NBA Sophomore Power Rankings: Our top 5 second-year players

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball is averaging 19.9 points, 7.6 assists and 6.6 rebounds in 32.3 minutes this season. David Berding/Getty Images

With the 2022 NBA playoffs around the corner and several second-year players making a significant impact on contending teams, we decided to break down the 2020 draft class and rank the prospects based on how they've performed in their respective careers.

This isn't a projection of what each player will look like when he's at his peak, but rather a gauge of where they are right now, along with a look into what they can still improve upon to remain in this prestigious company and continue growing within the NBA ecosystem.

As a part of the process, I traveled to Memphis to sit down with Grizzlies rising star Desmond Bane to talk through his evolution from the 30th overall pick in 2020 to a key starter on the second-best team in the NBA. Bane hasn't been the only 2020 draftee to outperform his respective draft slot so far, as two other players on this list were selected outside the top 10.