Top 10 NBA Players: 24 and Under

The young talent in the NBA is evident. Players like Dončić, Simmons, Mitchell, and many more have put the league on notice. Night in and night out, they put up impressive numbers and breathtaking highlights.

These young bucks are already stars making waves within the NBA, but the scary part is that they are just getting started. Here are my selections for the top players under 24 years old:

10. Zion Williamson

20 years old

This list would not be complete without Mr. Williamson. Zion has not played many games in the NBA yet but has still made his impact felt. He is an extraordinarily unique physical specimen that uses his power and athleticism to bully players in the paint all night. It is obvious that Zion can produce at impressive clips, averaging 22.5 points and 6.3 rebounds a game last season, but an outside shot would take his game to the next level.

9. Bam Adebayo

23 years old

Adebayo finally showed what he was truly capable of last season. During his first two seasons in Miami, he was a good role player off the bench, but nothing remarkable. Last season it was evident that he had fully transformed into one of the better power forwards in the league. At 6”9 255 pounds, there aren’t many NBA bigs he can’t defend. He is a great rebounder, averaging 10.2 last season, and also has a sweet jump shot from close. Bam is going to be a force in the East for a long time.

8. Ja Morant

21 years old

If you’re a fan of high-flying dunks and beautiful playmaking, Morant is your guy. The Murray State guard busted into the NBA last season, averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game. It is rare to see someone play with as much heart as Morant does. He looks to find his teammates on the offensive end but is not one bit afraid to put someone on a poster. Morant has some serious potential.

7. Brandon Ingram

23 years old

This season will be Ingram’s fifth in the NBA, and he is only 23. Ingram is a lanky 6”7, 190-pound swingman that can shoot from anywhere on the court. Much like Tatum, he can slash to the basket with ease and finish around the rim. Last season he dramatically improved his three-point shooting to a respectable 39.1%. One area Ingram could use improvement in his defense. He is skinny for his height, limiting him in guarding players in the post.

6. Trae Young

22 years old

One of the most entertaining players to watch on this list, Trae Young is someone who can score the basketball – a lot. Young averaged a stellar 29.6 points and 9.3 assists per game last season. He shot 36% from deep, which is nothing to be ashamed of, but there is room for improvement. His offensive prowess is evident, and in a league where 3-point shooting is crucial, Young is doing what he needs to do.

5. Donovan Mitchell

24 years old

Mitchell is the premier offensive talent on a gritty Utah team. He is not afraid to put his shot up from wherever on the court or cut to the hoop with reckless abandon. While battling against the Nuggets in the playoffs last season, his offensive skills were on full display. Scoring 57 points in Game 1 and 51 in Game 4, he looked unstoppable. Mitchell has the crucial ability to take over and control any game.

4. Ben Simmons

24 years old

Simmons is one of the more fascinating young players in the NBA. He is a 6”10, 240-pound point guard who delivers pinpoint passes, can defend the 1 through the 4, and can get to the basket within the blink of the eye. Simmons is a threat for a triple-double every night, much like Luka. While he is a force on both the offensive and defensive ends, it will be interesting to see how his shot develops this season.

3. Devin Booker

24 years old

Booker is a player who could end up being the best on this list in a couple of years. He is easily one of the top scorers in the league. Averaging over 25 points per game and shooting over a 46% clip the past two seasons, Booker is a proven sharpshooter. Simply put, when he gets hot, he is going to give you problems. His performance in the bubble last season was outstanding, and with the help of Chris Paul, the Suns’ playoff odds are looking very nice.

2. Jayson Tatum

22 years old

At just 19, Tatum made his debut in the NBA. Last season Tatum emerged as one of the best young players in the NBA after being a decent role-player during his first two seasons. His 40% three-point shooting combined with his unique slashing ability allows him to stretch the floor and create his own shots. Tatum will look to lead the Celtics to a title after their disappointing exit last season.

1. Luka Dončić

21 years old

Luka is a once in a lifetime player. He is in just his third NBA season and opened up as the lead favorite for MVP going into 2020-2021. The former Rookie of the Year is a stat-sheet stuffer who averaged a whopping 28.8 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, and 8.8 assists per game last season. At 6”7 and 230 pounds, he can make sharp passes, score at ease, and even manage to bang down low for boards. He is the total package and has turned Dallas into a legitimate contender.

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