The NBA's Best Under-25 Stars Today

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorMarch 6, 2013

Yup. Two of the league's very best players are still under 25 years old.
Yup. Two of the league's very best players are still under 25 years old.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

We're already in a period of rebirth and renewal for the NBA. Today's stars are numerous, accessible and hyper-athletic.

But the future is even brighter.

While stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony carry the torch today, tomorrow's NBA might be even more deep, fast and entertaining.

And for many of the top players under 25 years old, the future is already now. They're bona fide stars who still have their best years ahead of them.

On this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA lead writer Jimmy Spencer joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes to hold a special kind of mock draft. 

(If the embeddable player fails to load, you can find the entire episode here.)

They each have to fill a starting five, but can only select players who are 25 years and younger.

The decisions are difficult, but only because there are so many good choices available.

Who did they get right? Which picks did they botch? Leave us your thoughts in the Comments section below, and catch more great NBA analysis from these guys here.