With many reputable websites and sports magazines publishing their respective top 100 NBA players lists for each upcoming season, I can’t help but be shocked, angry, and sometimes amused by some of these so-called “experts” opinions and rankings. From ESPN ranking Carmelo Anthony at 64, to Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post demoting Kyrie Irving nearly 10 spots from the previous year despite having his best season, some, actually most, of these rankings are complete garbage. Most of these rankings, I’m looking at you, ESPN and Bleacher Report, get too wrapped up in advanced metrics that no one really understands. While others, Slam Magazine, just rank players based on big names and high point totals.
My rankings combine both of these along with the good old-fashioned eye test to determine who the real top 100 NBA players are. Some of you may disagree, so comment and share to see where we agree and where we differ.
Now we’re getting to the part of the list where the debate will fire up, let’s see who falls in the 41-50 range:
50. Devin Booker- SG, Phoenix Suns
49. Andrew Wiggins- SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
48. Eric Gordon- SG, Houston Rockets
47. Danilo Gallinari- SF, Los Angeles Clippers
46. Jrue Holiday- PG, New Orleans Pelicans
45. Nicolas Batum- SG, Charlotte Hornets
44. Avery Bradley- SG, Detroit Pistons
43. Goran Dragic- PG, Miami Heat
42. Isaiah Thomas- PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
41. Andre Drummond- C, Detroit Pistons