While LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry get the bulk of the NBA headlines, there are plenty of young players waiting in the wings to taking over when the stars of today lose a step.
Some — like Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving — are already household names, while others are on the cusp of stardom.
This list is the best-of-the-best of those young players, the ones who will carry the NBA to the next generation.
Just missed the cut: Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz; Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
25. Clint Capela, Houston Rockets, 22
Capela is one of the best young rim protectors in the game and the perfect fit for the Rockets. He has stepped in for the departed Dwight Howard and has become the backbone of the Houston defense, averaging 1.4 blocks in just 23.4 minutes. He has also been a very serviceable finisher in the paint, averaging 12 points a night on 64.4 percent shooting from the field while adding 7.6 rebounds.
24. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers, 22
Although his rebounding numbers are down — from 10.2 to 8.0 — Randle has become a more complete player in his third year in Los Angeles. He is averaging a career-high 13 points a game on 48.9 percent shooting while handing out 3.6 assists in 28.4 minutes.
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