When I was in elementary school, you got two grades in each category: A-F for performance, 1-5 for citizenship (1 being the best).
Since I was smart as a whip, but could never sit still or stop making jokes, I would consistently get A-5s, frustrating the bejeezus out of both my teachers and parents.
That means I won't judge the bad citizens of the NBA; after all, I can empathize with them.
I'll just evaluate them honestly. 1 through 5 just like when I was a young'un. They're evaluated both on maturity of attitude and maturity of play for their years of NBA service.
In a probably futile effort to quell the inevitable "where's my future star?" comments:
- I can't in good conscience include folks like Kyrie Irving, Greg Monroe and James Harden because they're already stars;
- Players need to have at least come close to meeting expectations to make this list. This means, for example, John Wall, despite his recent success, does not appear, nor does Thomas Robinson, who has the ability to be a star but simply hasn't played enough;
- I tried to pick only one future star from each team, so I had to choose between Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, between Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard, between DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas…you get the picture.
Finally, defining a star-in-the-making is purely subjective, so if you don't like who I picked, blame one of my five senses.