The next generation has already arrived. The only proof you need is an NBA League Pass account. There’s a unicorn in New York, a Freak in Milwaukee and dozens of other kids filling up stat sheets every night.
We like to spend lots of time talking about these up-and-coming players and focusing on the evolution they’re triggering. Basketball, after all, doesn’t look the way it used to. But this budding crop of studs isn’t the first to change things. The game is always progressing; look closely and you can see how yesterday’s stars paved the path for tomorrow’s.
Our first B/R Mirror Images project juxtaposed the game’s incumbent superstars and their legendary counterparts. This time around, we consider the ceilings of 10 of the best and most exciting under-23 players in the league, compared to players they might actually remember themselves. Each is paired with his “mirror,” the player his game or style of play most resembles.
How does the saying go? You can’t know where you’re going until knowing where you’ve been? That’s what this is: a map of where we’ve been so we can all see where we’re going.