ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player for the third straight year -- and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA), from No. 500 to No. 1.
Rank Player Score
8.94 James Harden | @JHarden13
Houston Rockets | SG | Age: 24 | 2012 rank: #26
2012-13 Stats GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER 78 25.9 4.9 5.8 .438 .851 23.00
Last season, Harden became the fourth different player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game at the age of 23 or younger. The only younger players to do so are LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.
-- ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)
According to #NBArank, the Thunder just two years ago had THREE of the top FIVE players in basketball. The Harden trade was not very good...— Open Gym (@opengymOC) October 22, 2013
Ha wow #NBArank James Harden is not a top 5 player. Lets not forget his games vs the Heat. No way is he better than Rose or Westbrook— Chaz Ellerbee (@DrChucktavious) October 22, 2013
This year, we asked our ESPN Forecast panel to predict the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season. This includes both the quality and the quantity of his expected contributions, combined in one overall rating.
OUR NEW PREDICTION ENGINE
These #NBArank predictions are powered by ESPN Forecast.
As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.
We are starting by running through the "first" 100 players on Sept. 16, and thereafter we will count them down one at a time on Twitter, until Oct. 29, opening night in the NBA.
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: @ESPNNBA
How did we rank the players?
We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season."
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101-120 | 121-140 | 141-160 | 161-180 | 181-200 | 201-225 | 226-250
251-275 | 276-300 | 301-325 | 326-350 | 351-375 | 376-400 | 401-500
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