20 Athletes Who Have Bright Futures In NBA, NHL and NFL

20 Athletes Who Have Bright Futures In The NBA, NHL and NFL

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Potential rules the day in competition, and there are a slew of young athletes today across sports who look incredibly promising. Here are 20 athletes who have particularly bright futures in the NBA, NHL and NFL.

20. Ondrej Palat

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20. Ondrej Palat

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Ondrej Palat's rookie season in 2013-14 was loaded with success: he put up 23 goals and 36 assists, was a finalist for the Calder Trophy, and even picked up some votes for the Selke Trophy. The future looks extremely promising for Palat.

19. Eric Bledsoe

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19. Eric Bledsoe

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Eric Bledsoe fit like a glove in the Phoenix Suns' high-octane system, playing very well off the ball alongside Goran Dragic. Expect even more from Bledsoe going forward if he re-signs in Phoenix, as most expect he will.

18. Teuvo Teravainen

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18. Teuvo Teravainen

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Teuvo Teravainen was one of the most talented players in his draft class, and he's going to get plenty of time to develop behind the likes of Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Keep an eye on him.

17. Marcus Smart

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17. Marcus Smart

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Marcus Smart has the physical tools to be one of the best defensive guards in the NBA. If he can develop his jump shot, Smart could have a formidable overall game.

16. Luke Kuechly

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16. Luke Kuechly

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Luke Kuechly is already the best middle linebacker in football at the tender age of 23, and he still has plenty of improving left to do.

15. Ryan Johansen

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15. Ryan Johansen

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Ryan Johansen is coming off a 33-goal season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, finally showing why he was the fourth overall selection in 2010. Johansen's offensive talent is considerable: the numbers he put up while playing with a fairly pedestrian Columbus forward corps were truly remarkable.

14. Alshon Jeffery

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14. Alshon Jeffery

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Alshon Jeffery is already the NFL's biggest highlight machine at wide receiver, and he has the potential to be a top-three player at his position.

13. Doug McDermott

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13. Doug McDermott

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Doug McDermott's shooting and versatile offensive game will flourish playing with Derrick Rose, and all of the space that Rose's presence opens up.

12. Gustav Nyquist

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12. Gustav Nyquist

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Gustav Nyquist scored at 40-goal pace last season, and is one of the NHL's premier young talents to watch in the next few years.

11. Geno Atkins

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11. Geno Atkins

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A torn ACL shunted Geno Atkins several spots down this list, but the best defensive tackle in football should continue to dominate when he returns to action in 2014.

10. Joel Embiid

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10. Joel Embiid

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Everyone knows about Joel Embiid's sky-high potential. If he can steer clear of the injury bug, Embiid could very well become one of the NBA's best players. He's already the league's best Twitter personality, after all.

9. Andrew Wiggins

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9. Andrew Wiggins

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Whether the Cleveland Cavaliers trade him or not, Andrew Wiggins' athleticism makes him one of the most exciting young players in sports. He projects as an elite defender and should be great in the open court. An improved jump shot could mean superstardom one day for Wiggins.

8. Jamie Benn

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8. Jamie Benn

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Jamie Benn has gotten better every season he's been in the NHL, and is in a great position to succeed going forward with Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin on the roster.

7. Johnny Manziel

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7. Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel could be the NFL's most dynamic quarterback in a few years. Quite a lot hinges on his ability to understand how and when to protect himself, as well as becoming a better pocket passer.

6. Vladimir Tarasenko

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6. Vladimir Tarasenko

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Vladimir Tarasenko was playing Conn Smythe-worthy hockey against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of last year's playoffs, but the rest of the St. Louis Blues didn't bother to show up and help him. Tarasenko has limitless offensive ability, and many expect his production to take a sizable leap this coming season.

5. Nathan MacKinnon

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5. Nathan MacKinnon

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Nathan MacKinnon registered 63 points as a rookie last year, and that was while playing only 17 minutes per game. He'll likely be up to about 20 minutes per game in 2014-15, and is a major threat to rack up 80 points — no small feat in today's low-scoring NHL.

4. Jadeveon Clowney

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4. Jadeveon Clowney

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Jadeveon Clowney has been described as a once-in-a-generation pass rusher by just about the entire sports world. He has perhaps the best mentor possible in J.J. Watt.

3. Patrick Kane

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3. Patrick Kane

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Patrick Kane has shown flashes of a crazy-high offensive ceiling, particularly during the shortened 2012-13 season and the early parts of 2013-14. Don't shoehorn him as a mere PPG player just yet.

2. Andre Drummond

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2. Andre Drummond

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Andre Drummond's natural skills are out of this world, and his team's new coach is Stan Van Gundy, the same guy who developed Dwight Howard into a dominant two-way force. Drummond is a ferocious rebounder and could become an unstoppable presence down low with the right coaching — which he now has.

1. Anthony Davis

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1. Anthony Davis

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Anthony Davis is the one young NBA player who most experts agree has a chance to at least come close to matching LeBron James' ability to dominate a game. Davis has the handle of a guard and is already one of the league's best rebounders and shot blockers. His still-improving offense was enough to net him almost 21 PPG last season.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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