The 1987-1988 NBA season was an exciting one. Michael Jordan won his first MVP Award, the finals had the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Detroit Piston in 7 games, and basketball was at its best with the stars of the 1980s continuing to shine while the future blue chip were just getting started. That year was also one where several of today’s biggest NBA stars were all born.
On October 4, 1988 Derrick Rose was born. A point guard for the Chicago Bulls, Rose was an immediate star in the NBA, drafted first overall in 2008. Rose has had a lot of troubles in recent years with knee injuries, missing the entire 2012-2013 season. Rose is still a name defenders fear. When he does come back from his injury there is little reason to doubt that once the rust wears off he will be back to dominating on the court.
The best player in the NBA besides LeBron James is probably Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant was born on September 29, 1988 only days before Rose. Durant was the second overall pick in the 2007 Draft and was clearly seen as a future star. He may fall behind James in many people’s opinions; however it is Durant who has led the league in points every year since the 2009-2010 season. It’s only a matter of time before Durant wins a championship and solidifies himself as a man just as good as King James.
Durant’s teammate Russell Westbrook was born on November 12, 1988. Westbrook came to the Thunder in the 2008 Draft, 4th overall. The team’s point guard, he has averaged 20 points per game in his short career so far .Together Westbrook and Durant are one of the best combinations in the league. Oddly enough they both just happened to have been born in the same year.
The big man playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love was born on September 7, 1988. Love was the draft pick after Westbrook in 2008 by the Memphis Grizzlies only to immediately get traded with a few others to the Timberwolves. During his time in the NBA he has been one of the only bright spots in Minnesota. The 6’10 star has switched to primarily play power forward as opposed to center, significantly increasing his scoring.
The oldest member in this group of 1988-born stars is second-generation player Stephen Curry. Born on March 14, 1988 Curry has quietly become the best three-point shooter in the NBA. Curry has played his entire career with the Golden State Warriors, helping to lead them from a mediocre franchise to one that can make some noise in the Western Conference. Unfortunately for Curry he will probably never be the best player from his hometown of Akron, Ohio thanks to LeBron James.