15 NBA Youngsters Who Emerged as Superstars in 2014

NBA Youngsters Who Emerged as Superstars in 2014

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Superstars don’t grow on trees in the NBA, or any sport for that matter. However, these 15 youngsters have emerged as superstars. All 15 players put up great stats in 2014 and their talent cannot be denied. Some players may be farther along than others when it comes to their superstar status, but all 15 are at least on the verge of becoming the real deal.

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

DeMar DeRozan
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DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

DeMar DeRozan
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Age: 24

DeMar DeRozan put up big boy numbers in the scoring department this year, averaging 22.7 points per game. Even better, he is currently putting up 24.5 points per game in the postseason. DeRozan can make even more noise if he leads his team to the next round. Or farther.

Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns

Eric Bledsoe
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Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns

Eric Bledsoe
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Age: 24

Eric Bledsoe managed to put up 17.7 points per game, 5.5 assists per game and 4.7 rebounds per game this year. Unfortunately, Bledsoe missed significant time this season. Regardless, he averaged 19.5 points per game in the month of April.

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

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Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors
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Age: 28

Lowry has been in the league for quite some time now, but he had his best season yet this year, which is a big reason why the Raptors have been so good. I think Lowry has finally found his home in Toronto and will be one of the faces of the franchise for years to come.

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond
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Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond
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Age: 20

This is one of the players who is on the verge of becoming a superstar. For what it’s worth, his 13.5 points per game was the seventh best among centers this year. His 13.2 rebounds per game was the second best in the entire league.

Drummond is young and has a lot of room for improvement, but he also has a lot of talent.

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard
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Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard
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Age: 23

Damian Lillard’s stats tell it all. He averaged 20.7 points per game this season and he is only playing in his second year in the NBA. Plus, he has been very beastly in the postseason -- 25.5 points per game, 7.5 assists per game, six rebounds per game.

John Wall, Washington Wizards

John Wall
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John Wall, Washington Wizards

John Wall
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Age: 23

John Wall is one of the best point guards in the NBA. After all, he did average 19.3 points per game and 8.8 assists per game this season.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry
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Age: 26

Stephen Curry’s stats are getting better every single year. This year, he put up 24 points per game and 8.5 assists per game. Plus, he can flat out shoot. He did make 42.4 percent of his shots from behind the arc and sunk 261 threes in the process.

Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns

Goran Dragic
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Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns

Goran Dragic
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Age: 27

Goran Dragic’s previous best in points per game was 14.7. Well, he managed to average 20.3 points per game this season. He was the NBA’s Most Improved Player and helped make the Suns a much better team.

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

DeMarcus Cousins
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DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

DeMarcus Cousins
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Age: 23

Say what you want about DeMarcus Cousins, but he is a great rebounder and scorer. After all, he did put up 22.7 points per game and 11.7 rebounds per game this season. He ranked in the top 10 in the league in both of those categories.

Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers

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Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers

Lance Stephenson
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Age: 23

Lance Stephenson’s 13.8 points per game is not the best in the league. It isn’t even the best on the Pacers. However, his 7.2 rebounds per game is the most among shooting guards and his 4.6 assists per game is the fifth best among SGs.

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis
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Age: 21

Anthony Davis averaged 20.8 points per game, 10 boards per game and 2.8 blocks per game this season. Those stats have superstar written all over them.

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

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Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal
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Age: 20

Bradley Beal and John Wall make up one heck of a backcourt duo and the Wizards could be good for years to come because of that. In his second season, Beal put up 17.1 points per game and shot 40.2 percent from deep.

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

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Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Paul George
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Age: 23

Paul George looked like the MVP at one point this season, but that was definitely not the case for the entire year. Regardless, George still averaged 21.7 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. If he gets hot in the postseason, the rest of the NBA could be in trouble.

Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

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Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

Michael Carter-Williams
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Age: 22

Michael Carter-Williams may have been a rookie this year, but he still put up some very impressive stats. He averaged 16.7 points per game, 6.3 assists per game and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings

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Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings

Isaiah Thomas
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Age: 25

Isaiah Thomas had a very productive season in the stat department. He did average 20.3 points per game and 6.3 assists per game. Last season saw him average 13.9 points per game and four assists per game. Big difference.

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