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Best Young Guard To Start A NBA Franchise With?

One of the most asked questions among NBA fans is who would you pick to start a franchise with? This is a very interesting question because there are so many ways to think about it.

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Are you picking this player for just his skill? How much does the players’ age matter? Are you picking a player that you believe can sell the most tickets? There is a plethora of young guards in the NBA right now, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyrese Haliburton, Tyrese Maxey, and Anthony Edwards to name a few. Who of this bunch would be the best the build a team around?

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently 8-4 and led by their point guard, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. SGA is 25 years old and has already been selected to an All-NBA first team. This season he is averaging 28.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.6 steals per game. SGA is also very efficient, shooting 51% from the floor. A big weakness he has on offense is his three point percentage. The former Kentucky Wildcat is shooting 32% from three point range.

Tyrese Haliburton

Indiana is currently 7-4 and this is in big part due to the play of Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton is averaging 24.7 points per game, 12.7 assists per game, shooting 52% from the floor, and 43% from three. He was selected to his first all-star game last season and is only 23 years old. He is the best play-maker of the group and also shoots the ball very well.

Tyrese Maxey

The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the top teams in the eastern conference right now. They have a record of 8-3. The 23-year old is averaging 27.6 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 48% from the floor and 42% from three. He has made the loss of James Harden seem like a gain with his play.

Anthony Edwards

The biggest surprise of the NBA season so far may be the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota is 8-3 and playing great defense. They are only allowing 105.6 points per game, which is second best in the NBA. A big part of their team defense is the perimeter defense of Jaden McDaniels and Anthony Edwards. Edwards is one of the best defenders in the NBA along with being a great offensive player. He is averaging 26.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. Edwards has also been very efficient, shooting 46% from the floor and 37% from three.

Out of these four, I would pick Anthony Edwards to start my franchise. He is the youngest of the four and the best defender. He is also a very popular player that helps the Timberwolves both on and off the floor. Edwards is an emerging superstar that will be a top five player in the NBA sooner, rather than later.

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