Octagon Basketball Poised for Big SeasonBasketball, Media
Octagon Basketball’s Managing Director Jeff Austin and his global team has helped raise the profiles of some of the game’s biggest stars both on and off the court over the past several years.
After a busy offseason that included new contract and endorsement deals, the action on the court is finally set to resume tonight.
Here are a few of the players that we can’t wait to see in action this season:
It will be difficult for Stephen Curry to top what was perhaps the most impressive regular season in NBA history. In 2015-16, he led the Warriors to the best record in league history, led the league in points and was named the first ever unanimous MVP. After the additions of Kevin Durant and fellow Octagon client and two-time NBA All-Star David West, the expectations will be even higher this year for Curry and the Warriors. Off the court, Curry is a Brand Ambassador for Under Armour. The company showcased Steph's added motivation for the new season in their latest commercial.
The ‘Greek Freak’ has had an exceptional couple of months. In September, he signed a multi-year deal keeping him in Milwakuee. Then, in the annual NBA GM’s survey, Giannis was named the best international player in the NBA, just ahead of fellow Octagon client Marc Gasol. At 6'11", the 21-year old triple-double machine can play every position on the floor and transitioned into the Bucks’ primary playmaker last season. Look for Giannis to continue to stuff the stat sheet and help the Bucks compete for a playoff spot.
The German-born point guard has steadily improved in each of his three seasons in the NBA. Last season, Schröder averaged 11.0 PPG and 4.4 APG off the bench for the Hawks. Now entering his first season as the team’s starting point guard, expect Dennis to have a breakout season and post career numbers across the board.
Jordan Clarkson has been the Lakers' most consistent player over the past two seasons. After a First Team All-Rookie season in 2014, Clarkson started all 79 games that he played for the Lakers and led the team in minutes played and points last season. The Lakers expect the 24-year old guard to provide the team with more valuable minutes and leadership after signing him to a multi-year extension over the summer.
TJ McConnell has made the most out of every opportunity he has gotten in his young career. After going undrafted in the 2015 draft, TJ earned a spot on the 76ers roster after impressing in both the summer league and preseason. He played in 81 regular season games for the Sixers last season and earned votes for the NBA All-Rookie team. This season, McConnell will compete for the starting point guard position on a young Sixers team that will hope to improve on their 2015-16 season.
Best of luck to all of our clients this season!