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[2019] SI's Top 100 List (Morey trolling it already)

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by heypartner, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. heypartner

    heypartner Contributing Member

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    Bottom 50 Released ... I'll update this post as more are released.

    Notables (imo)
    • Jazz have all 5 starters in Top 60 -- lulz
    • They give 40yr old Nowitzki Top 100 -- for his retirement tour -- so they can kick out Melo lulz
    Biggest Snubs list here (of course, Melo gone): https://www.si.com/nba/2018/09/10/s...ers-carmelo-anthony-dwyane-wade-isaiah-thomas




    100-91

    100. Lonzo Ball -- Lakers
    99. Brook Lopez -- Bucks
    98. Pau Gasol - Spurs
    97. Reggie Jackson - Pistons (over Melo...lulz)
    96. Dirk Nowitzki - Mavs (another questionable Melo bumper. Dude's 40 yrs old, but a nice guy, I guess)
    95. DeMarre Carroll -- Nets
    94. Fred VanFleet -- Raptors
    93. Kelly Olynyk -- Heat
    92. Evan Fournier -- Magic
    91. Kent Bazemore -- Hawks

    90-81

    90. Nikola Vucevic -- Magic
    89. Dejounte Murray -- Spurs
    88. Kyle Anderson -- Grizzlies
    87. Andre Iguodala -- Warriors
    86. James Johnson -- Heat
    85. PJ Tucker -- Rockets
    84. Lauri Markkanen -- Bulls
    83. Taj Gibson - Timberwolves
    82. Terry Rozier -- Celtics
    81. Al-Farouq Aminu -- Trail Blazers

    80-71

    80. Dennis Schroder -- Thunder (lulz, thunder will have 5 in Top 80)
    79. Domantas Sabonis -- Pacers
    78. Serge Ibaka -- Raptors
    77. Trevor Ariza -- Suns (takes a 15 spot drop from #62 last year)
    76. Thaddeus Young -- Pacers
    75. Brandon Ingram -- Lakers
    74. Andrew Wiggins -- Timberwolves (lowest ranked max player??)
    73. Nicolas Batum -- Hornets
    72. Julius Randle -- Pelicans
    71. Josh Richardson -- Heat

    70-61

    70. Will Barton -- Nuggets
    69. Dwight Howard -- Wizards
    68. DeMarcus Cousins -- Warriors
    67. Myles Turner -- Pacers
    66. Aaron Gordon -- Magic
    65. Tobias Harris -- Clippers
    64. Jusuf Nurkic -- Blazers
    63. Jonas Valanciunas -- Raptors
    62. JJ Redick -- 76ers
    61. Lou Williams -- Clippers

    60-51

    60. Nikola Mirotic -- Pelicans
    59. Harrison Barnes -- Mavericks
    58. Jeff Teague -- Timberwolves (wow, MIN get 5 starters in Top 83...3 so far, Towns/Butler to come)
    57. Ricky Rubio -- Jazz
    56. Joe Ingles -- Jazz
    55. Jamal Murray -- Nuggets
    54. Dario Saric -- 76ers
    53. Eric Bledsoe -- Bucks (@malakas)
    52. Kristaps Porzingis -- Knicks
    51. Derrick Favors -- Jazz (lulz -- Jazz get 5 starters in Top 60)

    50-41

    50. Devin Booker -- Suns
    49. Eric Gordon -- Rockets
    48. Robert Covington -- 76ers
    47. Jaylen Brown -- Celtics
    46. Andre Drummond -- Pistons
    45. Goran Dragic -- Heat
    44. Gary Harris -- Nuggets
    43. DeAndre Jordan -- Mavericks
    42. Otto Porter -- Wizards
    41. Blake Griffin -- Pistons

    40-31

    40. Marc Gasol -- Grizzlies
    39. Jayson Tatum -- Celtics
    38. Steven Adams -- Thunder
    37. Paul Millsap -- Nuggets
    36. Mike Conley -- Grizzlies
    35. Clint Capela -- Rockets
    34. Donovan Mitchell -- Jazz
    33. CJ McCollum -- Trail Blazers
    32. Kemba Walker -- Hornets
    31. Kevin Love -- Cavaliers

    30-21

    30. Demar DeRozan -- Spurs
    29. Jrue Holiday -- Pelicans
    28. Khrsi Middleton -- Bucks
    27. Bradley Beal -- Wizards
    26. Ben Simmons -- 76ers
    25. Gordon Hayward -- Celtics
    24. John Wall -- Wizards
    23. Kyle Lowery -- Raptors
    22. Klay Thompson -- Warriors
    21. LaMarcus Aldridge -- Spurs

    20-11

    20. Victor Oladipo -- Pacers (Westbrook had no help)
    19. Karl-Anthony Towns -- Timberwolves
    18. Nikola Jokic -- Nuggets
    17. Kyrie Irving -- Celtics
    16. Al Horford -- Celtics
    15. Damian Lillard -- Trail Blazers
    14. Rudy Gobert -- Jazz lulz
    13. Draymond Green -- Warriors
    12. Kawhi Leonard -- Raptors
    11. Paul George -- Thunder

    10. Jimmy Butler
    9. Joel Embiid
    8. Chris Paul
    7. Russell Westbrook
    6. Giannis Antetokounmpo
    5. Anthony Davis
    4. James Harden
    3. Stephen Curry
    2. Kevin Durant
    1. LeBron James

    James Harden
    The signature moment of his first MVP campaign came in late-February, when Harden (30.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 8.8 APG) set up one of his trademark step-back threes with a between-the-legs dribble that sent Wesley Johnson to the floor. While the Clippers forward scrambled to collect his limbs like he had just lost a game of “Twister,” Harden paused, relaxed his shoulders, and spun the ball while looking at his latest helpless victim. His body language screamed: “What are you doing down there?” Harden then proceeded to drain the three to complete the most emasculating highlight of the season.

    Harden has been an All-NBA level player and one of the league’s premier scoring threats for years now, but last season saw the 29-year-old guard at his most diabolical. With a new superstar playmaking partner, shooters on all sides, and an excellent lob finisher in the middle, Harden had everything he needed to carve up defenses with his ultra-efficient diet of threes, free throws and lay-ups. He tortured defenders like Johnson in isolation with his methodical crossovers, alternating between his hop-back jumpers, gliding runners, whizzing crosscourt passes and soft-touch alley-oops.

    When the dust settled, Harden ranked first in scoring, first in PER, first in Win Shares, first in free throws made, first in three-pointers made, second in Real Plus-Minus, and second in WARP. He led the league with 11 40-point games, four 50-point games and a 60-point game. Meanwhile, his Rockets set a franchise-record with a league-best 65 wins, ranking first in point differential and second in offensive efficiency while missing their first Finals trip since 1995 by one win. That breadth of high-level achievement is only possible when a methodically-constructed machine has years to address its weaker links and fine-tune its output.

    A full and fair review of the Rockets’ 2018 postseason would note that they breezed through the Timberwolves and Jazz as Harden, who had three 40-point games in the postseason, and Chris Paul took turns wreaking havoc. Additionally, Houston gutted out a pair of tight wins over Golden State in the West finals, with Harden scoring 30 points on the road in Game 4 to right the ship after an ugly blowout.

    For most observers, though, those accomplishments—which represented clear progress from previous postseason runs—were easily forgotten in the wake of Houston’s disastrous Game 7 collapse. Harden’s critics now had “Houston missed 27 straight threes” to add next to “2-11 in Game 6 against San Antonio” and the other demerits on his uneven postseason résumé.

    Although their agonizing Game 7 meltdown was impossible to explain, Harden and the Rockets left this season with proof that their approach was good enough to win a title. They pushed the Stephen Curry/Kevin Durant Warriors much harder than any other playoff opponent had over the past two years, and Harden performed with greater ease, stability and effect against Golden State’s defense than he had in the 2015 West finals. LeBron James has a higher basketball IQ and displays greater consistency in the playoffs than Harden, Durant is a more complete two-way player, and Curry is one of the few stars in league history whose individual offense can translate to more efficient team play. Those three aside, Harden has fashioned himself into basketball’s most dangerous weapon. — BG
     
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  2. Deuce

    Deuce Context & Nuance
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    @heypartner, the fact Morey started trolling that list IMMEDIATELY is hilarious. He even ADDED Matt Moore onto that Rob Mahoney dice reply which I found hilarious!
     
  3. Vivi

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    Ugh that list...at least it made me appreciate our gm even more.
     
  4. Williamson

    Williamson The artist formerly known as jmwilliamson
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    Based on what I hear from the podcasts I listen to, apparently Rob Mahoney & Ben Golliver agonize over this list annually. Then it immediately gets ripped apart every single year. I kind of feel bad for them. It's a rough gig; so subjective.
     
  5. Pizza_Da_Hut

    Pizza_Da_Hut I put on pants for this?
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    They get paid to watch and comment on basketball. I don't feel too sorry for them.
     
  6. apollo33

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    I personally think any list of top 100 is stupid, I don't know why people bother with it. I appreciate the time and effort, but i think time might be better spent ranking each position out of 20.
     
  7. roslolian

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    Top 100 is more marketable for articles and it invites more conversation, it will also stop the controversy like is Capela a C or PF or is Tucker a pf or SF and is Harden a g or sg etc.
     
  8. don grahamleone

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    Porzingis is 52? I'm out. Writer is a fool. He's top 25 at worst.
     
  9. Os Trigonum

    Os Trigonum It. Deserves. Its. Own. Thread.
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    The Celtics has 5 starters in the top 50. Wow!
     
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    Lemme guess GSW starting five is all yop 10?
     
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    I don't understand this list.

    It obviously has nothing to do with helping your team win games because Dwight Howard ranks higher than PJ Tucker and Iggy. No teams that want to win is going to rank Dwight higher than PJ or Iggy where they do the dirty the work and the little things to help your team win.

    Meanwhile, Dwight still asking for touches in the low post and has no move
     
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  14. durvasa

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    Who are the greater fools, the people who make these sort of lists, or the people who get pissed about such lists when they disagree with the order?

    I will say the latter.
     
  15. heypartner

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    OP updated with the following

    50-31

    50. Devin Booker -- Suns
    49. Eric Gordon -- Rockets
    48. Robert Covington -- 76ers
    47. Jaylen Brown -- Celtics
    46. Andre Drummond -- Pistons
    45. Goran Dragic -- Heat
    44. Gary Harris -- Nuggets
    43. DeAndre Jordan -- Mavericks
    42. Otto Porter -- Wizards
    41. Blake Griffin -- Pistons

    40. Marc Gasol -- Grizzlies
    39. Jayson Tatum -- Celtics
    38. Steven Adams -- Thunder
    37. Paul Millsap -- Nuggets
    36. Mike Conley -- Grizzlies
    35. Clint Capela -- Rockets
    34. Donovan Mitchell -- Jazz
    33. CJ McCollum -- Trail Blazers
    32. Kemba Walker -- Hornets
    31. Kevin Love -- Cavaliers


    Are you calling Morey a fool?
     
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  16. heypartner

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    Who is breaking those ties? Or does NBA2K rankings have decimal places that we aren't seeing?
     
  17. durvasa

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    Nah, he was just joking around. He knows better than to take the order in these lists too seriously.
     
  18. J.R.

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    Maybe since Gordon is ranked higher than Devin Booker we can entice the sun in a potential swap.
     
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  20. Elephant810

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    Devin Booker is a better overall player than Kevin Love whose ranked 31st with added value of his immense growth potential. I sure hope the Suns under value him as much as these guys do (max contract and all, but those are handed out like candy these days anyway....)

    Get’er done Murray
     
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