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Every NBA Team's Top “Up-and-Comer”

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Every NBA Team's Top “Up-and-Comer”
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It’s no secret that NBA teams and fans alike love their stars. With so many great talents in the league, “The Association” has a bright future once the lockout is over and the CBA is agreed upon. Every team has a player or two on their team who is still developing and showing promise, but maybe is a couple years away from reaching that “next level” in their game.

These “up-and-comers” are the type of players who excite fan bases and tantalize teams with their talent, it just becomes a waiting game with their maturation and skill advancement. Everyone is well aware of the budding young stars in the league like John Wall, Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose, but there are some other bright stars in their own rite who haven’t earned the accolades or been in the spotlight as the “franchise savior.”

The criteria for players to make this list was as follows:

-Have never made an NBA All-Star or All-NBA team roster
-Must be 26 years or younger
-Averaged less than 15 points per game last season
-Excludes incoming rookies and draft picks from 2011 (i.e. Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, etc.)
-Have shown promise for even greater future expected statistical production

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