Palmer's Ballot: Best 23-and-under players

Originally Published: April 1, 2008
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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 ESPN The Magazine senior writer Chris Palmer's picks:

Palmer's Ballot
Rank Player Comment
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
Age: 23
The best ever at his age is only getting better.
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Age: 22
Rapid skill development. Great attitude. Limitless potential. Perfect timing. (So long, Shaq.)
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
Age: 22
Has anyone so small ever had a bigger impact on the outcome of a game?
Michael Beasley
Kansas State
Power Forward
Age: 19
As rare a skill set as you'll find. Could be All-NBA two years from now.
Kevin Durant
Seattle SuperSonics
Shooting Guard
Age: 19
Might end up averaging 30 more times than any other young player.
Rajon Rondo
Boston Celtics
Point Guard
Age: 22
Gets overshadowed but everything he does helps his team win. This generation's Terry Porter.

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