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List of ESPN’s 100 best NBA players for the 2020 NBA season #NBArank

ESPN has released their top 100 NBA players with their annual #NBArank list. For the ninth consecutive year, the leader in sports has created a countdown of the best players for this upcoming 2019-20 season by asking their panel of basketball experts “Which NBA players are the best in 2019-20?” and then vote.

There are certainly locks for the top ten including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard, but how and where will they fall on this particular list is the question?

The NBA’s Top 100 Players of 2019

ESPN’s cadre of voters considered the quality and the quantity of a player’s contributions to his team’s ability to win games this upcoming season. To kick things off, ESPN first released their the players from 100 to 51, 50-31, 30-11, then 10-3, leaving the last two players – Giannis or Kawhi — for dramatic effect. As of the publication of this post, ESPN has yet to release the top two slots, so keep an eye on this post as we’ll be updating it when those rankings are released.

Top 100 NBA Players for 2019-20 Season
Rank Player Team Pos. 2018
1 Giannis Antetounmpo Milwaukee Bucks SF 4
2 Kawhi Leonard LA Clippers SF 7
3 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers SF 1
4 James Harden Houston Rockets SG 3
5 Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers PF 6
6 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors PG 2
7 Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets C 12
8 Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers C 9
9 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers PG 10
10 Paul George LA Clippers SF 14
11 Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets PG 20
12 Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets PG 7
13 CJ McCollum Portland Trail Blazers SG 30
14 Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz C 23
15 Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers PG 19
16 Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks SF 63
17 Kemba Walker Boston Celtics PG 26
18 Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves C 17
19 Bradley Beal Washington Wizards SG 29
20 Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz SG 22
21  Jimmy Butler Miami Heat  SG 13
22 Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors PF NR
23 Blake Griffin Detroit Pistons PF 33
24 Mike Conley Utah Jazz PG 44
25 De'Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings PG NR
26  D'Angelo Russell Golden State Warriors PG NR
27  Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets  PG 46
28  Trae Young Atlanta Hawks  PG NR
29  Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers  SF 60
30  Devin Booker Phoenix Suns  SG 31
31 Jrue Holiday New Orleans Pelicans SG 27
32 Chris Paul Oklahoma City Thunder  PG 11
33 Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers SG 15
34 Kristaps Porzingis Dallas Mavericks C 59
35 Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics SF 25
36 Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks SG 35
37 Al Horford Philadelphia 76ers C 34
38 Draymond Green Golden State Warriors PF 16
39 Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors PG 21
40 Nikola Vucevic Orlando Magic C NR
41 LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs PF 28
42 Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans PF NR
43 Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers PF 24
44 Myles Turner Indiana Pacers C 48
45 Aaron Gordon Orlando Magic PF 41
46 DeMar DeRozan San Antonio Spurs SG 39
47  John Collins Atlanta Hawks PF NR
48 Bojan Bogdanovic Utah Jazz SF NR
49 Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors SG 18
50 Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls PF 66
Top 100 NBA Players #51-100
NBARank Player Team Pos. Prev.
51 Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics SG 37
52 Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons C 45
53 Clint Capela Houston Rockets C 36
54 Jaren Jackson Jr Memphis Grizzlies PF NR
55 Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls SG NR
56 Brandon Ingram New Orleans Pelicans SF 55
57 Malcolm Brogdon Indiana Pacers SG 89
58 Lou Williams LA Clippers SG 72
59 Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings SG NR
60 Caris LeVert Brooklyn Nets SG NR
61 Marc Gasol Toronto Raptors C 51
62 Joe Ingles Utah Jazz  SF 53
63 Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers PF 92
64 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder PG NR
65 Gordon Hayward Boston Celtics SF 40
66 Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns C NR
67 Eric Bledsoe Milwaukee Bucks SG 56
68 Lonzo Ball New Orleans Pelicans PG 62
69 Marvin Bagley III Sacramento Kings PF NR
70 Gary Harris Denver Nuggets G 43
71 Dejounte Murray San Antonio Spurs PG 64
72 Montrezl Harrell LA Clippers C NR
73 JJ Redick New Orleans Pelicans SG 63
74 Bogdan Bogdanovic Sacramento Kings SG NR
75 Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder C 47
76 Spencer Dinwiddie Brooklyn Nets G 76
77 Kyle Kuzma Los Angeles Lakers PF 70
78 Eric Gordon Houston Rockets SG 42
79  Patrick Beverley LA Clippers PG NR
80 Brook Lopez Milwaukee Bucks C 30
81 Bam Adebayo Miami Heat C NR
82 PJ Tucker Houston Rockets PF NR
83 Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trail Blazers C 75
84 Ricky Rubio Phoenix Suns G 52
85 Paul Millsap Denver Nuggets PF 61
86 Josh Richardson Philadelphia 76ers SG 68
87 Marcus Smart Boston Celtics SG 54
88 Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors PG 74
89 Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets SG NR
90 Otto Porter Jr Chicago Bulls SF 38
91 Danilo Gallinari Oklahoma City Thunder SF NR
92 Julius Randle New York Knicks PF 84
93 Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies G NR
94 Justise Winslow Miami Heat SF 96
95 Jarrett Allen Brooklyn Nets C NR
96 Derrick Favors New Orleans Pelicans PF 83
97 Robert Covington Minnesota Timberwolves SF 49
98 Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks C NR
99 Evan Fournier Orlando Magic G 99
100 Derrick White San Antonio Spurs PG NR

So who had the biggest rise from their 2018 ranking to their 2019 ranking? According to, that goes to Pascal Siakam who rose from not ranked in 2018, to #22 on this year’s list. There were three other players that weren’t ranked that made the top 30 this year. Those three players seeing significant increase in their stocks were De’Aaron Fox (25), D’Angelo Russell (#26), and Trae Young at #28.

Booker and Ayton of the Phoenix Suns

Top 100 Snubs, Drops, and Surprises

If you’ve ever seen a list on the internet, you know that no matter how scientific or objective the rationale is, there’s always disagreements that stir up in the comment sections. And the more data that lists includes, the more inherently controversial it is. The same goes with this list, there’s a lot of questionable rankings. Such as PJ Tucker at #82 – is he really a player that would be selected over Jusef Nurkic (#83), Josh Richardson (#86), Fred VanVleet (#88) and Julius Randle (#92)?

You can hear the ESPN Talking Heads discuss those underrated players, overrated, and those players left off the list.

With the inclusion of rookies like Ja Morant and Zion Williamson, this isn’t all about how these players played last season, but the prospect of their performance for the upcoming season. Obviously a lot of discussion to be had, but as for now, we’ll let you scan the list for your favorite team’s players and get to hating.

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