Over the course of the past few years, the NBA has been completely taken by incredibly talented youngsters that come out of college straight onto the courts of the greatest competition in world basketball to grow as players and try to lead their teams to contention.
The one and done systems and the scouting networks in Europe have made this league a proper place for young talents to shine and earn a lot of cash, competing amongst the greatest athletes on the globe as if they were playing in their local YMCA.
So today, we’ll take a look at the top 5 talented youngsters that might as well win the MVP award over the next few years, as the rising stars of the NBA have proven that they won’t back down from anybody on their road to basketball stardom.
5. Devin Booker
Everybody knew how ridiculously talented Booker was and how easily he could put up a lot of points in no time during his time in the NCAA, but nobody expected him to adjust to the NBA as fast as he did, scoring with great ease against pretty much every world class defender he’s faced.
Still, the Suns are years away from contention and Booker’s defense is questionable at best, bu he’s shown flashes of greatness and looks poised to average over 30 points per contest in the foreseeable future, so keep an eye on the young shooting guard.
4. Karl-Anthony Towns
KAT quickly put an end to the ongoing debate between him and Jahlil Okafor, showing that the Timberwolves definitely made the right choice drafting him due to his outstanding play on both ends of the floor, his improvement and hustle and his leadership for the young Wolves.
The talented forward/center is already a pretty dominant two-way player, combining both old school big man moves while also being capable to put the ball on the floor as a guard, and he’s already taken the torch away from Andrew Wiggins as the ultimate player in Minnesota.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis is just getting ridiculous at this point, improving in pretty much every single category since he first came into the league as a completely unknown guy out of Greece that looked extremely rough at best.
The Greek Freak has led Jason Kidd’s team in every stat over the course of the season, and if this guy actually winds up developing his midrange shot and his three-point shooting, he’d definitely be the best player in the Association with his incredible athleticism and work ethic.
2. Anthony Davis
If the unibrow would’ve gotten a bit of help from his teammates over the season, he’d definitely be in the MVP conversation due to his outstanding and impressive averages over the entire year for the mediocre New Orleans Pelicans.
Davis stopped taking that many three-pointers and went back to being a dominant presence in the paint on both ends of the floor, and there’s absolutely no doubt about his defensive talent, being a nightly highlight reel with his powerful swats.
1. Kawhi Leonard
Leonard has quietly become the best two-way player in the NBA, even ahead of LeBron James despite what many people might say. Leonard has also become a steady competitor in the MVP race, and he’s managed to change San Antonio’s entire offensive system as their go-to-guy.
Kawhi has improved his offensive game in every way after being a below-average shooter during his first couple of seasons, and he’s one of the few guys capable of keeping LeBron, Harden, Westbrook and Durant in check, so there’s definitely an MVP award coming to him in the near future.