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Sport NBA execs poll: Luka Doncic top young talent to build around; Zion Williamson comes at No. 7

14:01  21 september  2020
14:01  21 september  2020 Source:   hoopshype.com

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With only four teams remaining in the playoff bubble, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators, including four general managers, six executives and five scouts, to learn which players under 25 they’d build around and why.

a basketball player with a football ball: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks © Provided by HoopsHype Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

The top player to build around is not surprising, but the number of players picked over Zion Williamson is.

The talent evaluators ranked their five favorite players under 25 to build around. In our scoring system, the top player received five points, the second player received four points, etcetera. The results of the poll are listed below.

The numbers in parentheses show the percentage of points relative to the maximum amount possible for each player.

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