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The landscape of the NBA is changing drastically with veterans like Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul approaching the end of their careers. Even players who are still in their prime like James Harden and Kyrie Irving are all aging quickly and approaching the end of their careers.

These 5 players are the best in the NBA under the age of 24.

 

Devin Booker

Booker was drafted 13th overall in 2015 by the Phoenix Suns. Throughout his career, he has averaged 20 points per game and nearly 4 assists. This season he is averaging just less than 7 assists per game. Booker, at just 22 years old, scored 70 points in one game joining the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor as the only people to score more than 70 points.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Better known as “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo was drafted 15th overall to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013. He is averaging almost 18 points and 8 rebounds throughout his career. This past offseason Giannis put on nearly 40 pounds of muscle to help him on the court. This season Giannis, who is only 23 years old, is averaging 13 rebounds per game which is the 6th highest in the NBA. 

 

Luka Doncic

Doncic was born in Slovenia and at only 19 years of age was drafted this year to the Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic has the right size and physique to play forward and guard in the NBA. In his rookie season, he is averaging almost 20 points and 6 rebounds per game. 

 

Ben Simmons

Even though he is only 22, this is Simmons third season in the NBA, but he did not play in his first due to injury. Simmons was picked 1st overall in the 2016 draft to the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons is averaging just over 8 rebounds and assists per game through his career so far. 

 

Nikola Jokic

Jokic was born in Serbia and drafted in the 2014 NBA draft to the Denver Nuggets. Being picked in the 2nd round he has far exceeded his potential. At 23 years old Jokic has played 243 games in his career averaging 15.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. 

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