Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets
The Italian forward turns 25 on Aug. 8, so let's allow him to enjoy his eligibility while he still can.
Once he returns from ACL surgery, Gallo will continue along the course he started in 2012-13. It's one that leaves him trending toward being an elite two-way player who thrives as a perimeter defender and sharpshooter.
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans
One of the 10 best point guards in basketball, Jrue Holiday was the first player left out of the 10th spot here.
He's an improving defender, and playing alongside Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon should allow him to remain offensively dominant much later into his first season with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
A few years ago, Serge Ibaka was just a shot-blocking menace with a solid mid-range jumper.
Fast forward to the present and Ibaka has become much more disciplined. He doesn't try to swat everything, which has allowed him to turn into a complete interior defender and a player who should compete for DPOY for years to come.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
The reigning Rookie of the Year must get better defensively if he hopes to elevate himself into the Top 10.
As good as he was offensively, Lillard often resembled a sieve when he was attempting to stop opposing point guards on D. If he can even become a replacement-level defender, he'll stay in All-Star contention for a long time.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
It will be interesting to see how Greg Monroe fits alongside Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, but he has the versatile game necessary to thrive. He just needs to expand his range a little bit so that someone can space the court.
Monroe is one of the more uniquely talented centers in basketball, dominating games despite a lack of elite athleticism because he is such a skilled player with the ball in his hands.