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Young Guns Got Game- NBA Top 25 Players Under 25
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Young Guns Got Game- NBA Top 25 Players Under 25

1) Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans-The best two-way player on this list. Complete offensive game and he can guard every position.

2) Karl Anthony-Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves- Has all the tools to be an elite player. Great rim protector.

3) Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks- Swiss army knife has elevated his overall game but his lack of a consistent outside shot has him here.

4) Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets- Can rebound and score (offense still evolving) but his ability to be a playmaker makes him a tough guard.

5) Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves- He’s coming on fast. Consistency & confidence is all that’s left.

6) Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks- Already a game changer on defense but once he gets stronger & adjust to the physical nature of the game, he will be a problem.

7) Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz- He will never be an offensive player, he just needs to keep team’s honest. It’s his defense and rebounding has him this high.

8) Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards- Great shooter still working on his overall game. Defense must become a priority.

9) Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns-Finding his scoring touch is  a scary thought. Game is evolving right in front of our eyes.

10) Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers– Healthy will dictate his rise or fall. You can see his impact on the court.

11) Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks- Another offensively talented player with health issues. Must commit defensively.

12) Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons-Will never be an offensive threat but he’s here because he’s a great rebounder & shot blocker.

13) Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors- Very underrated two-way player. Quietly getting better.

14) Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers-Offensively gifted. He’ll never be an elite defender but he can be indifferent.

15) Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks- Once he got the opportunity, he literally ran with it. A defender & playmaker who is searching for offensive consistency.

16) Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks-His numbers have improved with his new role in Dallas but does he believe he can be “the man”?

17) Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers- He’s still finding his game in just his second season. Talent is there.

18) Steven Adams, Oklahoma Thunder-Not only does he do the dirty work but is having an impact on both ends of the floor.

19) Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves- Can he be more than just a supreme athlete with highlight reel dunks? Was making headway before his knee injury.

20) Enes Kanter, Oklahoma Thunder- Instant offense off the bench and above average rebounder.

21) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons- Always had a good jumper but incorporated the in between pull up. Confidence is growing.

22) Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma Thunder- Very good defender & open court player. Still searching for consistency on jumper.

23) Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers- Undersized rugged post player that can score and rebound. Needs to expand offense.

24) D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers-The talent is there. Offensive game is maturing while defense is still in it’s infancy.

25) Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic- All offense, not a lot of defense.

 

Next 10:

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets

Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls

Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers

Jusuf Nurkic, Denver Nuggets

Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks

Willy Hernangomez, New York Knicks

Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings

Thon Maker, Milwaukee Bucks

 

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