When most people think about the stars of the NBA a lot default to the older players in the league. There is plenty of young talent out there too though and here we look at the best young players in the NBA in 2021.
Number 5. Donovan Mitchell
Age at start of the season: 24
Donovan Mitchell has grown to be a fantastic player for the Utah Jazz at just 24-years-old. There is no escaping that he can sometimes have an off night where his shooting is concerned and that earns him the reputation of being inefficient.
He is still the clear-cut leader of this Jazz side though. Mitchell, who is the oldest player to feature on our list of the best young players in the NBA, has been able to hold onto an average of 26.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists throughout the regular season and has shot a career high 38.6% from behind the arc.
If he can get his efficiency under control in the future, then he has everything in his locker to become one of the best in the league.
Number 4. Devin Booker
Age at start of the season: 23
Devin Booker is often overlooked because he’s rarely been part of a winning team. We can’t say too much though because that’s the reason he’s only fourth here. That all said, you cannot deny his talent; ever since the Phoenix Suns traded for Chris Paul to absorb some pressure from Booker he has been able to elevate his game even further.
He averages 25.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game; they’re figures that make him extremely valuable to Phoenix. It does need to be acknowledged that the arrival of Paul made this team a lot better but they wouldn’t be as good without Booker and, specifically, his ability to sink points. Given his relative youth, his output is tremendous.
Number 3. Zion Williamson
Age at start of the season: 20
Zion Williamson was the number one draft pick back in 2019 and he oozes class on the court so much so that he’s regularly labelled as a generational talent – or at least that he holds the potential to be one. The big downside for him is that the Pelicans have been pretty woeful; it’s meant that he’s not been able to showcase his abilities in the best light.
He’s still done alright though; Williamson has averaged 27 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on a with a quite ridiculous 61.1% field goal conversion. If he can improve his three-point shooting then his ceiling just keeps on growing.
Number 2. Jayson Tatum
Age at start of the season: 22
Jayson Tatum just keeps getting better and better. His performances this year mean 2021 has been one of his best seasons yet. He dragged the Boston Celtics to the playoffs despite the team suffering numerous injuries and being generally inconsistent. In terms of his stats, Tatum averages 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game on 45.9% shooting from the floor and 38.6% from deeper. It’s not all about numbers though because Tatum had the mental strength to turn up in big moments against some of the best players out there; the back to back points haul (50 and then 40) versus the Brooklyn Nets in the playoffs is the perfect example of that. His trajectory is only going one way.
Number 1. Luka Doncic
Age at start of the season: 21
The final name in our list of the best young players in the NBA in 2021 is one that shouldn’t need too much explaining; Luka Doncic has been sensational. Doncic posted game averages of 27.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists to help the Dallas Mavericks obtain the number five seed in the heavily competed Western Conference. Then, he showed his excellence by taking the LA Clippers to seven games in the postseason.
Even though his team lost, it didn’t seem like anybody could stop him including Paul George and Kawhi Leonard – who are two of the best defensive players in the NBA. There is no doubt that when Doncic gets an improved supporting cast he will become the main man in the league.
There you have it, the best young players in the NBA in 2021. To find out who are the youngest players in NBA history you can check this curious article by TwinSpires Edge: https://edge.twinspires.com/nba/the-youngest-players-in-nba-history/