Every NBA Team’s Most Exciting Prospect
The NBA is full of superstars that we have loved for years who are currently dominating the league. But what will happen in a few years when these players start to wear down and can’t be the face of the NBA anymore? Young prospects are the future of the NBA, and pretty soon a lot of these guys will be the new LeBrons, Currys, and Durants of the league.
Young players are very exciting to each NBA franchise. They give bad teams hope that things will be better in the upcoming seasons and good teams the peace of mind that they will have a positive future without their current stars. The term “prospect” is very broad, so I am choosing players who have not yet established themselves in the NBA. Rookies are ideal but 2nd or 3rd year players that are still proving themselves are just as much of a prospect to their respective teams. The players should be younger then 24 or 25 to meet the criteria of this list.
We will be watching these players develop into NBA superstars very soon and at the end of some of these players careers, we could find them in the Hall of Fame. The next generation of stars are here, only time will tell which of these names will become these stars. This is every team’s most exciting prospect.
ATLANTA HAWKS – DENNIS SCHRODER
This 22-year-old point guard is averaging 11 ppg and 4.5 apg in only about 20 minutes a night. Behind Jeff Teague, Schroder isn’t getting a lot of minutes to show his real potential but he is showing the Hawks what he can bring to the table in years to come. He has had some big games when he gets his minutes and could be a solid point guard in the NBA. He’s been sent down to the D-League occasionally, but it seems that he can have a solid career.
BOSTON CELTICS – MARCUS SMART
The Celtics have some great young talent but Marcus Smart is the only one that fits the criteria that fits this list. Smart is a very raw talent who may be able to stuff the stat sheet in a year or two. He is averaging a well-rounded 9.6 ppg, 2.9 apg, 4.2 rpg, and 1.7 steals in 27.1 minutes a game. The Celtics are playing well and Marcus Smart is just another bright spot in their season. The team as a whole looks like one on the rise.
BROOKLYN NETS – RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON
It is such a shame that Rondae fractured his ankle during his strong first season. He was averaging 5.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, and 1.4 steals which is first among all rookies. Rondae was having games were he was pulling down 12 or 13 rebounds. With the Nets struggling, Rondae was getting a lot of minutes for his development and this injury is a setback, but I believe he will be back and better then ever. He is a very athletic young player who with the right development can up his scoring and become one of the best well rounded players in the league.
CHARLOTTE HORNETS – MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is another player like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. With a great motor and extreme athleticism, the ceiling is high for MKG. Since returning from his injury earlier this season, he is averaging 12.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg. He has been a big factor in the Hornets recent string of wins. The Hornets don’t have a ton of star power, but Kidd-Gilchrist has things looking up for Charlotte.
CHICAGO BULLS – BOBBY PORTIS
Considering young talent, the Bulls definitely are not one of the most promising teams. A bright spot in the Bulls young players development is Bobby Portis. He isn’t getting starter minutes every night, but when he does, he can put up great numbers. He is averaging 7ppg and 5.1rpg in only 17.3 minutes a game. Those are some pretty good numbers, considering he only plays a little more then a quarter of the game.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS – KYRIE IRVING
Even though it doesn’t feel like Kyrie should be on this list, he is actually the youngest player on the Cavaliers. He is a star in this league at 23 years old and is one of the best players in the league. He is averaging 19.6 ppg and 4.6 apg. Most likely, the Cavaliers will make it to the Finals this year and this playoff experience will give Kyrie a lot of extra time to develop. Kyrie is only 23 and one of the best players in the league already. He will need to play his A game if the Cavs are going to bring home the title.