The number of teenage players in the NBA on a year-to-year basis isn’t nearly as large as it used to be, when high school kids could make the leap to the NBA right away (Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kobe Bryant, to name a few). Nevertheless, there are still a handful of teenagers in the league. Some are making a meaningful impact in their first professional season.
In some cases, these young players are molded through practice by learning from veterans and coaches. Their time will come, but for now, their job consists of watching from the sidelines.
On the other hand, some 19-year-olds have already made a lasting impression during their rookie campaign.
So where do these teenagers land when stacked up against one another? In this slideshow, individual performance this season, performance in college and the amount of potential each teenager has moving forward will act as a measuring stick for this ranking.