When the NBA is brought up in conversations, the players that are mentioned are names like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, etc. So many fans make statements like “competition is dead in the NBA,” or “my team will never win if Golden State has their lineup,” but do not worry. I’m here to tell you the future is extremely bright for the NBA. There are so many young players in this league that are poised to become the next star.
PG: Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving is only 23 years old and he already has NBA championship under his belt. Despite his defensive woes, Kyrie is the prototype for a point guard in this league; he has handles, he can score, he can pass, and he has the clutch gene that very few players have. Granted, Kyrie has an advantage that no one else on this list has; he has LeBron James on his team, but that should not take away from Kyrie’s individual greatness. Kyrie Irving has at least 10 years left in this league; that means many layups, clutch threes, and most importantly, ankle breakers.
SG: Devin Booker
70 points in one game. That is all that needs to be said, but there is so much more to say. Booker is only in his 2nd season in the NBA and he is already being compared to Kobe Bryant. In a loss to the Celtics, Booker scored 70 points all by himself.
Scoring 70 points in a game is not a easy task, and he did in only his 2nd season in the NBA. Devin Booker has nothing but upside in his career. If he could get a better cast around him, we may be seeing him in the playoffs soon.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
They don’t call him The Greek Freak for nothing. Giannis Antetokounmpo is 6’11, 221 pounds of straight athlete. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the next Lebron James. He may not be better than Bron, but he has the same impact on his team that LeBron has on all his teams. Giannis led the way for the Bucks by averaging 22.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. If you take all this into consideration while looking at the young and upcoming roster, more and more people will start agreeing with the possibility of becoming an all-time great.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis
Despite his terrible team situation, Kristaps Porzingis has one of the brightest futures in the NBA. Ever since the Golden State Warriors started their run in 2015, the NBA has switched its system. Before 2015, in order to win, a team had to have playmakers at the guard spots and big men who could protect the paint. Now, a big man needs to average 8-10 rebounds per game while shooting 40% from deep. That is what Porzingis is. Porzingis’ season averages are quite impressive for a sophomore in the league, (18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 45% FG, and 36.7% 3-point).
C: Karl Anthony Towns
“KAT” could quite possible be the next Shaq, but he has a jump shot and is only 21-years-old and he averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and1.3 blocks while shooting 36% from three. That is already superstar stats, but he is only getting better. KAT is on his way to put up Hall-Of-Fame numbers in his career. Combine that with his young and talented T-Wolves squad, and we may be seeing a Minnesota dynasty very soon.
These five players are just the tip of the iceberg when looking at young talent in the NBA. Players like Zach Lavine, Joel Embiid, D’Angelo Russell, and so much more young talented players are ready for their chance. For all the non-Cavs or Warriors fans, there is hope for your team in the foreseeable future.