The 10 Most Promising Young NBA Players

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

While Gilgeous-Alexander may not have the top gear of some positional peers, he gets wherever he wants through masterful manipulation of opposing defenders. His arsenal is full of herky-jerky dribble moves, and his understanding of how and when to change speeds goes well beyond his 21 years of age.

He’s more of an adequate spacer than a good one (career 35.5 percent from three on low volume), and he still hasn’t assumed complete control of an offense. That’s enough to deny him a top-10 spot, but his poise and potential are too rich to let him go unmentioned.


Jonathan Isaac, F, Orlando Magic

Isaac looks like the creation of a defensive-minded coach with access to a basketball laboratory. The modern game is all about versatility, and he’s the ultimate Swiss Army knife on defense. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo owns a better defensive box plus/minus, and before Isaac lost the remainder o

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