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ESPN’s List of ‘The NBA’s 100 Best Players for the 2022-23 season #NBArank

As we write this article, we have less than a month left before the NBA kicks off the 2022-23 season schedule when the Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers on October 18th. Still seems like too long? Well, the NBA preseason starts even earlier than that on September 30th when the Golden State Warriors play against the Washington Wizards in Japan.

Alright we’re straying a bit off subject, the reason why we bring up the upcoming season is because it’s getting to that time of year when predictions, NBA odds for the championship, NBA2K player ratings, talking heads make bold claims, podcasts come back from vacation, and all types of other rankings come out of the woodwork. In order words, the NBA media and content machine is revving their engine.

ESPN’s  ‘The NBA’s 100 Best Players of 2022-23’

One of the more popular lists that come out around this time of year is the ESPN’s list of the NBA’s 100 Best Players. The annual ranking of players surely gets fanbases riled up and setting internet forums on fire.

ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players (2022)
Rank Player Team Last Yr
100 Bogdan Bogdanovic Atlanta Hawks 64
99 Grant Williams Boston Celtics NR
98 Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks 93
97 Kevin Love Cleveland Cavs NR
96 Seth Curry Brooklyn Nets 88
95 Keegan Murray Sacramento Kings NR
94 Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies NR
93 D'Angelo Russell Minnesota Timberwolves 63
92 Christian Wood Dallas Mavericks 60
91 Anfernee Simons Portland Trailblazers NR
90 Buddy Hield Indiana Pacers 51
89 Mike Conley Utah Jazz 48
88 Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trailblazers 74
87 Malcolm Brogdon Boston Celtics 65
86 Kristaps Porzingis Washington Wizards 50
85 Jordan Clarkson Utah Jazz 90
84 Jonas Valanciunas New Orleans Pelicans 94
83 Aaron Gordon Denver Nuggets 69
82 Paolo Banchero Orlando Magic NR
81 Josh Giddey Oklahoma City Thunder NR
80 Caris LeVert Cleveland Cavs 80
79 Clint Capela Atlanta Hawks 55
78 Lonzo Ball Chicago Bulls 57
77 Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies 78
76 Ben Simmons Brooklyn Nets 28
ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players (75-51)
Rank Player Team Last Yr
75 OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors 72
74 Harrison Barnes Sacramento Kings NR
73 John Collins Atlanta Hawks 54
72 Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets NR
71 Julius Randle New York Knicks 42
70 Al Horford Boston Celtics NR
69 Spencer Dinwiddie Dallas Mavericks 68
68 Desmond Bane Memphis Grizzlies NR
67 Jalen Brunson New York Knicks NR
66 Myles Turner Indiana Pacers 44
65 Russell Westbrook Los Angeles Lakers 29
64 Jerami Grant Portland Trailblazers 53
63 RJ Barrett New York Knicks NR
62 Jalen Green Houston Rockets 96
61 Tyler Herro Miami Heat NR
60 Kyle Lowry Miami Heat 43
59 Tyrese Haliburton Indiana Pacers 73
58 Robert Williams III Boston Celtics NR
57 Nikola Vucevic Chicago Bulls 39
56 Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers 46
55 Jordan Poole Golden State Warriors NR
54 De'Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings 34
53 Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies NR
52 Jarrett Allen Cleveland Cavs 61
51 Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns 35

ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players (50-21)
Rank Player Team Last Yr
50 Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets NR
49 Mikal Bridges Phoenix Suns 66
48 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder 36
47 Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers 40
46 Darius Garland Cleveland Cavs 84
45 CJ McCollum New Orleans Pelicans 30
44 Tyrese Maxey Philadelphia 76ers NR
43 Draymond Green Golden State Warriors 37
42 Dejounte Murray Atlanta Hawks 83
41 LaMelo Ball Charlotte Hornets 47
40 Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans 23
39 Scottie Barnes Toronto Raptors NR
38 Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors 56
37 Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 32
36 Evan Mobley Cleveland Cavs NR
35 Cade Cunningham Detroit Pistons 76
34 Marcus Smart Boston Celtics 49
33 Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets 20
32 Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors 77
31 Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks 19
30 Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors 38
29 Brandon Ingram New Orleans Pelicans 26
28 DeMar DeRozan Chicago Bulls 45
27 Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls 33
26 Jrue Holiday Milwaukee Bucks 22
25 Anthony Edwards Minnesota Timberwolves 52
24 Donovan Mitchell Cleveland Cavs 18
23 Bam Adebayo Miami Heat 21
22 Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics 27
21 Chris Paul Phoenix Suns 13

ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players (20-1)
Rank Player Team Last Yr
20 Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 9
19 Bradley Beal Washington Wizards 11
18 Rudy Gobert Minnesota Timberwolves 25
17 Jimmy Butler Miami Heat 16
16 Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 17
15 Paul George Los Angeles Clippers 12
14 Damian Lillard Portland Trailblazers 8
13 Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 24
12 Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers NR
11 James Harden Philadelphia 76ers 10
10 Devin Booker Phoenix Suns 15
9 Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies 31
8 Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets 1
7 Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics 14
6 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 3
5 Steph Curry Golden State Warriors 5
4 Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 7
3 Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks 4
2 Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets 6
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks 2

If you’re reading this near the publication of the list, you may be looking at an incomplete list. That’s because ESPN announces the list in parts. First ESPN put out the players at #100 to #26 then released positions 25-11 on Thursday, September 22nd.  The full list hasn’t been released and there’s already videos calling the rankings bad and “getting worse.”

It won’t be much of a surprise to see the top ten players. It’ll be the league’s superstars Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Luke Doncic, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, LeBron James, and Nikola Jokic along with younger players Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum, and Devin Booker). Save for Booker, none of those names are breaking news, it’ll be the positions where they land.

The only questions are where they’ll land. ESPN’s 2021-22 list ranked Durant at #1 and I wouldn’t be surprise to see KD on the lower end of the ten best – I’m guessing #9 (updated: Durant landed at #8).

Where does the two-time, reigning MVP Jokic land on the list? How does Steph’s dominance in winning the NBA title last season, solidifying his legacy, improve his placement this year? Yes, LeBron is one of the league’s best players and averaged 30 points last season, but his Lakers are predicted to be subpar again.

Even if a list like this could be objectively perfect, fans’ opinions and biases get will get in the way of objectivity. Translation means no one is going to be happy with ESPN’s list. And ESPN loves this. They know First Take, Pardon the Interruption, Get Up and Around the Horn are a some of their most popular shows because of the ridiculous takes and opinions expressed on them.

Not that Ohm Youngmisuk, Jamal Collier, Tim McMahon, Kevin Pelton, Tim Bontemps, and friend of interbasket Jonathan Givony. didn’t do their best to be fair, they just know that lists grab eyeballs, clicks and advertiser money. No doubt when they review the year, the #NBARank list is going to be one of ESPN’s most-popular articles for the 2022-23 season.

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