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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Hollinger's Ballot: Best 23-and-under players


We asked our writers two questions:

Rank 1 to 5: Which players age 23 or under would you want as the foundation of your team?

Wild card: Who else has the greatest upside?

Here are NBA columnist John Hollinger's picks:

Hollinger's Ballot
Rank Player Comment
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
Age: 23
No need to hope for the future here -- he's already the best player in the league.
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Age: 22
He has improved every year and is arguably the league's best center; if he ever figures out how to play the post, watch out.
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
Age: 22
Small frame means he might have a shorter peak than the first two guys, but there's little doubt he's the game's top point guard.
Kevin Durant
Seattle SuperSonics
Shooting Guard
Age: 19
Sure, there's been some rough sledding in his rookie season, but find me another teenager who can score 20 a night in the pros.
Greg Oden
Portland Trail Blazers
Age: 20
Moves behind Durant due to injury concerns, but Blazers are still salivating about prospect of adding 7-foot ace next season.
Thaddeus Young
Philadelphia 76ers
Small Forward
Age: 19
Few people are talking about him, but he's the same age as Oden and Durant and he's been very good for the Sixers as a rookie. With an NBA body supporting an MBA head, he could be the third superstar of the '07 draft.

Henry Abbott | J.A. Adande | Jon Barry | Maurice Brooks | Chris Broussard | John Hollinger
Ric Bucher | Chad Ford | Chris Palmer | Jalen Rose | Chris Sheridan | Marc Stein | David Thorpe

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