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Ranking The 100 Best Players For The 2020-21 NBA Season: 100-51

Ranking The 100 Best Players For The 2020-21 NBA Season: 100-51

There is a wide range of qualified candidates that can make the top-100 players in the NBA. The rankings were determined by a combination of data and subjective evaluation. Players were looked at for their skills and taken out of their team contexts. These rankings were specifically for the upcoming 2020-2021 season and do not take into perspective what their long-term outlook looks like.

Availability due to injury was taken into account, so players like Klay Thompson and Jonathan Issac were omitted. This is not a representation of a player’s trade or market value. Simply put, the list tries to take into account a player’s impact on offense, defense, and overall skill set. We start the rankings with numbers 100-51 with the rest to be following soon. Get ready to debate!

100. Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets

Even though Millsap is past his prime years, he is still a key contributor for the Denver Nuggets. Millsap’s rating took a hit after last season saw a drop in his offensive and defensive win shares, but even at the age of 35, he is a solid power forward.

Last season, Millsap averaged 17.6 points per 100 possessions even though he averaged 11.6 points per game. His points per game were the lowest in his career since the 2007-2008 season. However, Millsap is a solid defender and a very reliable veteran voice in the locker room.

99. Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic

Fournier is the only threat from outside that the Magic have on their team. In 2019, Fournier shot 39.9% from three-point range to go with a career-high 18.5 points per game. His points per 36 minutes erupted 21.2 points per game as well.

Fournier is an accomplished player that can play the shooting guard and small forward positions. He possesses the ability to play the point guard too, but he is better suited not to have the ball in his hands at all times. Perhaps, Fournier is one of the most underrated players in the league. While his defensive game is meek, you can’t overlook his premiere shooting game.

98. Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets

The former Three-Point Shooting champion is one of the best outside shooters in the league. He finished last season with a shooting mark of 44% from three-point range, which ranked seventh among all NBA players. Harris is also very dependable within the arc.

With pieces such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving around him, he will have the chance to take on a Kyle Korver-like role this season. Harris also takes care of the ball well, having averaged just 1.5 turnovers last season. Even though he is not much of a rebounder, Harris makes up for it with his hustle plays on both sides of the court.

97. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves

If it wasn’t for Rubio’s lack of offensive production, Rubio would be much higher on this list. Rubio doesn’t have much of a three-point shot, but he is a magician with the basketball. Rubio’s 8.8 assists per game were fourth in the league last year.

Rubio somehow figures out how to find the open man. His huge hands are critical to his ball-handling and ability to carve out steals. While he has improved as a scorer, his reputation is as a passer; hence, why he has assisted on 37% of all offensive plays in his career.

96. Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans

It almost feels like we haven’t seen the whole package of Lonzo Ball just yet. The former No. 2 overall pick is just 23 years old and he flirts with all major statistical categories. While nothing about his offensive shooting percentage will flash out to you, per 100 possessions Ball is averaging a double-double with 17.0 points and 10.0 assists. Per 36 minutes, those numbers dip to 13.2 points and 7.8 assists.

Nonetheless, Ball could likely run any offense in the NBA. His height provides mismatches against similar opponents. Ball is almost like a “great value” Ben Simmons, which is no knock on either player. If Ball can develop his jump shot (career 11.8 points per game last season), then he can rise the rankings.

95. Marc Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

In the last two seasons, we have seen Gasol go from dependable All-Star to role player. Even as a complementary piece, Gasol is still one of the best players in the league, specifically on defense. When Gasol developed a three-point shot, he became one of the best two-players out there.

Gasol shuts down opponents one-on-one and is one of the best passers in the post. He makes smart plays and does the dirty work to help a team win. This might be Gasol’s last year in the top-100 as he will turn 36 this season. Even at his age, you can guarantee he will do whatever it takes to win as a team.

94. Christian Wood, Houston Rockets

The Rockets took advantage of bringing in a 25-year old that averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and shot 38.6% from three-point range last season. Wood has a chance to see those numbers increase as he plays alongside John Wall and James Harden. Wood is a near 7-footer that has guard attributes.

He provides great length, height, quick feet, and huge hands. For someone his size, he also possesses solid coordination. The best part is that he is still a raw, physical specimen that could be even better if he packed on a few pounds of muscle. Wood is going to have another productive season this year, and the Detroit Pistons were silly to let him leave for nothing.

93. Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets

Gordon is a pure, natural scorer that knows how to show off his range. His strong frame allows him to play toe-to-toe with bigger defenders in the league. He is also a true guard that knows how to finish at the rim and shoot from outside. He’s a great free-throw shooter.

Gordon saw a dip in his three-point shooting percentage (31.5%) by five percentage points from the previous season. He is a career 37% shooter from beyond the arc, so the data supports that he can get back up to that level.

92. Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks

Hardway broke out last year, which is why the Mavericks felt like a complete team. Hardaway shot 39.8% from three-point range last season and ranked 16th in the league in three-point field goals made per game. Per 36 minutes, he was averaging 3.5 three-point field goals, which is an incredible number.

The six-year veteran is very athletic and creates his shot. He does well in the lane and at the rim. If asked, Hardaway could play point guard. Defensively, he could do better, but the Mavericks like his offense more than his defense. His offensive win shares were 3.4 last year. The previous four seasons before that totaled 3.6. Could Hardway Jr. make his way to All-Star Weekend this year?

91. Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings

In the last two seasons, Hield has been close to averaging 20 points per game. The glaring question in Sacramento is if the Kings are using Hield correctly? Last year his points averaged out 19.2 points with a shooting clip of 39.4% from the three-point range. However, his offensive win shares were just 1.4, which is considerably low.

The numbers don’t lie. Per 100 possession, Hield is averaging over 30 points per game for two consecutive seasons. Narrow it down to per 36 minutes and the numbers are around 22 points per game with a similar shooting percentage. Why aren’t the Kings winning when Hield produces though? That’s a question for Luke Walton.

90. Robert Covington, Portland Trail Blazers

Covington is the poster child for “3-and-D” wings. He does a little bit of everything. Covington can produce north of 10 points per game, average close to seven rebounds, and shoot from downtown. However, his defense is what stands out.

His long wingspan helps him intercept passes, block shots, and rebound very well. He hits his free throws at the line. When it comes to small forwards, Covington is a gem, which explains why Portland offered a first-round pick in a trade with the Houston Rockets.

89. Danillo Gallinari, Atlanta Hawks

Despite never making an All-Star game in his career, Gallinari remains one of the most underrated players in the league. Gallinari has come a long way since getting booed on draft night by the New York Knicks in 2008. Last year, Gallinari scored the third-highest points per game (18.7) of his career and maintained shooting above 40% from three-point land for the second straight season.

At 6-foot-10, Gallinari has shooting guard skills despite playing at small forward. He also is a solid passer even though the assists numbers are not there to support that. If someone can get Gallinari the ball in the corner, there is a high chance the ball is going to go in.

88. Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons

The Pistons are hopeful that the franchise is getting postseason Jerami Grant. In the postseason, Grant dazzled fans as he helped the Denver Nuggets come back from a 3-1 deficit over the Los Angeles Clippers. Grant was hitting the outside shot and driving to the basket. Grant is a pure, explosive slasher that can be exciting with hard dunks. Even when he draws contact, he finds a way to either make the basket or get to the free-throw line.

He’s also a solid defender, averaging close to one block per game. Grant is a great role player that hustles, plays great defense, and passes the ball. With the way the Pistons are constructed, Detroit is hopeful that there is some untapped potential we haven’t seen yet. Even without his ceiling, Grant is a top player in the league.

87. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings

Barnes is a “glue guy” for the Kings. While Barnes averages 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, he also is an underrated defender. Barnes provides a good shooter at all parts of the floor, shooting over 46% inside the arc, as well as over 38% from outside.

As far as durability goes, Barnes has played in over 70 games in six of his seven seasons. In the lone outlier season, Barnes played 66 games that year, making 59 starts. All in all, if the Kings have any chance of making the postseason, Barnes will be a name that comes up frequently on the scoresheet.

86. Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets

Giving Rozier a three-year, $58 million contract might have been the wrong play by the Hornets. However, Rozier did live up to expectations in year one. In his first season, Rozier averaged 18.0 points, shot over 40% from three-point range, and added 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. That’s not a bad season from your starting shooting guard.

For someone that is just 6-foot-1, Rozier plays much bigger than what his size indicates. He possesses great length that goes unnoticed. He’s an excellent finisher at the rim. While he is still developing as a pure point guard, his abilities as a number two are there. Rozier just needs to limit his turnovers, as he finished with 2.2 per game last year.

85. Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets have something brewing in their backcourt. While LaMelo Ball will be a great addition, Graham is still the point guard on the depth chart for good reason. In his rookie season, Graham averaged 18.2 points and 7.5 assists. Graham has a solid all-around game.

Graham is a solid passer, distributor, and can hit a three-point shot (37.3%). While he is not the tallest guard in the league (6-foot-2), he makes up for it with his ability to control the ball and get steals. Graham could be another Dennis Schroder down the line.

84. Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards

For a guy that started just four games last season, Bertans showed off his skills last season. For a 6-foot-10 power forward, Bertans has the agility to get open. In transition, Bertans can run the floor. He is a consistent three-point threat and hits 85.2% of his free throws.

Going back to his shooting ways, Bertans flew under the radar. His 3.7 three-point field goals per game ranked fourth in the NBA, while his 42.4% from three-point land ranked sixth. This is an undoubtedly great outside shooter that gives Washington the ability to stretch the floor.

83. John Wall, Houston Rockets

This is a win-win for the Rockets. If Wall is truly the 83rd best player in the NBA, the bare minimum Houston gets is a rock-solid point guard that can slash into the lane and find an open man. However, Wall is a former five-time NBA All-Star and was the No. 1 overall pick for a reason.

Wall’s primary reason for ranking so low is that he has not played a regular-season game since December 28th, 2018. Wall has begun preseason play and looks like his former self, which is a guard that averaged over 10 assists per game for three straight seasons.

82. Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers

A three-time Sixth Man of the Year, Williams is a pure scorer with excellent hands and quickness. There were times over his career that he carried a team to a victory. He can hit tough shots from midrange or deep. On top of that, Williams can drive to the lane and get off a pass when defenders overplay him.

Even though Williams started just eight games last season, he closes out games. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Williams is a point guard that plays the shooting guard position. He will be in contention for his fourth Sixth Man of the Year Award this season.

81. Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies

The Toronto Raptors didn’t trade Valanciunas two years ago to the Grizzlies for Marc Gasol because they wanted to dump the center. The team just wanted a veteran to help them go title chasing. As a true center, Valanciunas has finished with double-double averages over the last two seasons. He is coming off his best season in rebounding with 11.3 per game, which is sixth overall in the league. He also finished 10th in the league in double-doubles with 39.

Thanks to his great size, 7-foot-0 and 265 pounds, he owns the offensive glass. He brings an above-average skill set for a true center too. From three-point range, Valanciunas shot 35.2%. Even though he is not the greatest shot blocker, he makes up for it in other ways on the floor. We should expect to see Valanciunas at the top of the league for double-doubles once again.

80. Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz

Before Bogdanovic missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs, he was the team’s most dependent lethal threat from outside. Some could argue that if Bogdanovic didn’t get injured, the Jazz would have made it out of the first round and more. Bogdanovic ranked 13th and 12th respectively in the league in three-point field goals made per game and three-point field goal percentage. In a career season last year, Bogdanovic averaged 20.2 points per game.

The sweet-shooting small forward was an overall efficient scorer. He can put the ball on the floor and take it to the rim as well. He does a nice job of drawing contact and then converting at the free-throw line. Last year, Bogdanovic converted 90.3% of all free throws. It took a while for Bogdanovic to find his rhythm in the league, but when he did, he put everyone else on notice.

79. Will Barton, Denver Nuggets

Losing Will Barton to a knee injury was very unfortunate for the Nuggets. Barton started all 58 games before going down and the Nuggets missed his shooting skills. Barton is an efficient shooter from all over the court. Barton shot 45% from the field, 37.5% from three-point range, and 76.7% from the free-throw line.

He does just about everything on the floor as he posted solid rebounding, assists, and steals stats. Despite owning a thin-build, Barton is a dependable defender as well. For now, Barton’s knee is 100% healthy, which is a great sign if you are a fan of the Nuggets.

78. Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers

This rank has everything to do with the uncertainty of Oladipo’s progress from recovery from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. There are also questions about his future with the team as this is the final year of his contract. When healthy, Oladipo is a contender for making the All-Star team as a two-way player, but we haven’t seen that form since he sustained the injury in January 2019.

Oladipo played just 19 games last season, but when he is healthy he is an All-NBA Defensive Team member, as well as a contender for All-NBA recognition. We might be selling Oladipo short right now, but he has to prove that he can play this season healthy. If he does, he is a top-30 player in the league at the bare minimum.

77. Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers

The fact that Anthony is playing this year is a borderline miracle. Anthony had a messy divorce with the Rockets last season, nearly retired, and joined the Trail Blazers midseason where he started in all 58 games he appeared. However, the 2020-2021 season will feature Anthony as the first member off the bench.

Having one of the NBA’s all-time great scorers as your first option off the bench is a nice luxury to have. Anthony has some of the best instincts when it comes to connecting his jump shot. Between his quick release and veteran presence, Anthony can provide Portland with a Sixth Man of the Year type of season. By the end of the season, expect to see Anthony near the top of those poll standings.

76. JJ Redick, New Orleans Pelicans

It’s hard to believe that Redick turns 37 at the end of this season. It still feels like yesterday that Redick was scoring basket after basket at Duke. However, Redick has aged like a fine wine and has gotten better over time. At the age of 35, Redick produced a season of 15.3 points per game with a shooting mark of 45.3% from three-point range, which was second-best in all the NBA. Redick was also an automatic free-throw shooter, finishing with an eighth-best 89.2%.

What’s special about Redick is that he has worked hard to become a better passer in the league as well. He isn’t afraid to drive to the hoop and make contact either. His range makes him a dangerous 2-guard in the league. Even though this could be the tail end of his career, Redick is still one of the best players to have on your team.

75. Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks

Lopez is one of the most talented centers in the game. He is a go-to scorer that takes smart shots in the low-post and beyond the arc. When Lopez developed a three-point shot, it made him a lethal target for the Bucks, which included shooting 12-28 from three-point range against the Miami Heat in the second round of the NBA playoffs.

For a center, Lopez does a great job of taking care of the ball too, averaging just 1.0 turnovers per game. Since he has a checkered past with foot injuries, it limits his ability as a rebounder, but Lopez evolved his game so that he could produce in other ways. That’s what good players do. They evolve.

74. Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

It might be a long shot, but the 24-year old has the potential to be a primetime shot-blocking, sweet-shooting center with All-Star potential. Turner has some very similar comparisons to ex-Pacer center Roy Hibbert. When in his prime, Hibbert was a two-time NBA All-Star that once averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. That was his non-All-Star appearance too.

Turner is a tough matchup as a legit 7-footer. He moves like a small forward and stretches the floor with his shooting range. Turner’s ability to shoot from outside makes him more dangerous than Hibbert. At 25 years old, Hibbert made his first All-Star team in Indiana. Could this be a similar pattern for Turner?

73. Dennis Schroder, Los Angeles Lakers

Schroder loves to play fast, which made him a great complement to Chris Paul with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. Schroder averaged over 18 points per game, and that number could go north of 20 this year with LeBron James serving as the team’s point guard. Schroder can flash quick crossovers and has no hesitation taking off to the basket.

Last year was the best display of offense by Schroder. Per 36 minutes, Schroder averaged a career-high 22.1 points. In the past, Schroder has been a solid passer, averaging over 7.0 assists per 36 minutes four times in his career. Last year, he had to be a shooter since Paul could manage ball-handling skills. To get the Sixth Man of the Year Runner-Up made this Lakers bench exceptionally better.

72. Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Lakers

Why does Harrell get the slight nod above Schroder in the rankings? Considering it was Harrell that beat Schroder to win Sixth Man of the Year seems like the leading bullet point. The Lakers signed the former Clippers big man after the 26-year old averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-8, 240-pounded showed flashes that he could be an All-Star last season.

Harrell is long, explosive, a solid rebounder, and shot-blocker. Harrell boasted 4.4 offensive win shares to go with 2.5 defensive win shares last year. He’s mobile, fast, and gets up and down the floor quickly. In reality, Harrell would be a great starter for some teams. He gets a knock in the rankings for coming off the bench, having never averaged more than 30 minutes per game in a season in his career.

71. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks

Bogdanovic was nearly a Milwaukee Buck before the deal broke down last minute. Instead, he gives the Hawks a guard that is creative as a scorer and distributor. He can play both guard spots, penetrate in the paint, and hit a three when the team sags off. At 6-foot-6, 205 pounds, Bogdanovic possesses excellent height and length to play in an NBA backcourt.

Last year, Bogdanovic started in 28 of 61 games and could be forced into a similar role. The Hawks would love to have a player that can provide a team the same skills Lou Williams provides for the Clippers. However, Bogdanovic has much more to offer as a complete package.

70. Derrick Rose, Detroit Pistons

Once upon a time, Rose could have contended for No. 1 on this list. The youngest-recorded MVP in NBA history has come a long way since two ACL surgeries. In the last two seasons, Rose has shown that he is ready to help a true title contender. In 2019 for Detroit, Rose posted his best overall season since he played for the New York Knicks in 2016.

Rose averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 assists, and shot 49% from the field in 50 games. While Rose can’t play over 30 minutes a game due to his injury history, Rose clipped 26 minutes per game for the second straight season. At 32, Rose is finally healthy and can provide the Pistons, or whoever tries to trade for Rose, a solid guard off the bench that can run the offense, find the open man, and make explosive plays at the rim.

69. Duncan Robinson, Miami Heat

Duncan Robinson came out of nowhere last year. After being barely used in 2018, Robinson averaged 13.5 points and his three-point field goal percentage (44.6%) ranked fourth in the league. His 3.7 three-point field goals per game also ranked fifth in the league, making him one of the best long-ball shooters on the floor at all times.

The Heat haven’t had a consistent three-point shooter since Ray Allen suited up. The only drawback as a spot-up shooter is that he does not get to the free-throw line enough. Robinson shot 93% from the charity stripe, making 67 of 72 attempts. Unfortunately, that did not qualify him in the overall standings for that category.

68. Jusef Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers

Nobody can deny that Nurkic is one of the best centers in the league. In three of the last four seasons, Nurkic has averaged a double-double. Nurkic averaged 17.6 points and 10.3 rebounds in just eight games last season, but Portland plays so much better when he is on the floor.

For starters, Nurkic forces opposing teams to defend him in the post. Nurkic missed shooting 50% or better on field goals for the fifth straight season by 0.5%. When he is in the post, teams are forced to collapse, which opens up the shooters on the wing. Plain and simple, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are great players, but they are more open when Nurkic is on the floor with them.

67. Eric Bledsoe, New Orleans Pelicans

Most teams wouldn’t want to trade Bledsoe because he is a solid player in the league. The only reason the Bucks traded him to New Orleans was that it meant the team was getting an upgrade at the position with Jrue Holiday. However, Bledsoe is a physically gifted player that makes plays on both sides of the court.

Bledsoe averaged 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.4 assists last year. He proved he can score on the perimeter, distribute the ball, and works well in transition. For somebody that is just 6-foot-1, Bledsoe plays like he is so much bigger. Playing alongside Lonzo Ball gives the Pelicans a very interesting backcourt to start the season.

66. Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons

Griffin is the biggest conundrum in the entire NBA. Griffin has played over 33 games in a season just one time in the last four seasons. When Griffen is healthy, he averages close to 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. When he doesn’t play, his numbers are nearly half of that. It all comes down to health, which was not his strong suit last year after playing in just 18 games.

Griffin gets paid a lot of money to be the face of the franchise and this season could be a defining moment for the 31-year old. On any title-contending team, Griffin would be a solid No. 2 option, almost the same way Kevin Love complemented LeBron James during their years in Cleveland. Somebody that can rebound, distribute, and protect the lane. If Griffin can stay on the floor, expect this ranking to go up.

65. Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers

Drummond is one of the best rebounders in the NBA. The defending rebounding champ averaged 15.2 boards per game last year. On top of that, Drummond is a great rim protector, once averaging 5.9 defensive win shares in 2018. Simply put, Drummond dominates the paint.

He uses his great muscle, bulk, and athleticism to pile on double-doubles. Drummond’s 47 double-doubles between the Pistons and Cavaliers last year was fifth-most in the league. He has the potential to be a great shot blocker, as well as a passer after averaging 2.7 assists as a big-man.

64. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

Sabonis is one of the most underrated players in the league. His 50 double-doubles out of 62 games last season ranked third in the league only to Hassan Whiteside and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Sabonis had a career season averaging 18.5 points and 12.4 rebounds on route to his first All-Star appearance. His rebounding mark ranked fourth overall.

For a near 7-footer, Sabonis is quite nimble in the paint and has proven that he can hit from three-point range. As a natural lefty, he is tough to defend. He hits 73.2% of his free throws, works hard, and plays defense. At just 24-years old, we haven't seen the true ceiling of Sabonis.

63. Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets

LeVert is likely the missing piece to the “Big 3” in Brooklyn. After missing the first stretch of the season due to thumb surgery, LeVert didn’t miss a beat when he finished the year with a career-high in nearly all statistical categories. LeVert’s 18.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists were the best numbers LeVert had ever produced in four seasons with the Nets.

His upside is precisely why the team didn’t want to trade LeVert to the Pelicans for Jrue Holiday. LeVert can stretch the floor and attack the basket. The best part is that LeVert did a lot of this damage as having to be one of the main ball handlers. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant back, LeVert can settle back to being the third option, which is a scary thought when you think about how good this Nets team could be this year.

62. Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets

For a player that started 49 of the team’s 64 games and was once dumped by the Chicago Bulls, Dinwiddie could be a darkhorse for Sixth Man of the Year this season. With the new additions to the team, Dinwiddie can revert to his bench role. When he plays, Dinwiddie is a lethal scoring option, finishing 23rd in the league with a career-high 20.6 points per game.

When on the floor, Dinwiddie accounted for an offensive plus/minus of 2.7, which was the highest in his career. That goes with 3.2 offensive win shares when he is on the floor. For similar reasons mentioned about LeVert, Dinwiddie makes this Nets team lethal on offense when he is hot.

61. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies

Between Jaren Jackson Jr. (21) and Ja Morant (20), the Grizzlies have two of the best young stars in the NBA. Jackson can dominate games defensively as a rim protector thanks to his length and instincts. At 6-foot-11, 242 pounds, we haven’t seen a young player with this kind of athleticism in a long time. While he is not the shot creator on offense, he makes up for it down low. He’s also great with contact and finishes at the charity stripe (74.7%).

What stands out is that he can hit from downtown. Jackson finished with a clip of 39.4% from three-point range last season. That put Jackson at 35th on the list as a hybrid power-forward/center. Some of the names around him? Buddy Hield, Tim Hardawary Jr., and Brandon Ingram. One of those is an All-Star, while the two others have potential.

60. Kelly Oubre, Golden State Warriors

There’s just this feeling that Oubre is going to have a better season than last year. What’s tricky is that Oubre had a great 2019-2020 season. He averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 steals. Not to mention, he is a long, athletic defender that excels on the other end. Oubre was traded to the Warriors, who love to run with the ball and that is where Oubre could take the next step to the 20-point range.

Oubre is at his best when he is up-tempo, keying in on transition with high-level slashing in the lane. Just Google some of his dunks and you will see what he can do on the run. He’s also versatile, being able to play the small forward or shooting guard position. With Klay Thompson out for the year, the Warriors will need another solid season from the 25-year old.

59. Mike Conley Jr., Utah Jazz

Two of the last three seasons have been tough for Conley due to injuries. Conley played in just 12 games in 2017, and 47 games last year. Conley’s ranks would be higher if he wasn’t out with injuries last year. Going off his 2018-2019 season, Conley finished with an estimated win share of 8.0, as well as 5.7 offensive win shares. The offense flowed through Conley an estimated 27% of the time, which was a career-high.

When Conley was healthy for the playoffs, he gave the Jazz fans a dose of what a season would look like. He averaged 19.8 points and 5.2 assists in the five games he played. That also includes shooting 52.9% from the three-point range. Again, this is a product of a limited sample size from last season.

58. Serge Ibaka, Los Angeles Clippers

Ibaka thrived in his role coming off the bench last season. His 15.4 points per game were a career-high, while his 8.2 rebounds per game were the highest total he had since the 2013-2014 season. More impressively, Ibaka maybe the NBA’s best shot-blocker even though it doesn’t come up on the stat sheet.

With long arms and quick athleticism, Ibaka is one of the best one-on-one defenders in the league. He has a great motor, which is why he was perfect for coming off the bench. Ibaka shot 38.5% from the three-point range, making him a deep threat as well. No matter what the Clippers use him for, Ibaka will make the team better.

57. Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers

Brogdon proved he was worth the money when he signed with Indiana the last offseason. A career-high 7.1 assists had Brogdon finish 11th overall in assists per game. According to the advanced stats, Brogdon assisted on 33.8% of his teammates' shots. That is an incredible number.

Among other skills, Brogdon possesses a high basketball IQ, he can play either point guard, shooting guard, or small forward if the Pacers needed him. He can find the open shooter, create his shot, and moves very fluently without the ball.

56. Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors

When Danny Green left the Raptors, the franchise needed someone who was going to step up as a knockdown shooter from outside. VanVleet went from fan-favorite sub to starter and had a career season in a contract year. VanVleet averaged 17.6 points and became one of the best long ball shooters in the league.

When breaking it down, VanVleet shoots the ball from the three-point range 48.4% of the time and converts 39.0% of his shots. Every team needs someone who can knock down a clutch three-pointer. Plus, the Raptors play better when he is on the floor. The Raptors are +5.2 when he plays and -3.3 when he doesn’t.

55. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Smart could be the best “floor general” and defensive guard in the league. Smart is a true shutdown defender that will not back away from anybody. He is consistently stuck with guarding the opposition’s best scorer. He’s not just limited to guards either. Smart can guard all positions, including center. The best part is that he does all this and stays out of foul trouble, averaging just 3.0 fouls per game.

Smart had his best offensive season last year with 12.9 points, as well as career-highs in rebounds (3.8) and assists (4.9). Smart is the bonafide emotional leader and a true poster child of what a “glue guy” looks like on the court. If Smart were to go down, the Celtics would not be the same team.

54. TJ Warren, Indiana Pacers

Be honest. Did you know who TJ Warren was before the teams played in the bubble? Warren made a name for himself the first game back from the shutdown with a 53-point outburst against the 76ers. Warren then scored 34, 32, 16, and 39 points over the next four games. What you may not know is that Warren was contributing at a high level before the NBA went into lockdown.

Warren was somebody that could contribute nearly 20-points each night and converted most of his shots. His field goal percentage (53.6%) ranked 16th in the league. What’s even more impressive is that most of the names ahead of Warren are true centers, while Warren primarily plays at the small forward position.

53. Tyler Herro, Miami Heat

If Herro isn’t starting this year, he could be a top contender for Sixth Man of the Year. Herro broke out onto the scene when he dropped 37 points against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference, but on a local level, those around Miami know about Harry's game.

Herro doesn’t rank too high among outside shooting statistical categories because he wasn’t regularly played until the later part of the season. Once he was a consistent part of the offensive rotation, we saw that Herro can drain three-point shots regularly and shoot lights out from all over the floor. He has enough talent to defend small forwards with his 6-foot-6 frame as well. We didn’t see much of what he can do as a passer, but his sophomore season could be something special.

52. Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers

Harris is a top small forward in the league thanks to his offensive abilities and athleticism. At 6-foot-9 and 235 pounds, Harris doesn’t move like a typical forward. He can do just about everything at a higher level compared to his “utility” peers. Last year, Harris averaged 19.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

What stands out is that Harris was a two-way player last year. When on the floor, Harris finished the season with 3.5 offensive win shares to go with 2.7 defensive win shares. He also takes care of the ball, averaging a turnover of just 7.6% of the time. Nobody in the bottom half of the top-100 comes close to these numbers. At the age of 27, we could see just the beginning of Harris’ prime years.

51. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

Ayton has produced at a relatively high level, but his game gets swept under the rug because the Suns haven’t made the playoffs the last two seasons. Last year, Ayton averaged 18.3 points and 11.5 rebounds to finish his second consecutive year averaging a double-double. His defensive presence grew as well, increasing his blocks from 0.9 to 1.5. While his sample size was 38 games, Ayton could be on his way to his first All-Star game this season.

With his length, frame, and 7-foot frame, Ayton is the complete package at the center. He can finish around the basket, finishing with a 14th best field goal percentage (54.6%). This could be only the beginning of what we have seen from Ayton.