As the 2018-19 season comes to a close and league award winners are announced, people often begin to reflect on the past season and what the next couple of seasons could look like for the NBA. This means looking at the younger, potential all-stars and game changers. With NBA implementing supermax contracts, players who earn All-NBA honors will be able to sign incredibly lucrative deals. Here are five young studs who could see contracts in the $200 million range.
1. Nikola Jokic
In his fourth season at only 24 years old, the 7-foot center has excelled for the Denver Nuggets. Jokic managed to average double-digit points in each of his first four campaigns, and for the past two years has managed to average a double-double with points and rebounds. For the 2018-19 season, he averaged career highs of 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.2 assists and was named to the All-NBA First Team. With his constant improvement, there is no telling how great Jokic will become, but he is well on his way, and the Nuggets will likely hand him a massive check in the near future.
2. Joel Embiid
After watching Embiid play, it's hard to believe that he's only been in the league for three years. In all three of his seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, he averaged more than 20 points per game and has completed this past season averaging a career high 27.5 points per game. Embiid is also a monster on the defensive end, averaging no fewer than 1.8 blocks per game in a single season throughout his career. The Process is the face of the 76ers, and he will be rewarded as such with a fat contract.
3. Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons is one of the youngest of the group at just 22 years old. In only two seasons in the NBA, Simmons has proven to be a triple-double threat every night, capable of the leading the charge for the 76ers. He has outstanding court vision and is able to produce in virtually every facet of the game, that doesn't involve shooting. If he can continue to develop, and eventually produce a decent jump shot, Simmons will be a top dog in the league. He's certainly going to be fetching a massive contract when it comes time to re-sign with the 76ers.
4. Luka Doncic
Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game as a rookie, earning a unanimous selection onto the All-Rookie squad. He immediately burst onto the scene and showcased his all-around skill set and nearly landed himself a spot on the All-Star team in the West. To say that he is going to be carrying the torch in Dallas for the future is an understatement, as Doncic looks poised to be one of the best in the league in just a short time. If he continues his strong play, he'll be one of the richest guys in the league.
5. Trae Young
Trae Young struggled at first in the league, but his second half was stupendous. In the months of February and March combined, Young averaged 23.4 points and 9.2 assists per game. As a rookie, Young has been forced to step into the role of franchise player and has filled those shoes pretty well. He hit a handful of clutch shots for the Hawks, showing he's more than able to handle the pressure of the NBA. If he remains on this track, he'll certainly be handed a supermax.
Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson were both left off of All-NBA rosters this season, which will cause them to lose out on money should they re-sign with their respective teams. While that's unfortunate for them, the aforementioned five players seem like locks to earn a supermax deal, unless they choose to jump ship in free agency.