Top 25 NBA Players Under 25

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25-21

25. Jabari Parker (age 23)

24. Trae Young (age 20)

23. Brandon Ingram (age 21)

22. Andrew Wiggins (age 23)

21. Domantas Sabonis (age 22)

Out of the five guys listed here, Trae Young and Domantas Sabonis probably have the highest upside, and have a chance to climb these ranks within the next couple years. Brandon Ingram flashes potential at times, but is wildly inconsistent and hasn’t developed as well as expected for year 3. As for Wiggins, and Parker, both are over-paid volume scorers who shoot poorly from deep and consistently play bad defense.

20-16

20. Julius Randle (age 24)

19. Myles Turner (age 22)

18. Jaylen Brown (age 22)

17. Lauri Markannen (age 21)

16. Kyle Kuzma (age 23)

Kuzma continues to build upon an impressive rookie season upping his ppg to 19.1 as the second option on the Lakers.  Jaylen Brown and Myles Turner both play outstanding defense, but have taken backseat roles on offense within their respective teams. Markannen has been extremely efficient on offense for a Bulls team lacking any scoring while Randle has been a revelation since signing with New Orleans, averaging 20ppg and 9.2rpg for the year.  

15-11

15. Jamal Murray (age 21)

14. DeAndre Ayton (age 20)

13. D’Angelo Russell (age 22)

12. Clint Capela (age 24)

11. Jayson Tatum (age 20)

Tatum is as smooth of a scorer as there is in the NBA and will continue to rise up this list. There probably isn’t another center better suited for the Houston Rockets than Clint Capela, who excels on the boards and finishing lobs. Russell has only gotten better since leaving the Lakers. Ayton has been a bright spot on an awful Suns squad, showcasing versatility on the offensive end. Murray has played a huge role in the success the Nuggets have been having this year.

10. DeAaron Fox (age 21)

Fox has done the impossible by making the Sacramento Kings playoff contenders for the first time in 12 years. Fox has been shooting 46% from the field and 36.4% from deep while averaging 17.2ppg and 7.1apg. Not only has Fox been extremely efficient, he also leads one of the most fun offenses to watch in the league. The progression of Buddy Hield and Fox as a duo is something to keep your eye on going forward. 

9. Donavan Mitchell (age 22)

Mitchell has built on a phenomenal rookie campaign following some early season struggles. He’s a great two-way player with a chance to have a HOF career. These first two years are eerily similar to Dwayne Wade’s early career.

8. Kristaps Porzingis (age 23)

Porzingis (when healthy) is among the most skilled players in the league. At 7’2 he is extremely long but has guard-like skills. His ability to shoot from deep makes him nearly impossible to guard. There still remains a question of durability when it comes to his long-term health.

7. Devin Booker (age 22)

Devin Booker has developed at a much faster rate than most expected. He’s currently averaging 25ppg and 6.7apg. While his scoring has been great, it hasn’t translated into wins for Phoenix. Expect Booker and Ayton to develop into a great duo within the next couple years.

6. Ben Simmons (age 22)

Ben Simmons recently made his first all star game, and it’s not hard to see why when you look at his averages of 16.7ppg, 8apg, and 9.2rpg. Despite not having a jumpshot, he’s been very effective because he has such a versatile game. I’m not convinced Simmons ever develops a jumpshot and it probably will hinder him in today’s NBA. Regardless, Simmons is a generational talent as a 6’10 point guard with exceptional court vision.

5. Luka Doncic (age 19)

Doncic has been the most impressive rookie since LeBron James. His step-back 3’s in clutch moments are unreal for a guy that’s 19. One of the most exciting players in the league already, expect Doncic to develop into a great. 

4. Karl Anthony Towns (age 23)

Karl Anthony Towns puts up ridiculous stats and is as skilled a post as there is in the league. No one has ever denied how talented Towns is, but it’s fair to wonder if any other star has as empty stats as he does. Going forward, Towns will have to prove he can lead a team to be contenders, otherwise, he’s likely to fall on this list.

3. Nikola Jokic (age 23)

Jokic may end up being the best passing center of all time as he averages 7.7apg. His game is really unconventional with a strange looking jumpshot and below average athleticism, but it sure does work well. Denver currently has the second best record in the West and Jokic is the biggest reason why.

2. Joel Embiid (age 24)

Embiid doesn’t have any weaknesses in his game. He’s very skilled and physically dominant in the post. Yet, he can also run the floor like a deer. Not to mention, he’s a pretty good defensive center. It’s not hard to envision Embiid having a hall of fame career, with a chance at being one of the great centers to have played.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (age 24)

The Greek Freak is most likely to be the face of the NBA after LeBron’s run is over. He’s electrifying in every sense of the word and continues to get better. The Milwaukee Bucks have become title contenders through the dominance of Giannis and there’s no reason they can’t sustain it for the next 10 years.

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Worst NBA Jerseys Ever! (Wait Til You See #1)

There have been a bunch of great looking jerseys in NBA history, and unfortunately there have been plenty that are less than pleasant. Here is my list of the top 7 ugliest NBA jerseys. Let me know what you think!

7 Golden State Warriors 2012

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I won’t lie, I think all of the sleeved jerseys in the NBA are just hideous. But out of all of them, this orange one to go along with the pin stripe shorts are just the worst of the bunch. With how well the Warriors play, this jersey seems to misrepresent them.

6 Charlotte Bobcats 2007

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This jersey was the terrible idea of some Charlotte designer that went along with their “NASCAR Night” in ’07. The finish line checkers on the sides of the jersey do not mesh well with the pin stripe design of the rest of the jersey. While Charlotte was named the Bobcats, they only had a winning record 2 years out of the total 10 years, this jersey kind of fits with the ugliness during that decade for them.

5 Sacramento Kings 2005

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The Kings made gold and purple jerseys in ’05 as alternate uniforms, seemingly forgetting about that powerhouse Los Angeles team to the south. These were only used for two seasons, which in my opinion, is two seasons too many.

4 Cleveland Cavaliers 1994

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The stripe going across this jersey just doesn’t look right, not to mention that the colors have nothing to do with the Cavaliers logo or primary colors. Even the word “Cleveland” looks ugly with the red font. Compared to today’s Cavs jerseys, I’m glad these will not be making a comeback any time soon.

3 Dallas Mavericks 2001

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This metallic looking jersey was only used for one game in the ’01 season before owner Mark Cuban gave them the boot. I honestly can’t blame him because these things just look downright awful. They almost look like a shiny trash bag, and that’s where they belong; in the trash.

2 Los Angeles Clippers 2006

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This jersey is a throwback to their days as the Buffalo Braves. It’s hard to make an orange jersey look good and the weird stripes on this one just didn’t do it. The “B” also looks totally out of place, similar to the stripes. Clippers fans weren’t too proud of these jerseys and were happy to see them go after only two seasons of being in use.

1 Milwaukee Bucks 1995

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There are a bunch of ugly Milwaukee jerseys that I could have chosen because most of them look bad, but I think you can tell why I chose this one! There are so many things wrong with this jersey, so let me start with the obvious; the deer. Damn this thing looks pissed and awful, and it takes up basically half of the uniform! Next let’s look at the primary color; that may very well be the worst looking green I have ever seen. Now the text; with the faded white to purple lettering, it just tops off what was already an ugly jersey.

Hoopfest Stereotypes

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Every summer at the end of June, downtown Spokane is engulfed by basketball. Often bringing players and teams from across the United States, Spokane’s Hoopfest hosts the world’s largest outdoor 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Those who have experienced this one of a kind event will surely be able to relate to these stereotypes.

  1. The Dad “Coach”

Every bracket has that dad coach who is screaming obnoxiously at either his son or the court monitor. Often times the dad is more passionate about winning than the child.

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2) The Family Division

Team of guys in the family division claiming they are blood related, however don’t look anything alike and are made up of completely different ethnicities.

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3) The Manchild

There is always a couple dudes that either hit puberty at an incredibly early age or just don’t know how old they are. Often have more hair on their face than other kids have in their armpits, and opposing mothers always demand a birth certificate.

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4) Overly Involved Court Monitor

Not much needs to be said, here is video proof that court monitors are the real entertainment during Hoopfest weekend.

5) That One Mom

Just when you are making yourself comfortable in an already crowded downtown sidewalk, some mother moves her chair directly in front of you. Even worse, she starts to make a big scene screaming at the kid that fouled her son.

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6) Backboard Survivors

These are the people who do not touch a basketball all year until Hoopfest. They realize how awful they are, however, find success by throwing the ball off the backboard.

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7) Street Fighters

The people who take Hoopfest way too seriously even though they are terrible at basketball.

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8) Party Hard Ballers

The team of true bros that go downtown and party hard the night before, only to wake up still drunk or too hungover for their a.m game.hangover

 

9) Unathletic family member

The family member that hates sports but is always forced to watch Hoopfest. Often found feasting on kettle corn and snow cones.

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10) Hoop Til I Die

Last, but not least the old guys that are still convinced they got game.

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Please share, and post any other stereotypes in the comments below.

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The Best NBA Jerseys for Every Franchise

The Best NBA Jerseys for Every Franchise

If there is a sport that leads in looks and style, it’s gotta be basketball. From the iconic kicks that Jordan took the floor with every night, to the Fab Five sporting the black socks, the basketball population trumps all other sports in fashion IQ. With the jerseys, it’s no different. Basketball almost always leads the way in clean, stylish, sometimes wacky uniforms. Not all are hits, but almost every team’s fans can argue it’s best uni is the cream of the crop.

Here are my favorites from each franchise. Comment below which jersey is your favorite!

Atlanta Hawks

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The Hawks’ jerseys have been on a slow decline since Pistol was in Georgia.

 

 

 

 

Boston Celtics

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Larry Legend didn’t ever put on a different jersey while he was in the NBA. He didn’t change teams, and his team didn’t ever change the jersey.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Nets

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Although I could do without the sleeves, I do like the mix of the seventies look with the current colorway.

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Hornets

 

Many NBA fans wish teams would leave the pinstripes for the baseball teams, but I’m one to appreciate pinstripes when tastefully done. Larry Johnson’s Hornets took teal and pinstripes to another level.

 

 

Chicago Bulls

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Did I mention tasteful pinstripes? Not the most famous Bulls uniform, but definitely the meanest. And isn’t that what you want from a team with a frowning bull as the logo?

 

 

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

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I might be alone on this one, but I love this jersey. It was short lived, and the Cavs decided to stay away from light blue and black from here on out, but I wish they woulda kept with it.

 

 

 

Dallas Mavericks

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The logo and font reminds me of the Wild West, and what’s a better look for the Dallas Mavericks? I’d like to see these back as an alternate.

 

 

 

Denver Nuggets

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All the colors of the rainbow, Denver skyline, and the outline of the Rocky Mountains, and yet it worked well as a uniform. Don’t knock it until you try it.

 

 

 

Detroit Pistons

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Winning helps any jersey’s cause. The Pistons had some of their best years when Chauncey and Rasheed rocked these.

 

 

 

Golden State Warriors

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Sometimes, all you really need is a clean logo that honors your city. Golden State has it.

 

 

 

 

Houston Rockets

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This is a nice looking, clean jersey with an understated logo on the shorts. The current Rocket uniforms need to adopt some simplicity from this one.

 

 

 

Indiana Pacers

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In my opinion, the Pacers have the association’s ugliest jerseys. At least this one doesn’t have the yellow and pinstripes.

 

 

 

LA Clippers

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Maybe it’s the beautiful man that Bill Walton once was that made me pick this jersey, or maybe the lack of quality jerseys in the Clippers history.

 

 

 

LA Lakers

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It’s a classic look that benefited from countless Hall of Famers.

 

 

 

 

Memphis Grizzlies

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I don’t know what to say here. It was fun while it lasted, but please leave it in the 90’s.

 

 

 

 

Miami Heat

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The Miami Floridians narrowly beats out the 90’s look made famous by Mourning and Hardaway. I just like the unique colors and format of this one.

 

 

 

Milwaukee Bucks

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Possibly my favorite NBA jersey. The cream, green, baby blue and white work perfectly together, and remain understated. Just like their young team, these jerseys bring a lot of energy to the court.

 

 

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

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I grew up a Timberwolves fan, and I’ll be the first to admit that they only have a few good unis. At least KG enjoyed his prime in this one.

 

 

 

New Orleans Pelicans

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With not many to chose from, this away uni from the Pelicans is an easy pick.

 

 

 

 

New York Knicks

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Another classic, clean, and crisp jersey from the league.

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

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This jersey and colorway combo is almost as loud as Gary Payton. Almost.

 

 

 

 

Orlando Magic

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The glory days with Shaq and Penny had the best jerseys, too.

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia 76ers

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I had to go with the classic Sixers look. Stars and stripes down the sides are a nice tribute to the city where our country was born.

 

 

 

Phoenix Suns

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I’m not sure what’s brighter, Chuck’s smile or the shooting sun across the chest.

 

 

 

 

Portland Trail Blazers

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This Blazer alternate is a personal favorite of mine. Still worn by Portland, this is one of the last jerseys that still has a pattern across the front.

 

 

 

Sacramento Kings

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The Kings in the early 2000’s were a scary, mean team. This dark, simple jersey embodied that personality as well.

 

 

 

San Antonio Spurs

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There might not be a jersey that fits a team better than this one and the Spurs. It’s plain, clean, and undeniably good. Anyone who hates the Spurs knows the only reason is they aren’t their team.

 

 

 

Toronto Raptors

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Frankly, this is an ugly jersey. But, it’s the best ugly jersey there is.

 

 

 

 

Utah Jazz

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Easily the best Jazz logo is paired with a very unique colorway. In my book, those two usually add up to be a good combo.

 

 

 

Washington Wizards

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Okay, I lied. Two sleeved jerseys made the list. This one has a lot going on with the bold, wrap around stripes, but I think it works well as an alternate.

 

 

 

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Sports Comebacks You Probably Never Heard About

In the sports world everyone loves to hear about a comeback, the miracle play, a team going against all of the odds and getting the win. We have all heard about the Red Sox coming back against the Yankees in 2004 to win the ALCS, and the Steelers and Giants Super Bowl winning drives. Here are a few comebacks you probably never heard about.

Capital High School v. Billings West High School

After a first half that saw Capital chasing the West offense up and down the field, Capital came out guns blazing in the second half. Starting with a 15 yard pass from Matt Reyant to Matt Miller, Capital dropped the lead to 14. Capital tacked on another touchdown with a 15 yard run by Matt Miller giving Capital hope. As time expired in the 4th quarter quarterback Matt Reyant found receiver Josh Dirks in the corner of the end zone. 20-21. Capital coach Pat Murphy has been known for being ambitious which he showed by going for 2 instead of kicking the PAT. Reyant takes the snap, fakes the give to Matt Miller, and takes off. The outcome? It’s good! Capital got the win and kept the perfect season alive with a 22-21 final score.

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Capital High v. Billings West

 

Watford v. Leicester

What’s on the line? The winner goes to the FA Cup final at the Wembley Stadium. It was the 96th minute with only 4 minutes supposed to be added on but a penalty kick for Leicester kept the clock rolling. Leicester was losing 2-1 but because they won the first game 1-0 AND had the away goal rule on their side, (The away goals rule is a method of breaking ties in soccer and other sports when teams play each other twice, once at each team’s home ground. By the away goals rule, the team that has scored more goals “away from home” will win if scores are otherwise equal), they would advance whether they made or missed the penalty. Anthony Knockaert steps up and takes the shot…save by the keeper Almunia! The rebound shot…SAVE BY ALMUNIA! With a stadium erupting from the outcome of the penalty Watford started their counter. Watford pushed the ball down the right side of the field. A cross comes into the box, the ball is headed back into the middle where it meets the foot of Watford striker Troy Deeney. The result? Absolutely pandemonium. The ball is smashed into the back of the net and fans storm field, Watford players and coaches celebrating their monumental comeback, and Leicester wondering how they let the opportunity to play in the FA Cup final in Wembley slip through their hands.

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Watford v. Leicester, FA Cup

 

Montana Grizzlies v. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

An absolutely awful, and I mean AWFUL, first half almost lead to an early exit by the Griz faithful. I was there and I considered calling it a day with how bad it was. Down 27 points with 5:40 left in the 3rd quarter things started clicking for the Griz as Marc Mariani took a kickoff back 98 yards started a comeback for the ages. 48-27, the Griz start the 4th quarter with a 15 yard pass from Andrew Selle to Mariani, the score now 48-34. 7 minutes left, Chase Reynolds looks for a hole up the middle but is forced outside where he scrambles to the corner for a Montana touchdown. A miracle looks possible now with the score 48-41. Only 3 minutes later Reynolds runs it in from 4 yards, which along with an extra point TIES the score 48-48. With only a minute left, quarterback Andrew Selle fakes the handoff to Reynolds, rolls out to the left and finds a wide open Mariani for a Montana touchdown. The Griz down by 27 at one point now LEADS 55-48, but that isn’t the end of the story. SDSU had one more drive….which was shut down by an interception by Griz lineman Severin Campbell who turned that into 6 points. The final score: Montana Grizzlies 61 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 48.

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Montana Grizzlies v. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 2009

 

Clinton LumberKings v. Burlington Bees

When you think of a baseball comeback you probably think about 5, 6, maybe 7 runs. Well the Clinton LumberKings made a 16 run miracle. 16 RUNS!!! Top of the 6th inning, Clinton down 17-1 are able to find 6 runs to at least make a probable loss look a little less worse. With the help of some quality pitching and 5 runs in both the 8th and 9th innings, Clinton was able to send a game that should have been over, into extra innings. After a scoreless 10th and 11th inning for both teams, Kyle Seager of the LumberKings was able to get the go ahead run in the top of the 12th. Shutting out Burlington in the 12th gave Clinton a 20-17 win. “That’s one for the ages for me, for sure,” Burlington manager Bill Richardson said, according to The Hawk Eye newspaper. “You just give credit to your opponent for flipping the game on us. We just gave them a little life in that sixth, and they kept running.”

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Clinton LumberKings v. Burlington Bees 2014

Duke Blue Devils v. Maryland Terrapins

The Miracle Minute. A comeback that most Duke fans consider the famous minute in Duke history. Maryland leading 90-80, Duke guard Jason Williams finished a layup to shave the lead to 8. Maryland inbounded the ball which was then stolen by Williams who put up a 3 pointer to trim Maryland’s lead to 5 with 48 seconds left. Duke foul Maryland on the inbound who were in double bonus. Drew Nicholas of Maryland misses the first free throw…and then the second. Duke takes the ball down the court where Williams sinks another 3 leaving 40 seconds on the clock. In a matter of 20 seconds Duke cut Maryland’s lead from 10 to 2. Maryland inbound the ball, Duke put on the trap and strip the ball away giving them 34 seconds on the clock, the ball, and a shot at the win. Duke put up a 3, no good, but they get the rebound and are fouled on the put back. With 21 seconds, Nate James steps up to the line for 2 shots. The first….good. The second….GOOD. The game was sent into overtime where Duke would prevail 98-96. Leave it to Coach K to pull off the impossible.

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Duke v. Maryland 2001

 

Miracles are the best part of sports. We love seeing a team make the seemingly impossible comeback by giving everything they have to get the win.

“It’s not whether you got knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi

Written by Zachary Clinch