Young talent is the NBA's most valuable commodity—so valuable, in fact, that the latest league-wide trend in roster building focuses on accumulating under-25 talent and letting it grow together. One youthful star is a start, but squads that have a pair of up-and-coming studs are well on their way to constructing perennial playoff contenders.
Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In ranking the NBA's top one-two punches under the age of 25, we're looking primarily at how good those pairs are right now. So last season's win share totals will be key in the evaluation process.
But raw statistics can't be the sole determinant, especially when dealing with players who, by and large, haven't come close to reaching their full potential. Thankfully, old-fashioned gut instinct and a healthy dose of prognostication will factor in as well.
If a duo has what seems to be an especially high ceiling, they'll earn a high rating even if they haven't put together much of a resume just yet.
So, uh, "twerk" and #yolo...or whatever. Is that what the kids are saying? Anyway, we're running down the best young pairs of teammates in the NBA.