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Last week I started to rank the top 50 players in the NBA. 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, and 41. Steven Adams, Center, Oklahoma City Thunder.
Which players are ranked 40-31?
40. Kemba Walker, Guard, Charlotte Hornets: Walker is a point guard who loves to change to his speed. He can play fast or slow and that's what makes his dangerous. It feels like Walker is much older than he actually is. Kemba is only 28 years old and he will be one of the top free agents next summer. Kemba Walker averaged 22.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.6 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.1 SPG last season with the Charlotte Hornets.
39. Kyle Lowry, Guard, Toronto Raptors: Lowry is a very good point guard, but he isn't an elite point guard. Lowry is one of the reasons why the Toronto Raptors were the number one seed in the east this past season. He and DeMar Derozan make a very good back court in Toronto. Lowry averaged 16.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 6.9 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 1.1 SPG with the Toronto Raptors.
38. Dirk Nowitzki, Forward, Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki has been in the NBA since the 1998-1999 season. He is one of the greatest European players to ever play in the NBA. Nowitzki has played with the Dallas Mavericks his entire career. At 40 years old, he still plays at a high level. Nowitzki has been to the NBA Finals twice in his career and has won the title once in 2011. Nowitzki won the Finals MVP that year. He has one of the most unguardable fade away shots ever. Drik Nowitzki averaged 12 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.6 SPG last season with the Dallas Mavericks.
37. LaMarcus Aldridge, Forward, San Antonio Spurs: With the Kawhi Leonard missing basically the entire 2017-2018 season, the offense mainly went through Aldridge. He can play in the low post, elbow, and three-point line offensively. Aldridge is very good on the glass as well, but he seems to come up small in big time games. LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 23.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2 APG, 1.2 BPG, and 0.6 SPG last season with the San Antonio Spurs.
36. Clint Capela, Center, Houston Rockets: Capela's game improved tremendously during the 2017-2018 season. He was one of the reasons why the Houston Rockets won 65 games during the regular season. Capela is a very good rim protector and he is very good at catching passes and dunking the ball. Capela is only 24 years old and he has the potential to be one of the best centers in the NBA. Clint Capela averaged 13.9 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 1.9 BPG, and 0.8 SPG last season with the Houston Rockets.
35. Jayson Tatum, Forward, Boston Celtics: Tatum elevated his game as a 19-year-old rookie when Gordon Hayward went out with a gruesome leg injury in the first quarter in the first game . Tatum also elevated his game when Kyrie Irving went out with a knee injury late in the season and it caused him to miss the entire playoffs. Jayson Tatum has the potential to be one of the best players in the world in a few years. He is an excellent two-way player and Tatum will only get better. He was nominated for the Rookie of the Year Award, but Utah's Donovan Mitchell won the award. Jayson Tatum averaged 13.9 PPG, 5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.7 BPG, and 1 SPG last season with the Boston Celtics.
34. John Wall, Guard, Washington Wizards: Wall missed sometime during the 2017-2018 season with a knee injury. At times, the Washington Wizards looked like a better basketball team without him. Tomas Satoransky was the team's point guard in his absence. Satoransky doesn't have the explosiveness that John Wall has. He can get to the rim and draw fouls, but Wall isn't a very good shooter from the outside. He is a very good passer, but Wall is very good on the defensive end. He averaged 19.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 9.6 APG, 1.1 BPG, and 1.4 SPG, in 41 games with the Washington Wizards last season.
33. DeAndre Jordan, Center, Dallas Mavericks: Jordan one of the main players on the Los Angeles Clippers last season. DeAndre didn't have Chris Paul to play with and the Clippers traded Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons mid-season. Jordan is a very good rim protector and good at catching passes at rim and dunking the ball. He will be playing for the Dallas Mavericks next season on a one-year deal worth $23.7 million. Jordan will be playing this time for them. He backed out of a deal back in 2015. DeAndre Jordan averaged 12 PPG, 15.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 0.5 SPG last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
32. Carmelo Anthony, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder announced they will be moving on from Carmelo Anthony on Friday Afternoon. He only has one-year left on his contract, but Anthony is owed $27.928 million next season. Carmelo Anthony has only been to the conference finals once in his NBA career. He has a had reputation of being a ball stopper, meaning that once the ball gets to him, he won't pass it back. Carmelo Anthony didn't really work well as a third option in Oklahoma City. He is more of a number one or two scoring option and Anthony is 34 years old. He averaged 16.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.6 SPG last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
31. Donovan Mitchell, Guard, Utah Jazz: Mitchell is a rising star in the NBA and he was drafted 13th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets and then he was traded to the Utah Jazz. Donovan Mitchell won Rookie of the Year Award over Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. Mitchell is explosive of the dribble and he can put the ball in the basket. Mitchell developed into Utah's go-two scorer during the regular season and he is one of the reasons why the Utah Jazz won a playoff round against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They also were the number five seed in the western conference and won 48 games as well. He is a very good defender as well. Donovan Mitchell averaged 20.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.5 SPG last season with the Utah Jazz.
Stay tuned next week for rankings 30-21.