Commentary

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

Originally Published: April 1, 2008
By   | ESPN.com

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 NBA analyst Jalen Rose's picks:


Rose's Ballot
Rank Player Comment
 
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Small Forward
Age: 23
An unselfish leader and point forward, LeBron is one of the best all-around performers the game will ever see. He's the standard at any age.
 
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic
Center
Age: 22
Great attitude plus power, size, strength and athletic ability that is second to none.
 
Carmelo Anthony
Denver Nuggets
Small Forward
Age: 23
Versatile and a prolific scorer, Melo will go down as one of the best small forwards in league history.
 
Deron Williams
Utah Jazz
Point Guard
Age: 23
He's Jason Kidd with a deadly jump shot.
 
Chris Paul
New Orleans Hornets
Point Guard
Age: 22
Quick hands, classic floor general, the next Isiah Thomas. The sky is the limit for this winner.
WILD
CARD
 
Josh Smith
Atlanta Hawks
Power Forward
Age: 22
Scary upside and crazy athleticism. Among the league's leaders in blocks and steals, he's also a good defender.

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