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[SI] Top 100 Players of 2020

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by J.R., Sep 9, 2019 at 9:52 AM.

  1. J.R.

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    https://www.si.com/nba/top-100-nba-players-2020



    100. Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
    99. Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic
    98. DeAndre Jordan, Brooklyn Nets
    97. Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets
    96. Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
    95. Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
    94. Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs
    93. Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
    92. Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets
    91. Derrick White, San Antonio Spurs
    90. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
    89. Danny Green, Los Angeles Lakers
    88. Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies
    87. Jeff Teague, Minnesota Timberwolves
    86. Andre Iguodala, Memphis Grizzlies
    85. Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans
    84. Al-Farouq Aminu, Orlando Magic
    83. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
    82. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
    81. Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers
    80. Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors
    79. Julius Randle, New York Knicks
    78. Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers
    77. Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers
    76. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
    75. Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls
    74. P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets
    73. Ricky Rubio, Phoenix Suns
    72. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
    71. Josh Richardson, Philadelphia 76ers
    70. Thaddeus Young, Chicago Bulls
    69. Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets
    68. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
    67. J.J. Redick, New Orleans Pelicans
    66. Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks
    65. Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz
    64. Robert Covington, Minnesota Timberwolves
    63. Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
    62. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
    61. Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers
    60. Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
    59. Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics
    58. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
    57. Otto Porter, Chicago Bulls
    56. Clint Capela, Houston Rockets
    55. Derrick Favors, New Orleans Pelicans
    54. Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings
    53. Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
    52. Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz
    51. John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
     
  2. heypartner

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    Sigh — are they really going to put Lonzo Ball in the Top 50?

    ... that’s pretty harsh for some players. Lakers fans finnin’ to explode on Kuzma’s ranking.
     
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    Have a hard time accepting Wiggins in the top 100.

    If he weren't a former #1 pick he might be out of the league now. Because he'd be a bench player and no one wants a bench wing who can't shoot, create, and doesn't want to play defense.
     
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    ...meanwhile brogdon shot 50/40/90 while playing elite D for the league's best record team and is #61
     
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    Wait, Kuzma is 96. Eric Gordon is 63.

    Yet on 2K Kuzma is rated 84 and Gordon 78. WTF?

     
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    Let me guess, Harden will be #6 or 7? AD will suddenly shoot up past him since he's a Laker now. Giannis will be ahead because he plays defense but that same principle won't apply to Bron who btw hasn't played defense since 2017. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they put ruptured achilles-KD in front of Harden.
     
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    Given the wide variety of candidates involved and the deep analytical resources available, no single, definitive criterion was used to form this list. Instead, rankings were assigned based on a fluid combination of subjective assessment and objective data. This list is an attempt to evaluate each player in a vacuum, independent of his current team context as much as possible. We’re not evaluating Kemba Walker as a Celtic, but as a concept. A player's prospects beyond the 2019-20 season do not factor into our ranking process.

    Injuries and injury risks are an inevitable component of this judgment. That proved especially painful this season, as Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, and John Wall—three fixtures of the Top 100—did not make the cut specifically as a result of their long-term injuries.

    Past performance (postseason included) weighed heavily in our assessment, with a skew toward the recent. Incoming rookies were not included. A predictive element also came into play with the anticipated improvement of certain younger players, as well as the possible decline of aging veterans. Salary was not taken into consideration. Otherwise, players were ordered based on their complete games. You can read more here on the limitations of this kind of ranking. To see our 25 biggest snubs from this year’s list, click here.

    "SNUBS"

    This list is not explicitly a queue of players who would be ranked from 101-125, but a combination of two groups: those who came close to making the Top 100 and those who are notable in some other capacity.

    Here are those 25 players, in alphabetical order:

    Kyle Anderson, Grizzlies
    Trevor Ariza, Kings
    Deandre Ayton, Suns
    Marvin Bagley, Kings
    Will Barton, Nuggets
    Nicolas Batum, Hornets
    Malik Beasley, Nuggets
    Bogdan Bogdanović, Kings
    Goran Dragić, Heat
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder
    Jerami Grant, Nuggets
    JaMychal Green, Clippers
    Rodney Hood, Blazers
    Dwight Howard, Lakers
    Reggie Jackson, Pistons
    Enes Kanter, Celtics
    Jeremy Lamb, Pacers
    Marcus Morris, Knicks
    Terry Rozier, Hornets
    Dario Šarić, Suns
    Dennis Schröder, Thunder
    Landry Shamet, Clippers
    Fred VanVleet, Raptors
    Hassan Whiteside, Blazers
    Justise Winslow, Heat
     
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    Klay Thompson 58? I guess that with a ACL tear?
     
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    How does one rank a talented, resilient player on his way back from a major knee injury? For as effective as Klay Thompson is, the realities of a torn ACL are overwhelming. An extended period of recovery is followed by arduous rehabilitation, then a muted return and a slow grind back to full form. Every knee responds to each of these stages in its own way. In a best-case scenario, Thompson could be back by March. Yet as Kevin Pelton noted for ESPN.com: "In the past five years, no player has come back from an ACL tear in shorter than 11 months." The 11-month timetable from Thompson’s injury would pencil in a return for mid-May, nearly a month into the playoffs. What qualifies Thompson for this ranking in spite of that is the understanding that he’ll commit himself fully to the rehab process; how quickly he’s been able to reacclimate once returning from previous injuries; and just how valuable his defense and shooting are in the games that matter most.
     
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    50. Danilo Gallinari, Oklahoma City Thunder
    49. Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
    48. Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets
    47. Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
    46. Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks
    45. Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
    44. D'Angelo Russell, Golden State Warriors
    43. Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets
    42. Marc Gasol, Toronto Raptors
    41. Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
    40. Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder
    39. Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
    38. Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
    37. Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks
    36. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
    35. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
    34. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
    33. De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
    32. C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
    31. DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs
     
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    I feel Steven Adams is gonna average something like 15/15 this year.
     
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    30. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
    29. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
    28. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
    27. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
    26. Mike Conley, Utah Jazz
    25. Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans
    24. Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
    23. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
    22. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
    21. Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder
    20. Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
    19. Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons
    18. Al Horford, Philadelphia 76ers
    17. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
    16. LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
    15. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
    14. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
    13. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
    12. Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets
    11. Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
     
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    Westbrook 12th? Haha, of course, he’ll prove everybody wrong though.
     
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    My guess will be the follow:

    10. Damian Lillard
    9. Nikola Jokic
    8. Joel Embid
    7. Paul George
    6. Anthony Davis
    5. Kawhi Leonard
    4. Giannis Antetokounmpo (yes I copied and paste the last name)
    3. Stephen Curry
    2. James Harden
    1. Lebron James
     
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    Pro athletes are coming back 100% from acl surgery at a really high rate -- it's surprising when they aren't back full in 6-8 months. Watson is the fastest I've heard of -- 4 months in college which was probably too fast.
     
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    If they’re heavily weighting last years playoffs then it should be

    Gordon >>>>> Capela
     
  18. JW86

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    Gordon in general >>>> Capela.
     
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    Morey traded the 21st best player for the 12th best player after targeting the 11th best player feel through.

     
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    this list is horrible and a joke lol Klay 58 Gordon 63 bye
     
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