17. Kobe Bryant
Achievements as a Teen: At the time of his debut in 1996, Bryant became the youngest player to ever play in an NBA game. He was just 18 years and 72 days old. As his minutes increased so did his prowess. He finished the 1997-1998 season as runner up for Sixth Man of the Year, and he won the Slam Dunk contest. He was named an All-Star that season and thus became the youngest player in NBA history to become an All-Star starter. The Mamba was destined for greatness.
Career Recap: Kobe Bean Bryant is currently a five-time NBA champion, a two-time Finals MVP, the 2008 NBA MVP, and a 15-time NBA All-Star. He has managed to take home two scoring titles, and 10 All-NBA first team nods. Proving his all-around talent, he has nine NBA All-Defensive first team selections, and he's showed his patriotic side taking home two gold medals while representing the Red, White, and Blue. The legend continues to grow.