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ESPN's 'NBA Top 100' List Has Raised A Few Eyebrows

ESPN's 'NBA Top 100' List Has Raised A Few Eyebrows

NBA fans, experts and players alike aren't too sure what to think of ESPN's annual 'Top 100' list.

Some love it, some hate it and some just can't quite fathom how a couple of players in particular have ended with such a solid (or poor) ranking.

Every year, sports broadcasting giants ESPN release a detailed 100-man list of who they thought were the best players of the previous NBA season.

And for the 2020/21 campaign, let's just say they've thrown a few spanners in the works that have well and truly ruffled some people's feathers.

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It's hard to argue that LeBron James doesn't take up the number one slot - that's totally fair enough.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Credit: PA
LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Credit: PA

But it appears most of the debate is surrounding that second position which ESPN had LeBron's LA Lakers teammate Anthony Davis occupying.

This means reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had to settle for third - questionable in some people's eyes.

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And as you work your way further down the list, you can begin to understand why fans are so divided.

On social media, the topic of conversation since the release of the list seems to be centred around Lonzo Ball's overall ranking - a rather generous 54th.


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But if you look at the stacked roster of talent in Ball's rear view mirror, it's easy to see why a number of lower-ranked players are confused.

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The likes of Tyler Herro, D'Angelo Russell, Zach LaVine, Blake Griffin, Montrezl Harrell, John Wall and even PJ Tucker would all have a case for putting up better numbers than Ball this pasts season.

Another one of those players was San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan.

He took to social media to share his thoughts on ESPN's analysis, simply tweeting a clown emoji.

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And then there's the debate as to where number one overall draft pick Zion Williamson ranks after his first season in the NBA - ESPN have him at 19.

Either way, whether you agree with it or not, the list has done what it intended to do which is spark debate and drive interest among fans during the offseason.

ESPN 2020/21 Player Rankings:

100. Joe Harris

99. Marcus Morris Sr

98. Otto Porter Jrr

97. Derrick White

96. Marc Gasol

95. LaMarcus Aldridge

94. Jarrett Allen

93. Ricky Rubio

92. Mitchell Robinson

91. Seth Curry

90. Patrick Beverley

89. Joe INgles

88. Jerami Grant

87. Buddy Hield

86. Brook Lopez

85. Danilo Gallinari

84. John Collins

83. Dejounte Murray

82. DeMar DeRozan

81. John Wall

80. Josh Richardson

79. Dennis Schroder

78. Aaron Gordon

77. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

76. Montrezl Harrell

75. Duncan Robinson

74. Myles Turner

73. Bojan Bogdanovic

72. PJ Tucker

71. Mike Conley

70. Steven Adams

69. D'Angelo Russell

68. OG Anunoby

67. Eric Bledsoe

66. Serge Ibaka

65. Blake Griffin

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64. Kevin Love

63. TJ Warren

62. Bogdan Bogdanovic

61. Davis Bertans

60. Robert Covington

59. Tyler Herro

58. Goran Dragic

57. Tobias Harris

56. Zach LaVine

55. Christian Wood

54. Lonzo Ball

53. Jusuf Nurkic

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52. Deandre Ayton

51. Michael Porter Jr

50. Domantas Sabonis

49. Spender Dinwiddie

48. Kemba Walker

47. Vitor Oladipo

46. Caris LeVert

45. Gordon Hayward

44. Draymond Green

43. Jaren Jackson Jr

42. Nikola Vucevic

41. Kristaps Porzingis

40. Fred VanVleet

39. Malcolm Brogdon

38. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

37. Marcus Smart

36. Russell Westbrook

35. Khris Middleton

34. De-Aaron Fox

33. Jrue Holiday

32. Jaylen Brown

31. Ja Morant

30. Kyle Lowry

29. Trae Young

28. Brandon Ingram

27. CJ McCollum

26. Rudy Gobert

25. Kyrie Irving

24. Pascal Siakam

23. Karl Anthony-Towns

22. Bradley Beal

21. Jamal Murray

20. Paul George

19. Zion Williamson

18. Donovan Mitchell

17. Devin Booker

16. Ben Simmons

15. Chris Paul

14. Joel Embiid

13. Bam Adebayo

12. Jimmy Butler

11. Jayson Tatum

10. Nikola Jokic

9. James Harden

8. Stephen Curry

7. Damian Lillard

6. Kevin Durant

5. Kawhi Leonard

4. Luka Doncic

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo

2. Anthony Davis

1. LeBron James

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.