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Who are the brightest young stars in the NBA? We’re counting them down on ESPN.com.
We asked our experts to rate the league’s best players under 25 years old, and we’re rolling out our top 50 over the next 10 days, leading up to the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend.
On to the countdown!
#NBArank Rising Stars: 31-40
Stats & Info: Leads 2016 draft class in PPG (9.2) and APG (4.2) this season.
Stats & Info: Has averaged more than 16 points and 11 rebounds per 36 minutes each of the past two seasons.
Stats & Info: Has made six starts this season; one of five rookies in franchise history to have at least 8 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in a game.
Stats & Info: Scoring average has increased in each of his five NBA seasons (16.6 PPG this season).
Stats & Info: 17.4 PPG off bench this season is third-most in NBA (min. 10 games off bench).
Stats & Info: Leads all rookies with five 20-point games.
Stats & Info: Leads all rookies in scoring (9.9 PPG) — Joel Embiid (20.2 PPG) is not eligible since he has not played in 70 percent of his team’s games; was drafted 12th overall in 2014.
Stats & Info: Scoring average has increased in each of his three NBA seasons (10.0 PPG this season).
Stats & Info: Scored third-most points off the bench in 2016-17 season.
Stats & Info: Only player averaging 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per 36 minutes over past three seasons.
Coming Thursday: Rising Stars Nos. 26-21