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NBA Player Rankings Part 1: 41-50

The NBA offseason is upon us, and I'm going to rank the top 50 players heading into next season. Here are a few things to take into consideration.

1) I am ranking for only the 2018-2019 season. One year potential is taken into consideration, but long term potential is basically ignored. Contracts are ignored as well.

2) I know the playoffs completely overshadow the regular season, but remember it is only a small part of the entire body of work. One playoff series is 4-7 games. The regular season is 82 games. Don't overreact to one four game stretch of bad or good performances.

3) I am using a combination of advanced and simple statistics. The three player-raters I use are BPM (Box Score Plus Minus) from basketball-reference.com, RPM (Real Plus Minus) from ESPN, and PIE (Player Impact Estimate from NBA.com.

I plan to update the rankings throughout summer and the regular season, I'll link the entire rankings as well as the previous post. Without further ado here are the rankings.

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\50) Devin Booker / Guard / Phoenix Suns / Age 21

54 GP / 24.9 PPG / 4.7 APG / 4.5 RPG / 0.9 SPG / 0.3 BPG

38.3% 3PT% / 43.2% FG% / 87.8% FT% / 56.1 TS%

0.4 BPM / -0.95 RPM / 12.3 PIE

Doesn't look good by the advanced metrics, but Booker is a dynamite offensive player. Bad defensively, but hard to fully hold it against him playing for an awful Suns team.

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\49) Andre Iguodala / Forward / Golden State Warriors / Age 34

64 GP / 6.0 PPG / 3.3 APG / 3.8 RPG / 0.8 SPG / 0.6 BPG

28.2% 3PT% / 46.3 FG% / 63.2 FT% / 53.6% TS%

0.2 BPM / 1.22 RPM / 9.5 PIE

Had a down year especially with his shooting. Age and health are a concern, playing in only 64 regular season games last year. Still a very good defender, but needs to get his shooting back to acceptable levels.

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\48) Joe Ingles / Wing / Utah Jazz / Age 30

82 GP / 11.5 PPG / 4.8 APG / 4.2 RPG / 1.1 SPG / 0.2 BPG

44% 3PT% / 46.7% FG% / 79.5% FT% / 62.3% TS%

3.1 BPM / 3.59 RPM / 10.7 PIE

Had a coming out party in the playoffs, probably Utah's second best offensive player. Deadly three point shooter, also can be a secondary creator and run the offense in a pinch.

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\47) Eric Gordon / SG / Houston Rockets / Age 29

69 GP / 18.0 PPG / 2.2 APG / 2.5 RPG / 0.6 SPG / 0.4 BPG

35.9% 3PT% / 42.8% FG% / 80.9% FT% / 57.8% TS%

-1.0 BPM / 2.02 RPM / 7.0 PIE

Played extremely well in Houston's three guard attack. Very good scorer, still struggles on the defensive end. Needs to improve defensively to get all star consideration.

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\46) Blake Griffin / PF / Detroit Pistons / Age 29

58 GP / 21.4 PPG / 5.8 APG / 7.4 RPG / 0.7 SPG / 0.3 BPG

34.5% 3PT% / 43.8% FG% / 75.8% FT% / 54.4 TS%

2.8 BPM / 2.09 RPM / 14.4 PIE

Health is always a concern, has sapped his athleticism. A very good passer, improved his shooting range, but continues to be a poor defensive player.

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\45) Marc Gasol / C / Memphis Grizzlies / Age 33

73 GP / 17.2 PPG / 4.2 APG / 8.1 RPG / 0.7 SPG / 1.4 BPG

34.1 3PT% / 42% FG% / 83.4% FT% / 53.2% TS%

1.5 BPM / 1.51 RPM / 14 PIE

A big step back last season. Was it age or lack of motivation in a lost season without Conley? When motivated he's still one of the best all around centers in the NBA.

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\44) Jaylen Brown / Wing / Boston Celtics / Age 21

70 GP / 14.5 PPG / 1.6 APG / 4.9 RPG / 1.0 SPG / 0.4 BPG

39.5% 3PT% / 46.5% FG% / 64.4% FT% / 56.2% TS%

-0.2 BPM / 1.40 RPM / 8.9 PIE

Drastically improved his shooting and playmaking ability, and is becoming a force defensively. Probably was the biggest beneficiary of losing Gordy Hayward.

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\43) Eric Bledsoe / PG / Milwaukee Bucks / Age 28

74 GP / 17.7 PPG / 5.0 APG / 3.8 RPG / 2.0 SPG / 0.6 BPG

34.7% 3PT% / 47.3% FG% / 79.5% FT% / 58.2% TS%

2.1 BPM / 2.56 RPM / 12.5 PIE

Got outplayed by Terry Rozier in the playoffs, but had a extremely solid regular season. One of the best defensive point guards in the NBA. Look for him to improve with a full season in Milwaukee with a real head coach.

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\42) Andre Drummond / C / Detroit Pistons / Age 24

78 GP / 15 PPG / 3.0 APG / 16.0 RPG / 1.5 SPG / 1.6 BPG

0.0% 3PT% / 52.9% FG% / 60.5% FT% / 55.5% TS%

5.5 BPM / 1.43 RPM / 15.6 PIE

Improved drastically from the free throw line, and as a passer. Will be interesting to see how him and Blake Griffin can co-exist with a full offseason, and if they can stay on the court together in the modern NBA.

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\41) Robert Covington / Wing / Philadelphia 76ers / Age 27

80 GP / 12.6 PPG / 2.0 APG / 5.4 RPG / 1.7 SPG / 0.9 BPG

36.9% 3PT% / 41.3% FG% / 85.3% FT% / 56.3% TS%

2.5 BPM / 5.56 RPM / 9.0 PIE

The 8th ranked player OVERALL per ESPN's Real Plus Minus, ahead of guys like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kevin Durant. One of the best defensive wings in the NBA, and continues to improve offensively.

This article was originally published on @staira06