The Top 3 NBA Players Over the Next Five Seasons, Predicted!

Who will be competing with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic in the NBA’s elite ranks over the next five years? Both players appear set to rule the game for the foreseeable future.

This is not a hypothetical ranking of the top 10 NBA players at the end of the 2026–27 season, it is vital to note up front. Consider it like this: Assuming it’s June 2027, we examine the previous five years and ask who—based on statistics, honours, team achievement, and everything else—ruled the stage at that time.

Contrary to popular belief, there is a smaller age range for the best bets. Using the previous five years using a fast and dirty statistic as an example, only Doncic, Nikola Jokic, and Karl-Anthony Towns were under-23 players to rank in the top 10 of Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) from 2017 to ’22. We will put the brakes on men who are just beginning their 20s for this reason. Young players seldom outperform so early, and senior players doing so is much more remarkable. Only LeBron James started that span of five years after turning 29 and made the VORP top-10.

With players who will start the following five seasons somewhere in their mid- to late 20s, the sweet spot is in the centre. That is consistent with the majority of the data that claims an NBA player’s prime years are between the ages of 25 and 29, with seasons 26 or 27 often being the pinnacle.

Anthony Edwards – Minnesota Timberwolves

The guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves has already played one more season than those freshmen. What’s more, the development he shown in his second season placed him in exceptional historical company. Only three 20-year-old players in NBA history—Edwards, Kevin Durant, and Shaquille O’Neal—have ever logged more than 2,400 minutes with usage rates at least 26.0 percent and true shooting percentages above 56.0.

Edwards might become as good as any guard in the league if his judgement and defence improve. And he may achieve that status as early as the upcoming season.

Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies

This past season, Ja Morant was maybe a top-10 player. That much is clear from his selection to the All-NBA second team and his ranking of seventh in the MVP vote.

The poorest aspect of Morant’s offensive skill is his shooting, although he has improved his three-point shooting each year, and in 2021–2022, he shot a respectable 34.4 percent. For a player with his burst, that is acceptable. He only needs a defender to close out honestly to get an edge going downhill. If Morant continues to develop as a perimeter shooter, he will be virtually hard to cover.

And finally, throughout the course of the next five years, it seems like Morant’s Grizzlies will play a lot of important games. The developmental importance in high-stress playoff circumstances cannot be understated, and he is certain to encounter many of them.

Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat

Bam Adebayo is a starter and important member of the Miami Heat, a club that has twice reached the conference finals in the previous three years. He possesses the finest balance of proven performance and youth that we have yet to see. The only other players to average at least 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists at age 22 or younger are Adebayo, Nikola Jokic, and Oscar Robertson. Adebayo has already been named to three All-Defensive teams before the start of his age-25 season.

Adebayo, who is currently 24 years old, is on track to become the game’s most complete contemporary centre.

 

Shreyansh is passionate about working on challenging ideas and exploring the boundaries to pursue innovation. He is an engineering student pursuing Electronics and an NBA die hard fan. He has been following NBA since his childhood and basketball has been very close to him to get away from the noise.