Sunday, February 8, 2009

NBA Player Tiers and Top 100 honorable mention

Before I get to my NBA player tiers let me add my Top 100 Honorable Mention List:

Ray Felton-CHR-PG-24
Eric Gordon-LAC-SG-20
Kelenna Azubuike-GS-SF-25
Kenyon Martin-DEN-PF-31
Nate Robinson-NY-CG-24
Travis Outlaw-POR-SF-24
Jermaine O'Neal-TOR-C-30
Drew Gooden-CHI-PF-27
Marvin Williams-ATL-SF-22
Ronnie Brewer-Utah-SG-23
Andrea Bargnani-TOR-PF-23
Yi Jianlian-NJ-PF-21
Roger Mason-SA-F/G-28
James Posey-NO-SF-32
Marc Gasol-MEM-C-24
Chris Duhon-NY-PG-26
Kevin Love-MIN-F/C-20

Other players who would surely be in the top 50/100 if not for season injuries
Gilbert Arenas-WAS-CG-27-has not played at all this year (knee surgery)
Michael Redd-MIL-SG-29-only played in 33 games before season ending knee surgery
Monta Ellis-GS-CG-23-just came back from high ankle injury suffered in off-season on a mo-ped

Here are the tiers of the NBA's best players:

(3)-The 3 best players in the world- LeBron, Kobe, DWade

(5)-Absolute Superstars- Dwight, CP3, KG, Amare, Tim Duncan

(6)-Next Level Stars-Just a notch below the 8 best players in the league these guys are all still perennial all stars.-
Joe Johnson, Dirk, Bosh, Chauncey, Paul Pierce, Yao

(3)-Up and Coming Stars-These young stars are getting better and better and could enter any of the three above categories in the next couple of years.- Brandon Roy, Danny Granger, Devin Harris

(4)-Snubbed All-Stars-They won't be playing in the All-Star game next weekend but they are still stars.-
Melo (who would be a Next Level Star if not for injury), Al Jefferson, Kevin Durant, Andre Igoudala

(7)-Underrated Stud PF/C's- Pau, Rashard Lewis, David West, LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee, plus Carlos Boozer and Zach Randolph (when they're healthy)

(4)-Stud Floor Generals-It's no coincidence that these guys are winners and their teams are winners as well.-
Deron Williams, Tony Parker, Mo Williams, Jameer Nelson (before injury)

(4)-Past their prime but still very good players- AI, Shaq, Vince, Ray Allen

(10)-Versatility is their middle name-My favorite category, these guys don't do any one thing great but they do many things very well, some are the best players on their team, some are compliments to a star player, but anyway you look at it these guys are great players who can do it all.-
Josh Smith, Stephen Jackson, Richard Jefferson, Rudy Gay, Caron Butler, Hedo Turkoglu, Josh Howard, Manu Ginobili, Ron Artest, Tayshaun Prince

(7)-Specialty Scorers-Pretty much the opposite of the versatile studs, these guys can score, score and score some more, but don't really show anything else on their stat line.-
Jason Terry, Rip Hamilton, Kevin Martin (pretty much the token speciality scorer), O.J. Mayo, Ben Gordon, John Salmons, Gerald Wallace

(6)-Very Good PG's-Some are young, some are old, some are the stars of their team, some are role players on very good teams, but they are all very good PG's.-
Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Andre Miller, Baron Davis, Jamal Crawford

(6)-Very Good Big Men-Same as the very good PG's but for Big Men.-
Antawn Jamison, Emeka Okafor, Mehmet Okur, Al Harrington, Nene, Andrew Bynum

(5)-Injured former stars playing less of a role this year- T-Mac, Elton Brand, Cory Maggette, The Matrix, JRich

(5)-Role-Playing Double Double Machines-Another of my favorite categories, these guys crash the boards hard but can also score some points too.- Andrew Bogut (before injury), Paul Millsap, Marcus Camby, Andris Biedrins, Troy Murphy

(4)-Good Role-Playing Veteran PG's- Mike Bibby, Jason Kidd, Jose Calderon, T.J. Ford

(7)-Young Inside/Outside Forwards-
Charlie Villanueva, Boris Diaw, Al Thorton, Jeff Green, Loul Deng, Wilson Chandler, Thaddeus Young

(6)-Nasty Young PG/CG's-
Randy Foye, Russell Westbrook, Rodney Stuckey, Ray Felton, Eric Gordon, Nate Robinson

(6)-Absolute Warriors in the Paint-These guys are beasts and are very important to how far their team goes-
Al Hortford, Brook Lopez, Udonis Haslem, Luis Scola, Drew Gooden, Kenyon Martin

(4)-Veteran Centers who have all been former all-stars.- Big Z, Rasheed Wallace, Brad Miller, Jermaine O'Neal

(5)-Sharpshooters-These guys can shoot the rock and add a very good scoring punch to their teams.-
Peja Stojakovic, J.R. Smith, Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason, Mike Dunleavy (when healthy)

(4)-Its only a matter of time-These are the stars of tomorrow who aren't so bad today, they keep getting better and in a few years they could be stars.- Michael Beasley, Marvin Williams, Andrea Bargnani, Yi Jianlain

(4)-More than just lock down defenders-While they are used primarily for their ability as shutdown defenders, these guys can do a lot of other things as well- Raja Bell, Travis Outlaw, Ronnie Brewer, James Posey

(6)-The Rookie Hot List-
Big Men- Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, Jason Thompson, Greg Oden
Guards- Rudy Fernandez, Mario Chalmers

(3)-Maybe Next Year-Injured stars who will try to be next year's Dwayne Wade-
Arenas, Redd, Ellis
I will probably need to add Bogut and Jameer to this list now

Well that's the list, 124 of the NBA's best players





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