DALLAS MAVERICKS – JUSTIN ANDERSON
The Mavericks don’t really have anybody to talk about for this list. Justin Anderson is there only player to be considered a “young player” on this list and isn’t anyone to really talk about at this point. He has shown promise in the D-League when he averaged about 24 ppg. It could be a reason why the Mavericks have fallen in recent years, not having a young stud to build around.
DENVER NUGGETS – EMMANUEL MUDIAY
The Nuggets have many great young players and I think Emmanuel Mudiay has the most upside. If he cuts down on his turnovers and raises his shooting % he could be a superstar in this league. He is averaging 12.3 ppg, 5.8 apg, 3.3 rpg, and 1.1 steals per game. Mudiay is very raw, but has a lot of natural talent and is an exciting player to watch. Drafted 7th overall in 2015, Mudiay is showing a lot of promise in Denver.
DETROIT PISTONS – STANLEY JOHNSON
As like the Celtics, the Pistons have some awesome young players. Stanley Johnson is a born scorer and can spread the floor for the Pistons. He is averaging 8.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg. Stanley Johnson could be a great scorer in the league in years to come. The Pistons have been trying to build their team slowly by stockpiling young talent in the draft and Johnson is definitely going to be one of the guys that the Pistons build around.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS – HARRISON BARNES
The Warriors are the best team in all of basketball, but they aren’t just a team that can win this year and start to decline. Their players are still young and this team can become a dynasty in this league. Harrison Barnes may have been a disappointment in his first couple years, but he is getting a lot of experience and is already a NBA Finals champion. He is averaging 11.4 ppg and 4.7 rpg and is a steady impact player for one of the best teams of all time.
HOUSTON ROCKETS – CLINT CAPELA
With Dwight Howard’s on and off injuries throughout the season, Clint Capela has seen some good minutes on the court and has been very productive. He isn’t just a reserve for injuries though; the Rockets try to get Clint minutes so he can develop. Capela averages 7.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg in 20 minutes a night. He also averages a nice 1.2 blocks per game. With the Rockets perhaps soon moving one of their stars, Capela will soon get even more opportunities.
INDIANA PACERS – MYLES TURNER
Myles Turner is one of the biggest surprises this NBA season. He went from getting almost zero minutes a game during the first couple months to a starter for the Pacers. His scoring and rebounding showed the Pacers that he could really be an impact player for their team. He is averaging 10.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg. He also gets 1.5 blocks per game and is a very high-motor player. This is one of the best young players in the league now and the Pacers have found a hidden gem in this guy.