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Ranking every NBA player: 61-70

10/4/2011

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.

We have already announced 401-500, 351-400, 301-350, 251-300, 201-250, 181-200, 161-180, 141-160, 121-140, 101-120, 91-100, 81-90 and 71-80 and will count down the rest one at a time on Twitter, for several weeks.

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.

Schedule

• Wednesday, Sept. 28: Players 91 to 100 announced
• Thursday, Sept. 29: Players 81 to 90 announced
• Friday, Sept. 30: Players 71 to 80 announced
• Monday, Oct. 3: Players 61 to 70 announced
• Tuesday, Oct. 4: Players 51 to 60 announced

 

 

#61 is also all the times Detroit wished they never traded Chauncey #nbarankTue Oct 04 01:11:30 via web

Chauncey Billups, or Raymond Felton? Guess we'll let the NY fans decide who's better. #NBArankTue Oct 04 00:29:47 via web

 

Rank
Player
Score

62

6.18

 

Elton Brand
Phila. 76ers | PF | Age: 32
Drafted: 1st in 1999 (by CHI)

 

 

Elton Brand is #62 in #NBArank. It was only five years ago that he was the best player on a team in the final 8.Mon Oct 03 23:29:33 via web

Elton Brand 62? Is that how many games he's actually played in? #nbarankMon Oct 03 23:02:52 via web

 

Rank
Player
Score

63

6.09

 

Shawn Marion
Dallas Mavericks | SF | Age: 33
Drafted: 9th in 1999 (by PHX)

href="http://twitter.com/#!/matrix31">@matrix31

 

 

Shawn Marion went from an overrated 3rd wheel in Phx, 2 a nonfactor in Miami, a has-been in Tor. to a key piece of the Mavs title. #nbarankMon Oct 03 21:37:04 via web

Shawn Marion, No. 63 in #nbarank but No. 1 in unorthodox shooting form.Mon Oct 03 21:56:28 via Twitter for iPhone

 

Rank
Player
Score

64

6.09

 

Ty Lawson
Denver Nuggets | PG | Age: 23
Drafted: 18th in 2009 (by MIN)

href="http://twitter.com/#!/TyLawson3">@TyLawson3

 

 

Follow the discussion at #NBArank

@NBAonESPN Not that that's too high for Lawson, but how did he outrank PGs like Conley, Jameer, Felton, maybe even Lowry? #NBArankMon Oct 03 20:10:06 via Twitter for iPhone

Ty Lawson at 64 is the only Nugget who can get his shot whenever he wants. Will that translate into becoming Denver's "closer?" #NBARankMon Oct 03 20:10:04 via Twitterrific

 

Rank
Player
Score

65

6.09

 

Mike Conley
Mem. Grizzlies | PG | Age: 23
Drafted: 4th in 2007 (by MEM)

href="http://twitter.com/#!/mconley11">@mconley11

 

 

Who could have imagined four years ago that Mike Conley would be rated higher than Greg Oden in #NBArank?Mon Oct 03 19:40:43 via UberSocial for BlackBerry

 

Rank
Player
Score

66

6.08

 

Kyle Lowry
Houston Rockets | PG | Age: 25
Drafted: 24th in 2006 (by MEM)

href=" http://twitter.com/#!/Klow7">@Klow7

 

 

Kyle Lowry is pretty much the most underrated PG in the league. #NBARankMon Oct 03 18:10:41 via TweetDeck

Pretty sure it's Kyle Lowry Over Everything and not Kyle Lowry Over All but 65 Players #KLOE #NBARankMon Oct 03 18:38:26 via TweetDeck

 

Rank
Player
Score

67

6.05

 

Grant Hill
Phoenix Suns | SF | Age: 38
Drafted: 3rd in 1994 (by DET)

href="http://twitter.com/#!/realgranthill33">@realgranthill33

 

 

Look at some of the players ranked BELOW 38 year old Grant Hill: Danilo Gallinari, Devin Harris, Nicolas Batum. Tremendous. #nbarankMon Oct 03 17:56:04 via TweetDeck

Grant Hill at 67. Imagine where he would have been without the devastating ankle injuries. #nbarankMon Oct 03 19:52:29 via web

 

Rank
Player
Score

68

6.03

 

Danilo Gallinari
Denver Nuggets | F | Age: 23
Drafted: 6th in 2008 (by NYK)

href="http://twitter.com/#!/gallinari8888">@gallinari8888

 

 

Imagine if the Knicks still had Gallinari. New Yorkers would be furious that he's "only ranked 68th." Now ... they don't care. #NBARankMon Oct 03 18:53:04 via TweetDeck

The Nuggets need a star badly. The Rooster at No. 68 is the best bet to fill that role, just don't bet the house...or anything else. #NBARankMon Oct 03 18:41:36 via Twitterrific

 

Rank
Player
Score

69

6.02

 

Devin Harris
Utah Jazz | PG | Age: 28
Drafted: 5th in 2004 (by WAS)

href=" http://twitter.com/#!/DevinHarris5">@ DevinHarris5

 

 

#NBARank Seriously, the Utah Jazz will go as far as Devin Harris takes them. Mon Oct 03 15:28:01 via tGadget

 

Rank
Player
Score

70

6.02

 

Nicolas Batum
Por. Trail Blazers | SF | Age: 22
Drafted: 25th in 2008 (by HOU)

href="http://twitter.com/#!/nicolas88batum">@nicolas88batum

 

 

Nic Batum is 70, and that's when he's about 22 with a lot of competitors in Portland. In other words: watch out. #NBArankMon Oct 03 14:29:58 via Mobile Web

Batum all the way up at 70 for #NBARank? A guy with a sub-15 PER who took a huge step BACK this year? He's the Phil Hughes of the NBA. Mon Oct 03 14:53:52 via web

 

* 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).