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NBA Player Rankings Part 2: 31-40

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 in 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. In case you missed the previous rankings the links are below.

Rank 41-50

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\40) Otto Porter / Forward / Washington Wizards / Age 25

77 GP / 14.7 PPG / 2.0 APG / 6.4 RPG / 1.5 SPG / 0.5 BPG

44.1% 3PT% / 50.1% FG% / 82.8% FT% / 60.2% TS%

3.6 BPM / 5.0 RPM / 12.4 PIE

Porter is one of the best three point shooters in the game and has continues to expand his game offensively. Won't get the volume playing with Wall and Beal but remains very efficient.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\39) Jayson Tatum / Forward / Boston Celtics / Age 20

80 GP / 13.9 PPG / 1.6 APG / 5.0 RPG / 1.0 SPG / 0.7 BPG

43.4% 3PT% / 47.5% FG% / 82.6% FT% / 58.6% TS%

1.0 BPM / 2.85 RPM / 10.8 PIE

Credit to Brad Stevens for putting Tatum in a position to succeed. His play on the defensive end was adequate, which was a huge surprise considering his pre-draft report. Showed true alpha status in the playoffs.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\38) Kristaps Porzingis / C / New York Knicks / Age 22

48 GP / 22.7 PPG / 1.2 APG / 6.6 RPG / 0.8 APG / 2.4 BPG

39.5% 3PT% / 43.9% FG% / 79.3% FT% / 53.9% TS%

-0.7 BPM / 2.35 RPM / 12.5 PIE

Injuries. Tough to rely on him taking another step forward coming off a torn ACL. Really improved defensively, was one of the best rim protectors before getting hurt.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\37) Steven Adams / C / Oklahoma City Thunder / Age 24

76 GP / 13.9 PPG / 1.2 APG / 9.0 RPG / 1.2 SPG / 1.2 BPG

0.0% 3PT% / 62.9% FG% / 55.9% FT% / 63.0% TS%

3.3 BPM / 1.53 RPM / 10.9 PIE

Nothing flashy, solid player. Not great offensively a lot of his points are off Westbrook dump offs, and put backs. Seems pretty close to reaching his ceiling.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\36) Kevin Love / PF/C / Cleveland Cavaliers / Age 29

59 GP / 17.6 PPG / 1.7 APG / 9.3 RPG / 0.7 SPG / 0.4 BPG

41.5% 3PT% / 45.8% FG% / 88.0% FT% / 61.4% TS%

1.3 BPM / 3.67 RPM / 15.0 PIE

Probably gets unfairly criticized for his playoff performances, unrealistic expectations playing next to LeBron. A sieve defensively, but a deadly shooter and provides much needed spacing offensively.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\35) Paul Millsap / PF / Denver Nuggets / 33

38 GP / 14.6 PPG / 2.8 APG / 6.4 RPG / 1.0 SPG / 1.2 BPG

34.5% 3PT% / 46.4% FG% / 69.6% FT% / 54.9% TS%

0.7 BPM / 1.54 RPM / 10.5 PIE

Unfortunately missed the beginning of the season due to injury, and never really got fully comfortable with his new team. I expect him to look much better with a full offseason, and improve the Nuggets defense dramatically.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\34) CJ McCollum / G / Portland Trailblazers / Age 26

81 GP / 21.4 PPG / 3.4 APG / 3.6 RPG / 1.0 SPG / 0.4 BPG

39.7 3PT% / 49.3% FG% / 83.6% FT% / 53.6% TS%

0.4 BPM / -0.31 RPM / 10.9 PIE

Part of his defensive struggles can be attributed to playing alongside Damian Lillard, and having to guard much bigger wings. Can score from all over offensively, might truly break out if the Blazers decide to break up him and Lillard.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\33) Khris Middleton / Wing / Milwaukee Bucks / Age 26

82 GP / 20.1 PPG / 4.0 APG / 5.2 RPG / 1.5 SPG / 0.3 BPG

35.9 3PT% / 46.6% FG% / 88.4% FT% / 57.7% TS%

0.4 BPM / 1.46 RPM / 11.4 PIE

Had a down year shooting and defensively (I attribute much of the blame towards Jason Kidd). Improved ball handling and passing. If he can bring his three point shooting back up to his career norms I expect a monster season.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\32) Gary Harris / Wing / Denver Nuggets / Age 23

67 GP / 17.5 PPG / 2.9 APG / 2.6 RPG / 1.8 SPG / 0.2 BPG

39.6% 3PT% / 48.5% FG% / 82.7% FT% / 59.7% TS%

0.9 BPM / 1.92 RPM / 9.8 PIE

Quietly has developed into one of top shooting guards in the NBA. Was sharing the floor with four poor defenders, but still stood out defensively. Might have been an all star if he was in the East last season.

by Sean Taira
by Sean Taira

\31) Donovan Mitchell / Guard / Utah Jazz / Age 21

79 GP / 20.5 PPG / 3.5 APG / 3.5 RPG / 1.5 SPG / 0.3 BPG

34% 3PT% / 43.7% FG% / 80.5% FT% / 54.1% TS%

3.6 BPM / 2.25 RPM / 10.9 PIE

Basically carried the Jazz offensively last season, maybe the only guy on the roster that could create his own shot. Efficiency wasn't great, but carried a heavy offensive burden. Becoming more judicious in his shot selection is the next step in his development.