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NBA Player Rankings 2nd Edition: 100-76

Second edition of my NBA player rankings. These are rankings for the remainder of the season, not career. I left out injured players so guys that normally would be on the list are not going to be listed. Pretty self explanatory so lets go.

Glossary:

RPM - Real plus minus courtesy of espn.com

WS - Win share courtesy of basketball-reference.com

Number in parenthesis is the players overall ranking

Photo courtesy of espn.com — by Sean Taira
Photo courtesy of espn.com — by Sean Taira

100. Jaylen Brown | Wing | Boston Celtics

19 RPM -2.31 (389) | 18 RPM 1.39 (80) | 18-19 WS 5.4 (115)

32 GP | 12.0 PTS | 4.1 REB | 1.4 AST | 51.3% TS%

Brown has started to show signs of life after a disastrous start to the season, expect him to improve his 28.8% three point percentage.

99. Zach Lavine | G | Chicago Bulls

19 RPM -1.21 (266) | 18 RPM -3.30 (471) | 18-19 WS 1.3

32 GP | 23.3 PTS | 4.5 REB | 4.5 AST | 56.0% TS%

LaVine continues to be a disaster defensively and doesn't create for his teammates, but is a legit scorer who can take over games.

98. Trevor Ariza | F | Washington Wizards

19 RPM -2.53 (407) | 18 RPM 1.66 (66) | 18-19 WS 6.1 (94)

34 GP | 11.0 PTS | 5.6 REB | 3.5 AST | 51.2% TS%

Ariza was awful in his short stint with the Suns, he needs to return to his Rockets form to help push the Wizards to the playoffs.

97. Derrick Favors | F/C | Utah Jazz

19 RPM 1.47 (66) | 18 RPM  0.53 (128) | 18-19 WS 11.6 (25)

37 GP | 11.2 PTS | 7.1 REB | 1.1 AST | 63.5% TS%

Favors continues to improve his efficiency on the offensive end of the floor, and can play backup center in a pinch. Never developed into a star but still a solid player.

96. Buddy Hield | Wing | Sacramento Kings

19 RPM -0.43 (179)| 18 RPM -0.21 (169) | 18-19 WS 5.0 (136)

37 GP | 19.9 PTS | 5.1 REB | 2.3 AST | 58.6% TS%

Hield is an outstanding shooter hitting 42.9% from three this season. Until he get improve his ability to finish at the rim and draw fouls (2.2 free throw attempts per game) he might have hit his offensive ceiling.

95. Tyreke Evans | Wing | Indiana Pacers

19 RPM -0.12 (150) | 18 RPM 3.46 (26) | 18-19 WS 4.7 (147)

33 GP | 10.5 PPG | 2.9 REB | 2.5 AST | 48.6% TS%

Coming off a career best season with the Grizzlies, regression was expected for Evans, but not to this extent. Expect Evans to improve on his 37.8% field goal percentage as he gets more comfortable with his new team.

94. Lonzo Ball | G | Los Angeles Lakers

19 RPM -0.70 (204) | 18 RPM 1.12 (90) | 18-19 WS 3.3 (209) |

38 GP | 7.4 PPG | 5.1 REB | 5.1 AST | 48.6% TS%

Lonzo started off the season looking like an improved shooter but his percentages have regressed, looking similar to his dreadful rookie numbers. He hasn't been as good defensively either, but still is one of the better defensive point guards in the NBA.

93. Rudy Gay | F | San Antonio Spurs

19 RPM 2.93 (32) | 18 RPM 0.27 (145) | 18-19 WS 5.7 (108)

34 GP | 13.7 PPG | 6.5 REB | 2.4 AST | 59.9% TS%

The rebirth of Gay is stunning, currently in the midst of a 50/40/85 season. He has turned into a plus defender, and looks like a completely different player since arriving in San Antonio.

92. DeAndre Jordan | C | Dallas Mavericks

19 RPM 1.39 (71) | 18 RPM 0.57 (123) | 18-19 WS 13.4 (15)

37 GP | 11.0 PPG | 14.1 REB | 2.1 AST | 67.3% TS%

Jordan does stat pad his rebounds (which inflates his RPM) and can't play in all matchups, but still provides value as a rim runner, improving passer, and a decent rim protector.

91. Tim Hardaway Jr. | Wing | New York Knicks

19 RPM -0.77 (215) | 18 RPM 0.79 (109) | 18-19 WS 3.9 (185)

35 GP | 16.8 PPG | 3.3 REB | 2.9 AST | 53.6% TS%

Hardaway continues to show zero interest on the defensive end of the floor and isn't a very efficient scorer. Given that he is virtually the only offensive option on the Knicks, I'm willing to give him a pass on his efficiency and am encouraged by his improved free throw rate.

Photo courtesy of miamiherald.com — by Sean Taira
Photo courtesy of miamiherald.com — by Sean Taira

90. Darren Collison | PG | Indiana Pacers

19 RPM 1.43 (69) | 18 RPM 2.24 (48) | 18-19 WS 10.7 (28)

38 GP | 9.2 PPG | 2.9 REB | 5.5 AST | 54.8% TS%

Collison is in the midst of a shooting slump, having his lowest true shooting percentage since 2012. If he can pick up his shooting he should start earning back more minutes that he's been losing to Corey Joseph.

89. Nemanja Bjelica | F/C| Sacramento Kings

19 RPM 3.03 (31) | 18 RPM 0.96 (100) | 18-19 WS 5.2 (124)

38 GP | 11.2 PPG | 6.2 REB | 2.0 AST | 61.6% TS%

A true stretch four, Bjelica is shining in the Kings crowded front court. Bjelica is shooting a career best 43.6% from deep, and if the Kings become sellers he could be an impact player for a playoff team.

88. Bojan Bogdanovic | F | Indiana Pacers

19 RPM 0.35 (166) | 18 RPM -0.98 (244) | 18-19 WS 8.7 (51)

37 GP | 16.2 PPG | 3.9 REB | 1.6 AST | 64.1% TS%

Bogdanovic is a deadly shooter of the offensive end of the floor, and if he can continue to hold his own defensively (play at a league average or slightly below level) he helps give the Pacers legitimate shot in the Eastern Conference.

87. Andre Iguodala | F | Golden State Warriors

19 RPM 0.05 (137) | 18 RPM 1.41 (77) | 18-19 WS 4.9 (142)

34 GP | 5.3 PPG | 3.5 REB | 3.0 AST | 56.6% TS%

Iguodala's usage rate has dipped under 10% and is clearly starting to show his age. Still a plus defensively, but definitely not the “defensive stopper” that he was a few years ago.

86. Monte Morris | PG | Denver Nuggets

19 RPM 2.08 (49) | 18 RPM N/A | 18-19 WS 2.8 (240)

36 GP | 9.8 PPG | 2.7 REB | 4.1 AST | 54.6% TS%

A little know second round draft pick in 2018, Morris has helped keep the Nuggets atop the West despite a rash of injuries. Morris does a lot of things well, but the most impressive is his 5.44-1 assist to turnover ratio.

85. Bam Adebayo | C | Miami Heat

19 RPM 0.78 (102) | 18 RPM -0.58 (198) | 18-19 WS 6.9 (78)

36 GP | 7.6 PPG | 6.9 REB | 2.0 AST | 59.6% TS%

Bam looks like he's ready to be a starting center in the NBA but is stuck behind Whiteside and his massive contact.

84. Serge Ibaka | F/C | Toronto Raptors

19 RPM 0.58 (110) | 18 RPM 0.66 (115) | 18-19 WS 8.2 (58)

36 GP | 15.9 PPG | 7.3 REB | 1.5 AST | 59.0% TS%

Ibaka was overrated as a defender early in his career, but has settled in nicely with the Raptors. His three point percentage is down to 28.7%, but he's a career 36.1% shooter so chalk that up to bad luck.

83. JJ Redick | SG | Philadelphia 76ers

19 RPM 1.24 (77) | 18 RPM 0.55 (125) | 18-19 WS 9.5 (42)

39 GP | 18.3 PPG | 2.3 REB | 2.8 AST | 59.5% TS%

Redick is clearly the 76ers best shooter and provides much needed spacing. He's always going to be a liability defensively, but his offensive contributions more than make up for it.

82. Otto Porter | F | Washington Wizards

19 RPM 0.69 (106) | 18 RPM 4.96 (13) | 18-19 WS 9.7 (40)

26 GP | 11.6 PPG | 5.5 REB | 2.0 AST | 57.9% TS%

Porter is finally showing signs of life in a career worst season. Porter finished last season as the 13th best player OVERALL in RPM. He isn't that good, but he is clearly capable of much more than he's showed so far this season.

81. Wesley Matthews | Wing | Dallas Mavericks

19 RPM 0.19 (128) | 18 RPM -2.54 (424) | 18-19 WS 4.4 (161)

31 GP | 13.9 PPG | 2.5 REB | 2.3 AST | 55.9% TS%

Matthews has been overrated as a defender for much of his career, but is a solid 3 and (maybe average) d player. Look at his career offensive numbers and he's a consistent 13 PPG on 40/37/80 year in and year out.

Photo courtesy of numberfire.com — by Sean Taira
Photo courtesy of numberfire.com — by Sean Taira

80. Ricky Rubio | PG | Utah Jazz

19 RPM 0.70 (105) | 18 RPM 2.39 (39) | 18-19 WS 6.5 (86)

37 PPG | 12.7 PPG | 3.7 REB | 6.4 AST | 50.1% TS%

Rubio's play on the defensive end of the floor has slipped, and his offense is what it is at this point. The Jazz have had a brutal schedule so fatigue might be a factor, but Rubio has to get back to being an elite level defender.

79. Fred VanVleet | PG | Toronto Raptors

19 RPM 0.60 (109)| 18 RPM 3.40 (28) | 18-19 WS 6.5 (87)

35 GP | 10.2 PPG | 2.6 REB | 4.3 AST | 52.1% TS%

VanVleet's shooting numbers have dipped from last season but he looks like he could be a low end starting point guard. A solid defender and good distributor, he can play with Lowry or run the point himself.

78. DeAndre Ayton | C | Phoenix Suns

19 RPM -0.63 (196) | 18 RPM N/A | 18-19 WS 4.0 (179)

39 GP | 16.9 PPG | 10.9 REB | 2.2 AST | 62.9% TS%

Ayton hasn't been a disaster defensively just bad, which is extremely promising. A solid finisher around the rim but doesn't have much else in his offensive repertoire yet.

77. Thaddeus Young | F/C | Indiana Pacers

19 RPM 1.90 (51) | 18 RPM 1.09 (90) | 18-19 WS 8.7 (54)

38 GP | 12.2 PPG | 5.8 REB | 1.6 AST | 55.5% TS%

Young is a steady veteran contributor that has meshed with both young guys in the Pacers front court. A solid defender who doesn't have any major weaknesses, he would be able to contribute on every team.

76. PJ Tucker | F | Houston Rockets

19 RPM -0.01 (140) | 18 RPM 1.21 (87) | 18-19 WS 5.7 (113)

37 GP | 7.8 PPG | 6.4 REB | 1.0 AST | 55.4% TS%

Tucker is averaging a career high in minutes, playing over 35 minutes per game at age 36. The combination of age and minutes is probably a factor in his defensive decline (still good but not at the level he was at last season), but the Rockets have very little behind him.