The best young players in the NBA

It’s been a riveting season so far in the NBA, the chase is on for the NBA title in the second half of the season, and teams have some fabulous young players who could help them make that happen.

This post is a look at some of the best young players in the NBA and how they could assist in their team’s push for title glory. If you’re looking to place a bet on the NBA, you might want to consider one of these for MVP.

Nikola Jokić

The Serbian center may lack some of the explosive athleticism of some of the other players, but the Denver Nuggets compensate it with a super all-round game. The passing, shooting, and rebounding of this twenty-five-year-old are all points.

The Nuggets have built their roster around this highly versatile player. How can he help them win the title? It’s really a question of developing the other players around him, such as Bol Bol and Michael Porter Jr.

Bam Adebayo

Although scoring is a big part of winning games, low scorers, such as Bam Adebayo, can still be key parts of games. Despite not being the man who will ramp up the points with baskets, he’s an amazing shot creator and is the seventh highest ranking center in terms of assists. 

Adebayo is also a highly versatile player. He averages 19.9 points per game, 9.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.0 blocks. The Heat player is only 23 and is a real driving force within the team. 

How can he help the Heat take the title? It’s a question of growth. He’s not fully filled out in his frame. He’s also still improving. We may have witnessed some stellar play from the center, but we’ve not seen the very best from him yet. Not by a long shot.

Donovan Mitchell

The twenty-three-year-old guard for the Utah Jazz, who themselves as a team have been in brutal form this season, has been playing superbly. He has thrown a free throw percentage of 82.4% per game this season, a little less than 2019-2020’s 86.3, and 24.7 points per game, which is an improvement on last season already and we’re just half way through the season.

Mitchell is at his most electric when he’s attacking the hoop. He’s a point scorer first and a distributor second, but even though he’s still improving, some analysts believe he’s already close to being as good as he’s ever going to get. That’s not necessarily a bad thing: he’s already been part of an All-Star team.

Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum, forward-guard for the Boston Celtics, is just 22, but he’s got experience way beyond his years with 45 playoff games under his belt already, as well as two visits to the Eastern Conference finals.

As far as the Celtics are concerned, Tatum is a keeper, and in November 2020, they signed him for the full five-year extension. His shooting game is rapidly developing, and in January 2021 he shot 33 points against the New Orleans Pelicans. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to save the game for them, but his point-scoring heroics didn’t go unnoticed.

One of the impressive things is that, despite becoming who many are saying is the best player on the team, the Celtics haven’t built their roster around him. The other players serve an integral role in the team and lend the Celtics a versatile attack. 

The strengthening of his shooting is one way Tatum can help his team march towards the title. Opposing teams will often choose their best defender to guard him, and this extra attention exposes the rest of their team to his formidable colleagues and stretches opponents thinner than they can tactically allow. 

Devlin Booker

Devlin Booker may be a little temperamental, but the 24-year-old guard for the Phoenix Suns has also become a major name on the team. This season, he’s averaging 24.9 points per game, and he’s generally recognized as one of the most dynamic young scorers in the NBA today. 

The arrival of Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder has bolstered the Suns no end. Paul brings a world of experience to one of the youngest teams in the NBA, and there’s no telling what heights Booker’s own game will reach with Paul on the team now.

Paul adds a sense of completion to the Suns, who were needing pieces around Booker to really help them chalk up the wins. Booker is ferociously competitive and, having led the team and shown them how to win in the regular season with veterans on the team, he can do the same in the playoffs with Paul. It’s a real growth opportunity for Booker, who has already improved his defensive game since Paul arrived. 

The NBA is jam-packed with talent, and honorable mentions should also go out to Brandon Ingram, of the New Orleans Pelicans; Trae Young, of the Atlanta Hawks; and Jaylen Brown, who teams up with Jayson Tatum on the Boston Celtics. All three have been putting in performances that have gotten them noticed in the NBA, and we can be sure other promising players will be arriving on the scene in seasons to come. 

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