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NBA Top 50 Players (30-21)

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

On Saturday Night, I ranked players 40-31. In case you are just tuning into this list, here's what you have missed so far: 50. Andre Iguodala, Guard, Golden State Warriors, 49. Malcolm Brogdon, Guard, Milwaukee Bucks, 48. Goran Dragic, Guard, Miami Heat, 47. Brandon Ingram, Forward, Los Angeles Lakers, 46. Dennis Schroder, Guard, Atlanta Hawks, 45. Al Horford, Center, Boston Celtics, 44. Khris Middleton, Guard/Forward, Milwaukee Bucks, 43. Jonas Valanciunas, Center, Toronto Raptors, 42. Andrew Wiggins, Forward, Minnesota Timberwolves, 41. Steven Adams, Center, Oklahoma City Thunder, 40. Kemba Walker, Guard, Charlotte Hornets, 39. Kyle Lowry, Guard, Toronto Raptors, 38. Dirk Nowitzki, Forward, Dallas Mavericks, 37. LaMarcus Aldridge, Forward, San Antonio Spurs, 36. Clint Capela, Center, Houston Rockets, 35. Jayson Tatum, Forward, Boston Celtics, 34. John Wall, Guard, Washington Wizards, 33. DeAndre Jordan, Center, Dallas Mavericks, 32. Carmelo Anthony, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder, and 31. Donovan Mitchell, Guard, Utah Jazz.

Which players are ranked 30-21?

30. Gordon Hayward, Forward, Boston Celtics: Hayward's 2017-2018 season only lasted five minutes. He suffered a gruesome leg injury in the first game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. Hayward only scored two points and grabbed one rebound in that game. Because of his injury, other players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were able to develop their game. Gordon Hayward is a very good scorer. He signed a five-year contract last offseason and Hayward reunited with head coach Brad Stevens. During the 2016-2017 season with the Utah Jazz, Gordon Hayward averaged 21.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1 SPG. He will be one of the reasons why the Boston Celtics will be the best team in the east next season as long as he stays healthy.

29. Bradley Beal, Guard, Washington Wizards: Beal is a very physical guard and he can score from anywhere on the floor. Bradley Beal and John Wall is one of the best back courts in the NBA, but they have underachieved. Beal averaged 22.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.5 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.2 SPG last season with the Washington Wizards.

28. C.J. McCollum, Guard, Portland Trail Blazers: McCollum is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. A few years ago, he was just a bench player and this his game skyrocketed. McCollum has very good chemistry with teammate Damian Lillard. It was one of the reasons why the Portland Trail Blazers had the third best record in the west last season. C.J. McCollum averaged 21.4 PPG, 4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1 SPG last season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

27. Blake Griffin, Forward, Detroit Pistons: Griffin was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons during the middle of the 2017-2018 season. He is a highlight reel waiting to happen every night. Detroit played better when Griffin came around, but they missed the playoffs. They should be in better position to make it to the playoffs next season. Griffin and Andre Drummond could be dangerous together down low. Blake Griffin only played in 58 games last season because of injuries. He averaged 21.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 5.8 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.

26. Victor Oladipo, Guard, Indiana Pacers: Oladipo had a breakout 2017-2018 season. He won Most Improved Player and Oladipo averaged 23.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.3 APG, 0.8 BPG, and 2.4 SPG last season with the Indiana Pacers. He was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Damontas Sabonis for Paul George last season. At 26-years-old, Oladipo played very aggressive on both ends of the floor and he is a rising star. The Indiana Pacers were the number five seed in the east and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the first round. When the Pacers were eliminated, Oladipo already wanted to get back to work.

25. Kristaps Porzingis, Forward, New York Knicks: Porzingis's shot is unguardable because of his 7'3” height. He can shoot from anywhere on the floor and Porzingis is better defensively than people give him credit for. The problem with him is that he has already proven to be injury prone. Porzingis tore his ACL in February. It is quite possible that he misses the entire 2018-2019 season with a torn ACL, but we will wait and see. In 48 games played last season, Kristaps Porzingis averaged 22.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 2.4 BPG, and 0.8 SPG last season wit the New York Knicks.

24. Andre Drummond, Center, Detroit Pistons: Drummond is a walking double-double. Whenever he touches the court, it is almost a guarantee that Drummond will record a double-double that night or close to it, unless he gets injured early in the game. Drummond is a pain in the neck down low. He isn't known for his outside game. Drummond is a tank on the glass. In 78 games played last season with the Detroit Pistons, Andre Drummond averaged 15 PPG, 16 RPG, 3 APG, 1.6 BPG, and 1.5 SPG.

23. Devin Booker, Guard, Phoenix Suns: Booker is a very talented 21-year-old player. He just recently signed a five-year max extension worth $158 million. Booker is a really good shooter and he is currently the Suns best player. Booker is a big part of the Suns future plans and they hope he will lead them to a NBA title. Booker should have went to the All-Star Game last season, but he didn't. His season was only 54 games because of injuries. Devin Booker averaged 24.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.7 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.9 SPG last season with the Phoenix Suns.

22. Kevin Love, Forward/Center, Cleveland Cavaliers: Love was the second option on the Cleveland Cavaliers last season after they traded away Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. Love missed time because of a broken hand. In 59 games played, he averaged 17.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 0.7 SPG last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love is good in the low post and he is also a good spot up shooter from three. With Lebron James now gone, it is quite possible the Cavaliers could trade Kevin Love and he is 29 years old. Love is also injury prone despite how good he is. Kevin Love is a stretch four and also a stretch five.

21. DeMar DeRozan, Guard, Toronto Raptors: DeRozan is a streaky shooter. He can be either real hot or real cold. DeRozan can score from all over the floor and he is also physical on the defensive end of the floor. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry is one of the most underrated back courts in the NBA, but they don't get it done when it matters the most. DeRozan averaged 23 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.1 SPG last season with the Toronto Raptors.

Stay tuned for rankings 20-11, which will be released later this week.

This article was originally published on @gk18