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NBA 2020: Predicting The Top 15 Stars Four Years From Now

It's sad to think that in a few years, some of our favorite NBA players will have taken a back seat to new basketball superstars. Recently evident with the great Kobe Bryant, legends such as LeBron Ja

It's sad to think that in a few years, some of our favorite NBA players will have taken a back seat to new basketball superstars. Recently evident with the great Kobe Bryant, legends such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry are not superhuman, even though they sometimes seem to be. With playing at such a high level for so many years, wear and tear becomes a factor in a players decline. Stars in the league today, may not be a star in a few years from now. It's just the way it is and the way it always will be. Young players are rotated into the league year after year, and with this, comes the departure of older and beloved players.

With young players starting to blossom and a wave of great players coming in from college, the top fifteen players this year will not be the same in four years from now. The NBA is never really strapped for talent, as many new and improved players will take the position of superstars in the league today. Even though while looking from year to year, it doesn't seem the league changes very much, four years into the future will look drastically different than the NBA we all know today.

In this article, we will be looking at what the NBA will look like four years from now, in the year 2020. While some stars in the league right now may have moved down the list, and some young and blossoming players moved up, many new faces will also be added to the list that are not brought up into conversation in today's' league.

Here are our predictions for the top 15 NBA stars in the year 2020. As always, let us know how you feel about these predictions in the comments below.

15 Jahlil Okafor

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Age in 2020: 24

Jahlil had a very impressive rookie season. Averaging 17.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, and a solid 1.2 bpg, Okafor was one of the lone bright spots in the Sixers awful season. Even though his statistics look to say otherwise, Jahlil really needs some development in the rebounding and defensive categories. With the scoring already evident in Jah, give him four years to improve and there is no doubt that Jahlil Okafor will be one of the more dominant centers in the NBA.

14 Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Age in 2020: 25

Though Giannis is not a rookie, he is still very young at the age of 21 right now. Nicknamed "The Greek Freak," Antetokounmpo is a true freak of nature, as he is able to play every position on the court. With his passing and ball handling skills, and his height and athleticism, Giannis has all of the tools to be an NBA superstar. With some maturity and improvement, Antetokounmpo may just become one of the best in the NBA.

13 LeBron James

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Age in 2020: 35

What isn't there to say about LeBron James? While already securing himself as one of the greatest players of all-time, King James continues to dominate the league year after year. This decision was hard placing James on this list, because in the year 2020, he will be nearing the end of his historic career. Howevor, even at the age of 35 in 2020, LeBron will continue to will his way into being one of the best players in the league, which is why he will still make this list.

12 Ben Simmons

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Age in 2020: 23

Being compared to the likes of LeBron James and Magic Johnson, the hype is very real for Ben Simmons. Most likely being picked with the first pick in the draft this year to the Sixers, Ben Simmons will have immense opportunities to develop on the young team. Being able to do it all, I am confident that Simmons will become one of the best players in the NBA very quickly. If indeed he is this good and is a Sixer, Philly's struggles could end very quickly.

11 Andre Drummond

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Age in 2020: 26

Andre Drummond had somewhat of a breakout season this year, and became one of the best centers in the league at only 22 years of age. With some years of development, Drummond could become one of the best overall big men that ever played the game of basketball. With the body and athleticism Drummond possesses, the only question with Andre is how hard he is willing push, because the sky is the limit for him.

10 Buddy Hield

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Age in 2020: 26

Buddy Hield definitely had the ability to score in college, as he led all of the NCAA in scoring this past year. It depends what team he is drafted to this upcoming draft, but I suspect that Hield will get his shots at a high volume and will quickly become one of the best scorers in the league. Also in 2020, Hield will be 26 years old, meaning he will be playing during the prime of his career at this time. Buddy Hield has all of the offensive tools to be one of the best players in the league in 2020.

9 John Wall

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Age in 2020: 29

Being one of the fastest players in the league, John Wall is an absolute blur on the court. Wall knows when to score and when to facilitate, making him one of the best leaders in basketball. Also a lockdown defender, John Wall is becoming one of the most impactful point guards in the NBA. At only 29 years old in 2020, Wall will most likely not be slowed down at all, allowing him to compete at the highest of levels for years to come.

8 Demarcus Cousins

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Age in 2020: 29

Most likely the best center in the league today, Cousins will probably still hold the title of this four years from now. A dominate scorer and rebounder down low, Demarcus Cousins had some of the most impressive games statistical wise this year. Cousins just needs to learn how to win games consistently, because the individual success is there, but he has still yet to show the ability to lead a team. It would help if the Kings improved too.

7 Andrew Wiggins

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Age in 2020: 24

Being one of the Timberwolves young stars, Andrew Wiggins has the body of work to be one of the best in the world. Winning Rookie of the Year last season, Wiggins career is an exciting one as he and Karl Anthony-Towns look to transform Minnesota into one of the best teams in the league. It really is scary to think how good the duo of Wiggins and Towns could be in the year 2020. It's an exciting time to be a Wolves fan.

6 Russell Westbrook

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Age in 2020: 31

Russell Westbrook...the triple-double machine! Westbrook is one of the most explosive players in the league today, and I am confident he will still be one of the best players in 2020. The problem with Westbrook is that he relies heavily on his athleticism to succeed, which may be harder to utilize in his 30's. Being the professional that he is, Russell will have no trouble changing up his game to be effective in whatever way needed. Whether he becomes more of a spot up shooter instead of a slasher guard, is something only time will tell.

5 Stephen Curry

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Age in 2020: 32

Stephen Curry doesn't rely on his athleticism to be one of the best players in the league. This means that he will have some longevity in his career, because Steph will be able to shoot lights out for a long, long time. Winning back-to-back MVP's, Steph is looking to add onto his impressive resume in the next few years to come. While probably not being the player he is today four years from now, Steph Curry will not have a problem being a premier player in the league in 2020.

4 Kevin Durant

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Age in 2020: 31

Kevin Durant is the perfect combination of natural athleticism and scoring. A four time NBA Scoring Champion, I really don't see KD slowing down very much from here until the next four years. With Durant possibly moving to a new team this off-season, a new beginning for Kevin Durant could put some fresh life into his already impressive NBA career. Wherever he ends up, he will still be an elite player at 31 years old.

3 Kyrie Irving

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Age in 2020: 27

In the year 2020, Irving will be in the prime of his career at the age of 27. A pure scorer and elite ball handler, Kyrie Irving has been putting on a show for us fans since the first game of his NBA career. Already a star in the league as of today, it will only get better for Irving as he evolves into possibly the best scorer in the league. It will be interesting to see who he ends up playing with in 2020, as he may not function quite as well if he is the sole superstar on the team.

2 Karl-Anthony Towns

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Age in 2020: 24

Already one of the best centers today, Towns' Rookie of the Year worthy season was very impressive to say the least. Becoming the best player on the Timberwolves quickly after his first couple games, Karl-Anthony Towns is really something special. Towns statistics were amazing, as he averaged 18.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg, and 1.7 bpg. KAT will definitely be one of the best players in the league in 2024, as he tries to lead the Timberwolves to the promise land.

1 Anthony Davis

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Age in 2020: 27

Anthony Davis is surprisingly only 23 years old right now, and he is already one of the best players in the association. Even with his disappointing and injury riddled season this year, it won't change the fact that Davis will be back better than ever next season. Especially in the year 2020, while AD is in his prime, he will be undoubtedly the most dominant player in the entire world.

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