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.
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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.
Expect Drummond to have the best year of his young career this season, as he looks to lead Detroit to a successful NBA season. The Pistons chose a total gem with the 9th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, as Drummond's career is on a path destined for the Hall of Fame.
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.
Booker looks to be one of the biggest steals of the 2015 NBA Draft, as he could be the next Ray Allen or Reggie Miller. Booker is primed for some seriously dominant games this season, and he has the talent to reach the Hall of Fame when his career comes to an end.
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.
A beast on the defensive end, if Embiid can develop a solid offensive game, which I believe he will, he will go down as one of the greatest NBA players of all time.
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.
Developing with LeBron James is such a big advantage for Irving, as he has the advantage of learning from one of the greats night-in and night-out. A scoring machine who will only get better from here, Irving will develop into one of the league's most distinguished players in a few years. Whenever Irving decides to call it quits, he will be one of the first players Naismith Memorial calls to be added to the Hall of Fame.
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.
While it is still way too early to say, some people think that Hield could be the next Kobe Bryant, which is really saying something about Hield's game. I believe he could go down as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, but Buddy still has a lot to prove before he can be mentioned with the likes of Ray Allen or Reggie Miller. Time will tell.
10 Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is one of the league's best players at 23 years of age, and his stats prove his dominance. Extremely athletic for his 6'10" frame, Davis can do some seriously eye-opening things whenever he plays the game. Whether it be demolishing someone's shot with a block or flying through the air for a nice dunk, Davis puts on a show every time he steps on the basketball court, making for some very entertaining and crowd-pleasing athletics. Coming into the league, Davis was a shot-blocking big with very little skill shooting wise, but a few years into the league and he has improved his shooting to add another element to his game. Averaging about 24 ppg and 10 rpg his last two seasons, I believe this upcoming year will be his best to date. Davis has everything it takes to go down as one of the greatest power forwards of all-time.
9 Giannis Antetokounmpo
In a league filled with incredible physical specimens, Giannis the "Greek Freek" Antetokounmpo stands out as one of the most athletic in the league. Position versatility is becoming a very important aspect to player's games, and Giannis is one of the best when looking at players who can play and defend multiple positions. Giannis has already developed a positive reputation for himself as he is known to have a great work ethic by his coaches and fellow players, and he has already improved immensely since coming into the league three years ago. The Bucks are aware of how high Giannis' ceiling is, as he will be incredibly important in the team's success for years to come. Giannis is primed to break out very soon as one of the best players in the league, and the possible triple-double machine could find his way into the Hall of Fame after his career is over.
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.
A solid rookie season, Porzingis averaged 14.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, and showed that he can be productive on the defensive end, averaging 1.9 blocks a night. If Kristaps adds a bit more muscle and gets a little more consistent, Porzingis could be one of the league's most legendary players.
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.
Fans around the NBA are excited to see how Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Kris Dunn play together. This core group of players on the Timberwolves could garner Minnesota fans some serious basketball success. Wiggins will be one of the leaders of the T-Wolves for years to come, and he could end up developing into one of the most preeminent scorers in the NBA's great history.
6 Brandon Ingram
Kevin Durant is a future Hall of Famer, so why couldn't Brandon Ingram make the list? I'm just kidding, but the comparisons between Ingram and Durant are eerily similar. Durant even commented on Ingram, "He is the first person I can say, that I can look at him and feel like I'm looking in the mirror." Strong words from Durant, as he also said that Ingram was further along than he was at that age. Ingram scores from anywhere on the court effortlessly, and his lanky frame will be a great advantage for him during his time in the NBA. While still raw with a lot of room for growth, Ingram is very polished for just an 18-year-old kid. Ingram is one of the Lakers' brightest pieces for their post Kobe era, and they really do have something special with him. Ingram will be one of the league's top players for years to come, and will ultimately go down as one of the best scorers to do it, earning himself a spot in the Hall of Fame.
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.
Seeing growth in a player is important, and Leonard has improved every season since coming into the NBA five years ago, and the Spurs got a total steal when they grabbed Leonard with the 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
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.
While the Suns will most likely want to ease Bender into their roster, he could be a heavy minute guy for the young team, as he could be one of the league's best superstars in a few years. Athletic 7-footers with skills like a guard are hard to come by, and the Suns may have just picked one of the greatest players ever.
3 D'Angelo Russell
The Lakers have a lot of bright stars, and D'Angelo Russell is one of their most valuable pieces. While there was definitely some ups and downs during Russell's rookie season, the flashes of super-stardom Russell showed throughout has Laker fans very excited for the future. A deadly shooter, Russell averaged a bit over 13 points a game for Los Angeles. His showing in this year's Summer League was also very impressive, as Russell showed a whole new sense of confidence and dominated the rest of the competition at the tournament. With Kobe's retirement taking effect this season, Russell is now one of the team's leaders, which may be enough to inspire him to new heights. Expect to see him show improvement throughout all facets of his game. D'Angelo Russell could find his way onto the Mount Rushmore of greatest Lakers, and possibly even be named a Hall of Famer once his career is over.
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.
The hype for Simmons is high, and I believe he will live up to all of it, ultimately becoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
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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