Forbes unveiled its 30 Under 30 list this year, compiling 600 individuals who are doing extraordinary things across 20 industries.
The sports sector is loaded with incredible athletes outside of the NBA, like Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and NFL superstars Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants and Von Miller from the Denver Broncos. Draymond Green, 26, and Kyrie Irving, 24, are, undoubtedly, two of the most recognizable faces on the list. And that’s with good reason.
Both are at the epicenter of the 3-1 jokes that the internet won’t let the Golden State Warriors live down, but they’ve also entirely crossed over to superstardom.
Green has cemented himself as one of the NBA’s most versatile players, and his stat line justifies it. Last season, Dray averaged 14 points, 9.5 boards and 7.4 assists while being selected to his first All-Star game and making the All-NBA Second Team. He’s also one of the best leaders in the league, and his outspoken nature brings a dynamic to interview that few players are willing to showcase.
It was also a huge year for Irving, whose go-ahead shot over Stephen Curry in Game 7 of the NBA Finals was the best thing to happen to Cleveland in a long, long time. He helped end the 52-year championship drought by averaging more than 25 points a night during the playoffs, and that number jumped to almost 28 for the Finals. His artistic flair and street ball style propelled him to success, but also turned him into one the NBA’s most entertaining players.
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The duo is accompanied by two of their WNBA counterparts, and both ladies are wholly deserving.
Elena Della Donne, 27, of the Chicago Sky finds her way onto the list after an outstanding WNBA season where she averaged 21.5 points and seven rebounds while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from three. Her numbers landed her on the All-WNBA First Team and the Olympic team as well, where she took home the gold in Rio de Janeiro.
After being named WNBA MVP and bringing home a championship with the Los Angeles Sparks, Nneka Ogwumike is the WNBA’s second representative, and the 26-year-old had her best season since coming into the league in 2012. In 33 games with the Sparks, she recorded career-bests in points (19.7), rebounds (9.1), assists (3.1) and shot a staggering 66.5 percent from the field.
Akshay Khanna is the only executive to make the list from either league, and he’s currently trusting the process as Vice President of Strategy for the Philadelphia 76ers.
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