There are some awfully good young players in this league who are still another year or two away from truly having what it takes to carry a team.
Count 23-year-old Blake Griffin as one of them.
Legitimate superstardom in today's NBA requires that a player can make a significant impact on both ends of the floor, take the season's most important games over and put a team on his shoulders for key stretches.
Griffin may be getting there, but he's not there yet. Nor are similar young stars like Eric Gordon, James Harden, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins or Kyrie Irving.
Some of them are on the verge, to be sure. Irving had an exceptional Rookie of the Year campaign last season and appears poised to turn the Cleveland Cavaliers around almost single-handedly. A healthy Gordon could do the same for the New Orleans Hornets, especially with Anthony Davis helping out in the paint.
But there are also guys who have established themselves as complete, dominating contributors in almost every facet of the game. Here are five guys under the age of 25 who stand out from all the rest.