LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS – AUSTIN RIVERS
The Clippers are the second oldest team in the NBA. They are hoping to be a finals contender now, and aren’t worried about developing their young players, so it was a stretch to fit them in this list. Doc Rivers’ son, Austin, is a young athletic point guard who is good energy off of the bench for the Clippers. Austin is averaging 8.1 ppg in 21.5 minutes a night. You wonder when the torch will be passed to the younger players in the Clippers organization.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS: D’ANGELO RUSSELL
D’Angelo Russell may have the biggest upside in the 2015 NBA Draft. He struggled in the Summer League and hasn’t shown the all of the talent he possesses in the NBA just yet. We recently have seen moments of greatness and Russell is coming into his own. He is averaging 13.4 ppg, 3.5 apg, and 3.5 rpg. D’Angelo Russell is just getting accustomed to the NBA play style and could soon be a superstar in this league.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES – P.J. HAIRSTON
The Grizzlies traded Courtney Lee for P.J. Hairston and I think this was a great deal on the Grizzlies’ end. They now have a good young player in P.J. Hairston who was a valuable starter for the Hornets this season. Hairston is averaging 6.3 ppg in 20.2 minutes a night. He has had some eye opening games this season and will be a nice young addition for the Grizzlies. We’ll see if that helps them in the postseason.
MIAMI HEAT – JUSTISE WINSLOW
The Heat isn’t stacked with young talent such as the Sixers, but do have some good young players. Justise Winslow is the headliner for the Heat’s young talent, but maybe on another team, he would just be the opening act. Justise is averaging 6.4 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 28.6 minutes a night. The hustle and heart is there for Justise, and with some fine-tuning and development, Justise could be a star in this league.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS – GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO
“The Greek Freak” is one of the promising young players in the league. The 2013 first round pick is averaging 16.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 steals per game, and 1.3 blocks per game! He does it all! The Bucks are not having the season they expected to have after their playoff berth last year, but the development of Giannis is something the Bucks can be excited about. Hopefully his emergence can help them turn it around next year.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES – KARL ANTHONY-TOWNS
Karl Anthony-Towns is awesome. The Timberwolves has some of the best young players in league and Towns is leading the charge. He is on track to win ROY and is having an all around great season. He is averaging 17.3ppg, 10.3rpg, and 1.7blk in 31 minutes a night. Towns won the skills challenge during all-star weekend, and everything is going right for this rookie out of Kentucky. Keep your eye on this guy, it’s for sure the rest of the league is.