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NBA Player Rankings 2nd Edition: 75-51

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.

Part One: 100-76

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 sports.yahoo.com — by Sean Taira
Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com — by Sean Taira

75. Kyle Korver | Wing | Utah Jazz

19 RPM -0.35 (167) | 18 RPM 2.70 (34) | 18-19 WS 4.4 (162)

36 GP | 8.0 PPG | 1.9 REB | 0.9 AST | 60.9% TS%

Korver has struggled to fit in with the Jazz, and has shot under 40% from three so far with the team (a slump for him). Last season he looked okay as a defender, and arguable the Cavs second best player for a large portion of the season. Expect him to turn it around very soon.

74. Marvin Williams | F | Charlotte Hornets

19 RPM 1.73 (59) | 18 RPM 0.99 (97) | 18-19 WS 7.1 (78)

39 GP | 10.2 PPG | 5.6 REB | 1.1 AST | 55.3% TS%

Williams is an underrated solid veteran player. He's decent defensively, not a world beater by any means, and is a floor spacer offensively. There is a role for him on every team in the league.

73. Derrick Rose | PG | Minnesota Timberwolves

19 RPM -0.1 (154) | 18 RPM -3.59 (481) | 18-19 WS 2.2 (272)

43 GP | 18.9 PPG | 2.8 REB | 4.8 AST | 57.05 TS%

At this point it's impossible to say what Rose is doing is a fluke. A career 30.9% three point shooter, Rose is shooting 46.2% from deep this season. Still awful defensively, but Rose is showing explosiveness that we haven't seen since his Bulls days. 

72. Joe Harris | F | Brooklyn Nets

19 RPM 1.06 (87) | 18 RPM -0.69 (207) | 18-19 WS 6.7 (83)

39 GP | 13.5 PPG | 3.6 REB | 2.4 AST | 65.6% TS%

Harris is shooting a scorching hot 48.5% from three on 5.1 attempts per game. A big part of the Nets success this season, Harris is still bad defensively, but with his offensive prowess he still adds value.

71. Kyle Kuzma | F | Los Angeles Lakers

19 RPM -0.08 (147) | -1.53 (305) | 18-19 WS 6.0 (100)

40 GP | 18.8 PPG | 5.7 REB | 2.4 AST | 56.3% TS%

Kuzma continues the struggle defensively, and has shot the three at only 30.6% this season. His game is improving offensively and is probably the second best Laker at creating his own shot behind only the great Lance Stephenson.

70. Montrezl Harrell | F/C | Los Angeles Clippers

19 RPM 1.33 (72) | 18 RPM 0.70 (113) | 18-19 WS 9.9 (38)

40 GP | 15.7 PPG | 6.7 REB | 1.7 AST | 64.3% TS%

Harrell has cooled off slightly after his torrid start to the season, but continues to play at a high level. A excellent small ball center, he is a rim runner and one of the main reasons that DeAndre Jordan is now a Maverick.

69. Jamal Murray | G | Denver Nuggets

19 RPM 0.13 (133) | 18 RPM 0.29 (144) | 18-19 WS 7.5 (70)

39 GP | 18.4 PPG | 4.5 REB | 5.0 AST | 51.4% TS%

Murray has helped carry the Nuggets through a slew of injuries, but has actually regressed offensively compared to last season. He gets to the line at an extremely low rate hurting his efficiency, scoring 18.4 points on 16.5 shots per game.

68. Jae Crowder | F | Utah Jazz

19 RPM 0.52 (115) | 18 RPM -2.13 (388) | 18-19 WS 5.2 (133)

41 GP | 12.2 PPG | 4.7 REB | 1.6 AST | 55.9% TS%

Crowder has probably been overrated for most of his career especially with the Celtics, but has settled in nicely in Utah. Crowder is a slightly below average three point shooter (but takes a high volume), and a solid defender. 

67. Julius Randle | PF/C | New Orleans Pelicans

19 RPM -0.39 (170) | 18 RPM 0.58 (122) | 18-19 WS 10.4 (32)

40 GP | 19.9 PPG | 9.3 REB | 2.8 AST | 60.7% TS%

Randle continues to be a disaster defensively, but is working on expanding his range averaging 1.9 three point attempts per game. Plays an old school bully ball style on offense, but it's hard to say that he actually makes his team better.

66. Aaron Gordon | F | Orlando Magic

19 RPM 1.04 (89) | 0.72 (111) | 18-19 WS 4.9 (139)

39 GP | 15.2 PPG | 7.5 REB | 3.3 AST | 52.6% TS%

Gordon continues to flash brilliance, but it seems that he is what he is at this point. The Magic seemingly have given up trying to use Gordon as a small ball center, which is probably where he could be truly dynamic. I'm sure next season they'll draft another center for the seventh year in a row to play him next to.

photo courtesy of dailymemphian.com — by Sean Taira
photo courtesy of dailymemphian.com — by Sean Taira

65. Marcus Morris | F | Boston Celtics

19 RPM 1.69 (61)| 18 RPM -1.88 (363) | 18-19 WS 6.4 (92)

35 GP | 15.3 PPG | 5.9 REB | 1.4 AST | 63.4% TS%

Morris is shooting a career best 43.7% from deep (career high 5.2 three point attempts per game) and 49.5% overall. He's been on the the Celtics most consistent players, but expect those number to regress toward his career averages of 43.3% and 36.5%.

64. Jeremi Grant | F/C | Oklahoma City Thunder

19 RPM 1.38 (70) | 18 RPM -0.76 (218) | 18-19 WS 9.3 (45)

40 GP | 12.4 PPG | 4.8 REB | 0.9 AST | 60.7% TS%

Grant has finally found a role with Oklahoma City playing as a small ball center or traditional power forward with the ability to legitimately defend all five positions.

63. Kelly Olynyk | PF/C | Miami Heat

19 RPM 2.51 (40)| 18 RPM 3.34 (29) | 18-19 WS 7.8 (64)

38 GP | 9.7 PPG | 4.4 REB | 1.9 AST | 60.4% TS%

Olynyk is having a down year shooting the three, but continues to improve as a defender and stretches the floor offensively for the Heat. In a crowded front court rotation, Olynyk is clearly the most versatile defensively and capable of defending on the perimeter.

62. Myles Turner | C | Indiana Pacers

19 RPM 0.81 (104)| 18 RPM 0.43 (135) | 18-19 WS 7.7 (66)

37 GP | 12.9 PPG | 7.1 REB | 1.8 AST | 56.5% TS%

Turner is an elite level shot blocker, and a very good rim protecter. For the analytics crew (nerds) he's maddening to watch offensively, his favorite shot being the Blake Griffin special (20-22 foot two pointers).

61. Jaren Jackson Jr. | PF/C | Memphis Grizzlies

19 RPM 1.05 (88) | N/A | 18-19 WS 2.7 (244)

41 GP | 13.4 PPG | 4.6 REB | 1.2 AST | 60.4% TS%

The Suns had to take the hometown kid Ayton, but the Kings and Hawks missed on two generational players. Doncic is stealing the headlines (rightfully so) but the Grizzlies look like they might have Anthony Davis lite. Already impressive, he should skyrocket up the list next season.

60. Eric Gordon | SG | Houston Rockets

19 RPM -2.07 (373) | 18 RPM 1.99 (54) | 18-19 WS 4.9 (140)

32 GP | 15.7 PPG | 2.4 REB | 2.2 AST | 49.8% TS%

Gordon is having the worst season of his career so far, posting career lows in three point percentage and field goal percentage, and second worst free throw percentage. He can't be this bad for the rest of the season, positive regression is coming.

59. Lou Williams | G | Los Angeles Clippers

19 RPM -0.21 (156) |18 RPM 0.69 (119) | 18-19 WS 8.7 (56)

36 GP | 18.5 PPG | 2.7 REB | 4.9 AST | 56.0% TS%

Williams can get buckets, and you know exactly what you are getting from him. Awful defense, but lock in 40/37/88 splits and 25 minutes a game. 

58. Andre Drummond | C | Detroit Pistons

19 RPM 0.28 (127) | | 18-19 WS 13.5 (19)

38 GP | 17.1 PPG | 14.9 REB | 1.2 AST | 52.1% TS%

Drummond is a dominant rebounder, but provides little value everywhere else on the floor. Not a great defender and still has no offensive game, he is what he is at this point.

57. Marcus Smart | G | Boston Celtics

19 RPM 3.64 (18) | 18 RPM 0.92 (102) | 18-19 WS 4.6 (155)

40 GP | 7.4 PPG | 2.9 REB | 4.2 AST | 53.8% TS%

Smart has improved his already excellent defense to defensive player of the year level. Offensively it will never be pretty, but it's no coincidence that the Celtics recent success has coincided with Smart being inserted into the starting lineup. 

56. Domantas Sabonis | F/C | Indiana Pacers

19 RPM 1.89 (52) | 18 RPM -0.21 (170) | 18-19 WS 9.2 (47)

39 GP | 15.0 PPG | 9.6 REB | 3.0 AST | 66.6% TS%

Sabonis is turning into an excellent player, improving as a passer and scoring inside at a elite level. Unfortunately for the Pacers, Sabonis and Turner do not look like they can play together which will most likely leave them in a pick one situation.

photo courtesy of fox11online.com — by Sean Taira
photo courtesy of fox11online.com — by Sean Taira

55. Jusuf Nurkic | C | Portland Trailblazers

19 RPM 4.44 (12) | 18 RPM 1.80 (61) | 18-19 WS 8.9 (52)

42 GP | 15.3 PPG | 10.4 REB | 2.8 AST | 56.8% TS%

Nurkic is a solid interior defender (55.4% defensive field goal percentage less than six feet), and a capable secondary creator in the pick and roll. His lack of agility and speed makes it hard to keep him on the court in every matchup, but in the right matchups he is a very good player.

54. Danny Green | Wing | Toronto Raptors

19 RPM 3.15 (28) | 18 RPM 0.00 (156) | 18-19 WS 5.1 (136)

41 GP | 9.5 PPG | 4.2 REB | 1.2 AST | 58.3% TS%

After revealing that he was injured virtually all of last season, it makes a lot more sense when looking at his lackluster play. Green is back to being a all-defense level defender, and shooting the three ball at a 40.8% clip. 

53. Spencer Dinwiddie | G | Brooklyn Nets

19 RPM -0.56 (191) | 18 RPM 2.40 (33) | 18-19 WS 9.2 (46)

42 GP | 17.1 PPG | 2.5 REB | 5.1 AST | 59.9% TS%

Dinwiddie has improved his offensive numbers across the board, but has taken a major step back defensively. He went from being the 34th ranked point guard (out of 78) in defensive real plus minus in 2018, to the 92nd ranked point guard this year (out of 94).

52. Josh Richardson | Wing | Miami Heat

19 RPM 1.83 (56) | 18 RPM 0.96 (101) | 18-19 WS 8.1 (60)

38 GP | 18.1 PPG | 3.0 REB | 3.7 AST | 53.3% TS%

Quietly Richardson has become one the better 3 and D wings in the game. With Dragic, Wade, and Waiters all missing extended time, Richardson has been forced to take on a larger offensive role hurting his efficiency this season. 

51. Brook Lopez | C | Milwaukee Bucks

19 RPM 2.49 (43) | 18 RPM 0.29 (143) | 18-19 WS 6.5 (88)

40 GP | 12.2 PPG | 4.0 REB | 1.0 AST | 58.6% TS%

Lopez is averaging 6.8 three point attempts per game. From 2009-2016 Lopez took THREE total three pointers. Lopez might be the best stretch five in the game, and the Bucks have a ridiculous plus 12.2 net rating when he is on the court.