25. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
The Suns haven’t been doing much winning over the past few seasons but they’ve got a couple of the most exciting young players in the NBA with DeAndre Ayton and Devin Booker. We gave Booker the nod on this list because he’s been so consistently good since 2017. In the span since that season started, Booker has averaged 25.7 points and 5.9 assists per game. In 2018, his scoring average jumped to a career-best 26.6, which ranked him seventh in the league in that category at the end of the year.
24. Clint Capela (Houston Rockets)
The first of three Rockets players on the list, Clint Capela has been playing extremely well over the past few seasons, despite never once making the All-Star team yet. It’s easy to get overshadowed when you play alongside guys like Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Chris Paul but Capela is undoubtedly one of the game’s most consistent centers. In 2018, he was fifth in the league with 12.7 rebounds per game and he paired that with a scoring line of nearly 17 points per game. The “Swiss Bank” just keeps getting more dependable.
23. Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Like Clint Capela, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has never made the All-Star team, a fact that actually brought him to tears after missing it again last season. Despite the snubs, Gobert has been nothing short of wonderful in the front court for several seasons. He’s averaged a double double of 14.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game since the 2017 season and he finished the 2018-19 season with the second most double doubles in the league. The Frenchman is a master of shot selection, leading the NBA in shooting percentage last season by draining 66.9% of his shots.
22. LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)
Replacing Tim Duncan as the big man in San Antonio was no easy task but LaMarcus Aldridge has proven to be up to the challenge so far. The veteran, seven-time All-Star pick is coming off of one of the best seasons of his career in 2018-19, when he gave the Spurs 21.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per outing. That scoring average ranked him 20th in the league and was actually a slight dip from the 21.8 points per game he’s averaged in the span since the 2017-18 season.
21. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
One of the fastest-rising stars in the Eastern Conference is 76ers point guard Ben Simmons. Now two years removed from his Rookie-of-the-Year season, Simmons was even better as a sophomore, averaging nearly 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists per game in 2018-19, making his first All-Star Game appearance. He’s one of the few players in the NBA who can truly play every position well and he showed his versatility by being one of only three men in the league to record at least 10 triple doubles last season.
20. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
While a lot of guys on this list are finding creative new ways to miss games, Bradley Beal doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the phrase “load management.” In fact, last season he not only played in all 82 games for the Wizards, he also led the league in minutes per game, playing 36.9 minutes a night. Being a workhorse is great but Beal makes those minutes count by averaging a line of about 25 points, five rebounds and five assists per game since the 2017-18 season. Last year, he earned his second consecutive All-Star team selection.
19. Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic)
The Magic don’t get much national coverage but people who paid attention to them last season saw Nikola Vučević announce himself as one of the most dangerous players in the league. He’s been putting up good numbers since 2011 but in 2018-19 he averaged 20.8 points and 12 rebounds per game, the latter of which was the league’s eighth-best mark. He also finished the season as the seventh-best player in terms of player efficiency rating, if you like advanced stats.
18. Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics)
Now in his ninth season, Kemba Walker is finally leading a contender in Boston instead of wasting his one-man show in Charlotte. His offensive stats have been nothing short of incredible over the past few seasons, making him an All-Star three consecutive times running. Last season, he played in all 82 games and finished with the league’s 10th-best scoring average, chipping in 25.6 points per game, which was a career high. Now, we should finally get to see what he can do in the playoffs, where he hasn’t been since 2016.