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Full List: ESPN’s 100 best NBA players for 2020-21 season #NBArank

Even with Covid-19, some things haven’t changed.

It’s that time of year when ESPN puts out their list of the  top 100 NBA players under the hashtag #NBArank and we put out our full list so you all can get the full context of why Lonzo Ball is ranked so damn high! More on that later.

Looking for the top 100 NBA players for the 2021-22 season? Click here.

In the tenth year of the always-controversial list, ESPN went back to listing out 100 players again (sometimes they go with only 74 players as they did last season) again putting out the survey to a select panel of NBA scribes, media and experts and asking “Who are the NBA’s top players for the upcoming 2020-21?” and then tabulating those votes.

A list never fails to generate discussion

As with every list that ESPN has put out, there’s very little drama with the top ten in terms of the players chosen. It should come as no surprise to even the most casual of fans that LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic are in the top 10, but it’s the players that are ranked from #10 on down that fans, NBA talking heads and Twitter are taking offense too.

We think Sports Illustrated’s list is a much more accurate representation of the league’s 100 best players.

This year is a little different as ESPN has hidden some of their releases (#100-51, #10-1) behind their Insider paywall, but teasing you with free access to 50-11 rankings of the list.

We’ll get into the controversies in approximately 100 rows. Until then we scoured a bunch of disparate articles to put together ESPN’s full list of to 100 NBA players for the 2021 season for you.

ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players of 2021 Season
Rank Player Team
1 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2 Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers
3 Giannis Milwaukee Bucks
4 Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks
5 Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
6 Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
7 Damien Lillard Portland Trailblazers
8 Steph Curry Golden State Warriors
9 James Harden Houston Rockets
10 Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets
11 Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics
12 Jimmy Butler Miami Heat
13 Bam Adebayo Miami Heat
14 Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers
15 Chris Paul Phoenix Suns
16 Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
17 Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
18 Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz
19 Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
20 Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
21 Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets
22 Bradley Beal Washington Wizards
23 Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
24 Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors
25 Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
26 Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
27 CJ McCollum Portland Trailblazers
28 Brandon Ingram New Orleans Pelicans
29 Trae Young Atlanta Hawks
30 Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors
31 Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies
32 Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics
33 Jrue Holiday Milwaukee Bucks
34 De'Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings
35 Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks
36 Russell Westbrook Washington Wizards
37 Marcus Smart Boston Celtics
38 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder
39 Malcolm Brogdon Indiana Pacers
40 Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors
41 Kristaps Porzingis Dallas Mavericks
42 Nikola Vucevic Orlando Magic
43 Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies
44 Draymond Green Golden State Warriors
45 Gordon Hayward Atlanta Hawks
46 Caris LeVert Brooklyn Nets
47 Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers
48 Kemba Walker Boston Celtics
49 Spencer Dinwiddie Brooklyn Nets
50 Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers
51 Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets
52 Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns
53 Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trailblazers
54 Lonzo Ball New Orleans Pelicans
55 Christian Wood Detroit Pistons
56 Zach Lavine Chicago Bulls
57 Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers
58 Goran Dragic Miami Heat
59 Tyler Herro Miami Heat
60 Robert Covington Portland Trailblazers
61 Davis Bertans Washington Wizards
62 Bogdan Bogdanovic Atlanta Hawks
63 TJ Warren Indiana Pacers
64 Kevin Love Cleveland Cavs
65 Blake Griffin Detroit Pistons
66 Serge Ibaka Los Angeles Clippers
67 Eric Bledsoe New Orleans Pelicans
68 OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors
69 D'Angelo Russell Minnesota Timberwolves
70 Steven Adams  New Orleans Pelicans
71 Mike Conley Jr. Utah Jazz
72 PJ Tucker Houston Rockets
73 Bojan Bogdanovic Utah Jazz
74 Myles Turner Indiana Pacers
75 Duncan Robinson Miami Heat
76 Montrezl Harrell Los Angeles Lakers
77 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Los Angeles Lakers
78 Aaron Gordon Orlando Magic
79 Dennis Schroder Los Angeles Lakers
80 Josh Richardson Philadelphia 76ers
81 John Wall Houston Rockets
82 DeMar DeRozan San Antonio Spurs
83 Dejounte Murray San Antonio Spurs
84 John Collins Atlanta Hawks
85 Danilo Gallinari Atlanta Hawks
86 Brook Lopez Milwaukee Bucks
87 Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings
88 Jerami Grant Detroit Pistons
89 Joe Ingles Utah Jazz
90 Patrick Beverley  Los Angeles Clippers
91 Seth Curry Philadelphia 76ers
92 Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks
93 Ricky Rubio  Minnesota Timberwolves
94 Jarett Allen Brooklyn Nets
95 LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs
96 Marc Gasol Los Angeles Lakers
97 Derrick White San Antonio Spurs
98 Otto Porter Jr. Chicago Bulls
99 Marcus Morris Sr. Los Angeles Clippers
100  Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets

We’re clearly still working on the list. Stay tuned/check back as we put the pieces together.

As always, ESPN brings the controversy

If you’re a betting man, you know that there’s a 100% chance that these type of lists from ESPN will drum up noise. That’s a safe bet at Kucasino online or any online casino.

In the short time the list has been live, the biggest controversy seems to be how high Lonzo Ball ranked on the list. The fact that the elder Ball brother was at position #54 wasn’t the issue technically, it was the fact that he was above players like PJ Tucker, Aaron Gordon, Tyler Herro, Zach LaVine, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Mike Conley Jr. and DeMar DeRozan (whom most fans thought was the most-severely underrated at 82!)

DeMar thought the same. Here’s what DeRozan had to emote online:


Can’t get enough of righteous frustration or hurt fanboys? Then check out this tweet thread for a small sample of all the above and more emotions (that ESPN counts on every season all the way to the click bank).

Of those players ranked below Lonzo, players DeRozan, Herro, LaVine, John Collins and Russell all have their own articles and Twitter discussions dedicated to their being over and underrated by ESPN’s experts. The same goes with Zion being ranked above established superstars.

We always like looking at this list and we love Duncan Robinson at #75, but is he really better than Montrezl Harrell (#76)  or Aaron Gordon (#78) much less Collins (#84) and Buddy Hield (#87)? This article from USA Today does a great job summarizing some of those emotions.

What about snubs?

Some of the more notable snubs include the Derrick Rose, Andre Drummond, Pelicans’ JJ Redick, Rajon Rondo, Carmelo Anthony, Alex Caruso, Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Eric Paschall. Wendall Carter Jr. and Paul Millsap also didn’t make the cut

The list also left off rookies Coby White, Brandon Clarke, and Kendrick Nunn.

Just be glad Lavar Ball wasn’t on the panel of experts, Lonzo would have been much higher.


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