In January 2022, HoopsHype Survey 15 NBA executives asked them to rank their top five players under the age of 25 by the start of the NBA season to build. We repeated the exercise before the 2022-23 season.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic It was the first unanimous choice among NBA executives surveyed, while Evan Mobley And the Anthony Edwards Two were senior risers.

Four new players got votes while three players fell down the standings.

In our scoring system, the first player gets five points, the second player gets four points, the third player gets three points, the fourth gets two points, and the fifth player gets one point per ballot.

The results of the survey are listed below.

Kevin Jayraj USA Today Sports

Voting share: 100 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: No. 1

Luka Doncic It was the unanimous choice to build, according to NBA officials for the first time in our survey since September 2020.

“Luka’s size, IQ, ability to score from every level, and passing will allow him to continue playing at MVP caliber level,” an NBA executive told HoopsHype.

After leading the NBA in usage percentage last season (37.4) and Dallas to the Western Conference Finals, Doncic has one of the best International Rankings In the EuroBasket tournament so far.

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Voting share: 69.3% of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: Number 2

Jason Tatum He received 11 out of 15 second-place votes from NBA executives in our poll.

“Tatum has the elite ability to create and maintain advantages on the offensive end,” an NBA executive told HoopsHype. “His versatility and athletic style will allow him to continue to influence the game on both sides of the field.”

Tatum looked like a future MVP candidate during the playoffs as the main defender Kevin Durant In a Nets sweep and two great streaks against the Bucks and Heat, he averaged 26.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists before falling to the Warriors in the Finals.

Petri Thomas USA Today Sports

Voting share: 44 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: Number 3

Four NBA CEOs voted Ja Morante It ranks second overall in the ballot papers.

“I’m a believer in building around playmakers, and that’s why I love it,” said one NBA executive.

After earning his first All-Star, receiving All-NBA honors, and winning the Most Improved Player award, Morant will be looking to lead the Memphis past the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2013.

AP Photo / Nick Wass

Voting share: 28 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: number 6

Five NBA executives voted Evan Mobley It reaches third place overall on the ballot papers.

Despite losing the Rookie of the Year award to the Raptors Scotty BarnesMobley was ahead of his colleague in this poll. Cleveland could also leapfrog Toronto in the standings after taking possession of the All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell This is offseason.

After tied for fifth in the NBA in blocks per game (1.7), Mobley plans as a future All-Star front podium.

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Voting share: 16 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: number 9

Two NBA executives voted Anthony Edwards It reaches third place overall on the ballot papers.

“He took a big step last season,” an NBA executive said. “He played better defense and can score the ball. He has the ability to be a two-way player.”

Finishing in the top 20 of all NBA players in scoring, minutes played, and top 15 in steals and three-pointing last season, Edwards shone on the national stage during the playoffs averaging 25.2 points on 45.5 percent of shots from the field and 40.4 percent From three point range against the Grizzlies.

Zion Williamson during training

Chuck Cook USA Today Sports

Voting share: 12 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: number 7

Despite his absence from last season, one of the NBA executives voted Zion Williamson Reach the third place on the ballot paper.

“Two years ago, Zion was a top 5 attacking player,” said the NBA executive. His case is very simple. Do it again and be better on defense, and he’s definitely a man of privilege.”

On the one hand, the CEO has a point if Williamson can maintain his health, but that’s significant considering he’s only played 85 games in the past three seasons.

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Voting share: 8 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: Unavailable

Two NBA executives voted Scotty BarnesRookie of the Year, placing fourth on the ballot.

“Barnes is a legitimate two-way player who can play multiple positions,” an NBA executive told HoopsHype. “He has significant size and capabilities in the gaming industry. With the way the rules change to enhance pace and transition opportunities, his ability to grab and hold will be valuable. Defensively, his ability to protect multiple locations, contain the perimeter, and shrink the court will continue to be valuable.”

If Barnes can improve his three-point shot (.301), he can jump multiple points in that poll by the next release.

Jim Deadmon USA Today Sports

Voting share: 6.67 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: No. 4

Vote for an NBA CEO lamillo ball Reach the third place on the ballot paper. In our previous poll, Ball was surprisingly the only player besides Doncic to take first place in an executive’s vote for the top player to build.

“My vote is a bet on the positive side of it,” the NBA executive told HoopsHype. “LaMelo is a 6-foot-7 master builder. I think these types of guys are easier to build around. Is he currently as good as some of the players that have come before him? No, but he’s much smaller, and his skill set fits in easily with several players. I might end up To be completely wrong about this, but I bet with the guys who have the highest level of overall climb and versatility.”

Having earned a Top 20 on aggregate points, a Top 15 on three-pointers, and a Top 10 in assists and steals per game, his ball versatility helped him become an All-Star star last season. with Miles Bridges Unresolved legal situation, Ball will need to do better to carry the Hornets into this year’s playoff.

Brett Davis USA Today Sports

Voting share: 4 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: no 5

Vote for an NBA CEO Tra Young Reach the third place on the ballot paper.

“Young people are changing the rules of the game,” an NBA executive told HoopsHype. “We play in the goalkeeper league. He carries his team and makes everyone around him better.”

However, Young struggled hard in the playoffs against the Heat, averaging 15.4 points on 31.9 percent of shooting and 6.0 assists. It might be the reason for his downfall in our poll this time around.

After leading the NBA in total points scored (2,155) and total assists (737), the Hawks earned an All-Star Dignity Murray To help draw some attention from Young and lead Atlanta deeper into the playoffs.

Ken Tops USA Today Sports

Voting share: 4 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: Unavailable

Three NBA CEOs voted Darius Garland Fifth place in the total number of ballot papers.

After he was voted the best breakout player by NBA executives in a HoopsHype Poll In September of 2021, Garland lived up to the hype and became an All-Star.

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Voting share: 2.67% of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: number 13

Two NBA executives voted Kid Cunningham Fifth place in the total number of ballot papers.

Cunningham showed why he could be a potential star for the Pistons in March when he averaged 22.9 points, 7.0 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game for Detroit.

AP Photo / Michael Wake

Voting share: 2.67% of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: Unavailable

Last season, Green became the second NBA rookie to score more than 30 points in five consecutive games since then Allen Iverson. Michael Jordan He did so in four consecutive games as a rookie.

AP Photo / Bruce Kluckhuhn

Voting share: 1.3 percent of the maximum possible amount

Previous order: number 8

gilgus alexander tea He enters his first maximum five-year extension with Oklahoma City. In March, Gilgeous-Alexander demonstrated All-Star potential averaging 29 points for 52% overall shooting and 40% from a three-point range, with 7.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Having played just 91 joint games in the past two seasons, his lack of availability appears to have hurt his stock in the eyes of CEOs in this version of our survey.