The amount of young talent in the NBA right now is incredible. There seems to be a budding star on every NBA team, and the talent is flooding in from all countries around the world. The NBA is truly a global game.
But only a select few star players, under the age of 25, have stood out among the best. We have ranked the 10 best ones, based on their stats and overall impact on their teams. Here are the 10 young players, 24 years of age and younger, that have been playing at their very best their season.
10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Season Statistics: 21.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.3 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Gilgeous-Alexander is a fantastic athlete and has the right mentality to be a star in the league one day. He certainly is on the right track based on his numbers this season and he will only continue to get better as the season progress.
Gilgeous-Alexander is the franchise star for the Thunder, and he has played like it so far this year. The only knock against him is his lack of ability to earn his team enough wins, but that also isn't on him entirely as his team is in a complete rebuild.
9. Brandon Ingram
Season Statistics: 23.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Brandon Ingram is having a pretty good season, and it is just a matter of time before he becomes the best scorer in the league. The biggest challenge for him is defense and if he can improve that part of his game, that would be great for his future.
The Pelicans are not playing well this season (8-12), but they have a lot of young players and when they get enough experience, they could become a top tier team in the Western Conference.
8. Zion Williamson
Season Statistics: 23.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Zion Williamson is truly an imposing figure on the court. His boulder shoulders and insane athleticism make him a box office attraction, but his play has also been great to watch. Williamson has outplayed fellow star Brandon Ingram so far this season and earned his way on the list.
Williamson is still raw and has plenty of room to develop into a superstar, but he is on the right track and he will one day be one of the faces of the NBA. For now, he is an All-Star and an impactful forward.
7. Collin Sexton
Season Statistics: 24.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Sexton has always been a bright young player, but he looks like he is arriving into his own with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sexton can score the ball in many ways and his improved outside shooting has helped him take that leap this season.
Sexton is a name that people should watch out for because he will soon be one of the best guards in the NBA. His shooting has been tremendous, 43.5% from three, and his overall play has taken a massive leap this season as well.
6. Devin Booker
Season Statistics: 23.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Devin Booker is a star, and he will be one of the names on the Western Conference All-Star Team this year. Booker is a natural scorer and he is only 2 years removed from dropping 70 points in a single game. The duo of Booker and Paul has been incredible to watch this season, and the Suns have great expectations in the postseason because of it.
Devin Booker has seemingly been in the NBA for so long, but he is still getting better. Booker is developing physically and playing with one of the game's greatest point guards means he is on track to be a superstar in this league.
5. Trae Young
Season Statistics: 26.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 9.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Trae Young will be the next Stephen Curry. He already has the range and dribbling ability, he just needs to put it all together and become the leader the Hawks need him to be. This will happen in due time as Young matures his game. Atlanta has looked solid so far this season and Trae Young is the undisputed main reason why.
Young can do everything that Stephen Curry does, albeit at a much less efficient rate. Young needs to be double or triple teamed despite being of miniature size, which is a clear testament to his sheer skill and ability.
4. Donovan Mitchell
Season Statistics: 23.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Donovan Mitchell might not be a superstar, but he's awfully close. Mitchell is the best player on a Utah Jazz team that is top-3 in the Western Conference right now. Mitchell can score with his eyes closed and his leadership abilities are rubbing off on all his teammates as well.
Utah is a big problem and the play of Mitchell has been incredible to watch. While Mitchell's numbers are not as spectacular as others on this list, his impact has been the best. The Jazz are a team nobody wants to face and Mitchell is at the core of that.
3. Jaylen Brown
Season Statistics: 26.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Jaylen Brown was always expected to be good, but nobody thought he would be this good. Brown is a great shooter, an even better finisher at the rim, and plays both ends of the floor. For years the Celtics failed to part ways with Brown for bigger names in trade talks because he is a perfect fit alongside Jayson Tatum.
Brown's scoring has been tremendous and he has been the most consistent go-to scorer when his team needed him. Brown has made himself untouchable with his play for Boston and he will be on his way to his first All-Star Team selection.
2. Jayson Tatum
Season Statistics: 26.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Jayson Tatum is surprisingly mimicking the play of the great Kobe Bryant. Tatum's scoring ability is truly incredible to watch and he is only getting better. Tatum comes through in the clutch for the Celtics when he's needed, but he needs to focus on other parts of his game if he wants to reach true superstar status.
Nonetheless, Tatum's offensive game is as nice as it gets. While Kevin Durant, James Harden, Bradley Beal, and LeBron James have excellent all-around offensive games; Tatum's ranks up there as well. He has it all and his improvements will make the Celtics a consistent contender going forward.
1. Luka Doncic
Season Statistics: 27.2 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 9.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Luka has not managed to have enough help to make noise in the Western Conference so far, but his play has been stellar. More specifically, his numbers have remained as solid as ever. Doncic is likely a starter for the West this season even if Dallas doesn't win many games because he plays like an MVP candidate every game.
Luka is clearly one of the top 10 players on planet Earth and naturally, he will start being judged on how far he can take his team. Doncic is only in his 3rd season so he will get a massive pass from critics, and he will slowly get better teammates around him to help him prosper.