Five players to look out for at NBA London 2018

Who should NBA fans look out for this coming January? (NBA/Getty)

With the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics set to take part in NBA London 2018 in January here are the five players you should be looking out for should you head to the O2 Arena.

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid (Photo: NBA.com)

Joel Embiid (Photo: NBA.com)

How can you not love this guy?

Despite seeing plenty of time on the treatment table since joining the league, Joel Embiid is now a fan favourite.

His Twitter game is on point, as is his on-court performance. A pain in the post and with the ability to wow the crowds, ‘The Process’ is a personality not to be missed.

His size and skill is frightening – and if he stays healthy this season, the sky really is the limit for him.

Kyrie Irving

Like him or not, there’s no denying Kyrie Irving as one of the NBA’s biggest stars.

His decision to depart from Cleveland has paid dividends for UK fans now he’s headed to London. Expect to see him dazzle the fans with his ball handling skills and clutch shooting.

Given Gordon Hayward’s injury – Kyrie will certainly be Boston’s main man in January. Fingers crossed he can bring the razzle-dazzle to the O2.

Ben Simmons

NBA London Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons (NBA/Getty)

One of the favourites for the Rookie of the Year award.

At 6’10”, you’d be forgiven thinking Simmons is a centre, but you’d be mistaken. With supreme passing skills, the Australian star has began the season in style.

The O2 Arena should prove a great stage for him to show off his skills ahead of the All-Star break.

His shooting may leave a lot to be desired – but his game is one for the ages.

Markelle Fultz

Ignore that ghastly free throw form and there’s quite a player on offer in Markelle Fultz.

He won’t be the most complete player on the floor at NBA London 2018, but he’ll be one to watch in years to come.

Going to the basket he’s fearless, and if he gets going he could start pouring in the points.

Plus, that shooting form is good to bring a chuckle.

Al Horford

Al Horford (Photo: Keith Allison)

Al Horford (Photo: Keith Allison)

One of the NBA’s good-guys. This isn’t Horford’s first trip to the UK – having done so with Atlanta.

He’s the anchor for the Celtics, and while he’s not the best rebounder, he has an all-round game worth admiring.

He’ll score, defend, pass and do all the little things to help his team succeed. He can even stretch out to the three point line too.

If Horford plays well – expect to see the Celtics do well too.

Honorable mentions at NBA London 2018:

JJ Redick, Jaylen Brown…

The Philadelphia 76ers host the Boston Celtics at The O2 in London on Jan. 11 as part of NBA Global Games London 2017. The game is live on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS at www.nba.tv

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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