SI's Top 100 Ballers for 2014

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    Top 100 NBA Players: Nos. 100-51

    RANK PLAYER POSITION, TEAM

    100. Nikola Vucevic C, Orlando Magic

    99. Jarrett Jack G, Cleveland Cavaliers

    98. Kyle Korver F, Atlanta Hawks

    97. Matt Barnes F, Los Angeles Clippers

    96. Danny Green G, San Antonio Spurs

    95. Eric Bledsoe G, Phoenix Suns

    94. Chandler Parsons F, Houston Rockets

    93. Ricky Rubio G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    92. Shawn Marion F, Dallas Mavericks

    91. Brandon Jennings G, Milwaukee Bucks

    90. Jimmy Butler F, Chicago Bulls

    89. Klay Thompson G, Golden State Warriors

    88. Goran Dragic G, Phoenix Suns

    87. Derrick Favors F, Utah Jazz

    86. Vince Carter G, Dallas Mavericks

    85. Amar’e Stoudemire F, New York Knicks

    84. Amir Johnson F, Toronto Raptors

    83. J.R. Smith G, New York Knicks

    82. J.J. Redick G, Los Angeles Clippers

    81. Kyle Lowry G, Toronto Raptors

    80. Lou Williams G, Atlanta Hawks

    79. George Hill G, Indiana Pacers

    78. Jeff Teague G, Atlanta Hawks

    77. O.J. Mayo G, Milwaukee Bucks

    76. Jamal Crawford G, Los Angeles Clippers

    75. Kenneth Faried F, Denver Nuggets

    74. Tiago Splitter C, San Antonio Spurs

    73. Kevin Martin G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    72. Danny Granger F, Indiana Pacers

    71. Carlos Boozer F, Chicago Bulls

    70. Jose Calderon G, Dallas Mavericks

    69. Omer Asik C, Houston Rockets

    68. Monta Ellis G, Dallas Mavericks

    67. Gordon Hayward F, Utah Jazz

    66. Anderson Varejao C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    65. Tyreke Evans G/F, New Orleans Pelicans

    64. Rudy Gay F, Toronto Raptors

    63. Andre Drummond C, Detroit Pistons

    62. Thaddeus Young F, Philadelphia 76ers

    61. Ersan Ilyasova F, Milwaukee Bucks

    60. Andrew Bynum C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    59. Joe Johnson G, Brooklyn Nets

    58. Nene C, Washington Wizards

    57. Ryan Anderson F, New Orleans Pelicans

    56. Manu Ginobili G, San Antonio Spurs

    55. Luol Deng F, Chicago Bulls

    54. Steve Nash G, Los Angeles Lakers

    53. DeMarcus Cousins C, Sacramento Kings

    52. Greg Monroe F, Detroit Pistons

    51. Nicolas Batum F, Portland Trail Blazers

     

    69. Omer Asik, Houston Rockets (C, 27)
    2012-13 stats: 30.0 MPG, 10.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 54.1 FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 14.9 PER, 5.5 Win Shares, +4.5 RAPM

    The Rockets have floated the idea of testing out how Asik and Dwight Howard, two traditional centers, work together. The conventional response to the concept seems to be skepticism, but it’s clear where Houston is coming from: Asik boasted a +5.9 net rating last season, tops among Rockets starters, and his +4.5 RAPM ranked in the top 20 league-wide. That’s real impact, and returning him to the reserve role he played in Chicago for two seasons would seem to be a major waste. No matter how the lineup combinations pan out, a hardworking 7-footer who puts up rebounding numbers on both sides of the court is of great use to a high-octane, three-happy Rockets offense that won’t need his scoring much, if at all, this season.

     

    63. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (C, 20)
    2012-13 stats: 20.7 MPG, 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 60.8 FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 21.6 PER, 4.5 Win Shares, +1.9 RAPM

    Drummond is far and away one of the most difficult players to place on a list like this. His ridiculous per-minute impact as a teenager — and all the upside it foretells– suggests a player who could conceivably be regarded as a top-15 asset right now. The Pistons would reject straight-up offers for Drummond involving a good 30 players listed above him in this exercise, but the UConn product and iCarly fanboy still has plenty to prove during his sophomore season. Was his midseason back injury a one-time fluky hiccup? (He looked very good during the Orlando Summer League.) Can he handle full-time starter’s minutes for a team with playoff aspirations? Can the 37.1 percent free-throw shooter avoid falling victim to endless Hack-a-Shaqing? Can he team with Greg Monroe and Josh Smith to make the jumbo lineup a functional concept? Can his evident potential as a traditional back-line stopper translate into team-wide improvement for a Detroit squad that ranked No. 23 in points allowed per possession last season?

           

     
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    Top 100 NBA Players: Nos. 100-51

    RANK PLAYER POSITION, TEAM

    100. Nikola Vucevic C, Orlando Magic

    99. Jarrett Jack G, Cleveland Cavaliers

    98. Kyle Korver F, Atlanta Hawks

    97. Matt Barnes F, Los Angeles Clippers

    96. Danny Green G, San Antonio Spurs

    95. Eric Bledsoe G, Phoenix Suns

    94. Chandler Parsons F, Houston Rockets

    93. Ricky Rubio G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    92. Shawn Marion F, Dallas Mavericks

    91. Brandon Jennings G, Milwaukee Bucks

    90. Jimmy Butler F, Chicago Bulls

    89. Klay Thompson G, Golden State Warriors

    88. Goran Dragic G, Phoenix Suns

    87. Derrick Favors F, Utah Jazz

    86. Vince Carter G, Dallas Mavericks

    85. Amar’e Stoudemire F, New York Knicks

    84. Amir Johnson F, Toronto Raptors

    83. J.R. Smith G, New York Knicks

    82. J.J. Redick G, Los Angeles Clippers

    81. Kyle Lowry G, Toronto Raptors

    80. Lou Williams G, Atlanta Hawks

    79. George Hill G, Indiana Pacers

    78. Jeff Teague G, Atlanta Hawks

    77. O.J. Mayo G, Milwaukee Bucks

    76. Jamal Crawford G, Los Angeles Clippers

    75. Kenneth Faried F, Denver Nuggets

    74. Tiago Splitter C, San Antonio Spurs

    73. Kevin Martin G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    72. Danny Granger F, Indiana Pacers

    71. Carlos Boozer F, Chicago Bulls

    70. Jose Calderon G, Dallas Mavericks

    69. Omer Asik C, Houston Rockets

    68. Monta Ellis G, Dallas Mavericks

    67. Gordon Hayward F, Utah Jazz

    66. Anderson Varejao C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    65. Tyreke Evans G/F, New Orleans Pelicans

    64. Rudy Gay F, Toronto Raptors

    63. Andre Drummond C, Detroit Pistons

    62. Thaddeus Young F, Philadelphia 76ers

    61. Ersan Ilyasova F, Milwaukee Bucks

    60. Andrew Bynum C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    59. Joe Johnson G, Brooklyn Nets

    58. Nene C, Washington Wizards

    57. Ryan Anderson F, New Orleans Pelicans

    56. Manu Ginobili G, San Antonio Spurs

    55. Luol Deng F, Chicago Bulls

    54. Steve Nash G, Los Angeles Lakers

    53. DeMarcus Cousins C, Sacramento Kings

    52. Greg Monroe F, Detroit Pistons

    51. Nicolas Batum F, Portland Trail Blazers

     

    69. Omer Asik, Houston Rockets (C, 27)
    2012-13 stats: 30.0 MPG, 10.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 54.1 FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 14.9 PER, 5.5 Win Shares, +4.5 RAPM

    The Rockets have floated the idea of testing out how Asik and Dwight Howard, two traditional centers, work together. The conventional response to the concept seems to be skepticism, but it’s clear where Houston is coming from: Asik boasted a +5.9 net rating last season, tops among Rockets starters, and his +4.5 RAPM ranked in the top 20 league-wide. That’s real impact, and returning him to the reserve role he played in Chicago for two seasons would seem to be a major waste. No matter how the lineup combinations pan out, a hardworking 7-footer who puts up rebounding numbers on both sides of the court is of great use to a high-octane, three-happy Rockets offense that won’t need his scoring much, if at all, this season.

     

    63. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (C, 20)
    2012-13 stats: 20.7 MPG, 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 60.8 FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 21.6 PER, 4.5 Win Shares, +1.9 RAPM

    Drummond is far and away one of the most difficult players to place on a list like this. His ridiculous per-minute impact as a teenager — and all the upside it foretells– suggests a player who could conceivably be regarded as a top-15 asset right now. The Pistons would reject straight-up offers for Drummond involving a good 30 players listed above him in this exercise, but the UConn product and iCarly fanboy still has plenty to prove during his sophomore season. Was his midseason back injury a one-time fluky hiccup? (He looked very good during the Orlando Summer League.) Can he handle full-time starter’s minutes for a team with playoff aspirations? Can the 37.1 percent free-throw shooter avoid falling victim to endless Hack-a-Shaqing? Can he team with Greg Monroe and Josh Smith to make the jumbo lineup a functional concept? Can his evident potential as a traditional back-line stopper translate into team-wide improvement for a Detroit squad that ranked No. 23 in points allowed per possession last season?

           


    This is not  a exact science,just a guy opinion.What a stupid post.

     
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    Top 100 NBA Players: Nos. 100-51

    RANK PLAYER POSITION, TEAM

    100. Nikola Vucevic C, Orlando Magic

    99. Jarrett Jack G, Cleveland Cavaliers

    98. Kyle Korver F, Atlanta Hawks

    97. Matt Barnes F, Los Angeles Clippers

    96. Danny Green G, San Antonio Spurs

    95. Eric Bledsoe G, Phoenix Suns

    94. Chandler Parsons F, Houston Rockets

    93. Ricky Rubio G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    92. Shawn Marion F, Dallas Mavericks

    91. Brandon Jennings G, Milwaukee Bucks

    90. Jimmy Butler F, Chicago Bulls

    89. Klay Thompson G, Golden State Warriors

    88. Goran Dragic G, Phoenix Suns

    87. Derrick Favors F, Utah Jazz

    86. Vince Carter G, Dallas Mavericks

    85. Amar’e Stoudemire F, New York Knicks

    84. Amir Johnson F, Toronto Raptors

    83. J.R. Smith G, New York Knicks

    82. J.J. Redick G, Los Angeles Clippers

    81. Kyle Lowry G, Toronto Raptors

    80. Lou Williams G, Atlanta Hawks

    79. George Hill G, Indiana Pacers

    78. Jeff Teague G, Atlanta Hawks

    77. O.J. Mayo G, Milwaukee Bucks

    76. Jamal Crawford G, Los Angeles Clippers

    75. Kenneth Faried F, Denver Nuggets

    74. Tiago Splitter C, San Antonio Spurs

    73. Kevin Martin G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    72. Danny Granger F, Indiana Pacers

    71. Carlos Boozer F, Chicago Bulls

    70. Jose Calderon G, Dallas Mavericks

    69. Omer Asik C, Houston Rockets

    68. Monta Ellis G, Dallas Mavericks

    67. Gordon Hayward F, Utah Jazz

    66. Anderson Varejao C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    65. Tyreke Evans G/F, New Orleans Pelicans

    64. Rudy Gay F, Toronto Raptors

    63. Andre Drummond C, Detroit Pistons

    62. Thaddeus Young F, Philadelphia 76ers

    61. Ersan Ilyasova F, Milwaukee Bucks

    60. Andrew Bynum C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    59. Joe Johnson G, Brooklyn Nets

    58. Nene C, Washington Wizards

    57. Ryan Anderson F, New Orleans Pelicans

    56. Manu Ginobili G, San Antonio Spurs

    55. Luol Deng F, Chicago Bulls

    54. Steve Nash G, Los Angeles Lakers

    53. DeMarcus Cousins C, Sacramento Kings

    52. Greg Monroe F, Detroit Pistons

    51. Nicolas Batum F, Portland Trail Blazers

     

    69. Omer Asik, Houston Rockets (C, 27)
    2012-13 stats: 30.0 MPG, 10.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 54.1 FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 14.9 PER, 5.5 Win Shares, +4.5 RAPM

    The Rockets have floated the idea of testing out how Asik and Dwight Howard, two traditional centers, work together. The conventional response to the concept seems to be skepticism, but it’s clear where Houston is coming from: Asik boasted a +5.9 net rating last season, tops among Rockets starters, and his +4.5 RAPM ranked in the top 20 league-wide. That’s real impact, and returning him to the reserve role he played in Chicago for two seasons would seem to be a major waste. No matter how the lineup combinations pan out, a hardworking 7-footer who puts up rebounding numbers on both sides of the court is of great use to a high-octane, three-happy Rockets offense that won’t need his scoring much, if at all, this season.

     

    63. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (C, 20)
    2012-13 stats: 20.7 MPG, 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 60.8 FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 21.6 PER, 4.5 Win Shares, +1.9 RAPM

    Drummond is far and away one of the most difficult players to place on a list like this. His ridiculous per-minute impact as a teenager — and all the upside it foretells– suggests a player who could conceivably be regarded as a top-15 asset right now. The Pistons would reject straight-up offers for Drummond involving a good 30 players listed above him in this exercise, but the UConn product and iCarly fanboy still has plenty to prove during his sophomore season. Was his midseason back injury a one-time fluky hiccup? (He looked very good during the Orlando Summer League.) Can he handle full-time starter’s minutes for a team with playoff aspirations? Can the 37.1 percent free-throw shooter avoid falling victim to endless Hack-a-Shaqing? Can he team with Greg Monroe and Josh Smith to make the jumbo lineup a functional concept? Can his evident potential as a traditional back-line stopper translate into team-wide improvement for a Detroit squad that ranked No. 23 in points allowed per possession last season?

           

     

     


    This is not  a exact science,just a guy opinion.What a stupid post.

     

     

     




    What you never heard of Sports Illustrated?  Of course it's one guy's opinion. How else does one go about compiling the 100 best players of 2014 other than a statistical basis of historical data with a touch of personal opinion based on outside factors.

     

    If you don't want to take a look then move on .....

     

     

    50. Nikola Pekovic C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    49. Andrei Kirilenko F, Brooklyn Nets

    48. Jrue Holiday G, New Orleans Pelicans

    47. Damian Lillard G, Portland Trail Blazers

    46. David Lee F, Golden State Warriors

    45. Danillo Gallinari F, Denver Nuggets

    44. Al Jefferson C, Charlotte Bobcats

    43. Larry Sanders F/C, Milwaukee Bucks

    42. Ty Lawson G, Denver Nuggets

    41. Anthony Davis F, New Orleans Pelicans

    40. John Wall G, Washington Wizards

    39. Mike Conley G, Memphis Grizzlies

    38. Paul Millsap F, Atlanta Hawks

    37. Kawhi Leonard F, San Antonio Spurs

    36. Pau Gasol F, Los Angeles Lakers

    35. Zach Randolph F, Memphis Grizzlies

    34. Josh Smith F, Detroit Pistons

    33. Andre Iguodala G/F, Golden State Warriors

    32. Paul Pierce F, Brooklyn Nets

    31. David West F, Indiana Pacers

     
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    No Brandon Knight so far?

    The young, talented PG that we came within an eyelash of getting from Detroit for.... ahhh... Jeez! What's-his-name???? Clue me in.

    You know... the 4 time ASPG.... the shy, mercurial one that's only going to get better....

    Oh, never mind!

    Pud

     
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    No Brandon Knight so far?

    The young, talented PG that we came within an eyelash of getting from Detroit for.... ahhh... Jeez! What's-his-name???? Clue me in.

    You know... the 4 time ASPG.... the shy, mercurial one that's only going to get better....

    Oh, never mind!

    Pud

     

     



    No Knight but the mercurial one makes an appearance below in the top 30!

     

     

    This "notable omissions" list is probably more controversial than the top 50 ...

    Exclusions include Jeff Green, Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Ray Allen, JJ Hickson, JaVale McGee, Metta World Peace and Gerald Wallace.

    http://nba.si.com/2013/09/16/nba-top-100-players-omissions-jeremy-lin-jeff-green/

     

     

    Here are the best 21 thru 30 with 11-20 coming tomorrow and the top 10 on Friday ...

     

    30. Brook Lopez C, Brooklyn Nets

    29. Serge Ibaka F, Oklahoma City Thunder

    28. Kevin Garnett F, Brooklyn Nets

    27. Tyson Chandler C, New York Knicks

    26. Rajon Rondo G, Boston Celtics

    25. Paul George F, Indiana Pacers

    24. Deron Williams G, Brooklyn Nets

    23. Roy Hibbert C, Indiana Pacers

    22. Al Horford C, Atlanta Hawks

    21. Joakim Noah C, Chicago Bulls

     

    Jeff Green, Boston Celtics (F, 27)
    2012-13 stats: 27.8 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 46.7 FG%, 38.5 3FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 15.0 PER, 4.7 Win Shares, -1.7 RAPM

    Big-game potential does not make a player great. While Green’s 43-point, seven-rebound showing on national television against Miami in March ranks as one of the more memorable performances of the 2012-13 season, that single achievement doesn’t undo the months of inconsistency that preceded it. For the bulk of last season, Green waffled as a scorer and didn’t make any discernibly positive impact as a defender. He certainly has his nights, but there’s not yet much evidence to support the notion that what Green offers is conducive to winning basketball. He’s a decent driver, but only in one direction. He’s not a horrible defender, but tends to struggle in rotation when playing power forward and otherwise isn’t anything resembling a perimeter stopper. Green is a quality three-point shooter in the corners (45.7 percent), but shoots so poorly above the break (31.4 percent) that it acts as a drag on his shooting efficiency. His rebounding numbers are occasionally solid, but by total rebounding percentage (7.4) he stacks up as a disappointment for his position and ranks among the likes of Kyle Korver (7.4) and J.J. Barea (6.9). He’s a decent player overall, but Green simply can’t be taken at the face value of his best performances. — RM

     
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    No Brandon Knight so far?

    The young, talented PG that we came within an eyelash of getting from Detroit for.... ahhh... Jeez! What's-his-name???? Clue me in.

    You know... the 4 time ASPG.... the shy, mercurial one that's only going to get better....

    Oh, never mind!

    Pud

     

     



    No Knight but the mercurial one makes an appearance below in the top 30!

     

     



    I had the feeling that R9R was about to make an appearance.

    We'll certainly see if he is top 30, 50 or top 100 timber playing with a bunch of  newbies, role players and also-rans this season instead of w/ future HOFers.

    Pud

     
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    20. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (G, 21)


    19. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (F, 24)

     

    18. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers (F, 28)


    2012-13 stats: 37.7 MPG, 21.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.2 BPG, 48.4 FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 20.4 PER, 7.2 Win Shares, +3.8 RAPM

    Wondering why Aldridge’s name was in trade rumors all summer? Let’s investigate. Of the 17 players ranked ahead of him on this list, 16 have won at least one playoff series, 11 have made it to the Finals and seven are NBA champions. Meanwhile, seven of the 17 players are younger than Aldridge, who turned 28 in July. In fact, there isn’t a player ranked in the top 40 who is as old or older than Aldridge who hasn’t won at least one playoff series. Through seven seasons with the Blazers, Aldridge has just three playoff appearances and six playoff victories. He could be forgiven, then, for being a little antsy, and we haven’t even mentioned the fact that his Rose City tenure has seen three general managers (Kevin Pritchard, Rich Cho and Neil Olshey), two interim GMs (Tod Leiweke and Chad Buchanan) and a season spent without a GM. Let’s stop there before we start tallying up the knee surgeries.

    Until the rumors picked up this summer, Aldridge’s approach was to simply go to work and stay out of the spotlight. He’s posted a PER of better than 20 and averaged at least 21 points and eight rebounds for three straight seasons — the last two were rewarded with All-Star selections — and he shifted seamlessly from a No. 2 option behind Brandon Roy to a No. 1 option after the former All-NBA guard was amnestied in 2011. Aldridge possesses a full complement of post moves and 20-foot range on his jumper. Critics wish that he would spend more time on the block instead of at the elbow — an issue that rose to new heights under new coach Terry Stotts last season — and that he would demonstrate more of an alpha dog mentality late in games. Both critiques have merit, but they’re not worth obsessing over to the point where Aldridge’s virtues go unmentioned.

     

    17. Chris Bosh, Miami Heat (F/C, 29)


    16. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (F, 35)


    15. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (G, 25)


    14. Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (C, 28)


    13. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (F, 24)


    12. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (G, 24)


    11. James Harden, Houston Rockets (G, 24)

     

    Top TEN tomorrow ....

     

    Only a handful of guards ahead of RR at this point ... DWill, Irving, Curry & Rose.

     
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    I thought the write-up on R9R was fair and particularly insightful.  He and Bynum were the most difficult players to rank.

    Still no Brandon Knight.

    Pud

     

    26. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (G, 27)
    2012-13 stats: 37.4 MPG, 13.7 PPG, 11.1 APG, 5.6 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 48.4 FG%, 24.0 3FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 18.1 PER, 3.2 Win Shares, +0.6 RAPM
    Note: Rondo played only 38 games last season due to a knee injury

    Besides the sample-size uncertainty that surrounds the younger players on this list, the trickiest variables to weigh in producing the top 100 were recent injuries and radically changed team circumstances. Rondo, who tore his ACL in February and watched Boston dismantle its aging roster this offseason, joins the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and the Cavaliers’ Andrew Bynum among the perplexing group of stars dealing with both major health factors and new roster dynamics. Given his endless series of red flags, Bynum (No. 60) is a pretty unassailable first choice as “most difficult player to rank,” but Rondo’s (relative) youth and the many polarizing holes in his game make him a strong contender for second.

    When will Rondo be back? Nobody knows. What will he look like, exactly, once he’s surrounded by Kelly Olynyk and Gerald Wallace instead of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce? Nobody knows.

    Even with Hall of Famers surrounding him, Rondo wasn’t able to guide the Celtics to an above-average mark in offensive efficiency during the last three seasons. Defensively, Rondo’s instinctive gambling has put him among the league leaders in steals annually, but he no longer has Garnett to serve as an intelligent, long and fearsome safety net. Rondo’s other major shortcomings — his game-to-game inconsistency, lack of shooting range and limited ability to get to, and convert from, the free-throw line — will also be subject to further exposure and critique whenever the Celtics’ offensive attack stalls out. Some have raised questions about how Brad Stevens, a first-time NBA coach, will handle Rondo’s bristly personality.

    And yet, Rondo — a four-time All-Star, 2012 All-NBA third-team selection and 2012 All-Defensive second-team pick — cannot be written off, not when he mounted a furious challenge to the Heat’s supremacy just 16 months ago. For those who have already forgotten: Rondo averaged 20.9 points, 11.3 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, hanging 44 points on Miami in Game 2 and posting a 22/14/10 triple-double in Game 7. Pick your favorite point guard — Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving — and ask yourself whether he, or any of the others, has had a more impressive playoff series over the last five years than Rondo’s.

    The sky-scraping height of that high point, his peerless distribution creativity (now that age finally caught up to Steve Nash) and the 2008 championship ring that glistens from his résumé should be more than enough to give a bit of a grace period to Rondo’s reputation as we wait to see how quickly he gets back to 100 percent health and how the Celtics ultimately decide to handle his role in their uncertain future. — B.G.

     
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    and now the top ten;

     

    10. Carmelo Anthony F, New York Knicks

    9. Kobe Bryant G, Los Angeles Lakers

    8. Dwyane Wade G, Miami Heat

    7. Dwight Howard C, Houston Rockets

    6. Tim Duncan F/C, San Antonio Spurs

    5. Russell Westbrook G, Oklahoma City Thunder

    4. Tony Parker G, San Antonio Spurs

    3. Chris Paul G, Los Angeles Clippers

    2. Kevin Durant F, Oklahoma City Thunder

    1. LeBron James F, Miami Heat

     

     

     
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    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!.. The GREAT (not!) Jeff Green...what a loser....remind me why we traded Perk now?

     



    We?  Thinly disguised trolling?

    Would you have preferred that the Celts did not trade Perk?

     
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    No Brandon Knight so far?

    The young, talented PG that we came within an eyelash of getting from Detroit for.... ahhh... Jeez! What's-his-name???? Clue me in.

    You know... the 4 time ASPG.... the shy, mercurial one that's only going to get better....

    Oh, never mind!

    Pud

     

     



    No Knight but the mercurial one makes an appearance below in the top 30!

     

     

    This "notable omissions" list is probably more controversial than the top 50 ...

    Exclusions include Jeff Green, Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Ray Allen, JJ Hickson, JaVale McGee, Metta World Peace and Gerald Wallace.

    http://nba.si.com/2013/09/16/nba-top-100-players-omissions-jeremy-lin-jeff-green/

     

     

    Here are the best 21 thru 30 with 11-20 coming tomorrow and the top 10 on Friday ...

     

    30. Brook Lopez C, Brooklyn Nets

    29. Serge Ibaka F, Oklahoma City Thunder

    28. Kevin Garnett F, Brooklyn Nets

    27. Tyson Chandler C, New York Knicks

    26. Rajon Rondo G, Boston Celtics

    25. Paul George F, Indiana Pacers

    24. Deron Williams G, Brooklyn Nets

    23. Roy Hibbert C, Indiana Pacers

    22. Al Horford C, Atlanta Hawks

    21. Joakim Noah C, Chicago Bulls

     

    Jeff Green, Boston Celtics (F, 27)
    2012-13 stats: 27.8 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 46.7 FG%, 38.5 3FG%
    2012-13 advanced stats: 15.0 PER, 4.7 Win Shares, -1.7 RAPM

    Big-game potential does not make a player great. While Green’s 43-point, seven-rebound showing on national television against Miami in March ranks as one of the more memorable performances of the 2012-13 season, that single achievement doesn’t undo the months of inconsistency that preceded it. For the bulk of last season, Green waffled as a scorer and didn’t make any discernibly positive impact as a defender. He certainly has his nights, but there’s not yet much evidence to support the notion that what Green offers is conducive to winning basketball. He’s a decent driver, but only in one direction. He’s not a horrible defender, but tends to struggle in rotation when playing power forward and otherwise isn’t anything resembling a perimeter stopper. Green is a quality three-point shooter in the corners (45.7 percent), but shoots so poorly above the break (31.4 percent) that it acts as a drag on his shooting efficiency. His rebounding numbers are occasionally solid, but by total rebounding percentage (7.4) he stacks up as a disappointment for his position and ranks among the likes of Kyle Korver (7.4) and J.J. Barea (6.9). He’s a decent player overall, but Green simply can’t be taken at the face value of his best performances. — RM

     



    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!.. The GREAT (not!) Jeff Green...what a loser....remind me why we traded Perk now?

     

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    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!.. The GREAT (not!) Jeff Green...what a loser....remind me why we traded Perk now?

     

     

     



    We?  Thinly disguised trolling?

     

     

    Would you have preferred that the Celts did not trade Perk?



    Even Rivers said he was the toughness the C's needed...Green?..inconsistent and NOT a star, not even a reliable part...simply a skinny tweener with a weak heart , as well as NO HEART, and no real part to play on this team....he's a waste of cap space and paid as if he's one of the 100 besat, and plainly, he's not. If you think he is, you are either less than 20 years old, or don't know anything about basketball....If we hadn't traded Perk we'd have been in a serious hunt fore two more titles, probably would have won one more...he made it possible for KG's pseudo tuff guy act to work, allowed him to play tough , effective D...once tough guy Perk was gone, the "key" was lost to the C's forever.

     

     
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    Even Rivers said he was the toughness the C's needed...Green?..inconsistent and NOT a star, not even a reliable part...simply a skinny tweener with a weak heart , as well as NO HEART, and no real part to play on this team....he's a waste of cap space and paid as if he's one of the 100 besat, and plainly, he's not. If you think he is, you are either less than 20 years old, or don't know anything about basketball....If we hadn't traded Perk we'd have been in a serious hunt fore two more titles, probably would have won one more...he made it possible for KG's pseudo tuff guy act to work, allowed him to play tough , effective D...once tough guy Perk was gone, the "key" was lost to the C's forever.

     



    Rivers also talks well of Rondo.  Even commented how Chris Paul knows the opponents plays as well as Rondo.

    BTW, didn't hear Rivers say that he would have preferred that Perk didn't get traded.  Just that the lack of inside toughness exposed KG.  But that is a no brainer.  Also, which Perkins was he talking about?  The hypothetical pre-injury Perkins.  Or the stink up the joint post-injury Perkins.

    Today Perk is an amnesty candidate and Green has an opportunty to step up to the next level.  Will he?  Who knows.  But the shadows under which he was hiding have been removed.

    Regarding the bolded part, I am not 20 years old or younger.  So looks like I don't know anything about basketball.  Perhaps I should start putting in some serious work.

     
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    Even Rivers said he was the toughness the C's needed...Green?..inconsistent and NOT a star, not even a reliable part...simply a skinny tweener with a weak heart , as well as NO HEART, and no real part to play on this team....he's a waste of cap space and paid as if he's one of the 100 besat, and plainly, he's not. If you think he is, you are either less than 20 years old, or don't know anything about basketball....If we hadn't traded Perk we'd have been in a serious hunt fore two more titles, probably would have won one more...he made it possible for KG's pseudo tuff guy act to work, allowed him to play tough , effective D...once tough guy Perk was gone, the "key" was lost to the C's forever.

     

     



    Rivers also talks well of Rondo.  Even commented how Chris Paul knows the opponents plays as well as Rondo.

     

    BTW, didn't hear Rivers say that he would have preferred that Perk didn't get traded.  Just that the lack of inside toughness exposed KG.  But that is a no brainer.  Also, which Perkins was he talking about?  The hypothetical pre-injury Perkins.  Or the stink up the joint post-injury Perkins.

    Today Perk is an amnesty candidate and Green has an opportunty to step up to the next level.  Will he?  Who knows.  But the shadows under which he was hiding have been removed.

    Regarding the bolded part, I am not 20 years old or younger.  So looks like I don't know anything about basketball.  Perhaps I should start putting in some serious work.

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    Perhaps...self knowledge is the only important knowledge...I try to tell R9R that all the time...

     



    So good of you.  This board will be rudder-less without you.

     
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    So good of you.  This board will be rudder-less without you.

     

     

     

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    Thus spake the alter ego.  It must be fun to juggle multiple identities.

     

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