Who were the greatest prospects in history at age 19?

Victor Vembanyama celebrates his 19th birthday today. And today is the day many other players celebrate their 19th birthday. You know that guy who doesn’t understand the concept of birthdays. Here’s a small, incomplete list of the best 19-year-old prospects in history. What were they doing? Where were they? Were they swinging the 3-pointer on one leg?

ONLY the season in which the player turns 19 is considered.

LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers

His 19-year-old season: 29% 3-pointers, 5.7 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.6 steals in 79 NBA games, including 20.9 points on 42% shooting

Very cool little name, not necessarily a great career after that, 19th birthday celebration December 30, 2003… In his rookie season with the Cavaliers. We talked about him – before and after the draft – as the pen that will write the future of the NBA. Fundamentals already worked out, drivability like a dragster, shot to improve, but mechanics right: hello to a big rookie with no weak points. Arguably the greatest prospect of all time. Absolutely everything was there. Syringe. Words. Actions. Decor and story. Just a kid from Akron. Even if you live in Levallois, it’s hard to do better.

Luka Doncic – Real Madrid

19-year-old season: 12.8 points on 46% shooting, including 28% 3-pointers, 5.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 17 ratings in 28 Liga Endesa games

It is said that Arthur Rimbaud wrote his first poem at the age of seven, while Luka Doncic was already at work at the age of 19. Casa Blanca, and the resume of a guy who does everything faster than anyone else. A small video was released on his channel real Madrid we almost had tears in our eyes on the Slovenian’s 18th birthday. We have one called Pedro and have lived in Gran Via since 2003. emphasizes One of the biggest prospects the Euroleague has ever seen. Impressive technical. There, too, the narration of the tales is not disturbing at all.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – UCLA

19-year-old season: 29 points and 15.5 rebounds on 67% shooting in 30 NCAA games

We don’t have cameras or special correspondents to bring you back the sounds of the era’s hallways, so we’ll have to make things up. In 1963, at the age of 16, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar participated in a street game and scored a goal. 85 points in 17 minutes of play. In the opposite camp, certain… “Kevin Knox Sr.”. The non-All-Star outfielder’s father plays in the neighborhood and makes a habit of coming to the ballpark every Sunday. After the setback against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he will trust you not to have you in the C suite. “never seen” and his whole team was surprised “If KAJ didn’t have chunks of Swiss cheese in his pocket”. According to a superstition from the 1960s, bits of Swiss cheese increase shooting percentage. It was later revealed that Karem Abdul-Jabbar’s pockets were empty after the scene was reconstructed by the Togolese civil service. The performance is even more impressive.

Ralph Sampson – Virginia Cavaliers

19-year-old season: 14.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.6 blocks on 55% shooting in 34 NCAA games

Ralph Sampson, nicknamed the control tower on stilts, or a large perspective of the giant with clay knees. He never had a promising career. At least not in the NBA. The March Madness 81 ? First Final Four in Virginia Cavaliers history thanks to Sampson and his piglet season. For a long time, all the responsibilities of the world were placed on his back. It must be said that the then mobile interior of 2m24 forced the investment of the surrounding staff, who could pull the ball from mid-range when the spaces allowed. Give him everything: balls, rebounds, final shots. This guy can win you a match Post an ad. What if he can develop his game outside the basket? Victor Wembanyama before the hour. We wish the French prospect the best… “good luck” as far as injuries go.

Zion Williamson-Duke

19-year-old season: 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 58% shooting in 24 NCAA games

The boy breaks his shoe and lowers the market value of a company, i.e. the scope of the prospect. Before he was drafted in 2019, the big question was whether he would Best prospect of all time ahead of LeBron James. “Yes, but TrashTalk, today we are starting to talk a lot about a player with Victor Wembanyama, who is perhaps the best prospect, right? “. Basketball is changing, more and more young men can gallop like an antelope at 2m37, but Zion Williamson was one of those potential bulls who could do it all on the floor. The little oil we saw writing 360° with 13 brooms was topped with Gatorade. Good luck Julian Newman.

Shaquille O’Neal – LSU

19-year-old season: 27.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and 5 blocks on 63% shooting in 28 NCAA games

The stat line speaks for itself, LSU’s version of Shaquille O’Neal was a dominance monster. Bigger, heavier, more mobile and well (x18) more athletic than average. A gem to polish. The most effective? His attack palette. It’s full moves Such a large interior is usually not intended for geniuses. Whipped creams are great. the “I push you, then I crush you” it works fine now. It remains to be seen what this beautiful baby will do at the highest level, but more than once in the NCAA “big yes” today’s bread is a knee on the ground.

Honorable mentions: Tim Duncan, Greg Oden, Allen Iverson, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuvon, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Davis.

This was a completely subjective list of the greatest prospect of all time at 19 years old. We could extend the honorable mentions as much as you like, add Michael Beasley or Michael Jordan, but everything in life comes to an end. Well, we have no more arguments.

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