As the season has progressed, players have either over or under performed, giving reason to reevaluate where players were ranked earlier in the season. There are my top-75 players for the 2018-2019 season for the rest of the season. Feel free to leave a comment on players you may agree/disagree on.
|1. James Harden||Houston Rockets||PG, SG|
|2. Anthony Davis||New Orleans Pelicans||PF, C|
|3. Giannis Antetokoumpo||Milwaukee Bucks||SF, PF|
|4. Kevin Durant||Golden State Warriors||SF, PF|
|5. Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors||PG|
|6. Lebron James||Los Angeles Lakers||SF, PF|
|7. Joel Embiid||Philadelphia 76ers||C|
|8. Karl-Anthony Towns||Minnesota Timberwolves||C|
|9. Russell Westbrook||Oklahoma City Thunder||PG|
|10. Nikola Jokic||Denver Nuggets||PF, C|
|11. Victor Oladipo||Indiana Pacers||PG, SG|
|12. Kawhi Leonard||Toronto Raptors||SF|
|13. Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||PG|
|14. Kemba Walker||Charlotte Hornets||PG|
|15. Paul George||Oklahoma City Thunder||SF|
|16. Jimmy Butler||Philadelphia 76ers||SF|
|17. Jrue Holiday||New Orleans Pelicans||PG|
|18. Kyle Lowry||Toronto Raptors||PG|
|19. Chris Paul||Houston Rockets||PG|
|20. Kyrie Irving||Boston Celtics||PG|
|21. Ben Simmons||Philadelphia 76ers||PG|
|22. DeMar Derozan||San Antonio Spurs||SG, SF|
|23. Rudy Gobert||Utah Jazz||C|
|24. Andre Drummond||Detroit Pistons||C|
|25. John Wall||Washington Wizards||PG|
As the top 25 rounds off, a few surprises are noticeably left of off the list. Some of these guys include Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Bradley Beal, and Devin Booker. All of those players are great and will be high up in the next 25, but they are not putting up as many supporting stats as guys like John Wall, DeMar Derozan, Ben Simmons, and Rudy Gobert.
Some risers in the top 25 would include a flaming hot James Harden slotting in at #1, a Jimmy Butler free Karl-Anthony Towns who is now thriving, steady Jrue Holiday, and John Wall.
|26. Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks||SG, SF|
|27. Donovan Mitchell||Utah Jazz||PG, SG|
|28. Clint Capela||Houston Rockets||C|
|29. Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns||PG, SG|
|30. Bradley Beal||Washington Wizards||SG|
|31. Marc Gasol||Memphis Grizzlies||C|
|32. Tobias Harris||Los Angeles Clippers||SF, PF|
|33. Nikola Vucevic||Orlando Magic||C|
|34.Blake Griffin||Detroit Pistons||PF|
|35. Lamarcus Aldridge||San Antonio Spurs||PF|
|36. Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors||SG|
|37. Eric Bledsoe||Milwaukee Bucks||PG|
|38. Gary Harris||Denver Nuggets||SF|
|39. DeAndre Jordan||Dallas Mavericks||C|
|40. Jayson Tatum||Boston Celtics||SF|
|41. C.J. McCollum||Portland Trail Blazers||SG|
|42. Robert Covington||Minnesota Timberwolves||SF|
|43. Enes Kanter||New York Knicks||C|
|44. Zach LaVine||Chicago Bulls||PG, SG|
|45. Myles Turner||Indiana Pacers||PF, C|
|46. Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||PG, SG|
|47. Mike Conley||Memphis Grizzlies||PG|
|48. Aaron Gordon||Orlando Magic||SF, PF|
|49. Al Horford||Boston Celtics||PF, C|
|50. Nikola Mirotic||New Orleans Pelicans||PF|
As the next 25 players culminate, there are some major names left out of the top 50. There are a few noticeable fallers like Draymond Green, Gordan Hayward, and Otto Porter. It is likely these guys will eventually bounce back, but they simply are not producing now.
- Green is struggling not only offensively, but also off the court as well.
- Hayward still looks shaky and is posting his lowest scoring average since his rookie year.
- Porter continues to play somewhat limited minutes, and not shoot threes.
Some risers, however, are Nikola Vucevic, Enes Kanter, and Klay Thompson.
- Vucevic has consistently put up top 5 numbers at the center position this season and is the leading scorer and rebounder on the surprisingly decent Orlando Magic team.
- Kanter has also put up great numbers, averaging a robust 16 pts and 12 rebounds in only 27 MPG.
- As for Klay, November has treated him well, averaging 26 PPG in that span.
|51. Otto Porter Jr.||Washington Wizards||SF|
|52. Lou Williams||Los Angeles Clippers||PG, SG|
|53. Hassan Whiteside||Miami Heat||C|
|54. DeAndre Ayton||Phoenix Suns||C|
|55. Josh Richardson||Miami Heat||PG, SG, SF|
|56. Jeff Teague||Minnesota Timberwolves||PG|
|57. Steven Adams||Oklahoma City Thunder||C|
|58. Luka Doncic||Dallas Mavericks||PG, SF|
|59. Ricky Rubio||Utah Jazz||PG|
|60. Jarrett Allen||Brooklyn Nets||PF, C|
|61. Jonas Valanciunas||Toronto Raptors||C|
|62. Paul Millsap||Denver Nuggets||PF|
|63. Julius Randle||New Orleans Pelicans||PF|
|64. Taurean Prince||Atlanta Hawks||SF|
|65. Tim Hardaway Jr.||New York Knicks||SG, SF|
|66. Gordan Hayward||Boston Celtics||SF|
|67. Harrison Barnes||Dallas Mavericks||SF|
|68. Goran Dragic||Miami Heat||SG|
|69. Serge Ibaka||Toronto Raptors||PF|
|70. Jusuf Nurkic||Portland Trail Blazers||C|
|71. D’Angelo Russell||Brooklyn Nets||PG|
|72. Joe Ingles||Utah Jazz||SF|
|73. Danilo Gallinari||Los Angeles Clippers||SF|
|74. Jaren Jackson Jr.||Memphis Grizzlies||PF|
|75. Dennis Smith Jr.||Dallas Mavericks||PG|
As we come to a close, a few guys with packed NBA resumes are left off the list. Some of these guys include Dwight Howard, Nicholas Batum, J.J. Redick and Kevin Love.
- Howard is still producing almost a double double per game, but can’t stay healthy and is slowing down offensively.
- Batum can still put up a few major stat lines, but has mostly underperformed this season, averaging a measly 9 PPG.
- Redick is still a great player and is shooting decent enough, but underwhelming 35% from beyond the arc and he also may lose some shots to Jimmy Butler.
- Love is a great player when he is on the court, but he simply cannot stay healthy. He is a must start player when he plays, but through the years his games played continues to drop.
On the other hand, some risers include, D’Angelo Russell, Harrison Barnes, and Paul Millsap.
- Russell has been balling lately averaging 20 PPG 6 APG and 4.5 RPG in his last 10 contests.
- Barnes is also hot, averaging 19 PPG and 5 RPG in his last 10 games.
- Millsap has finally meshed into the Nuggets high powered offense and is playing great as of late, giving owners an efficient scorer with good defensive stats as well.
On the whole, there is a lot of season left and many things can change, however, this is a very solid top.
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