The good news is that ESPN is making John Hollinger's much-admired player rankings constantly updated for ESPN Insider members. The bad news is that some great players didn't make the list, and Jason Kidd is aging right before your eyes (45th in the league). You'll have to click over to ESPN to see all the numbers, but as a special treat, here's a glimpse at the top fifty with some of my thoughts.
Elton Brand Now everyone loves him.
LeBron James Yup, says America, I think I've heard of him.
Allen Iverson All those assists!
Tim Duncan People just expect it of him. He only makes news if he isn't way up here.
Chauncey Billups I would normally say that this is an example of a player who does a lot without getting big numbers, but did you see the 28 points and 19 assists?
Kobe Bryant I love this rankings system just for somehow placing Billups ahead of Bryant. If fantasy leagues did that, I'd start playing again.
Chris Bosh Playing well enough to have Phil Jackson risk tampering charges.
Tony Parker After a great start, he replaces Manu as the Second Spur.
Manu Ginobili Tony in his sights.
Chris Paul Check out the order of the point guards in this list! Most people would start with Nash or Kidd. PER says Iverson, Billups, Arenas, Parker, Paul... keep reading!
Steve Nash Wow. Playing second banana to a rookie. Chris Paul is already answering one of the big questions of the season.
Channing Frye Meet Isiah Thomas's new pet rock.
Ray Allen I'm guessing that a few months ago the people in Seattle thought there was no chance he would be ranked lower than Channing Frye.
Shawn Marion He can play on my team anytime.
Mo Williams America asks: where's Grant Hill?
Dwight Howard He's the future, but this is the present.
Richard Hamilton There are a lot of Pistons in this list, but no Ben Wallace and no Tayshaun Prince? The whole thing is called into question.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim Hands up any one who wants this guy more than Ben Wallace.
Brad Miller Hey, look at the Sacramento buddies. Where's Bibby?
Sarunas Jasikevicius In today's New York Times, they say he's from Maryland and Israel. (It has been corrected online.) He's from Lithuania, and he's ranked ahead of...
Jason Kidd No matter what Dave D'Alessandro says is wrong with the Nets, the biggest problem is this guy being way the heck down here.
Ron Artest He has taken a tumble. Less than a month ago in the Roland Ratings Artest was top-four.