NBA Playoffs: Top 10 Best Players 23 Years Old and Younger
I have decided to compile a list of the top 10 best players which are currently in the playoffs, that are from the ages of 23 and under. These players are being rated according to how they have performed throughout this season and their entire career. Comment below if you agree with the list or shoot me your top 10 list!
10. Mario Chalmers: 22 years old—May 19, 1986
Chalmers turned into the everyday starting point guard for the Miami Heat this season and enjoyed a spectacular rookie season. He averaged just under 10 PPG, 5 APG, 3 RPG, and 2 SPG, shooting 42 percent from the field, and making 114 three pointers.
Chalmers will be a big part of the Heat's success during the playoffs.
9. Tyrus Thomas: 22 years old—Aug. 17, 1986
Thomas broke out this season, averaging career numbers with 10.8 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.9 BPG, and 27.5 MPG. He has shown flashes of absolute stardom and has already helped the Bulls win a game against the Celtics during the playoffs thus far.
Thomas is another player that could turn into an all-star type of player in his near future.
8. Rodney Stuckey: 23 years old—April 21, 1986
Stuckey has the talent to turn into a top five point guard during his career. He stands 6'5" and weighs around 200 pounds, giving him the ability to bully other point guards anywhere on the court.
Stuckey got the opportunity to become the starting point guard this season and dropped 20 points in the first game of the playoffs this year.
7. LaMarcus Aldridge: 23 years old—July 19, 1985
Aldridge continues to improve each and every season, and this year is no exception. He averaged a career-high 18.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, and just under a steal and block per game.
Aldridge has an outstanding physique, standing 6'11" and weighing 240 pounds.
He has the potential to become a very dominant player in the years to come.
6. Josh Smith: 23 years old—Dec. 5, 1985
The high-flyer won the Slam Dunk Contest during his rookie 2004-05 season. Smith has the arsenal to do just about anything and everything on the NBA court.
At the young age of 23, Smith still has room for great improvement on his game. He is already in his fourth season in the NBA and dropped 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and three steals in Game One of the playoffs.
5. Andrew Bynum: 21 years old—Oct. 27, 1987
Every time Bynum starts to put up career highs, he ends up getting injured for months.
Bynum played 50 games this season, averaging a career-high 14.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, and 1.8 BPG. He has amazing potential at the young age of 21 to turn into a top three center in the NBA in the seasons to come.
Bynum will look to help take his team to the finals this playoff season.
4. Rajon Rondo: 23 years old—Feb. 22, 1986
Rondo really proved how great of a point guard he is during this season, averaging career highs in nearly every stat, with 11.9 PPG, 8.2 APG, 5.2 RPG, 1.9 SPG, and shooting 50.5 percent from the field.
With KG out for the entire playoffs, Rondo will be a key player to the Celtics' success.
Rondo is easily a top five point guard in the game today.
3. Derrick Rose: 20 years old—Oct. 4, 1988
Rose has had a phenomenal rookie season this year, putting up 16.8 PPG, 6.3 APG (best amongst all rookies), 3.9 RPG, and shooting 47.5 percent from the field.
Rose will obviously win the Rookie of the Year award this season because he was the main reason that the Bulls made it to the playoffs this year.
Rose dropped 36 points in his first playoff game and tied history for most points scored by a rookie in his first playoff game.
2. Chris Paul: 23 years old—May 6, 1985
What more is there to say? CP3 is the best point guard in the entire NBA and will continue to get better in the years to come.
He is the face of the New Orleans Hornets and averaged a ridiculous 22.8 PPG, league-leading 11.0 APG, 5.5 RPG, league-leading 2.8 SPG, and shooting 50.3 percent from the field.
Paul's numbers continue to rise and continue to raise eyebrows worldwide.
1. Dwight Howard: 23 years old- 12-08-1985
The best big man in the game today. Dwight Howard a.k.a Superman won the Defensive Player of the Year Award today and clearly deserved it leading the league in RPG (13.8) and BPG (2.9). He will surely become one of the greats throughout his career and ranks as the number one best youngest player 23 years of age or under in the NBA Playoffs this season.
There were a few players that missed the top 10 that could have easily made this list.