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Only Three Teenagers In NBA History Have Scored At Least 20 PPG

Being a teenager in a major sports league, let alone the NBA, can be extremely challenging.

Only a few years ago, you were sitting in a classroom, working out algebra problems, now you're under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden playing against the best basketball players night in and night out across an 82-game season.

The change from an everyday kid who's good a basketball to an NBA rookie can be a very startling one, and even though the NBA has prohibited high schoolers from entering the NBA draft -- requiring them to go to college for at least one year or play overseas for one season -- it's no wonder it takes the majority of NBA teenagers a few years to acclimatise to the league. But not for these three players.

These three players are the only teenagers in NBA history to average over 20 points per game in an NBA season, quite the impressive feat for a player with less than 20 years of experience on planet Earth. Via Reddit user sip-em_bears:

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Carmelo Anthony (19 Years Old) - 21.0 PPG in 2004

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets posts up against Keith Van Horn #2 of the New York Knicks during the game at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2003 in New York, New York.  The Knicks won 95-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

LeBron James (19 Years Old) - 20.9 PPG in 2004


Kevin Durant (19 Years Old) - 20.3 PPG in 2008


These players obviously aren't in their teens anymore and have all turned into some of the greatest scorers the NBA have ever seen, only showing that this trio was NBA-ready right off the bat.