Every NBA team's best player under 25, ranked

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15. G Coby White, Chicago Bulls (24)

Coby White may walk away with the Most Improved Player award. The fan favorite has been a fine player during his five-year career, but he was handed the keys to the offense this year amid Lonzo Ball's indefinite absence. White took advantage, averaging a career-high 19.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls are stuck in neutral these days, but White is on the come-up.

14. G Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers (24)

What is the best way to describe Anfernee Simons? Walking bucket. Simons posted career highs in points, assists, free-throw attempts, and free-throw percentage this season. Averaging 22.6 points per game wasn't enough to get Portland out of the bottom rungs of the Western Conference, partially because injuries sidelined Simons for about half the season.

13. G Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons (22)

It's a shame the product around him isn't better, because Cade Cunningham is developing into a really exciting prospect in the Motor City. The Detroit Pistons guard struggled with injuries this season, missing 20 games. But he still managed to average 22.7 points and 7.5 assists per game while distinguishing himself as a cornerstone for a franchise that needs more of them.

12. G LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets (22)

LaMelo Ball should be higher on this list. His game has proven electric, better than Lonzo's and worthy of the talking his father did in the years leading up to LaMelo's NBA debut. Unfortunately, the Charlotte Hornets star can't seem to stay healthy, playing in only 22 games this season due to ankle injuries. When he played, he averaged 23.9 points, 8 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.

11. G Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers (24)

Darius Garland's development allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers to jettison Collin Sexton in the trade that brought Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland. Mitchell's presence puts a bit of a damper on Garland's numbers, but he's still a key part of the Cavs future. The Vanderbilt product averaged 18 points and 6.5 assists per game this season, holding down a starting spot in the backcourt when healthy.