All athletes would love to be honored for their contribution to their sport. Being named as a member of the Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon an NBA player. Making it into the Hall of Fame is something to which every young basketball player aspires, but only a handful of people actually achieve it. Players such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry are already on the path to being immortalized in the Hall of Fame, but there are only a select few young players in the NBA whom we will someday find in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
In this article, we will be looking at 15 young NBA players who are destined for the Hall of Fame. Young is a broad term, so the player must be younger than 25 years of age to be included in this list. Pay attention to these young guys because they all have the talent and potential to become NBA legends who could be immortalized in the hall one day.
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Here are 15 young NBA Players destined for the Hall of Fame.
15 Andre Drummond
At only 22 years of age, Andre Drummond has already shown that he has the tools to be an all-time NBA great. A dominant center, Drummond is already considered to be one of the best big men in the entire league. Andre has a great motor, and brings down an impressive amount of rebounds every time he steps on to the court. Drummond's career averages are 13.2 ppg and and 12.6 rpg, which just goes to show the success he has already managed to achieve at such a young point in his career. He has the body and work ethic to be in the league for a long time as a prevalent center.
14 Devin Booker
Devin Booker will go down as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. A season-ending injury to Eric Bledsoe last season freed up some serious time for Booker, and Devin used the opportunity to show his true scoring skill. Booker had a few breakout games during his rookie season, and has the ability to go off on any given night. He's only a 19-year-old kid, and he is already tearing up defenses with his lights out shooting. As one of the leaders on a young Suns team, Booker is going to only build on his successful rookie season.
13 Joel Embiid
Though he has still yet to play in an NBA game, Joel Embiid has all the tools to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time. That's right, the so called "bust" of the 2014 NBA Draft will not only shed the skepticism about him, but will excel to a point which could put his name on the same list of players such as Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal. Drafted with the 3rd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, the 7'0" center has reportedly grown to 7'2" since being selected. You should watch some clips of this guy; he can pull off through-the-legs dunks with ease and looks to be incredibly agile and athletic considering his giant frame.
12 Kyrie Irving
While his list of accolades resemble an NBA veteran, Kyrie Irving is only 24 years of age. A dynamic scorer and clutch finisher, Irving has the killer instinct of players the likes of Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan. That's evident in his game-winning shot against the Warriors this year's NBA Finals, as Irving once again proved he is a cold-blooded killer. Now an NBA champion, Irving knows everything that it takes to be the best on the court.
11 Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield absolutely set the NCAA on fire with his great shooting and scoring ability. He averaged 25 points per game his senior year at Oklahoma, and the Pelicans liked him enough to draft him with their 6th overall pick in this year's draft. He's a dead-eye shooter and can create space with ease to know down jumpers. He struggled mightily throughout this year's NBA Summer League, but I believe he will be able to adjust to the speed of the NBA very quickly.
10 Anthony Davis
9 Giannis Antetokounmpo
8 Kristaps Porzingis
Being over 7 feet tall while still being able to shoot with range is a huge advantage to an NBA player's career, and Kristaps is blessed with both size and skill. Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia could be the next Dirk Nowitzki. Listed as 7'3", it is astonishing how good Kristaps moves around the court, and his stroke is sweet, to say the least. Even though he was booed by New York fans when he was drafted with the 4th pick to the Knicks, Porzingis quickly became one of the league's most popular players after showing he had some real skill on the basketball court.
7 Andrew Wiggins
Going with another talented Timberwolves player, Andrew Wiggins is one of the league's brightest young stars. An athletic scorer with a solid jumpshot, Wiggins can score from anywhere he wants. Last year, Wiggins won Rookie of The Year due to his ability to score consistently, as he averaged an impressive 16.9 ppg. In his sophomore season, Wiggins showed steady improvement in all facets of his game, and his scoring improved to over 20 points a night. An overall skilled player, Wiggins is sure to breakout this season.
6 Brandon Ingram
5 Kawhi Leonard
At only 25 years of age, Kawhi Leonard's list of accolades is very impressive to say the least. Already an NBA Finals MVP, Leonard has also won the Defensive Player of The Year award, which shows how dominant his defensive presence is. Known as one of the more humble players in the league, Leonard has a legendary work ethic and has worked his way to being one of the league's best players. Kawhi and the Spurs haven't been in the Finals for back to back years, so expect Leonard to turn it up another notch to make sure his team is one of the top dogs at the end of the season.
4 Dragan Bender
Drafted with the 4th pick in this year's draft to the Phoenix Suns, Dragan Bender has some of the highest upside seen in a prospect in years. At 7'1", Bender is a very skilled shooter with a soft touch around the rim. His ball handling and court vision is very intriguing to basketball minds around the league, and many people are becoming aware of his untapped potential. While there are still many question marks surrounding the 18-year-old kid, the promise Bender has shown is remarkable.
3 D'Angelo Russell
2 Ben Simmons
This is one of my bolder predictions since Simmons has not yet played an NBA game yet. Already being compared to the likes of LeBron James and Magic Johnson, Ben Simmons has the talent to be one of the greatest ever. A pure passer with immaculate court vision, at 6'10", Simmons can distribute the ball with the best of them. Drafted with the first pick in this year's draft to the Sixers, Ben will be getting a lot of minutes to develop his game this season. Without actually playing an NBA game yet, it says a lot that Simmons has already displayed the tools needed for being an NBA legend. Many people are excited to see how Simmons stacks up against the league's best talent this year.
1 Karl-Anthony Towns
Already one of the best centers in the league, Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves has the potential to be an NBA legend. Drafted with the first pick in last year's draft, Towns lived up to the hype of a first pick and had an extremely successful rookie season. A good finisher, re-bounder, and a very solid defender, it is very impressive how adept Towns is at competing against other NBA talent. Towns averaged 18.3 ppg and 10.5 rpg over his rookie campaign, so it is certainly not hard to see why he could be considered a future Hall of Famer. The Timberwolves could be a seriously dangerous team in a few years, and Karl-Anthony Towns will be the team's most valuable piece moving forward.
Keep your eye on Karl-Anthony Towns because his name will end up going down with some of the greatest of all time. And if that happens, just remember, you heard it here from me!
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