ESPN has recently released its ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA. While rankings differ year to year, an educated observer can figure out roughly where a star would be placed. Sometimes a player may think that the ranking is egregiously wrong in comparison to their true skill; such seems to be the case with DeMar DeRozan, who was ranked near the bottom.
DeRozan was ranked at No. 82 by ESPN. While DeRozan has his flaws, surely it is too low for a player of his caliber. Only a few seasons ago, DeRozan was making All-NBA and All-Star teams north of the border in Canada. His scoring hasn't declined much, and most would say that he actually got better under legendary coach Gregg Popovich. When you take factors like that into account, it's strange to see him that low.
DeRozan took to Twitter to express his feelings towards the rankings. There are times we can immediately know how a person feels about a situation based on a few emojis.
DeRozan is clearly not happy with where he was placed by ESPN. Perhaps that is for a good reason. John Wall has been ranked ahead of DeRozan: yet he hasn't played a game all of last season, while DeRozan had a good year scoring-wise. Tyler Herro, Lonzo Ball, and Monrezl Harrell are all ranked above DeRozan as well; neither of them has even made an All-Star or All-NBA team in their careers.
DeRozan's Spurs missed the playoffs in the Western Conference: while that should put some damper on where DeRozan is ranked as a top player, there is no reason that a player who was an All-Star in 2018 should be behind some inconsistent young prospects. No. 82 overall is way too low. Perhaps that will give DeMar DeRozan motivation to show where he should truly be ranked by playing incredibly well next season.