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 Aug. 15.
" Tuesday, Sept. 20: Players 151 to 160 announced
" Wednesday, Sept. 21: Players 141 to 150 announced
@JustinVerrier: Dunleavy has averaged just 58 games a season since getting shipped to Indy in SJax trade. On the bright side, he hasn't punched anybody. #NBArank
@ESPN_Caplan: So, how does that translate in the ACB? RT @NBAonESPN: #NBArank 142.
@DashiellD: Bet Rudy can't wait to play alongside Dirk + Kidd after years of being stuck in a crowded backcourt with Miller and Roy. #NBArank
@TheNoLookPass: Rudy Fernandez has nice highlights. No, I'm not talking about the NBA; I'm talking about his hair. #NBARank
@cfrone09: The 2 college co-POTY in 06 were on opposing teams in the 09 NBA Finals. JJ actually got to leave the bench. #NBArank
Wash. Wizards | PF | Age: 32
@TheNoLookPass: Rashard Lewis. From big-time Finals contributor to ... only three spots above Andray Blatche? #NBArank
@Sandoval_G: The addition of Rashard Lewis ensures that the Wizards are dominant ... at locking up positions 150-141 on #NBArank
@TheNoLookPass: The big deal about Kris Humphries is that he averaged a double-double last season. It's not like he married someone famous, right? #NBARank
@noamschiller: Nick Young managing to pass 354 players on #NBArank is 354 passes more than I expected.
@johnhollinger: Number 270 when he shows up out of shape in November, but number 27 by April. Averages out to about 147. #NBArank
@cfrone09: Calderon is very underrated given his FT percentage and AST/TO ratio. A quality PG who goes unnoticed because he plays in Toronto. #NBArank
@JustRod: He fell into the perfect system for him. Sometimes luck plays a major part.
@gregfield93: Gary Neal is only the second undrafted player to make the all-rookie first team. Not a bad pickup for the Spurs.
@ScottSchroeder: Wow. And to think no NBA fans knew him prior to Summer League last year.
@pakdirect: #NBArank 150 is the speed in miles per hour that Leandro Barbosa used to play at when he was playing alongside Steve Nash ... in Toronto, not so much.
@robdogg1017: #NBArank Luc Richard Mbah a Moute: the best NBA prince not named Tayshaun.
@Clintonite33: Definitely Mbetter than Mbenga.
@Ian_Segovia: Luc is an elite defender at 3 positions. How does he not crack the top 150? His jump shot! You gotta be kidding me. #NBArank
@HadiC25: Dorell Wright in one season made more 3s than in all of his career combined. Pat Riley would love to have him back. #NBArank
@iamallantot: #NBArank 152 is the number of times Dorell Wright broke a play intended for either Curry or Ellis.
Orlando Magic | SF | Age: 32
@sorokman: 153 is also the number of times Hedo Turkoglu regretted choosing Toronto over Portland. #NBArank
@DashiellD: 153 is also the average number of times a game Turkoglu calls off a set play to run his own iso. #NBArank
@HelloitsJacob: 153 is the number of times Otis regretted giving Hedo another shot in the only system that "worked" for him. #NBArank
@patrick_hayes: Brewer ranks 101 spots higher than the man he backs up, Keith Bogans.
@Husam15: The number 154 is the amount of times Ronnie Brewer picked someones pocket for a steal. #NBArank
@TheAkronHammer: Has to be the only player ranked 150+ spots higher than the guy he backed up (Bibby).
Chicago Bulls | C | Age: 25
@adamosgp: Omer Asik. Another EuroBasket guy on the rise.
@UBrettchya: Maynor could probably be the starting PG on a contender. Westbrook for Howard? #NBArank
@forumbluegold: I'd rather have the PG ranked two spots below him, Eric Maynor. RT @NBAonESPN #NBArank 155: Mario Chalmers.
Denver Nuggets | C | Age: 33
@uuords: In honor of his #NBArank, Chris Andersen will now get "1-5-9" tattooed across his forehead.
@JustRod: #NBArank did you ever think you would see the day when Chris "Birdman" Andersen was ranked higher than Gilbert Arenas?
@rkcerman: #NBArank Frye had made 20 3-pointers in his first four seasons, however, he has made 343 3-pointers these past two.
* 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).