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.
After covering 100-81 and 80-61, we are now on the third installment of the NBA Top 100 list. Some of the players on this list may not make it through the entire season wearing the same team’s jersey, others on the list already expect to miss a portion of the upcoming campaign. Check out the names below, and don’t forget to let your opinions be known by tweeting @TheTakery
60 – Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks: Barnes will give you plenty of minutes on the court but isn’t going to do anything that blows you away. Still a solid NBA starter who is probably overpaid and that works against his public opinion, fair or not.
59 – Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers: Turner has made improvements every year he’s been in the league. At 21 years old, he figures to be a long-term piece in Indiana.
58 – Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors: After losing P.J. Tucker to Houston, the Raptors have to be glad they hung on to Ibaka. They are good enough to make a playoff run, and depending on health of other teams, who knows how deep that run goes.
57 – Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns: Bledsoe scored 21 points and dished out 6 assists per game last season. He has a team friendly contract for the next two seasons that’s two years for around $30 million. He may not end the season in Phoenix, but he will play well while he’s there.
56 – Brook Lopez, Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers are working on finding their identity, and a big part of that is likely to be Lonzo Ball. Lopez can walk after this year and he’s extremely talented. He may not be part of the future in Los Angeles, but he will certainly help with the win total this season.
55 – Goran Dragic, Miami Heat: Miami will be so fun to watch, and I hope Dragic is a part of it. When he’s on, he’s on. The key to this season for Dragic is staying hungry.
54 – Zach Lavine, Chicago Bulls: With Dwayne Wade out, the shooting guard spot should be open for Lavine when his ACL is completely recovered. A lot of people wrote Lavine off after his trade from Minnesota, and I think he’s looking forward to proving his detractors wrong. Could be a big year.
53 – Lamarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs: I don’t know what’s going on with Aldridge and the Spurs. I know that Aldridge is really good when he wants to be and allowed to be. Hopefully good LaMarcus is back this year.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 9, 2017
52 – Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers: This is being written near the start of the regular season and a lot of the Clippers have nagging injuries. Depending on when you are reading this, the Clippers are either really good and Beverley is a big part of that or everyone is hurt.
51 – Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets: I feel like Gordon is too high on this list but I also can’t come up with many solid reasons to move him down. I think he’s going to be a strong option for Harden and Paul and he possesses the ability to knock down a decent amount of his shots.
50 – JJ Redick, Philadelphia 76ers: I love Redick on the Sixers. So does Redick’s bank account.
49 – Al Horford, Boston Celtics: When I make this list again in like 30 years, I feel like Al Horford will end up being about middle of the pack on the list. He makes adjustments to his game that keeps him relevant and I don’t see that stopping soon.
48 – Dion Waiters, Miami Heat: They aren’t going to win any championships, but you can guarantee I’ll be watching a ton of Miami Heat basketball this season. Dion Waiters is one of the top personalities in the league. As long as you show up for all of your games in the eastern conference, anything can happen.
47 – Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets: I need this to be the year that Kemba Walker takes that “next step” that I’ve been waiting on since the days he was a Bobcat. I’ve always expected more out of him. Please don’t let me down this year, Kemba.
46 – Clint Capela, Houston Rockets: Here’s a pro tip. Whenever you play 2k18 and sim out a few seasons, Clint Capela always ends up being one of the best centers in the league. I’m not saying that I’m basing my ranking on that, I’m just saying that in a few years Clint Capela could end up being one of the best centers in the league.
45 – Jae Crowder, Cleveland Cavaliers: Seeing only preseason play so far, I love how Crowder fits with the Cavaliers. The team is talented, but it’s talent that is mostly either aging, delicate, or both. Crowder is going to be a huge piece of a Cavaliers playoff run.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 3, 2017
44 – Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors: It almost happened this season. When Iguodala does eventually leave Golden State, I think that’s when a lot of people will finally see what his impact was. He’s such a good player, even if it doesn’t stand out on his super team.
43 – Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks: This is a team that is rebuilding, and it feels like the plan is for Schroder to be a big part of that plan. It hasn’t gotten off to a strong start, but hopefully when the season is underway, things get a bit easier for Schroder. According to Matt Cianfrone, it’s Dennis Schroder season for the Hawks, so expect plenty of eyes to be on Schroder.
42 – Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley is definitely overpaid, but for whatever reason, people have associated that with him somehow being a less impressive player. In the 40’s you aren’t seeing anyone who will lead a team necessarily, but it’s still strong talent.
41 – Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons: Drummond has always been a strong player, even with last season being a down year. He’s got a good shot to lead the league in rebounding, and if the Pistons sell at the deadline, could be a strong addition for a playoff team.
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