The Top Five Young Stars in the NBA

Mike KentSenior Writer IMarch 29, 2009

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There are many great young players in the NBA. It is not like baseball in the sense that the players need time before they come to the big leagues. The players in college are amazing.

That means that they come ready to compete and help their teams win. Some of the young players in the NBA look like they are in another zone than the rest.

These five players are all under 26 years old and are on their own level. They are all great players that are going to rule the NBA.

Here is the list (No. 1 is the best and No. 5 is the worst):


5. Nate Robinson

Age: 24

Team: New York Knicks

I will admit I am a Knicks fan, so this may be very wrong. But I can't help it; I am a Knicks fan.

By looking at this young star, you understand how amazing he is. He may be short (5'9") but that does not mean he can't dunk. He's won two Slam Dunk competitions in his career.

He's made 1,204 FGs and 351 three-point FGs in four seasons. Very good job for the young star.


4. Tony Parker

Age: 26

Team: San Antonio Spurs

This guy was the 06-07 finals MVP. The French point guard is just a great player. Since he has come to San Antonio he has helped his team win three championships. 

I am not saying he did it all alone—he had Duncan and Ginobili to help him grow and learn in the NBA—but he did a lot to help his team get to where it is. 

3,973 FG and 309 three-point FG in eight seasons is great.


3. Dwight Howard

Age: 23

Team: Orlando Magic

This young star has even earned himself a nickname in the NBA—Superman. After winning the Slam Dunk two seasons ago, this guy is now officially the best dunker in the NBA.

He has not missed a game since joining the NBA in the 04-05 season. Now he is the leader of his team, and his team is very good as the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

He has made 2,435 FGs, and has 4,989 total rebounds. That is amazing for a guy who has only played five seasons.


2. Dwyane Wade

Age: 26

Team: Miami Heat

D-Wade is one of the three players being considered for 08-09 MVP, the other two being LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

In six seasons this man has done a lot for his team. If you think about teams that would fall apart if their star player would leave, Wade's Miami Heat would be on the top of the list.

He has made 3,382 FGs and 159 three-point FGs in his young career, and he is just getting better.


1. LeBron James

Age: 24

Team: Cavaliers  

Did anybody look at this article and not expect LeBron to be No. 1? I don't think so.

Need I say anything more about this guy? All his great stats and numbers are known to all and everybody knows he is the new king in the NBA.

I heard an interview with all the Cavaliers players when the Cavaliers played the Spurs in the NBA finals two years ago.

The question was, "What do you do when you get the ball?" And they all answered the same thing: "Pass it to LeBron." That should show the world what they already know—that he is a great player.


I hope you enjoyed my list. Feel free to let me know what you think.


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