In an effort to find who the next young star in the NBA will be, ESPN has ranked it's top players under 25. The overall rankings are based on an average of the individual rankings of three NBA experts. That is, assuming they would have these players for multiple years moving forward.
The Top-5 shake out like this; Anthony Davis, Paul George, Andre Drummond, James Harden, and John Wall.
Although James Harden might be a better draw than Anthony Davis right now, it's hard to argue that the versatile center isn't the top guy to start a franchise with. That said, James Harden should absolutely be top-3, with George and Davis. I'm not sold on Drummond yet. John Wall deserves to be in the top-5.
Kyrie Irving ranked 7th, just behind Blake Griffin. Damian Lillard, DeMarcus Cousins, and Derrick Favors round out the top-10. Those 10 guys are undoubtedly the cream of the crop when it comes to players under 25. But, if I'm starting a franchise, I'd rather a Kyrie Irving over an Andre Drummond.
Numbers 10-25 went down like this;
11. Eric Bledsoe, 12. Serge Ibaka, 13. Greg Monroe, 14. Kawhi Leonard, 15. Michael Carter-Williams , 16. Nicolas Batum , 17. Harrison Barnes, 18. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 19. Gordon Hayward, 20. Jrue Holiday , 21. Klay Thompson, 22. Nikola Vucevic, 23. Ricky Rubio , 24. Jonas Valanciunas , 25. John Henson.