Top 10 NBA Players under 25



Top 10 Under 25

by: Marcus Celello

There is loads of young talent in the Association right now. Not just talent, but superstar talent. MVP level talent. In fact, there’s more young talent in the NBA than I thought. When I had the idea of making a “Top 10 Under 25″ list, I thought there would be about 6-7 easy ones, and I would have to scrap together a few more. As I began to think, a few names quickly came to mind. Then a few more. Before I realized it, I was up to almost 20 damn good players who were all under the age of 25. Because of this, I will first start with 5 honorable mentions, in no specific order. (Note: rankings are mostly based on play right now, though potential was also looked at) ***stocks = steal + blocks (Simmons)***

Honorable Mentions

Tobias Harris, 22
The Tennessee product, who was traded from the Bucks 2 seasons ago, is averaging 18.6 PPG and 7.4 RPG. He can score from all over the court, and is the centerpiece for the young Magic. The question is whether he stays in Orlando and develops with their young core or bolts for a bigger market.

Jrue Holiday, 24
Being a former All-Star, it was hard to imagine Holiday not being in my top 10. That just goes to show how good these young players in the NBA are right now. Holiday is averaging 15.4 PPG and 7.3 APG and is one of the better young guards in the NBA.

Kemba Walker, 24
This former NCAA hero is one of the best “combo guards” in the NBA. He demonstrates this by averaging a well balanced 16.5 PPG, 5.8 APG, and 4.1 RPG. If Lance Stephenson gets traded, look for Kemba’s usage rate to rise and his other stats to rise with it. Kemba needs to find balance and efficiency in his game and he can go from good – to great.

Michael Carter-Williams, 23
Michael Carter-Williams was initially on my list, as he averages 15.6 PPG, 7.7 APG, and 7 RPG. He’s a walking triple double. However, he also averages 5 turnovers a game, and his stats are padded due to his usage rate of 28. His below average 12.7 PER made it easy to keep him off my list.

Nikola Vucevic, 24
Nikola Vucevic is a double double machine. He is one of the best centers in the NBA, and was the most difficult player to leave off this list. So far this season he is averaging 18.3 PPG and 11.8 RPG, which is good for 4th in the NBA. Look for Vucevic to be among the best big men in the game for years to come.

Other honorable mentions: Andrew Wiggins, Bradley Beal, Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo

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