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Honorable Mention: Andrew Nicholson, Orlando Magic
This may not be the name you expect to see, but Andrew Nicholson is going to be a star.
Nicholson has a smooth mid-range game, polished low-post attack and underrated under-the-rim athleticism. He's also a tenacious player on both ends who is not afraid to do the dirty work.
His work ethic will make him a fan favorite. Nicholson's offensive versatility will make him a star.
The only question will be whether or not he can match that production defensively.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Many scouts will refer to LaMarcus Aldridge as a player who has an "old man's game."
Although it prevents Aldridge from receiving the recognition he deserves, it breeds the opportunity for longevity. Aldridge's mid-range brilliance and low-post dominant will assure him of that.
His improved shot blocking and defensive base will lead to his being on this list for years to come. Even if Damian Lillard steals headlines, L.A. will be a star for quite some time.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets
There is no way around how dominant a defensive player Anthony Davis could become. In fact, he's already making his presence felt as a rookie.
Davis is presently averaging 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.
What will, one day, separate Davis from the rest is his skill with the ball in his hands. From his underrated jump shot to his guard-like handles, Davis is a much more dangerous offensive threat than given credit for.
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors is going to be the best power forward in the NBA. One day.
It is simply a matter of when he reaches that potential.
Favors has supreme athleticism and overpowering strength at 6'10" and 248 pounds. He's also patient in the paint and already one of the top interior defenders in the league.
At just 21 years of age, the next two-to-three years will provide the opportunity to develop his offensive attack. Expect something special from the former Georgia Tech standout.
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
Serge Ibaka is the league's leading shot-blocker for the second consecutive season. He's also becoming a lethal shooter and more consistent rebounder.
Whether or not Ibaka makes the leap to the top will be based on his progression in the post.
With the Thunder serving as a jump-shooting team, Ibaka must develop a back-to-the-basket attack. If he can, his balance of offensive reliability and defensive dominance could take him to All-NBA levels.
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Love may have been expected to reach the No. 1 spot on this list due to his unparalleled offensive efficiency.
Love is as dominant a scorer as we have in the NBA. He's lethal from beyond the arc, consistent from mid range and equally as dominant in the post.
Tack on his status as one of the NBA's top rebounders, and you have yourself a strong case to make.
The fact of the matter is, Love has yet to prove capable of contributing on the defensive end of the floor. Although he works his tail off, Love remains a poor shot-alterer.
Should that change, he'll reach the top, as many expect him to.