The Best Young Players in the NBA

Who are the future stars of the league? This is an estimate of how good each player will be at their peak (age 27 season).

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Age

Position

# Name AGEPREDATORCraftedPMCraftedPeakPMPeakWAR
1 Nikola Jokic DEN | C 25 6.8 6.89 7.16 11.4
2 Luka Doncic DAL | SF 21 6 4.17 6.88 12.2
3 LaMelo Ball CHA | PG 19 -0.9 0.74 5.64 9.5
4 Jayson Tatum BOS | SF 22 5.1 3.73 5.39 10.2
5 Zion Williamson NOP | PF 20 1.5 3.26 4.77 9.1
6 Karl-Anthony Towns MIN | C 25 5.2 3.4 4.3 7.8
7 Trae Young ATL | PG 22 3.5 1.99 3.69 7
8 Michael Porter Jr. DEN | PF 22 2.1 2.44 3.53 7.7
9 Anthony Edwards MIN | SG 19 -2.3 -1.92 3.4 6.6
10 Kira Lewis Jr. NOP | PG 19 -2.6 -1.15 3.32 6.5
11 Jamal Murray DEN | PG 23 3.2 2 3.3 6.5
12 Ben Simmons PHI | PG 24 3.6 2.53 3.29 7.4
13 De'Anthony Melton MEM | PG 22 1.5 2.22 3.18 7.3
14 Bam Adebayo MIA | C 23 1.6 2.48 3.09 6.3
15 Isaiah Stewart DET | C 19 -3.7 0.13 3.05 6.3
16 Lonzo Ball NOP | PG 23 2 1.95 2.87 5.9
17 Immanuel Quickley NYK | PG 21 -3.1 1.11 2.81 5.8
18 Tyrese Haliburton SAC | SG 20 0.2 -0.28 2.73 5.7
19 Matisse Thybulle PHI | SF 23 2.1 1.53 2.62 5.6
20 De'Aaron Fox SAC | PG 23 2.2 1.42 2.58 5.5
21 Ja Morant MEM | PG 21 0.2 0.62 2.58 5.5
22 James Wiseman GSW | C 19 -1.7 -3.48 2.56 4.8
23 Deandre Ayton PHX | C 22 2.1 0.96 2.54 4.8
24 Jarrett Allen CLE | C 22 1.3 1.28 2.48 4.7
25 Donovan Mitchell UTA | SG 24 1.3 2.29 2.36 5.3
26 R.J. Hampton ORL | SG 19 -1.2 -3.29 2.36 5.3
27 Donte DiVincenzo MIL | SG 24 2.8 1.5 2.33 5.3
28 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander OKC | PG 22 1.4 0.99 2.33 5.2
29 Kristaps Porzingis DAL | PF 25 2.4 1.81 2.31 4.5
30 Killian Hayes DET | PG 19 -1.3 -3.33 2.3 5.2
31 Brandon Ingram NOP | SF 23 1.2 1.35 2.2 5.1
32 Patrick Williams CHI | SF 19 -2.6 -2.82 2.2 5.1
33 Mikal Bridges PHX | SF 24 1.6 1.88 2.19 5.1
34 Domantas Sabonis IND | PF 24 1.6 1.81 2.14 4.3
35 John Collins ATL | PF 23 0.5 1.58 2.12 5
36 Jaylen Brown BOS | SG 24 2.1 1.44 2.06 5
37 Daniel Gafford WAS | C 22 -1 1.77 2.04 4.2
38 Xavier Tillman MEM | PF 22 -0.2 0.53 1.99 4.9
39 Furkan Korkmaz PHI | SG 23 0.9 1.18 1.98 4.7
40 OG Anunoby TOR | SF 23 0.8 1.16 1.94 4.7
41 Christian Wood HOU | PF 25 1.1 1.79 1.86 3.7
42 Devin Vassell SAS | SG 20 -1.1 -1 1.81 4.5
43 Talen Horton-Tucker LAL | SF 20 -0.8 -0.07 1.79 4.5
44 Dejounte Murray SAS | PG 24 1.1 1.49 1.76 3.8
45 Devin Booker PHX | SG 24 1.7 1.18 1.76 3.8
46 Jakob Poeltl SAS | C 25 2.2 2.21 1.76 3.6
47 Theo Maledon OKC | PG 19 -1.3 -4.13 1.76 4.5
48 Luguentz Dort OKC | SG 21 -0.1 -0.56 1.7 4.4
49 Keldon Johnson SAS | SF 21 -0.1 -0.56 1.69 4.4
50 Nicolas Claxton BKN | C 21 -2.2 1.56 1.66 3.5