NBA: Ranking the top 10 blue chip players in the Association

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NBA Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

2.  Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks 

The Greek Freak would likely be No. 1 on this list to the extent he had a more reliable outside shot (even though he’s been much better this season). Giannis is the biggest beast in the NBA when it comes to scoring inside (Milwaukee is 3rd in the NBA in paint-scoring, averaging 51.2 per game).

With his long, freakish arms combined with an improved finishing ability at the rim, he has been nothing short of dominant the last couple of seasons. Milwaukee remains one of the smallest markets in the NBA, which might eventually hurt their ability to retain his services. He’s still only 25, and it’s not hard to imagine him being the first player in the NBA to make $50 million per season.

1.  Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks 

At 20 years of age, Luka Doncic is undoubtedly the greatest asset of any team in the NBA; though perhaps not from a marketing perspective, at least yet anyway. But in terms of pure skill, Doncic is a walking triple-double (averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 8.7 assists) and possesses the highest degree of upside compared to any other player close to his age.

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Over the span of the next 10 years, it’d be surprising if the pairing of Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis were unable to bring the Mavs a Championship, though they may need to add one more complimentary piece at either the shooting guard, small forward, or center spots, since Porzingis best slots in at the four position.