With the 2010’s set to end in just a few days, we enter a new decade of basketball. Players like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook dominated the 2010’s, but who will lead the next generation?
It’s likely we’ve already seen members of a 2020’s All-Decade Team on the NBA hardwood. Still, there are players currently in college or high school. Regardless, a decade early, here are some predictions on what a 2020’s All-Decade Team might look like.
First-team point guard – Trae Young
The Atlanta Hawks point guard is already putting up video game like numbers in just his second season in the league. Young just recently turned 21 years old so the 6-foot-1 guard likely has at least a decade of quality play ahead of him.
The Hawks won’t be terrible forever. The 2018 No. 5 overall pick is already averaging 29.0 points, 8.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. Stats can be inflated when you play for a losing team, but Young can bring a winning culture to Atlanta and maybe an MVP or two on the way.
First-team shooting guard – Anthony Edwards
Ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2019 by 247Sports, Edwards entered his collegiate career at the University of Georgia with high expectations.
Through 11 games, Edwards certainly hasn’t disappointed. The UGA freshman is averaging 19.7 points 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Edwards already has an NBA-ready body and shows superstar potential on both sides of the ball. The 33 points he scored in one half against Michigan State earlier this season should have potential teams salivating.
First-team small forward – Luka Doncic
Yes, you can definitely consider Doncic a point guard, but I’m considering him a point forward. In only his second season, the 6-foot-7 playmaker has vaulted himself as a possible top five player in the NBA already.
The European phenom is averaging 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game for a rapidly improving Mavericks squad. It wouldn’t surprise many people if Doncic is the NBA’s best player throughout the next decade.
First-team power forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Yes the Greek Freak will be 35 by decade’s end. Also, Antetokounmpo mainly relies on his athleticism to dominate but if the 2018 NBA MVP can continue to play like he is now for at least half of the 2020’s he deserves to be on here.
As of now, Antetokounmpo is putting up an incredible 31.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. It’ll be interesting to see how father time affects Antetokounmpo over the next 10 seasons, but as far as the next few years are concerned, Giannis is likely at the top of the league.
First-team center – Nikola Jokic
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was an MVP candidtate last year at only 24 years old. Age will likely catch up to the seven footer towards the tail-end of the 2020’s but regardless, Jokic has never been one to rely on elite athleticism (which often fades with age).
For that reason, Jokic could very well be one of the best center in the NBA for the next decade and should continue to wow fans with his play
Second-team point guard – Ja Morant
The No. 2 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, Morant has already showed that he more than belongs in this league. At just 20 years old, the 6-foot-3 point guard is putting up 18.2 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies already have a solid young core consisting of Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke and I see Morant leading them into the 2020’s
Second-team shooting guard – Devin Booker
Like Young, team success will likely have a lot to do with Booker being on this list. The 23-year-old shooting guard has been putting up great numbers on awful Phoenix Suns teams since 2015 but his talent and production is undeniable.
Last year, Booker averaged 26.6 points, 6.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game and has been quite an efficient scorer throughout his career.
Second-team small forward – Jayson Tatum
He starts at power forward for the Boston Celtics but he is more suited as a small forward and that’s a role I can see him filling in the next decade. Tatum has already cemented himself as one of the best young scorers in the NBA today.
He needs to improve his efficiency (shooting 42 percent so far this year), but Tatum’s game should continue to develop and could see him competing for a scoring title in the future.
Second-team power forward – Zion Williamson
The talent with Williamson is undeniable, but injuries could definitely become a problem throughout his career.
I’d like to believe that the 6-foot-6, 285-pound athletic specimen will get healthy and become one of the NBA most unique superstars.
Second-team center – Bam Adebayo
This one might shock a lot of people. Age prevented me from putting players like Joel Embiid, Karl Anthony Towns and a few others on this list. On the other hand, Adebayo is just 22 years old and already has the makings of a potential superstar.
2019 has been a breakout year for Adebayo, who is averaging 15.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. If the 6-foot-9 center continues to develop, he could become the best big man of the mid-2020’s.