ESPN: Top 25 Players Under Age 25

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Davis left the game in the first quarter with an injury to the chest. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Davis left the game in the first quarter with an injury to the chest. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Davis left the game in the first quarter with an injury to the chest. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

 

(ESPN) – This season, we ranked our top 25 under 25 based not on who they are now, but who they can become. It’s not solely based on potential as much as the projection on how much of that full potential can be reached. In a sense, this ranking represents how these players would be drafted if each were available in the draft right now.

To be clear: This is a ranking of how we would order these players if we were starting a franchise and would have them for the next several years, not just this season. The overall rankings are based on an aggregate average of the individual rankings of our trio of NBA experts, Amin Elhassan, Kevin Pelton and David Thorpe. Players must be 24 or younger as of today to be eligible for these rankings.


1. Anthony Davis | Age: 21 | Pelicans
Projected 3-year WARP: 44.0

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