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I’ve been fascinated with the NBA since being a 12-year-old kid posting on internet forums in 2005. Quite simply, the way the league has grown over the past 13 years is astounding and I can’t even imagine the growth that will continue to happen next decade.

Numbers and stats have always been a hobby of mine as well, comparing who’s better among certain players an active debate among friends, and just the love of the game in general.

So two years ago I decided to rank every player. A thought completely random that has led into a so far 27-month obsession with ranking 500+ players in order each season.

Completing a task like this requires patience, open-mindedness when listening to other fans that might know more than I do, consistent study of statistics, and watching as much action as possible.

A list like this will never be perfect but I do my best to get the ranking as close to accurate as possible.

Finally, there is one player in specific who will be ranked lower on this edition than most fans could even fathom, I’ve thought about where he’s ranked at the last couple of days and believe it’s an important discussion to be had.

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125. Justise Winslow

124. Larry Nance Jr.

123. Cody Zeller

122. Kyle Anderson

121. Rajon Rondo

120. Jeremy Lamb

119. Kelly Olynyk

118. Nicolas Batum

117. Terry Rozier

116. Lonzo Ball

115. Rudy Gay

114. Tyreke Evans

113. Patty Mills

112. Tim Hardaway Jr.

111. Evan Fournier

110. Jae Crowder

109. Eric Gordon

108. Dario Saric

107. Reggie Jackson

106. Al Farouq-Aminu

105. Jaren Jackson Jr.

104. Fred VanVleet

103. Enes Kanter

102. Danny Green

101. Gordon Hayward

 

Top 100 Best Players Of The 2018-19 NBA Season

100. Otto Porter Jr. 

99. Lauri Markkanen 

98. Caris LeVert 

97. Marcus Smart

96. Dwyane Wade

These are the last 5 players currently of our current top 100. Caris LeVert showed a lot of promise early on in the season and his strong start is enough to put him on the list. I was very impressed with him early on and hope he comes back soon. Dwyane Wade also still has a top 100 spot in the twilight of his career.

95. Dennis Schroder

94. Goran Dragic

93. Darren Collison

92. Jarrett Allen

91. Ricky Rubio

Four point guards and one big giant afro stud muffin. Jarrett Allen has the skills to be a potential superstar, still just 20 years old. Very impressed with him. The other players are solid veterans with high enough IQ on the floor to keep a top 100 spot. Goran Dragic would likely be higher if not for injury issues this season.

90. Bogdan Bogdanovic

89. Derrick Favors

88. Brook Lopez

87. Nikola Mirotic

86. Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown had a strong sophomore slump to start the year but has bounced back and played well lately. I’ve also been really impressed with Bogdan Bogdanovic, his IQ is ridiculous and he’s not afraid to come up in clutch situations.

85. Jerami Grant

84. Spencer Dinwiddie

83. Jeff Teague

82. Bojan Bogdanovic

81. TJ Warren

Jerami Grant is the X-Factor for the Thunder and has low key had one of the more impressive seasons in the league. Dinwiddie is on the rise. TJ Warren’s improvement in long-range shooting gives his game much more versatility than in the past.

80. D’Angelo Russell

79. Harrison Barnes

78. Hassan Whiteside

77. Marcus Morris

76. Kevin Love

Any player who has played at all is eligible for this list, including Kevin Love. The more he remains out with an injury, the more his value is going down. D’Angelo Russell is having a career season so far. Marcus Morris is one of the nicest scoring threats off the bench in the entire league.

75. Aaron Gordon

74. Joe Ingles

73. Willie Cauley-Stein

72. Jonas Valanciunas

71. Gary Harris

I expected more from Aaron Gordon, who finished 48th overall for my ranking last season. Instead another player further up this list has taken the spotlight in Orlando. Willie Cauley-Stein is having a contract year and although he can be inconsistent there is serious talent with him. Gary Harris was on a tear when the season started, but recently came back from injury.

70. Andrew Wiggins

69. Brandon Ingram

68. Kyle Kuzma

67. Paul Millsap

66. JJ Redick

The 40 point game by Wiggins was impressive and with more of those games he will move up this list fast. Kuzma and Ingram have both low key improved this year so far. JJ Redick is having a career scoring season at 34 years old.

65. Robert Covington

64. Derrick Rose

63. DeAndre Ayton

62. Josh Richardson

61. Malcolm Brogdon

The bounce back of Derrick Rose is the most impressive NBA story of 2018. Ayton might not have the glamour of another certain rookie but he has shown serious long term potential and has been very consistent on offense lately. Malcolm Brogdon has played out of his mind the last month or so. He is slowly building his reputation.

60. John Collins

59. Thaddeus Young

58. Montrezl Harrell

57. Buddy Hield

56. Eric Bledsoe

John Collins is rising up this list fast and his sophomore surge came out of nowhere. Thaddeus Young is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. Montrezl is the Clippers’ Draymond. Buddy Hield is starting to reach his scoring potential. Eric Bledsoe is arguably the best two-way point guard in the NBA.

55. DeAndre Jordan

54. Lou Williams

53. Danilo Gallinari

52. Zach LaVine

51. De’Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox is leading the charge in making the Kings relevant again. His superstar potential has this Kings’ franchise looking very nice as we move steadily into next decade. Danilo Gallinari has had a nice bounce-back year.

50. Jamal Murray

49. Marc Gasol

48. Donovan Mitchell

47. Myles Turner

46. Nikola Vucevic

The Vucci Man is having an incredible season for Orlando. Myles Turner is a low key DPOY candidate. Jamal Murray can still be inconsistent but is showing more of his potential.

45. Serge Ibaka

44. Tobias Harris

43. Devin Booker

42. Al Horford

41. Chris Paul

Chris Paul has been injured, but even when on the floor he’s taken a step down from elite level to very solid piece to have for a contending team. Devin Booker has made small strides. Tobias Harris has so much talent and sometimes I’d just like to see more.

40. Jusuf Nurkic

39. Mike Conley

38. John Wall

37. Pascal Siakam

36. Julius Randle

John Wall is likely out for the season, and his value is down. The improvement of Pascal Siakam from the time he entered the NBA to now is wild. I think Julius Randle has All NBA potential within a few years.

35. Domantas Sabonis

34. Luka Doncic

33. Jayson Tatum

32. Khris Middleton

31. LaMarcus Aldridge

Luka has the best overall court awareness for a rookie in a very long time. That being said, I believe Jaren Jackson Jr has the best long term potential of any player in this rookie class.

30. Draymond Green

29. CJ McCollum

28. Andre Drummond

27. Victor Oladipo

26. Clint Capela

Clint Capela is proving he’s more than just a product of being with the reigning MVP. Draymond is bouncing back a little bit from a slow start to the season.

25. Klay Thompson

24. Steven Adams

23. Jimmy Butler

22. Kemba Walker

21. Jrue Holiday

Steven Adams is having one of the more underrated seasons in the league and I have him as a top 25 talent currently. Kemba is having a career season so far and could finish as high as the top 15 overall.

20. Ben Simmons

19. Kyle Lowry

18. Rudy Gobert

17. DeMar DeRozan

16. Bradley Beal

With Wall out, Beal is getting his chance as the primary option. It’s working out good so far, and he’s playing the best ball of his career. Rudy Gobert has low key improved. Ben Simmons has ridiculous talent and him being in the top 20 speaks to that.

15. Blake Griffin

14. Russell Westbrook

13. Kyrie Irving

12. Damian Lillard

11. Karl Anthony-Towns

Blake Griffin is showing he can be a dangerous player entering his 30’s.. Kyrie Irving I feel can make the Celtics a serious threat to win the Eastern Conference but unlike last season he must stay healthy.

 

10. Paul George

Paul George is having the best season of his career and is thriving in his prime. An elite mix of offense and defense, he gets the first spot on our top 10 list.

 

9. Joel Embiid

Credit: USA Today

Joel Embiid is the first player on the top 10. The most dangerous low post offensive scoring threat in the NBA.

 

8. Nikola Jokic

A superstar who has the Denver Nuggets the 1st seed in the West even ahead of Golden State. A legitimate MVP candidate, and a unique game unlike we’ve ever seen before.

 

7. Stephen Curry

Although he missed some time with injury, Curry is playing at an elite level still in terms of being a generational scorer.

 

6. LeBron James

LeBron is 100% still an elite talent and I think by the end of the season he will finish higher than this.

All I’m saying is, unlike 2 years ago when I started this ranking, that as he is now 34 years old we are at a point in his career where the same rules apply to him as the other superstars.

The players ahead of him have played consistently at superstar levels in the time LeBron has been out. Once LeBron comes back I’m sure he will move back up this list. In the past, I gave him preferential treatment on this list due to his reputation but that time has ended.

Again, I want to emphasize, I believe he will finish higher than this by the end of the season.

 

5. Kawhi Leonard

I believe the Toronto Raptors will defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals 4-3 and Kawhi Leonard will win Finals MVP.

 

4. Kevin Durant

Multiple players have named KD as the hardest player to guard in the league. My number 1 ranked player last year, with a strong playoff run I believe he could finish even higher than this.

 

3. Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak continues to put on very impressive nights consistently and right now I believe him to be the favorite to win MVP.

 

2. James Harden

Currently on a ridiculous scoring stretch that we haven’t seen since Kobe in 2005-2006. The most unique scorer in NBA history.

 

1. Anthony Davis

Right now, Anthony Davis is pound for pound the best player in the NBA. Despite talented players in New Orleans, the team chemistry is poop. AD going to LA to join forces with LeBron would immediately make the Lakers the best team in the West.