The NBA Finals tips off this weekend and a pair of NEPSAC players turned pro are looking to hopefully contribute in a way most young players in the NBA dream of.
Phil Pressey (Boston Celtics) and Michael Carter-Williams (Milwaukee Bucks) have come a long way from when they played at Cushing Academy and St. Andrews to now sporting NBA jerseys with their names stitched on the back of it.
Neither team made the post season last year and had top 10 picks in last year’s NBA Draft. Pressey, a reserve for the Celtics who appear to be underdogs matched up against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Carter-Williams, who was acquired via trade in exchange for Brandon Knight midseason and went from playing for a franchise that had no chance at making the playoffs to now potentially competing for a NBA title.
A potential matchup between Phil Pressey and Kyrie Irving will be a game of speed. I believe the matchup between Michael Carter Williams and Derrick Rose will be one of the better ones in the playoffs. Rose coming off an injury to show the world that he can lead the Bulls and MCW with the chance to prove his worth in the league.
Being an underdog is probably a new place for both players who have seen post season success in every stage of their careers. Both play the point guard position which requires being a vocal leader and the previous teams that they’ve starred on have benefited from their leadership skills. Just because that stage is the NBA it shouldn’t stop from having the same results whether it’s 100% percent or an NBA title. Both indicate that they don’t want the first round of the playoffs to be their last stop.
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