It is the early 2020s. The NBA seems to be heading towards a transition period, where the top players in the league today will pass the torch to the future top players in the league.
Five years ago, the NBA looked completely different than it does today. For example, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and Kawhi Leonard were all on different teams than they are on today. Luka Doncic and Trae Young weren’t even in the league yet. It is safe to say the landscape of the NBA dramatically changes in five years.
That means that in five years, there could be a completely new list of top five players in the league, which future stars are most likely to become the top five players in the NBA. In this article, we predict the top five players in the NBA, five years from now.
5. Ja Morant
The Grizzlies were the most surprising success story of the NBA last season. A large portion of that success can be attributed to the development of Ja Morant into an NBA superstar. Morant won the Most Improved Player Award last season. He is only 23 years old, so he will continue to be one of the best players in the NBA for several years to come.
4. Devin Booker
Devin Booker is already an elite offensive weapon. Under the leadership of his teammate Chris Paul, Booker has developed into an NBA superstar. He is one of the top players in the league, with more room for growth.
Booker has helped lead the Suns into becoming one of the top teams in the NBA. If he can continue to make the Suns relevant, that should only help his case to become one of the top five players in the NBA.
3. Zion Williamson
So far, Zion Williamson has not had too many opportunities to consistently play games in the NBA. He has dealt with several injuries. That being said, there is no doubt that he is one of the top young talents in the NBA when he is healthy. He has the potential to be one of the best players in the NBA.
Health is the only thing that has limited Zion so far in his career. With the clause in his contract extension that encourages him to stay in shape, expect Zion to be more available for the next few seasons. That should allow him to become one of the best players in the NBA.
2. Luka Doncic
It was clear since his rookie season that Luka Doncic would become one of the top players in the NBA. Luka is already one of the top ten players in the league. All signs are pointing to Luka becoming one of the future faces of the NBA. He is still only 23 years old and has a few areas he could work on. If Luka gets into the best shape of his life, he could become unstoppable.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis is the best player in the league right now. He will be 32 years old in five years. He has the right kind of conditioning to keep his body healthy and maintain his skill set throughout these five years. Giannis has already established himself as an all-time NBA great. He has the opportunity to completely take over the league over the next decade.
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