20 of the Most Athletic Players of 2022

20 of the Most Athletic Players of 2022

Let’s be honest, the most athletic players in any sport are often the most enjoyable to watch. They’re capable of some incredible things when given the opportunity to do what they do best and constantly use their athletic ability to overwhelm their opponents in more ways than one. 

The most athletic players are known for creating mismatches and putting their team in a position to win game-in and game-out. They strike fear in the opposing defense because you never know what they might do next – they keep you guessing and even then, you’ll guess wrong.

And they’re not selfish with their talents, either. They understand how their athleticism can be used to open things up for their teammates. When the opposing defense is zeroing in on one person, it gives others an opportunity to shine – which is what teammates are for, am I right? 

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Who Are the Most Athletic Players of 2022? 

20 of the Most Athletic Players of 2022
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There’s no denying it – professional athletes are becoming more and more athletic every single year. They’re growing bigger, stronger, and faster than ever before, largely due to the many advancements in training methods, technology, and knowledge of the body and how it works. 

When you look at the most athletic players in professional sports today – whether you’re talking about baseball, football, basketball, or hockey – they each have their own unique talents that separate them from the pack. It’s what makes sports so exciting and interesting to watch today. 

Some athletic players showcase their speed, while others showcase strength. Some athletic players are jacked with huge muscles, while others are lean with fit bodies. They come in all different shapes and sizes, but let’s take a look at some of the most athletic players of 2022.

20. Ja Morant

Ja Morant is a 6-foot-3, 174-pound point guard who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He’s one of the most explosive players in the NBA and is known for his flashy dunks and high-flying attitude on the court. He isn’t afraid to back down from a challenge physically. 

Morant is now in his fourth season in the NBA since being drafted No. 2 overall by the Grizzlies in 2019. He’s averaging 21.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.0 steals in 32.2 minutes per game (190 career games played). Morant is always fun to watch anytime he suits up. 

19. David Njoku

David Njoku is a 6-foot-4, 246-pound tight end who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He’s a freak athlete that has the body of a bodybuilder – huge muscles, an enormous six pack, and a gigantic frame. He’s not the type of tight end you want running full speed at you.

Njoku is now in his sixth season in the league since being drafted No. 29 overall by the Browns in 2017. He has 175 catches for 2,101 yards and 16 touchdowns in 71 career games played. He’s having the best season of his career in 2022, so expect him to take another leap forward.

18. Mike Trout

Mike Trout is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound centerfielder who currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels of the MLB. He has been one of the most athletic baseball players in the league for a while now – known for his brute strength and power hitting, but don’t sleep on his speed around the bases. 

Trout just finished his 12th season in the league. He has a career .303 batting average with 1,543 hits, 296 doubles, 51 triples, 350 home runs, 896 runs batted in, 1,052 runs scored, and 204 stolen bases. He’s a former Rookie of the Year and three-time MVP, so he’s pretty good. 

17. Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb is a 5-foot-11, 227-pound running back who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He can run with the best of them and isn’t afraid of absorbing contact – defenders are likely to just bounce right off of him with his combined speed and power. 

Chubb is now in his fifth season in the league after being drafted by the Browns in the second round in 2018. He’s the best running back in the league this season with 649 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns, and has 5,465 yards and 43 touchdowns throughout his career. 

16. Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey is a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back who currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. While he has struggled to stay healthy, he is one of the most explosive and talented running backs in the league when on the field – he’s a physical freak.

McCaffrey is now in his sixth season in the league since being drafted No. 8 overall by the Carolina Panthers in 2017. He has 3,980 rushing yards, 3,292 receiving yards, and 50 total touchdowns in 64 career games played and recently made his debut with his new 49ers’ team.

15. Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley is a 5-foot-11, 233-pound running back who currently plays for the New York Giants of the NFL. He has a similar build as McCaffrey – lean body, large biceps, and a stamina that keeps him running through defenders as long as he can stay healthy, which he is this year.

Barkley is now in his fifth season in the league since being drafted No. 2 overall by the Giants in 2018. He is having the best year of his career with 616 rushing yards and four TDs through six games. He has 3,553 rushing yards, 1,637 receiving yards, and 31 total TDs in his career. 

14. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound point guard who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He has been catching a lot of heat for his play as of late, but we can’t dismiss his physical talents as one of the most explosive and athletic players in the NBA. 

Westbrook is now in his 15th season in the league and, to be honest, would be displaying his athletic ability this season if given an opportunity to shine. Unfortunately, the Lakers haven’t found a way to use him effectively and it’s hurting his image as one of the greatest in the game.

13. Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard is a 6-foot-6, 242-pound starting pitcher who currently plays for the Philadelphia Phillies of the MLB. You might be surprised to see his name on this list, but most starting pitchers aren’t built like him – he’s tall, he’s muscular, and he looks a bit like Thor. 

Syndergaard is now in his seventh season in the league since making his major league debut in 2015 with the Mets. His Phillies recently clinched a berth in the World Series, so you’ll likely be seeing a lot of him over the next two weeks. He has a career 57-41 record as a starting pitcher. 

12. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton is a 6-foot-6, 245-pound right fielder who currently plays for the New York Yankees of the MLB. He has a body most men dream of and has always been applauded for his athleticism – most known as a power hitter who led the MLB in home runs with 59 in 2017. 

Stanton just finished his 13th season in the major league since making his MLB debut in 2010 with the Florida Marlins. He has appeared in 1,434 games since then and has a career .264 batting average, 1,383 hits, 378 home runs, 971 runs batted in, and 815 runs scored. 

11. Aaron Judge


Aaron Judge is a 6-foot-7, 282-pound right fielder who currently plays for the New York Yankees – yes, they have two physical freaks on their team. In regards to Judge, baseball players simply aren’t built like him – he’s built like a tight end, defensive end, or power forward. 

Judge is one of the best power hitters the MLB has seen in a while. He just led the league with 62 home runs in the regular season, breaking the American League all-time record. He now has 220 home runs since making his major league debut in 2016 and has a lot more left in the tank.  

10. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a 6-foot-11, 242-pound power forward who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Basketball players as tall as him usually don’t move the way he does. He has redefined the way we evaluate tall players and is a physical freak on the court. 

Antetokounmpo hasn’t always been that way – he has always had the size, but he has worked extremely hard to train his body in recent years. Now in his 10th season in the league, he’s already a two-time MVP, one-time Defensive Player of the Year, NBA champion, and NBA Finals MVP. 

9. Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry is a 6-foot-3, 247-pound running back who currently plays for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. He’s easily the biggest running back in the league with his combination of length and size. He’s known for his aggressive runs and intense use of the nasty stiff arm. 

Henry is now in his seventh season in the league since being drafted by the Titans in the second round of the 2016 draft. He has 7,205 rushing yards, 967 receiving yards, and 73 total touchdowns in his career – he led the league in rushing yards and rushing TDs in 2019 and 2020. 

8. O’Neil Cruz

O’Neil Cruz is a 6-foot-7, 220-pound shortstop who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates of the MLB. He might not be as muscular as Judge, but Cruz is five years younger and has time to fill out his body as he matures. For now, he’s capable of some incredible things listed at 6-foot-7.

Cruz made his major league debut in 2021 and now has 89 games under his belt – meaning he’s still a prospect in the MLB. He’s batting .233 with 80 hits, 13 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs, 57 runs batted in, 47 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases. Expect to see more of him in 2023.

7. Yandy Diaz

Yandy Diaz is a 6-foot2, 215-pound third baseman who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Ray. He’s one of the most athletic players in the entire MLB with biceps that will strike fear in anyone’s eyes – they look like Mike Tyson’s biceps and they make baseball bats look skinny.

Diaz just finished his sixth season in the major leagues since making his debut in 2017 with the Cleveland Guardians. He has a .278 batting average with 451 hits, 89 doubles, five triples, 39 home runs, 198 runs batted in, 242 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 472 career games. 

6. Micah Parsons

Micah Parsons is a 6-foot-3, 245-pound linebacker who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He’s only 23 years old, but he’s already one of the best defensive players in all of football. He has the speed to get around the edge as he pleases, but the strength to bull rush anyone. 

Parsons has only played 22 games at the NFL level, but he already has 110 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 19.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, and five passes defensed. He’s the best player on a talented Cowboys’ team and is coming off a year where he won Defensive Rookie of the Year. 

5. Tremaine Edmunds

Tremaine Edmunds is a 6-foot-5, 250-pound inside linebacker who currently plays for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Parsons is athletic, but he’s not Edmunds. He has the body of someone who lives in the gym – there aren’t many players in the NFL that will make him look small. 

Edmunds is now in his fifth season with the Bills since being drafted by the team No. 16 overall in 2018. He has already accumulated 499 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, 29 passes defensed, and four interceptions in 66 career games played in the NFL. 

4. LeBron James

LeBron James is a 6-foot-9, 250-pound small forward who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He will continue to be one of the most athletic players in all of sports until he retires – and even then, he’ll still be considered. He takes care of his body better than anyone. 

In fact, he’s one of the only players that can guard any position in the NBA – no matter how small or large the player is. He could even play in the NFL if he wanted to. Now in his 20th season in the league, there isn’t much this man hasn’t accomplished in a basketball uniform. 

3. DK Metcalf

DK Metcalf is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound wide receiver who currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. There’s no other way to put it – wide receivers aren’t supposed to be built like him. Some might be taller than him, but they don’t usually have his stocky and muscular build. 

Metcalf is now in his fourth season in the NFL since being drafted by Seattle in the second round in 2019. He already has 246 catches for 3,576 yards and 31 touchdowns in just 55 games played. He’s one of the most exciting and promising wide receivers in the game right now. 

2. Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald is a 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive tackle who currently plays for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. At first glance, he might not look like he can move around much. In reality, there isn’t a player in the NFL that trains as hard as he does. He’s a physical freak with pads on.

Donald is now in his ninth season with the Rams since being drafted by the team No. 13 overall in 2014. He has 466 tackles, 156 tackles for loss, 102.0 sacks, 24 forced fumbles, and 17 passes defensed in 133 career games. He’s a four-time Defensive Player of the Year for a reason.

1. Myles Garrett

Myles Garrett is a 6-foot-4, 272-pound defensive end who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns – he’s the third Browns’ player on this list, joining Nick Chubb and David Njoku. I can only imagine what their weight room is like throughout the week when preparing for a game. 

Garrett has biceps that look like pool floaties – they’re humongous. He’s now in his sixth season in the NFL since being drafted No. 1 overall by Cleveland in 2017. He has 219 tackles, 65 tackles for loss, 63.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, and 10 passes defensed in 73 career games. 

Who Are the Most Athletic Players of All-Time?

Professional athletes might be bigger, faster, and stronger than those that came before them – for the most part, at least – but that doesn’t mean we haven’t witnessed some freak athletes before. In fact, sports fans have been blessed by the rich and deep history of athletic players. 

For example, some of the most athletic players of all-time include Bo Jackson, Mike Tyson, Jim Thorpe, Jim Brown, Herschel Walker, Deion Sanders, Babe Didrikson, Bruce Lee, Bryan Clay, Vernon Davis, Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones, Usain Bolt, Michael Vick, and more. 

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As we look at current trends in professional sports, we can only expect athletes to become more and more athletic in the future. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see what the most athletic players look like in 10-20 years – I can only imagine they’ll be capable of the impossible.

The 5 Athletes Featured on the TIME100 Next 2022 and 15 Other Athletes That Are Reshaping the Future

With the official release of the TIME100 Next 2022, we get a closer look at some of the rising talents across various industries and backgrounds – categorized into artists, phenoms, leaders, innovators, and advocates. It’s a list that’s released annually, along with the flagship TIME100.

“There is no one way to have an impact, so there is no one way by which TIME measures the influence essential to its selections,” says TIME. The list includes SZA, Jennette McCurdy, Jack Harlow, Machine Gun Kelly, Sydney Sweeney, Khaby Lame, Simone Ashley, and Keke Palmer. 

There will be a celebration of these rising talents on October 25th when Palmer hosts the Time100 Next event – just the second time the event has been held. The event will include a performance by SZA, as well as honorary tributes of those featured on the TIME100 Next 2022.

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The 5 Athletes Featured on the TIME100 Next 2022

The 5 Athletes Featured on the TIME100 Next 2022 and 15 Other Athletes That Are Reshaping the Future
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One of the individuals featured on the list is Maria Taylor – an NBC Sports sportscaster who has experience at ESPN and the SEC Network. She was paired with seven-time Olympic gold medalist, Allyson Felix, who wrote an inspiring and thought-provoking paragraph about Taylor.

“I think about my daughter and the people I want her to look up to, and it’s women like Maria. In a space where you don’t see many women of color, I feel like she really shines,” said Felix of Taylor. “I think that a lot of people can probably see themselves in Maria,” she continued. 

Maria Taylor isn’t the only individual representing the sports community on the TIME100 Next 2022. In fact, there were five athletes featured on the list and they’re some of the most exciting names in sport. Let’s take a closer look at who those athletes are and why they were chosen.

5. Erriyon Knighton

Erriyon Knighton is an 18-year-old American sprinter who has already etched his name in the history books on several occasions. He holds the world under-18 record for the 200 meters at 19.84 seconds and the world under-20 record for the 200 meters at 19.49 seconds. 

Knighton represented the US at the 2020 Summer Olympics. As of right now, there are only four sprinters to ever record a faster time than Knighton in the 200 meters and their names are Usain Bolt (19.19s), Yohan Blake (19.26s), Noah Lyles (19.31s), and Michael Johnson (19.32s). 

4. Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr has succeeded at every level she has played. She started her senior career in 2008 and has since become the first and only female to win the Golden Boot in three different leagues – as well as three different continents. She has played in the W-League, FAWSL, and NWSL. 

As of right now, no other female player has more goals than her in NWSL history. She’s also the all-time leading goal scorer for the Australian women’s national team, a team she has played on since 2009 and captained since 2019. At 29 years old, she still has so much left in the tank. 

3. Trinity Rodman

Trinity Rodman is playing a major role in the evolution of sports – not just with her skill, but her marketability, wealth, and popularity. She was drafted No. 1 overall by the Washington Spirit in 2021, making her the youngest player ever drafted in NWSL history at just 18 years old. 

That 2021 season saw her win U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year, NWSL Best XI, and NWSL Rookie of the Year. In 2022, she made her debut with the US women’s national team – just two weeks after signing a contract to become the highest-paid player in NWSL history.

2. Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz is doing on the tennis court what 19-year-olds shouldn’t be able to do on a tennis court – at least not yet. His game is more evolved than most adults, which is impressive coming from a teenager. He made his pro debut at 16 and has been dominating ever since. 

Earlier this year, he became the youngest player and only teenager to ever be named No. 1 in the world rankings. That same match made him the youngest male to win the US Open – his first major win – since 1990. In his short career, he already has an 85-28 singles record. 

1. Ja Morant

Ja Morant is the most explosive player in the game right now – think Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, but different. He’s got a swagger about him, that underdog mentality that has followed him throughout his life – you can tell how hungry he is every time he’s on the court. 

In his third season in the NBA, Morant averaged 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.4 blocks – and there’s still room to grow. He has put the Memphis Grizzlies back on the map and has turned them into a legitimate contender – doing so in style, might I add. 

15 Other Athletes That Are Reshaping the Future of Sports

The 5 Athletes Featured on the TIME100 Next 2022 and 15 Other Athletes That Are Reshaping the Future
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If you look around the sports world today, you’ll see a growing list of young talent that’s helping to reshape the future of sports. It should make any sports fan excited for what’s to come, knowing that the future is in good hands – after all, that’s the only thing we can ask for, right?

Let’s be honest, athletes are only getting better – they’re getting bigger, faster, stronger, more creative, and more intelligent. They’re finding new ways to be successful, both on and off the court, field, rink, etc., Mixed with the veterans and experts, sports have everything they need.

Since we’ve already looked at the five athletes that were featured on the TIME100 Next 2022, let’s take a look at 15 other athletes that could have easily been considered for the list. These athletes are changing the way we view their sport and/or individual positions. Here we go!

15. T.J. Watt

T.J. Watt is everything you want in an outside linebacker. He’s one of the best pass rushers in the NFL with 73.0 sacks since 2017. He creates turnovers with five interceptions and 22 forced fumbles since 2017. And, most importantly, he puts his team in a position to win each week.

He’s one of the primary reasons, along with head coach Mike Tomlin, why the Steelers have remained relevant towards the end of Ben Roethlisberger’s career and since his retirement. Oh, and he’s coming off a season that saw him finish with a career-high 22.5 sacks – that’s a lot!

14. Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum has taken control of this Boston Celtics’ franchise, proving that he can lead them to the NBA Finals, though he has yet to win that championship ring. Don’t worry, it’ll come soon enough – after all, he’s a freak athlete with all the tools to succeed offensively and defensively. 

After putting up 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 2020 – all career-highs at the time – Tatum doubled down and put up 26.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game in 2021. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the running for MVP this year – if not, maybe a Finals MVP.

13. Cale Makar

Cale Makar is one of the best, if not the best defenseman in the NHL right now – at just 23 years old. He’s coming off a season that saw him win the Stanley Cup, the Norris Memorial Trophy, and the Connor Smythe Trophy amid career-highs in goals (28) and assists (58). 

The two-time All-Star is in just his third season since making his debut in 2019. He does a little bit of everything for the Colorado Avalanche – he defends, blocks, hits, shoots, scores, and makes plays. He fits right in with Colorado’s fast tempo as one of the fastest guys in the NHL.

12. Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic, also known as Captain America, is a 24-year-old American football player who’s currently viewed as the poster boy for the United States national team. He has 21 goals in 52 international appearances since 2016 – including five international goals since 2021. 

Pulisic has played for Chelsea of the Premier League since 2019, winning the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League, 2021 UEFA Super Cup, and 2021 FIFA Club World Cup. He’s a three-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year (2017, 2019, 2021) and is only just getting started. 

11. Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler is coming off a breakout year that no one was prepared for – not even his humble self. He played well in 2021 with top-ten finishes in three of the four majors, finally getting his first PGA Tour win on February 13, 2022 in a playoff at the WM Phoenix Open.

On March 6th, Scheffler won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The current No. 1 overall player in the world followed that up with a win at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on March 27th and his first major win on April 10th at the 2022 Masters Tournament. It was quite a season.

10. Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson is a one-of-a-kind, generational athlete who’s revolutionizing the way we view the quarterback position. After starting just seven games as a rookie, Jackson set the all-time record rushing yards by a QB and led the league in passing TDs in 2019 – also winning MVP. 

Jackson is also the only quarterback to rush for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. In 62 games played, Jackson already has 10,860 passing yards, 95 passing touchdowns to just 35 interceptions, 3,989 rushing yards, and 23 rushing touchdowns – and he’s still getting better.

9. Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to be featured in a Formula One race in 2015 at the age of 17 years old. Since then, he has made 158 starts in the F1 World Championship – including 31 wins and 73 podium finishes. He also won the F1 World Championship in 2021. 

Verstappen had an impressive 2021 campaign that included his first ever hat-trick and first ever grand slam win. He’s having another impressive year in 2022 and is in line to win his second straight championship – he won five consecutive races earlier this year for the Red Bull brand.

8. Kirill Kaprizov

Kirill Kaprizov is one of the most exciting young stars in the NHL. At just 25 years old and in just his second season, he ended last season with 47 goals, 61 assists, and 108 points – finishing fifth in the NHL in both goals and points. This comes after scoring 27 goals as a rookie. 

Kaprizov is easily one of the most impactful scorers and playmakers in the league. He ranked fourth in primary points with 86 – which includes goals and primary assists. He’s the Wild’s record holder for most points in a season and will likely break his own record this season. 

7. Sabrina Ionescu

Sabrina Ionescu is one of the many WNBA players helping to popularize the league. What used to be viewed as the ‘little sister’ to the NBA is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves, not as a ‘little sister,’ but as a high-powered league full of excitement, and talent.

Ionescu is just 24 years old and in her third season in the WNBA, but is already tied for the most triple doubles in WNBA history – she has three, two of which came this past year. In 2022, she averaged 17.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game – a swiss army knife.

6. Josh Allen

Josh Allen is one of the best players in the NFL right now. At just 26 years old, he has already revolutionized the way we evaluate quarterbacks and is on his way to having a legendary and historic career in Buffalo – despite many people having their doubts just a few years ago.

The things we used to think couldn’t be taught or learned in the NFL – like throwing accuracy – are the same things that Allen has continuously improved each year. In 2021 and 2022, he threw for 8,951 yards and 73 touchdowns, adding 1,184 yards and 14 TDs on the ground.

5. A’ja Wilson

Speaking of WNBA players getting the respect they deserve, A’ja Wilson is doing things we’ve never really heard of in women’s basketball. She just finished a career year that included winning her second MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, WNBA championship, and Finals MVP. 

In just five seasons, Wilson has already established herself as one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time. She’s averaging 19.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game. She does it all for the Aces and is now building quite the dynasty in Sin City.

4. Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani is one of the greatest two-way baseball players of all-time, excelling as both a pitcher and batter in the MLB. He played in the NPB (Japan) between 2013 and 2017, before signing with the Los Angeles Angels. Since then, he has made history time and time again.

In 2021, Ohtani became the first player to ever record 10+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases as a batter, as well as 100+ strikeouts and 10+ appearances as a pitcher. He was also the first to be named an All-Star as a pitcher and hitter in the same season – starting in both capacities.

3. LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball has been one of the most exciting young players in the NBA since entering as the No. 3 overall pick in 2020. He can do a little bit of everything on the court, flashing his versatility with every opportunity he gets. For a 21-year-old, he shouldn’t be making it look this easy. 

After winning Rookie of the Year in 2020-21, he had an even better year in 2021 with 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game – all of which were career-highs. He expected to take another jump this season, so expect an improved LaMelo Ball in 2022. 

2. Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is a Houdini on the field. His ability to find a way to make plays, even when they’re not there, is incredible. He makes his teammates look a lot better than they actually are – not that they’re not good, but they’re just that much better with Mahomes throwing to them. 

At just 27 years old, Mahomes is already a former MVP, Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, and four-time Pro Bowler. He has a 53-14-0 record as a starting quarterback, becoming the fastest quarterback to throw for 20,000 yards – adding 162 touchdowns in the process. 

1. Iga Świątek

Iga Świątek put the entire tennis community on notice this year. She’s already the greatest Polish tennis player of all-time, despite being just 21 years old, and became the first Polish player to win a major in 2020 – she now has three major wins, including two this past year. 

Świątek enjoyed an impressive 37-match win streak in 2022 – the longest streak in the WTA since 1997. She has a career 203-53 singles record, including 10 singles titles and more than $14 million in prize earnings. She’s the current No. 1 player in the world, and for good reason.

Athletes Are Committed to Evolving the World of Sports

The 5 Athletes Featured on the TIME100 Next 2022 and 15 Other Athletes That Are Reshaping the Future
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There’s certainly a lot to be excited about, no matter what sport you follow. Between the five athletes featured in the TIME100 Next 2022 – Knighton, Kerr, Rodman, Alcaraz, and Morant – and the 15 other athletes we have listed above, sports will continue to evolve and improve. 

Of course, that’s not even including the many athletes that were featured in last year’s TIME100 Next 2021 – big names such as Marcus Rashford, Renee Montgomery, Janja Garnbret, Trevor Lawrence, Abby Phillip, Luka Doncic, Sydney McLaughlin, and Nyjah Houston

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With new athletes rising to stardom every year, we don’t really know what the future has in store for us. What we do know is that we’ll be in for quite the show as we see the best of the best compete against one another in high stakes around the world. I know I’m excited, are you?

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