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49. Brandon Jennings (Detroit) The Compton, California native Brandon Jennings has had a fun offseason and got a new deal and a fresh new start in the great state of Michigan where he’ll pair up with, Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith.  The flashy ball handler is going to be more mature and play a tad bit more conventional this season in order for him to reach his full potential. Jennings has been around for a while but is only going on 24 years of age. I expect a lot from this Pistons ball club this year.  2012-13 stats: 36.2 MPG, 17.5 PPG, 6.5 APG, 3.1 RPG, 1.6 SPG 48. Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia) Young is considered one of the most underrated players in the league and comes in as a top 50 baller on out list. Young’s role will be bigger than ever this year because of the Jrue Holiday trade and all the injuries and youth on the 76ers squad. Young has the versatility, defense and ability to get easy baskets off putbacks. I get his numbers to increase a whole lot if he continues to stay healthy.  2012-13 stats: 34.6 MPG, 14.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 53.1 FG% 47. Andrei Kirilenko (Brooklyn) AK-47 may have the best nickname of all-time and the Russian star will add the cherry on top to this amazing team that has been assembled in Brooklyn. Kirilenko is very active, wild and tough and has superior defense on and off the ball. The forward will make any defender he plays step their game up because he’s a nightmare on the court. 2012-13 stats: 31.8 MPG, 12.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.0 BPG 46. Khawi Leonard (San Antonio) The future of the San Antonio Spurs is one man Khawi Leonard, the former SDSU star is one of the better young all-around players in the NBA for many years to come. Leonard had 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 55 percent shooting and 39 percent three-point shooting in 21 postseason games and the Spurs were  a few buckets away from being NBA champs. He was a breakout star and even did a good job guarding Lebron James in the finals. Expect big things from the southern california native this season.  2012-13 stats: 31.2 MPG, 11.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.7 SPG, 49.4 FG% 45. Anderson Varaejo (Cleveland) Anderson missed almost the whole season and only played in 25 games. He’s the emotional leader of this team and they missed him but he’s almost 100 percent and ready to be a dominate big man again. Part of the reason the Cavs didn’t select Alex Len was because of Varaejo’s presence. Andy is on the wrong side of 30 and has been plagued with injuries so it’ll be interesting to see if he comes back and stays in the top 50.  2012-13 stats: 36.0 MPG, 14.1 PPG, 14.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.5 SPG 44. Anthony Davis (New Orleans) The runner-up for rookie of the year was Davis but the former Kentucky star may have the highest upside of any pick former the 2012 class. Anthony Davis is already a top defender in the post and one of the best shot blockers in the NBA as well. The former No. 1 pick in 2012 has a talented supporting cast around him now and that will only may Davis better and better each day. Expect the Pelicans to have a good season and be close to a playoff team even.  2012-13 stats: 28.8 MPG, 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 1.2 SPG, 51.6 FG% 43. Zach Randolph (Memphis) Z-Bo is the heart of the “Grit and Grind” that Memphis has instilled in their basketball team and organization. Randolph and the Grizzlies enjoyed their most successful season in franchise history and Z-Bo’s play was a big part of hat. Balance and physical play makes this team have an old school feel and they are back in full effect this season.  2012-13 stats: 15.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46 FG% 42. Tony Allen (Memphis) Allen is a first team all defender and a top five perimeter defender in this league bar none. Allen is the key factor of the Memphis Grizz success and will continue to be for many of years to come with his multi million dollar contract he just signed.  2012-13 Stats : MPG 26.7 PPG- 9.0 RPG4.6 SPG-1.5 41. Damian Lillard (Portland) Last years rookie of the year from Weber St is Portland’s next rising star and plans on staying health and getting better every year. Portland’s team got better this season and Lillard will be the main part of their success, along with teammate LaMarcus Aldridge. Portland is guard heavy and the most underrated young guard possibly in the league is this Trailblazer.  2012-13 stats: 38.6 MPG, 19.0 PPG, 6.5 APG, 3.1 RPG, 42.9 FG% The post 2013-2014 NBA Player Rankings (49-41) appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.

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