Stephen Curry, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul and Nick Young are four of the hottest names in basketball right now. For those unfamiliar with West Coast sports, here are some quick thoughts on each of these star players.
Chris Paul is the point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers. At the moment, the Clips are considered one of the top NBA title contenders by sports authorities. He was also part of the 2012 US Men’s Olympic team that won a gold medal. Other than that, he is president of the National Basketball Players Association—proof that he cares about not just himself, but also the league and its welfare.
Unfortunately, Paul has had periods of absence from the court because of injuries. During this recovery period, he has gotten involved in other activities as well, signing endorsement deals and fighting against racism. The Clippers will need him to make a deep run in the 2015 NBA playoffs
Point guard Stephen Curry is currently running the show for the Golden State Warriors. In his best season (2012-2013), he set the NBA single-season record for three-pointers with 272. Recently, he made his 1000th three-pointer of his career, becoming the fastest player to do so.
He will no doubt continue to amaze in the future, clearly one the best choices that Joe Lacob and the Golden State Warriors front office has ever made. When you think about Curry, you automatically think about a basketball player who has it all: scoring, facilitating, great shot, and just an overall team player.
DeMarcus Cousins is currently playing for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA. According to betonsports.com, Cousins scored 23.5 points thus far during the 2014-2015 NBA season. A couple of years ago he hit a rough patch, as he was suspended from the team because of his unprofessional behavior.
However, he managed to make a comeback and signed a contract extension with Sacramento. One relatively unknown fact was that he decided to give part of his salary to the Sacramento community. Unfortunately, he also missed some games due to a diagnosis of viral meningitis.
Nick Young is a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. He shows a lot of potential and shoots without a conscious. He had a period of absence in 2014, when he suffered an injury. Thanks to physical therapy and a period of recovery, he was able to come back and add some.
Whether Young is more famous for his romantic involvement with the rapper Iggy Azalea or basketball can be questioned, but Swaggy P brings a scoring punch to the table. He will continue to be part the Purple and Gold for the long haul, after having signed an extension contract, so his career is only going to develop in the future. And those amusing post-game interviews will certainly continue.
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