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.
31-40 is where we start to separate the good from the great. Who will be insulted by their ranking?
40. Carmelo Anthony- SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
39. Myles Turner- C, Indiana Pacers
38. Eric Bledsoe- PG, Phoenix Suns
37. Hassan Whiteside- C, Miami Heat
36. DeAndre Jordan- C, Los Angeles Clippers
35. LaMarcus Aldridge- PF, San Antonio Spurs
34. Kemba Walker- PG, Charlotte Hornets
33. CJ McCollum-SG, Portland Trail Blazers
32. Bradley Beal- SG, Washington Wizards
31. Kevin Love- C, Cleveland Cavaliers