NBA’s Young Core Loaded With Superstar Potential
Unlike Bruno Caboclo, these guys are not two years away from being two years away.
The NBA is experiencing a youth movement riddled in electric and high upside talent who will one day carry the torch that will metaphorically be passed down to them by the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The future of the NBA is bright and it will only continue getting brighter by the time the loaded 2017 NBA Draft rolls in.
The NBA will definitely be in great hands for the next two decades. Starting with these 25 men under the age of 25, the future of NBA has never been better!
25. Clint Capela (Age 22)
2016/17 Stats: 11.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 62.8 FG%
No Dwight Howard, no problem. Clint Capela has easily taken over the role as franchise centre, showing off some very impressive rim protection and establishing himself as the defensive anchor on a very good Houston Rockets team. His offensive touch still needs some work, but he can score very effeciently around the rim.
Capela even shares the same free throw shooting ability as Howard, or lack there of.
24. Jordan Clarkson (Age 24)
2016/17 Stats: 13.9 PPG, 2.1, 1.3 SPG, 45.1 FG%
Playing a bench role with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan Clarkson is one of the most explosive young two-guards in the entire NBA and he, like the Lakers, is only getting better. As the entire team continues to develop, Clarkson will become one of the most difficult guards to contain because of his first step quickness and elite athleticism.
23. Otto Porter (Age 23)
2016/17 Stats: 14.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 53.3 FG%, 45.6 3PT FG%
The former number fourth overall pick has finally taken off in his third year in the league – his contract year coinvinkidinkly. One of the more versatile young wing players in the entire league, Otto Porter has become a great shooter, and is developing into a very unique two-way player.
22. D’Angelo Russell (Age 20)
2016/17 Stats: 14.3 PPG, 4.4 APG, 39.6 FG%, 34.6 3PT FG%
He has ice in his veins and he is the next star guard of the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s been a trying, injury-riddled season for D’Angelo Russell, but he has shown glimpses of star potential throughout his sophomore campaign and has the right attitude to match. Like Clarkson and many other young Lakers, he will continue developing into a great NBA player.
21. Myles Turner (Age 20)
2016/17 Stats: 15.7 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 53.1 FG%, 40.0 3PT FG%
The Indiana Pacers found themselves an absolute stud in Myles Turner. The skilled big man is a great rim protector, rebounder and has a very special offensive game. He can score inside and out and in only his second season, he is showing signs of becoming one of the great big man of the NBA’s future.
20. Julius Randle (Age 22)
2016/17 Stats: 13.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.0 FG%
This year in particular, we have been able to see signs of how special Julius Randle can really be. He is a big man who can handle the basketball, and set up an entire offence. He is also slowly developing an outside game and could become a scary player once he hits his prime. Once a very hyped high school and college player, Randle is finally beginning to turn heads on the NBA level.
19. Steven Adams (Age 23)
2016/17 Stats: 12.0 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 59.1 FG%
The big Australian may be one of the more underrated centres in the entire game. Steven Adams is quietly becoming one of the best defenders at his position, while contributing greatly on the glass, providing the Oklahoma City Thunder with toughness and developing an pretty nice offensive touch too.
18. Zach LaVine (Age 21)
2016/17 Stats: 19.2 PPG, 3.0 APG, 46.3 FG%, 40.2 3PT FG%
He is the human pogo stick, Zach LaVine is only one piece of a great core that the Minnesota Timberwolves have in place. He is very quickly becoming one of the league’s most electric scorers and shooters, with the athleticism rivalling only that of Russell Westbrook.
Oh and if you get too close, he can do this:
17. Devin Booker (Age 20)
2016/17 Stats: 20.6 PPG, 3.1 APG, 37.3 3 PT FG%
This was one of the more slept on Kentucky Wildcats in last year’s draft, but Devin Booker can really play! Taking over as the Phoenix Suns’ starting two-guard, alongside Eric Bledsoe, the Suns have one of the most underrated back courts in the entire league.
16. Dennis Schroder (Age 21)
2016/17 Stats: 17.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 46.9 FG%
Over the offseason, the Atlanta Hawks have essentially made Dennis Schroder their franchise point guard and so far so good. Schroder has taken over the starting role and is pushing the Hawks up the Eastern Conference standings. While not as explosive as some of the other point guards in the league, Schroder is only 21 and has a very bright future.
15. Harrison Barnes (Age 24)
2016/17 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 47.2 FG%
Already an NBA champion, Harrison Barnes has been granted the opportunity to become a star on the NBA level. So far, he has taken the ball and has run with it. As bad as the Dallas Mavericks have been this year, Barnes may be their lone bright spot. A agile and explosive scorer, Barnes has also been able to become a key clog on defence as well.
14. Andre Drummond (Age 23)
2016/17 Stats: 14.2 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 53.1 FG%
He is one of the best young centres in this league and one of the worst free throw shooters in NBA history. Andre Drummond is a freak athlete, a dominant rim protector and one of the game’s best rebounders. The former All-Star is one of the cornerstone pieces of the Detroit Pistons and will continue to be one for years to come.
13. Brandon Ingram (Age 19)
2016/17 Stats: 8.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 36.9 FG%
The more he plays, the more comfortable we see Brandon Ingram become with the NBA game. While the numbers aren’t great just yet, the potential and talent is there and all Ingram now needs is time to develop and flourish as part of a very young and talented Los Angeles Lakers team. Probably not the next Kevin Durant, Ingram can still make a name for himself as one of the best young players in the entire NBA!
12. Rudy Gobert (Age 24)
2016/17 Stats: 12.8 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 2.5 BPG, 66.4 FG%
A defensive force and maybe even the best rim protector in the entire league, Rudy Gobert also has a very under-appreciated offensive game. In only his third year in the league, the Frenchman has already helped establish the Utah Jazz one of the league’s best defensive team with him as the anchor.
11. Jabari Parker (Age 21)
2016/17 Stats: 20.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 49.2 FG%, 40.2 3PT FG%
The Milwaukee Bucks definitely have something brewing. With his ACL tear behind him, Jabari Parker is living up to his hype in a big way. It’s very easy to see why scouts were lauding at how NBA ready the former Duke Blue Devil was coming out of college. A great athlete, one thing is for certain with this kid – he can flat out shoot and Parker can flat out ball!
10. Bradley Beal (Age 23)
2016/17 Stats: 21.9 PPG, 3.6 APG, 45.5 FG%, 38.6 3PT FG%
Bradley Beal is one half of one of the most dynamic backcourt duos in the entire league and that is not likely to change for a while. He plays with an edge, is a great shooter, and will only keep getting better. Hopefully for his sake, the Washington Wizards will get better too. Maybe one day.
9. Nikola Jokic (Age 21)
2016/17 Stats: 15.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, 59.4 FG%
Nikola Jokic may very well be the best passing centre in the entire NBA. Only in his sophomore season, this 6’10” Serbian is already putting up ridiculous numbers all over the stat sheet. As he and the Denver Nuggets get better, he will only continue to transform into a star.
8. Ben Simmons (Age 20)
2016/17 Stats: None
Despite not playing a single NBA game to this point, the talent cannot be denied. Ben Simmons has a gift that only one person in the NBA currently owns, and that is LeBron James. He may never be as great as King James, but he has the ability to not only dominant games individual, but to create a well-oiled machine out of his basketball team with his court vision and basketball IQ.
7. Andrew Wiggins (Age 21)
2016/17 Stats: 22.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 44.9 FG%
Andrew Wiggins may not ever become the next chosen one, but at only 21-years of age, the Canadian is an absolute phenom. With incredible athleticism and a constantly improving shooting stroke, Wiggins’ upwards development will lead to a ton of success in Minneapolis.
6. Joel Embiid (Age 22)
2016/17 Stats: 19.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.5 BPG, 34.9 3PT FG%
His is essentially the closest thing to Hakeem Olajuwon that we have ever seen. Oh and he can shoot threes too. Joel Embiid has given an entire franchise hope for the future. If he can stay healthy, trusting the process will be the best thing in Philly since the Allen Iverson.
5. Kristaps Porzingis (Age 21)
2016/17 Stats: 18.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 38.8 3PT FG%
This kid is 7’3” and can shoot from anywhere on the court and may not even be done growing yet. Kristaps Porzingis can also run the floor better than most big man, can protect the paint, and can even put the ball on the floor. Yeah, try stopping that when this kid hits his prime.
4. Kyrie Irving (Age 24)
2016/17 Stats: 24.5 PPG, 5.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 46.9 FG%, 41.0 3PT FG%
At only 24-years of age, Kyrie Irving has already been to two NBA Finals and has one ring to his name as well as four All-Star selections. Undoubtedly the best young point guard in the NBA, Uncle Drew’s ball handling and scoring ability is second to none at his position.
3. Karl-Anthony Towns (Age 21)
2016/17 Stats: 22.4 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 50.3 FG%, 31.6 3PT FG%
Karl-Anthony Towns is the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise and will be for quite a while. One of the most versatile and skilled bigs in the game, Towns may even become the greatest player in Timberwolves history once all is said and done.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Age 22)
2016/17 Stats: 23.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 5.4 APG, 2.0 BPG, 1.8 SPG, 53.3 FG%
Giannis Antetokounmpo really is a freak. At 6’11”, with the wingspan of far too long, and his ability to play and dominate at every position, “Greek Freak” will be one of the best players in the NBA for a very long time.
1. Anthony Davis (Age 23)
2016/17 Stats: 28.6 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.4 BPG, 1.3 SPG, 50.2 FG%
Already a four-time NBA All-Star, Anthony Davis is on his way to becoming the NBA’s best player once LeBron James’ time at the top expires. An absolute beast on both sides of the floor, ‘The Brow’, will be a dominant force for maybe even the next decade plus!