ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.
What is #NBArank?
#NBArank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along.
You can also follow along here: @NBAonESPN
How did we rank the players?
We asked 91 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the current quality of each player."
Here is the full list of voters from ESPN.com, the TrueHoop Network, TrueHoop TV, Daily Dime Live, ESPN TV, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, espnW, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, ESPN Fantasy, ESPN Games, ESPN Dallas, ESPN Los Angeles, ESPN Chicago, ESPN New York, ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN Topics and ESPN Analytics.
To decide which players to rank, we started with every player who played in the league last season, and then eliminated players who had signed overseas contracts that made them ineligible for the 2011-12 NBA season. Then we added the 60 members of the 2011 draft class, eliminating those not likely to play in the NBA by 2012. That left 500 players, according to our best information as of August 15.
• Tuesday, August 23: Players 341 to 350 announced
• Wednesday, August 24: Players 331 to 340 announced
• Thursday, August 25: Players 321 to 330 announced
• Friday, August 26: Players 311 to 320 announced
• Monday, August 29: Players 301 to 310 announced
Rank Player Score*
Denver Nuggets | C | Age: 25 | Stats
@Jared_Wade: Hopefully being involved in the number 1 #NBArank dunk of the year will help Timofey Mozgov not be so sad about his actual #NBArank of 306.
Charlotte Bobcats | F | Age: 24 | Stats | @DlamarC33
@SebastianPruiti: Dante Cunningham at 311, I like him as a player and if he gets time, he should be higher next offseason -- #NBARank
Golden State Warriors | SF | Age: 30 | Stats
@traread: Vlad Rad's ranking of 315 is also how far around the 360 air he got when he was snowboarding in Aspen in 07 and bunged his shoulder. #NBArank
Portland Trail Blazers | PG | Age: 23 | Stats | @Patty_Mills
@RoyceWebb: Mills might be better known for his 2008 performances *against* the U.S. than his NBA performances *in* the U.S. #NBArank
Cleveland Cavaliers | F | Age: 20 | Stats | @RealTristan13
@DashiellD: If #NBARank were to redo the 2011 draft, they would've made Tristan Thompson the 11th pick instead of the 4th. Not a good sign for the Cavs.
Washington Wizards | C | Age: 23 | Stats | @Trevor_Booker
@sorokman Arroyo is 329th. Booker, 321. In Israeli terms: Bney Hasharon's newcomer is better than Maccabi TA's most expensive player ever.
Houston Rockets | SF | Age: 24 | Stats | @TheRealTWill
@QCsportscrave: Terrence Williams is freakishly athletic and has the natural skill set to make big strides at only age 24. Reason to be optimistic. #NBArank
Denver Nuggets | PF | Age: 21 | Stats | @KennethFaried35
@simonchun : A single elite skill in college usually translates into the NBA -- Faried's relentless rebounding has drawn Rodman comparisons #NBArank
Chicago Bulls | SG | Age: 32 | Stats | @RasualButler45
@DashiellD: Butler wants an opt-out clause in his new contract if the lockout ends. After shooting 34% last year, I don't think he'll need it. #NBARank
Milwaukee Bucks | F | Age: 24 | Stats | @MrJonBrockman
@sorokman: If the ranking was depending only on "ferocious board-crushing," Jon Brockman would've been about 330 places higher. #NBArank
Philadelphia Sixers | SF | Age: 30 | Stats
@SixerSense: 80% of Jason Kapono's minutes last year came as a decoy shooter during late-game situations. He's a very situational role player. #nbarank
Utah Jazz | G | Age: 20 | Stats | @AlecBurks10
@simonchun: Alec Burks is a solid SG prospect with athleticism and skill, but to Jazz fans he'll likely be remembered for "not being Jimmer." #NBArank
Chicago Bulls | PG | Age: 31 | Stats
@Jared_Wade: ESPN experts say Jannero Pargo is the 345th best player in the NBA. Meanwhile, I'm pretty sure the Bulls have him in their top 20. #NBArank
Phoenix Suns | F | Age: 21 | Stats | @Keefmorris
@DashiellD: Looks like Markieff Morris and Jarron Collins are the big losers in #NBATwinRank. Can only assume Robin Lopez will be next #NBARank
Golden State Warriors | SG | Age: 21 | Stats | @KlayThompson
@RoyceWebb: Klay tied at 349. In best season, w/Blazers in 1981-82, Klay's dad Mychal was 18th in NBA (ranked by PER; minimum 500 min.).
Rankings1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-15 | 16-20 | 21-25 | 26-30 | 31-35 | 36-40 | 41-45
46-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100 | 101-120 | 121-140 | 141-160 | 161-180
181-200 | 201-250 | 251-300 | 301-350 | 351-400 | 401-500 | Team-by-team
* Player: Committed to playing overseas in 2011-12
* Score: Tiebreakers are first based on percentage points; scores have been rounded off. The second tiebreaker is based on John Hollinger's Estimated Wins Added for the 2010-11 NBA season (rookies were given an EWA of zero).
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- Sources: Knicks, Jackson discussed coaching
- Noah declines to talk about Carmelo 'gossip'
- Spurs breeze past Heat with Duncan in form
- Clippers rout Lakers by record 48
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
ESPN.com's NBA Player Rankings
Follow the NBA on ESPN: Twitter / Facebook
We're ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter, from No. 500 to No. 1. Follow the discussion at #NBArank.
THE TRUEHOOP NETWORK
- NBA Home
- Boston Celtics
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Knicks
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Toronto Raptors
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Atlanta Hawks
- Charlotte Bobcats
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards
- Heat Index