The NBA, perhaps more than any of its major North American rivals, has been a league where the marketing of stars is as important to the game’s global popularity as any particular team or dynasty.
As such, fans have been trained to keep one eye always on the next in line—that player or crop of players capable of taking the league into evermore rarified air.
But what about the next generation of transcendent talents, dutifully awaiting their turn to be called the cream of the crop?
Inspired in part by Team USA’s golden-medal gambit at this month’s FIBA World Cup in Spain, we’ve put together what we’re calling the NBA’s All 25-and-Under Team—12 guys representing every position, with the overarching goal of constructing a roster that’s not only stacked with stars, but makes rotational sense as well.
The criteria: Each player must still be 25 (or younger) by the end of the 2014-15 season (July 1, for our purposes).
Sorry, Blake Griffin. Go find yourself a senior league.
To the future!