By Thomas Gibbons
ESPN’s NBA insiders released their best 25 players under age 25 Tuesday morning. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo comes in at number one which should not be a surprise to many. Known as the Greek Freak, he is averaging 27.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game this season.
In order, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns and Ben Simmons round out the top five.
The real question is how many Bulls made the list? One. Lauri Markkanen comes in tied at 13 with Nets star D’Angelo Russell.
The Bulls have a number of players under 25, mainly Zach LaVine, but he was left off the list. Last season, LaVine struggled at times to find his footing returning from ACL surgery. But his play has improved this season, particularly in February as him and Markkanen are leading the Bulls to one of the top teams in offensive efficiency in the recent weeks.
Lonzo Ball and Jaylen Brown ranked 24 and 25 and that is where I think Zach LaVine could have been inserted into the top 25. His numbers are significantly better than both of those players. Ball has great court vision but struggles with his shot. Brown is a nice player off the bench and a solid defender for Brad Stevens but is not the scorer like LaVine.