The NBA will be in the hands by a new crop of players very soon.
Lebron, Steph, Durant, and the rest of that generation are getting older.
There has to be a new guard at some point.
Well, the new guard are coming and some have the potential to be special.
The highest individual award in basketball is the MVP.
There are a few players, I believe, who have a great chance of gaining that prestigious honor.
Before I list the three players I believe can be MVP one day, I have a criteria.
The player cannot have been an MVP candidate before. (No Embiid or Luka)
They have to be 25 years or younger.
Lastly, they could have already made an all-star team.
Here are the three players.
1. Lamelo Ball
Yes, I know this might be way too early, but I can definitely see Lamelo winning an MVP.
He has all the tools you want in a young point guard.
The passing, the finishing, and his personality are all amazing.
The knock on Lamelo was his character and lack of heart.
He was too focused on the Ball family rather than playing ball.
However, we were wrong about him.
He has been a great teammate since the moment he stepped onto the court.
His playmaking is already one of kind, which was put on display once again the other night.
LaMelo Ball has been back in the lineup for about 5 minutes and just dropped this 70-foot underhand scoop dime pic.twitter.com/Wa2kcfFQmB
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) May 1, 2021
Another problem coming into the league was his shooting, which has been pretty good in his first year in the league.
He is currently holding a 3PT% of 37%, while shooting from the field at 45%.
Lamelo has that “IT” factor that people want in their team leaders.
He can for sure be an MVP in the upcoming future.
2. Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum is a pure bucket getter.
He can absolutely score with the best of them and that was on display recently with a 60 point explosion.
Larry Bird. Jayson Tatum.
Only Celtics to score 60 points in a game ☘️ pic.twitter.com/AzT9OrKKUL
— ESPN (@espn) May 1, 2021
At the young age of 22, he has already seen a lot in the NBA.
He has already played in two conference finals, which he was one game away from making the finals in 2018.
However, the scary part about Tatum is that he is still getting better.
Along with his increase in scoring, he has also increased his rebounding and assists numbers.
His ceiling screams 30 PPG scorer in this league.
Tatum has already established himself as the man in Boston.
Considering his age and play at this point, Tatum can become one of the legends in Boston lore.
3. Zion Williamson
The first word that comes to my mind about Zion is dominance.
His brute strength is beyond impressive at this point.
The athleticism matches that strength as well.
The man is shooting 70% from 0-3 feet and 61% from the field as a whole.
Highest PPG by a 60 FG% scorer in NBA history:
27.1 — Zion Williamson (this season)
26.1 — Kevin McHale (1987)
24.8 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1980)
24.1 — Wilt Chamberlain (1967)
22.9 — Shaquille O’Neal (2005) pic.twitter.com/mlLnlrzjzH
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 4, 2021
He cannot be stopped in the paint.
And if he misses; best believe he is getting the putback with his power and incredible second jump.
Zion is already one of the best players this league has to offer.
He is destroying teams every night and has made himself must see TV.
He is not old enough to buy a beer, but is averaging 27 PPG, while making grown men look like children.
Zion may not only win MVP one day, but he can also be the future face of the league.