These 5 young players will change the league forever in the years to come .
These are the players who will define the coming era for the NBA. / Photos: IG-spidadmitchell, IG-jaytatum0
LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño
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Lebron James recently turned 36 years old and it was impossible for us to think that with his retirement, a generation of great NBA stars will end. Dwayne Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Rajon Rondo, Vince Carter, these are all big names of players who shared the court with James but who have already retired or are about to do so. When James finally decides to retire there will be a power vacuum in the best basketball in the world and an era of world basketball will be over.
These are the players who will define the era to come. They are all 25 or younger and have a lot of time to dictate the future of basketball.
Today's NBA is a league that rewards teams that have a good 3-point shooter more than ever. Robinson proved in 2020 that he has what it takes to become the best in the entire league. He's been in the NBA since 2018 and has already broken several triple records, including the most triples in a Playoff game and the most triples in a season for the Heat. Robinson currently plays for the Miami Heat.
At 21, the “Slovenian wonder boy” is already one of the best basketball players in the world. Offensively, his game has no weaknesses. So much so, that he is the fourth fastest player to reach 1,000 points, rebounds and assists in league history. Doncic is the perfect point guard, with body control and vision of the game that takes years to develop for others. A weak point in his game is his defense, but he still has years to improve it. If anyone can step into James' shoes, it is him. He currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks.
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No NBA fan can argue that last year's best Playoff series was between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets. This was largely due to the monumental performance of 24-year-old Donovan Mitchell. In this series, he averaged 36 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Mitchell is a complete offensive player, who can lead any team to the playoffs. Do not take your eyes off it.
The "Joker" is redefining the position of center in the NBA. Although he is 2.13 meters tall, he can assist and throw the triple with the ease of a point guard, but also fulfill his rebounding and defensive functions that are expected of his height. Thanks in large part to him, the Nuggets came back from a 3-1 series twice in the 2020 postseason, a feat never accomplished before. At just 25 years old, Jokic could easily lead his team to a final for years to come.
Tatum is hands down the best player on the Boston Celtics, and if there's someone with a brighter future than him, you won't find him in the NBA. Tatum averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in the past postseason, leading his team to the Eastern Conference finals.