York City this year. Watch out.

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  • Jordan Spieth Under Armour Golf

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    Jordan Spieth

    Honestly, what athlete has had a better 2015 than Jordan Spieth? After finishing agonizingly close at last year’s Masters, the 22-year-old golfing wunderkind tied the course record at Augusta this year by shooting an 18-under 270 over the four-day tournament, becoming the second-youngest winner in Masters’ history behind some guy named Tiger. Despite the fact that he has all of three wins on the PGA tour, Spieth clearly has one of the brightest futures ahead of him of any young golfer in the world.

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  • Bryce Harper
  • Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry
  • Emmanuel Mudiay Under Armour
  • Brandon Jennings Detroit Pistons
  • Julio Jones Falcons
  • Cam Newton
  • Brandon Marshall Under Armour
  • Jordan Spieth Under Armour Golf

As we reach the halfway point of 2015, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the faces of modern sports are changing. While there’s still plenty of room for the old guard, sports like basketball, football, baseball, and even golf are seeing new stars rise up to join the ranks of the game’s elite. And while many of these names have been on sports fans’ radars for a few years now, their leaps to the top are still a surprise to many.

This year’s NBA MVP—Stephen Curry—is a player whose will to win and undeniable talent were somehow overlooked by scouts for years and years, and only now has everyone accepted that Curry is a Hall of Fame talent who will be among the game’s best for years to come.

Bryce Harper has taken a huge step this year, going from an “almost there” prospect to a bonafide star. His potential and his young age have long made him the “next big thing” in baseball, and he has officially arrived as the game’s next dominant players.

Passing is king in the NFL, and guys like Brandon Marshall and Julio Jones are becoming some of the most important players in all of football. It’s good, then, that these two young stars are 100 percent committed to dominating on the field, and seem likely to rewrite the record books before their careers are done.

No matter what sport you’re watching, if you look at the top guys you’re almost certainly going to find an Under Armour athlete. Here are just a few Under Armour Athletes You Should Be Watching Right Now.

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