Shaedon Sharpe of the Portland Trail Blazers has been hard at work during the summer.
Not only has he been in the gym, getting ready for the long season ahead, but he’s also been studying his past and relying on the knowledge he’s received from other sports.
Speaking to Nike Basketball on Twitter, Sharpe said that his time playing football and soccer has made him an even better basketball star.
Sharpe used to play as a wide receiver, which has helped him with timing his jumps while on the court.
Shaedon gets it. A little bit of hard work goes a long way 🚀
— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) September 20, 2023
It is very good that Sharpe has been doing hard work during the offseason because 2023-24 might end up being a very big year for the shooting guard.
During his first season, he averaged 9.9 points and 3 rebounds a game.
He started in just 15 games last season but it is incredibly likely that number will go up in the new season.
That is because if the Trail Blazers do lose Damian Lillard, everyone will have to step up to fill that void.
Sharpe might end up becoming one of the most crucial parts of the team, alongside incoming rookie Scoot Henderson.
Sharpe and Henderson have been cultivating their relationship during the offseason, working together briefly in the Summer League.
They both know that they might become team leaders very soon and they seem prepared for that.
Some people felt that Sharpe didn’t show his true potential during his rookie season.
That means that 2023-24 is going to be his big chance to show everyone what he is capable of.NEXT: Reporter Notes Teams Aren’t Offering Much For Damian Lillard