So the point of this post is to determine where we are in terms of young talent around the league. What you do: pick the best prospects out of NBA players that are 23 years old or younger. This is an exercise I saw on Twitter (and it's been posted here somewhere at least once) and I think it's important to us as fans to really determine what the teams needs, strengths, and weaknesses are. So I'm going to jump right in. Feel free to comment on my list or create your own. Tier 1 (MVP potential) Giannis Antetokounmpo- Speaks for himself, but he's incredible. Karl Anthony-Towns- He's taken somewhat of a step back defensively, but still amazing. Joel Embiid- Health and mentality are going to be important, but talent is there. Tier 2 (Multiple Time All-Star) Kristaps Porzingis- He can do things that other players can't. Has a great approach. Andrew Wiggins- Another guy who has apparently hit a ceiling, but great talent. Ben Simmons- Incredible talent. I'm still unsure of his mentality. If he wants it, he can do it. Lonzo Ball- Efficiency aside, he's putting together a REMARKABLE rookie season. Devin Booker- Inflated or not, he's one of the better young SGs. Jayson Tatum- Tremendous wing talent. Too bad he plays for the green jerks. Nikola Jokic- Still underrated, but quickly approaching a ceiling. Donovan Mitchell- If you aren't paying attention to this kid, please do. Great talent. Myles Turner- He has plateaued in many ways, but defense is improved. Brandon Ingram- His growth since March of last season has been utterly impressive. Tier 3 (One Time All-Star/Long-term Starter) Clint Capela- I actually don't think he's that great, but he's on a great team. D'Angelo Russell- I just don't know if he's got the mental fortitude to do more than this. Kyle Kuzma- Could be more, but let's see his defense continue to grow. Elfrid Payton- I'm not a big fan, but Orlando is giving him plenty of opportunity. Jamaal Murray- Immaturity aside, he's got solid talent. Gary Harris- I like Gary a lot actually. He could break into Tier 2. Aaron Gordon- He's taken an enormous leap forward this season. Jaylen Brown- I debated leaving him down on the list, but he's a starting caliber player. Lauri Markannen- He's been better than I expected, but has a lot of growing to do. Tier 4 (Occasional Starter/Solid Bench Piece) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- He's taken a step forward in scoring, but he hasn't been the defender he needs to be. Kelly Oubre- Scoring punch, but not much else. Domantas Sabonis- Looks pretty good, but I'm not sure I see "starter" there long-term. John Collins- Plays like an energy big, but he has potential for more. Terry Rozier- Some decent talent, but he needs to put it all together consistently. OG Anunoby- Solid wing player, but unspectacular thus far. Tyus Jones- Has played well when given opportunities. Julius Randle- Should honestly be up a Tier, but he is being pushed into this one. Jordan Bell- Looks like a solid bench big. Bobby Portis- Punching a teammate actually seems to have lit a fire under him. Dario Saric- A year ago people were saying he was better than Julius Randle. Justice Winslow- He's been underwhelming. Heart is a question. Stanley Johnson- He plateaued last season and hasn't changed that narrative this season. Dillon Brooks- Looks really undersized at times in the NBA. Marcus Smart- I've never been impressed. Screams C**** idiot now. Taurean Prince- Solid player. I know he starts now, but I'm not sold long-term. Jusuf Nurkic- See above. Marquese Chriss- Dumb as a rock could keep him from even being in this Tier. Josh Hart- I love this kid. I think he is a champion of this Tier. Ivica Zubac- Obviously plateaued, but could excel in a slower offense (Memphis) Emmanuel Mudiay- A disappointment and one the Nuggets are quickly burying. If a kid didn't make this list it's because either a) they haven't done enough to make it or b) they're not good enough to make it. Guys I almost put on this list: Dragan Bender, Semi Ojeleye, Willy Hernangomez, Skal Labissiere, Jonathan Isaac, Dejountae Murray, Nerlens Noel, Jarrett Allen, Jakob Poetl. They could all be put on this list in varying areas, but haven't shown enough to me that they'll be here long-term. Anyone in the list I just gave might as well be considered "permanent bench player". As you can see: Denver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Boston come up a lot. Indiana is making some noise too.