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#NBArank Full List: ESPN’s ‘Top 100 NBA Players’ for 2021-22 season

October is quickly approaching and that means the 2021-22 NBA season is quickly arriving. With a few weeks before the new season kicks off, this is also when ESPN starts getting NBA fans bent out of shape with their sports network’s rankings of the top 100 NBA

This is the eleventh year that ESPN has slowly released their #NBArank list. And that is how many seasons we’ve followed up with ESPN’s full list in an easy and readable manner because who really cares about the five sentence explanation as to why Mikal Bridges is ranked #86? What they care about is getting emotional about why Bridges is #86 and why he’s above/below other players.

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ESPN’s 100 Best Players

To get to their controversial list of 100 players (or 74 players as they did a couple lists agon) they surveyed a panel of NBA writers, talking heads and “experts” asking them “Who are the NBA’s top players for the upcoming 2020-21?” and then counting up the rankings.

Even though Sports Illustrated released their list first, there’s no list that generates as much discussion as ESPN’s player rankings because their the prominent sports network that also broadcasts NBA games during the season.

There’s not much arguming when it comes to which players will likely comprise the top ten. Superstars like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Steph Curry are talked about ad nauseum that when they get down to the top ten, it’s not whether they’re at the top, it’s where they’re positioned. It’s not the Currys, James Hardens, Joel Embiids and Luka Doncics, it’s the players that come after that causes comment sections to explore all over the internet.

So are you ready for your head to explode and ready to mash your finger the caps lock? Because this is ESPN’s Top 100 NBA Players for the 2021-22 season.

ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players (2022)
Rank Player Team
100 Norman Powell Portland Trail Blazers
99 Danilo Gallinari Atlanta Hawks
98 Steven Adams Memphis Grizzlies
97 Will Barton Denver Nuggets
96 Jalen Green Houston Rockets
95 Kevin Huerter Atlanta Hawks
94 Jonas Valanciunas New Orleans Pelicans
93 Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks
92 Duncan Robinson Miami Heat
91 Derrick Rose New York Knicks
90 Jordan Clarkson Utah Jazz
89 Robert Covington Portland Trail Blazers
88 Seth Curry Philadelphia 76ers
87 Miles Bridges Charlotte Hornets
86 Devonte' Graham New Orleans Pelicans
85 John Wall Houston Rockets
84 Darius Garland Cleveland Cavs
83 Dejounte Murray San Antonio Spurs
82 Lauri Markkanen Cleveland Cavs
81 Terry Rozier Charlotte Hornets
80 Caris LeVert Indiana Pacers
79 Tim Hardaway Jr Dallas Mavericks
78 Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies
77 Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors
76 Cade Cunningham Detroit Pistons

ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players (75-51)
Rank Player Team
75 Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets
74 Jusuf Nurkic Portland Trail Blazers
73 Tyrese Haliburton Sacramento Kings
72 OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors
71 Jaren Jackson Jr Memphis Grizzlies
70 Kemba Walker New York Knicks
69 Aaron Gordon Denver Nuggets
68 Spencer Dinwiddie Washington Wizards
67 Bojan Bogdanovic Utah Jazz
66 Mikal Bridges Phoenix Suns
65 Malcolm Brogdon Indiana Pacers
64 Bogdan Bogdanovic Atlanta Hawks
63 D'Angelo Russell Minnesota Timberwolves
62 Joe Ingles Utah Jazz
61 Jarrett Allen Cleveland Cavaliers
60 Christian Wood Houston Rockets
59 Collin Sexton Cleveland Cavaliers
58 Gordon Hayward Charlotte Hornets
57 Lonzo Ball Chicago Bulls
56 Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors
55 Clint Capela Atlanta Hawks
54 John Collins Atlanta Hawks
53 Jerami Grant Detroit Pistons
52 Anthony Edwards Minnesota Timberwolves
51 Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings

ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players (50-21)
Rank Player Team
50 Kristaps Porzingis Dallas Mavericks
49 Marcus Smart Boston Celtics
48 Mike Conley Utah Jazz
47 LaMelo Ball Charlotte Hornets
46 Tobias Harris Philadelphia 76ers
45 DeMar DeRozan Chicago Bulls
44 Myles Turner Indiana Pacers
43 Kyle Lowry Miami Heat
42 Julius Randle New York Knicks
41 Michael Porter Jr. Denver Nuggets
40 Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers
39 Nikola Vucevic Chicago Bulls
38 Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors
37 Draymond Green Golden State Warriors
36 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder
35 Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns
34 De'Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings
33 Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls
32 Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
31 Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies
30 CJ McCollum Portland Trail Blazers
29 Russell Westbrook Los Angeles Lakers
28 Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
27 Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics
26 Brandon Ingram New Orleans Pelicans
25 Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
24 Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
23 Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
22 Jrue Holiday Milwaukee Bucks
21 Bam Adebayo Miami Heat

ESPN's Top 100 NBA Players (20-1)
Rank Player Team
20 Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
19 Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks
18 Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz
17 Trae Young Atlanta Hawks
16 Jimmy Butler Miami Heat
15 Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
14 Jayson Tatum Boston Celtis
13 Chris Paul Phoenix Suns
12 Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
11 Bradley Beal Washington Wizards
10 James Harden Brooklyn Nets
9 Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers
8 Damian Lillard Portland Trailblazers
7 Joel Embiid Philadephia 76ers
6 Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets
5 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
4 Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks
3 LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2 Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
1 Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets

ESPN hasn’t revealed their entire list just yet. They’ve released them in chunks putting out the first 50 (#100-51) then the next 25 (#50-#26) then the next 20 (#25-#6) before finally listing out the top five players of the 2021-22 season.

We’ll continue to update the list until we get to #1. Whatever happens, no one is going to entirely happy. Not you. Not your best friend. Not your Aunt. Not our barber. Not Kendrick Perkins. Definitely not Charles Barkley. Okay, Ernie Johnson might be chill. Until the season starts, feel free to peruse this list,  angrily scream in with CAPS LOCK on and call random commenters from across the country “casuals” when they don’t agree with you.

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