Brandon Wheeland has compiled his NBA top 100 list of players for the 2017-2018 NBA season. This list was created using a variety of factors and there is no concrete formula. However, this list can be considered both factual and completely accurate.
The Top 100 NBA players for the 2017-2018 season, folks. Players 100-81 feature a nice mix of youth as well as veteran leadership and consistency. Let’s kick things off.
100 – Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets: Many expected a lot of Ariza’s minutes to belong to Carmelo Anthony. That’s no longer the case, but no huge issue for Houston. Ariza is a solid player who has stayed relatively healthy.
99 – Enes Kanter, New York Knicks: Not as fun as Carmelo. Probably more productive to the team’s overall success. Not every player blurb is about Melo for the record.
98 – D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets: I’m expecting a lot out of Russell. I think his time in Los Angeles was rough, but I think it’s going to help out his game going forward in his career. It’s Brooklyn. So, no pressure.
97 – Jeremy Lin, Brooklyn Nets: Due to how he emerged, I feel like Lin’s game is underrated because people expected a superstar. While Lin’s stardom came and went rather quickly, he’s remained a consistent NBA player.
96 – Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings: The Kings love Buddy Hield, and they are hoping his success can help lead a wave of youth and new faces in Sacramento in the post-Boogie era.
Buddy Hield was an under-the-radar part of the massive DeMarcus Cousins trade last season. Now he’s the centerpiece of a legitimately exciting Sacramento rebuild. ➡️ https://t.co/Ayj5zYE5tH pic.twitter.com/LJjDGnJkZ6
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) October 11, 2017
95 – Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons: He had a few spurts last season where he looked like he could truly hang in the league. The Pistons need that success to carry over this season; otherwise, the roster could be in for a major shakeup.
94 – Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers: Just shy of 13 points per game last season, Saric is ready for the process to complete and see what the finished product of the Philadelphia 76ers will be.
93 – Pau Gasol, San Antonio Spurs: He will be 37 this season and is still good for double digit points and a handful of rebounds per night. More time spent in San Antonio likely will only improve his numbers more. That’s just how it works there.
92 – Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers: I was going to just mention that he’s a solid player but he’s overpaid. Then I found out that he put out an R&B CD and I feel like that’s important information that I need to make sure I share with you so I’m doing it here.
91 – James Johnson, Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic… This team has plenty of players. They’ll be competitive in the East but not sure they go very far in the postseason.
90 – Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic: He has a lot of expectations for his game this season, including embracing the three-point shot and working on his defensive game as well. He’s focused on spacing out the floor.
89 – Zach Randolph, Sacramento Kings: Randolph on the Kings is going to be a lot of fun. I think he’s going to embrace that veteran role and you’re going to see a more mentally focused season out of Randolph this season. Limited mistakes and hustle plays.
88 – Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs: Easily one of the better defenders in the league. The Spurs are a 60 win machine and it feels like they always will be. Danny Green will play accordingly.
87 – Markieff Morris, Washington Wizards: It’s been a hectic offseason for Morris, but he’s part of a very talented Washington roster that’s on the cusp of making something happen out East. It won’t be Lebron’s conference forever.
86 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks: Dirk doesn’t really belong on this list. It’s just; he does what’s expected of him year after year. Expectations are lower this year, but he’s still going to reach them.
— The Scoring Factory (@ScoringFactory) October 11, 2017
85 – Ricky Rubio, Utah Jazz: His passing is good enough to get him on the list but his everything else keeps him this low. Hopefully he gets it working in Utah better than he did in Minnesota.
84 – Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers: Williams brings life to an offense and I believe he’s going to thrive with the Clippers. He hit shots for Houston last year when the Rockets needed them. Los Angeles will flirt with .500 this season, but it will get there behind a strong season from guys like Lou.
83 – Dwayne Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers: I’m not sure if it’s a respect thing or a LeBron thing or what, but it doesn’t make sense to me that in 2017 Dwayne Wade is still starting games. I’m great with him in a sixth man role, but I don’t see this working out well.
82 – Jason Tatum, Boston Celtics: I think he’s a solid player who is going to find his own personal success thanks to being part of a successful system. He has holes in his game but he’s good enough to crack the list without playing NBA minutes yet. I’m not sure what his role will be starting out, and it may take some time, but he’s going to be good.
81 – Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors: Valanciunas has always felt like a good player and was just too big to make plays work. He’s spent time on his footwork this offseason and for the umpteenth year in a row this should be the season he puts it all together.
Check out the rest of the list below:
Check out the rest of the list below:
100-81: Features Rookie Jayson Tatum, vets Dirk and Wade
80-61: Features Big Baller Lonzo Ball, Sixers’ Ben Simmons
60-41: NBA Top 100: 60-41 has Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters
40-21: Features Carmelo, Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin
20-1: Features Durant, Lebron, Harden & more