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 Luka Doncic DAL | SF 21 6 4.16 7.36 12.6
2 LaMelo Ball CHA | PG 19 -0.9 0.67 6.95 12.1
3 Nikola Jokic DEN | C 25 6.8 6.08 6.89 12
4 Trae Young ATL | PG 22 3.5 2.49 5.46 10.3
5 Jayson Tatum BOS | SF 22 5.1 3.3 5.35 10.1
6 Zion Williamson NOP | PF 20 1.5 1.93 5.02 9.7
7 James Wiseman GSW | C 19 -1.7 -2.44 4.46 9
8 Isaiah Stewart DET | C 19 -3.7 -1.35 4.44 9
9 Jamal Murray DEN | PG 23 3.2 2.58 4.12 8.6
10 Tyrese Haliburton SAC | SG 20 0.2 -0.08 4.01 8.5
11 Anthony Edwards MIN | SG 19 -2.3 -3.34 3.94 8.4
12 De'Anthony Melton MEM | PG 22 1.5 1.92 3.85 8.3
13 Christian Wood HOU | PF 25 1.1 3.14 3.82 8.2
14 Immanuel Quickley NYK | PG 21 -3.1 -0.21 3.52 7.8
15 Karl-Anthony Towns MIN | C 25 5.2 2.84 3.51 7.8
16 Patrick Williams CHI | SF 19 -2.6 -2.85 3.49 7.8
17 Donovan Mitchell UTA | SG 24 1.3 2.56 3.46 7.8
18 Ja Morant MEM | PG 21 0.2 -0.3 3.42 7.7
19 Myles Turner IND | C 24 0.2 2.17 3.37 7.7
20 Kira Lewis Jr. NOP | PG 19 -2.6 -1.86 3.36 7.6
21 Theo Maledon OKC | PG 19 -1.3 -3.03 3.29 7.5
22 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander OKC | PG 22 1.4 0.86 3.19 7.4
23 Jarrett Allen CLE | C 22 1.3 1.53 3.15 7.4
24 De'Andre Hunter ATL | PF 23 -1.7 1.65 3.12 7.3
25 De'Aaron Fox SAC | PG 23 2.2 1.63 3.1 7.3
26 Lonzo Ball NOP | PG 23 2 1.6 3.07 7.3
27 Ben Simmons PHI | PG 24 3.6 2.17 3.04 7.2
28 Bam Adebayo MIA | C 23 1.6 1.52 2.98 7.2
29 Jaylen Brown BOS | SG 24 2.1 2.11 2.98 7.2
30 Donte DiVincenzo MIL | SG 24 2.8 2 2.87 7
31 John Collins ATL | PF 23 0.5 1.36 2.81 7
32 Jakob Poeltl SAS | C 25 2.2 2.48 2.76 6.9
33 Brandon Ingram NOP | SF 23 1.2 1.27 2.72 6.8
34 Devin Vassell SAS | SG 20 -1.1 -1.27 2.67 6.8
35 Jarred Vanderbilt MIN | PF 21 -2.4 -0.76 2.58 6.7
36 Mo Bamba ORL | C 22 0.1 0.76 2.58 6.7
37 Devin Booker PHX | SG 24 1.7 1.15 2.46 6.5
38 Devonte' Graham CHA | PG 25 1.1 1.84 2.46 6.5
39 Killian Hayes DET | PG 19 -1.3 -2.7 2.42 6.5
40 Mikal Bridges PHX | SF 24 1.6 1.42 2.25 6.3
41 Tyler Herro MIA | SG 21 0.4 -0.45 2.25 6.2
42 Talen Horton-Tucker LAL | SF 20 -0.8 -1.01 2.21 6.2
43 Tyrese Maxey PHI | PG 20 -3.9 -2.12 2.21 6.2
44 Deni Avdija WAS | SF 20 -2 -1.68 2.2 6.2
45 Aleksej Pokusevski OKC | PF 19 -4.1 -3.35 2.18 6.2
46 Moritz Wagner WAS | C 23 -0.8 0.77 2.18 6.2
47 Precious Achiuwa MIA | PF 21 -2.4 -1.87 2.18 6.2
48 Cole Anthony ORL | PG 20 -2.7 -2.22 2.11 6.1
49 Cameron Johnson PHX | PF 24 -0.3 1.43 2.09 6
50 RJ Barrett NYK | SF 20 -2.5 -0.7 2.06 6