In the NBA, players with the most upside are often revered more than the game's established stars. Every team wants to be the franchise that finds the league's next breakout star, and many are willing to scrap the present in order to take a gamble on the future.
A number of recent draftees appear to have what it takes to eventually evolve into superstars, and a few are well on their way (most notably Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving).
But there are others on the path to stardom that are just beginning to tap into their full potential. With the right coaching staff and a talented supporting cast, we'll soon see the next generation of NBA royalty inherit the mantle from the current ruling class of the association.
(Note: All statistics are current as of Jan. 12.)