Players don't stay with one team for most of their careers as often as they used to. Salary cap, small-market teams and the desire to win an NBA Championship make rising stars leave the teams that drafted them to join contenders as soon as they have the chance to do it.
Still, there are some players who seem to have an old-school mentality. Rather than jump the boat and join a strong team, they want to build a contender of their own. Moreover, they're so good and with such a bright future ahead of them that their franchises are 100% sold on building their future around them.
There aren't many players you could sign right now for a decade's worth contract. Durability issues (i.e Joel Embiid) or their current age could be a factor there. That's why today, we're going to let you know about the top 10 players that could receive a 10-year contract right away.
Bam Adebayo has earned a lot of praise and recognition around the league for his relentless and restless work ethic. He's improved on every aspect of his game and is now one of the most promising rim protectors and dominant rebounders in the league.
Adebayo is also an outstanding creator for a guy his size and could still turn into a great all-around scorer, even if he doesn't add the three-point shot to his repertoire. He's no Dwight Howard but he'll be pretty fun to watch for many years to come.
10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Several scouts had Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as one of the biggest sleepers of last year's class and he surely proved it as soon as he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. His defense was already impressive and now his offense seems to be way ahead of schedule.
Shai is supposed to lead the way for the Thunder once Chris Paul's no longer in town. Thus far, he's averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals per game on 47% shooting. Once he starts knocking down threes more consistently, he'll be an elite guard.
9. Ja Morant
Ja Morant has that fire, that passion, and desire to compete and be one of the all-time greats you don't see very often in young players. His confidence is off the roof and he backs it up on the court. It didn't take him long to become the leader of the franchise and make everybody around him better.
Morant is strong, fast, and incredibly athletic. His mind seems to be in the right place as well. He eats and sleeps basketball and is eager to strive for greatness. The leading candidate for Rookie of the Year has averaged 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game on 49% shooting.
8. Donovan Mitchell
Like Morant, Donovan Mitchell has shown the intangibles to make the Utah Jazz think that he's their go-to-guy for the future. He embraced a leadership role as a rookie and earned the respect of every veteran in the locker room for the way he plays and tries to be a floor general.
Mitchell proved to be an NBA-ready volume scorer right out of the gate. He's already one of the league's most unstoppable scorers and is currently averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.5 triples, and 1.0 steals per game on 45/36/85 shooting splits.
7. Brandon Ingram
Some people didn't hesitate to call Brandon Ingram a bust after his early struggles in the NBA. Turns out that he just needed a change of environment to flourish and now the New Orleans Pelicans have the chance to tie him to the organization for a very long time.
Ingram's freakish athleticism and length and his much improved defensive awareness make him a promising two-way stud. His scoring totals went significantly up this season and he's been a great all-around player since the campaign started. He's averaging 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game and got his first All-Star nod.
6. Trae Young
Trae Young's game may not suit the eyes of old-school basketball fans but make no mistake, he's the prototype of the point guard of the future. Thus, the Atlanta Hawks would be glad to keep him around for a decade given what he's shown during his first two seasons in the league.
Young has unlimited range and incredibly prolific playmaking ability. He needs to work on his efficiency and taking care of the ball but the sky seems to be the limit for him as a scorer and passer. His crafty moves and handles are like something out of an AND1 tape. He's averaging 29.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 3.4 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals per game.
5. Luka Doncic
It was clear that Luka Doncic was a special talent when he declared for the NBA Draft. He was coming off being the youngest MVP in EuroLeague history but some people didn't think he was ready to make an impact in the league right away. They were wrong. By miles.
Doncic is already one of the most gifted scorers we've seen. His skill set resembles Larry Bird's game and he can be one of the best point forwards ever once's all said and done. Thus far, he's averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 2.9 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals per game and he just turned 20 years old.
4. Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons has always been a polarizing player. Some people think he'll never be able to lead an organization because of his lack of a jump shot but even without any kind of range, he's still an incredibly dominant defender and a top-notch playmaker.
Simmons is a one-of-a-kind talent. He's just 23 years old and, aside from his rookie season, he's been quite durable thus far. He can play and guard all five spots and once he starts knocking down shots, he'll be a perennial candidate for MVP and DPOY. He's averaging 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and a league-leading 2.1 steals per game.
3. Jayson Tatum
We all knew Jayson Tatum was special but he's far ahead of schedule right now. He was playing like a superstar before the league's hiatus and is clear that he's ready to take a step forward as the leader of the Boston Celtics for a very long time. He's due to a max extension this summer.
Tatum's offense was ready for the NBA since he was in college. So, what has impressed people the most thus far is his improved defense. He has the potential to be one of the best two-way players to ever live. He's averaging 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.8 triples, and 1.4 steals per game on 44/39/80 splits.
2. Zion Williamson
Health-wise, signing Zion Williamson to a 10-year contract could be a concern. Talent-wise, it's a no-brainer. Even if he gives you 5 out of those 10 seasons, it'd still be worthy. That's just how incredibly talented, dominant, good, and impressive Zion is.
Zion dominated NBA defenders right away as if he were still playing vs. high schoolers. His combination of strength and athleticism is almost unprecedented. It only took him 19 games to prove why he's a generational talent. Thus far, he's averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game on 58.9% shooting.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo deserves a 10-year contract and whatever you want to pay him. Right now. He can turn any franchise into a Championship contender and is just 25 years old. He's never struggled with injuries and takes great care of his body so there's no reason to think he couldn't play until his late 30s with his top-notch work ethic.
Giannis never ceases to work, amaze, and improve. He's the league's reigning MVP and is on pace to win back-to-back awards plus the Defensive Player of the Year distinction. He's one consistent shot away from being the best player in the world and is currently averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.5 three-pointers, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game on 54% from the floor.