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Best NBA Player by Age (19-28)

19: Zion Williamson

23.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, .8 SPG, .5 BPG


(Via Sports Illustrated)


Zion is arguably the most hyped-up prospect since LeBron, and it is no surprise the utter dominance he has had during his rookie season. At 285 pounds, Zion is a type of player that we have never seen before. He is able to post up some of the league’s best interior defenders while still being able to jump out of the gym. If he can stay healthy, he will be a perennial all-star and in MVP conversations in the years to come.


Runner up: RJ Barrett


20: Ja Morant

17.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 6.9 APG, .9 SPG, .3 BPG

(Via Associated Press)


Morant is one of the league’s best young players and will be the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year. Morant is one of the leagues most explosive players, posterizing big men on a nearly nightly basis. He has an elite ability to see the floor and has silenced critics who claim that his jump shot is not NBA ready. The outstanding rookie will be a force for years to come and will surely be in many all-star games and MVP races.


Runner up: Jarren Jackson Jr.


21: Luka Doncic

28.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.1 SPG, .2 BPG

(Via USA TODAY Sports)


After a great rookie season, people could see that Luka was going to turn into a star, but no one thought it would happen in just his second year. The young phenom has a great all-around game, being able to score and facilitate at elite levels. Luka has had an MVP like season, solidifying himself as a top 10 player in the league.


Runner up: Trae Young


22: Jayson Tatum

23.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.4 SPG, .9 BPG

(Via Boston Herald)


After leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals in his rookie year and taking the Lebron James led Cavaliers to a game 7, everyone saw Jayson Tatum was special. He has developed into a great scorer with a knockdown mid-range game and solid three-point shooting and finishing at the basket. Tatum is also an elite defender who is versatile enough to guard positions 1-4. The Celtics have a two-way gem in Tatum.


Runner up: Brandon Ingram


23: Ben Simmons

16.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 8.2 APG, 2.1 SPG, .6 BPG

(Via CBS Sports)


Ben Simmons is a hybrid Point Foward player. The 6-11 Point Guard is one of the league’s best defenders, being able to guard any position on the floor. Simmons is also one of the best passers in the league, making him deadly with the ball in transition. His two-way ability is superb and if the 76ers decide to move on from the Simmons and Embiid duo, I could see Simmons as an MVP caliber player on his own team.


Runner up: Donovan Mitchell


24: Karl Anthony-Towns

26.5 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 4.4 APG, .9 SPG 1.2 BPG

(Via CBS Sports)


As one of the league’s best big men, Towns has a versatile offensive game. He is able to score inside and is one of the best three-point shooting bigs in the NBA. As Towns enters his prime, he could be seen as one of the best players in the league if he is able to find that team success he has been searching for in Minnesota.


Runner up: D’Angelo Russell


25: Giannis Antetokounmpo

29.6 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1,0 BPG

(Via Getty Images)


After winning MVP a year ago, people began to discuss if the Greek Freak will eventually be the best player in the NBA. That is definitely up for debate after Giannis had another MVP type season. The lengthy big man is an athletic freak who is a top interior defender. He can get to the basket whenever he wants and is slowly developing a three-point jump shot. With Giannis entering his prime it is scary to think how good he will be in the next couple of seasons.


Runner up: Nikola Jokic


26: Joel Embiid

23.4 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, .9 SPG, 1.3 BPG

(Via Philadelphia Inquirer)


Joel Embiid has a complete all-around game, being an absolute beast on the offensive end while being one of the top interior defenders in the whole league. Embiid is an old school back to the basket guy who dominates with his pure strength. While injuries have been an issue for Embiid, when he plays it’s hard to find someone at his position who is better.


Runner up: Bradley Beal


27: Anthony Davis

26.7 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 2.4 BPG

(Via Getty Images)


After years of being on lackluster rosters in New Orleans, Davis finally got his opportunity to play with another star player, LeBron James. The athletic Power Foward has showcased his abilities, catching lobs and scoring inside while being arguably the league’s top shot blocker. Davis’ two-way ability is top five in the league and has Lakers fans excited about their future.


Runner up: Rudy Gobert


28: Kawhi Leonard

26.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.8 SPG, .6 BPG

(Via Associated Press)


Kawhi is arguably the most well-rounded player in the entire league. He has a nearly flawless offensive game, being the best midrange player in the whole league and is a more than capable three-point shooter and finisher at the basket. Kawhi is also one of the top perimeter defenders in the NBA and will be in MVP and DPOY conversations for the coming years.


Runner up: Kyrie Irving




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