5 Young NBA Stars Whose Primes Are Being Wasted On Terrible Teams

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Some of the NBA’s top young players are stuck on awful teams. It’s unfortunate to see so much otherworldly talent going to waste.

We’re nearly through two months of the 2016-17 NBA season, and the contenders have already began to separate themselves from the pretenders. Then there are the teams that had no chance from the get-go, but we typically know which teams will fall into that category beforehand.

Unfortunately, some of the NBA’s best players are stuck with franchises in that aforementioned category. Then again, that’s what happens when the top picks in the annual NBA Draft go to the worst teams from the previous campaign. The lottery attempts to add a twist to that process, but rarely succeeds in doing so.

Hence, we’re stuck with some of the greatest players the game has to offer on terrible teams. It’s a part of the game, but that doesn’t mean we have to be happy about it.

So that’s why we’re here–to highlight some of the young, elite NBA players whose primes are being wasted on awful squads. It’s an opportunity to reflect on missed opportunities, and maybe wonder about what could have been.

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Without further ado, here is my take on five young stars whose talents are being wasted.