HurricaneDij's Annual Top 50 NBA Players List (Year 12)

By Todd Schmidt
Aug. 17, 2019

*Last year's ranking in parenthesis.

1) Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks (7)

2) Kawhi Leonard, SF, Los Angeles Clippers (9) - Play in 70 regular season games if you want to be #1.

3) James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets (2)

4) LeBron James, F, Los Angeles Lakers (1)

5) Kevin Durant, SF, Brooklyn Nets (3) - By all accounts he should be higher, but the injury really dampens his overall outlook.

6) Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors (5)

7) Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers (8)

8) Anthony Davis, F/C, Los Angeles Lakers (4)

9) Paul George, F, Los Angeles Clippers (17)

10) Russell Westbrook, PG, Houston Rockets (6)

11) Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets (19)

12) Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers (13)

13) Karl-Anthony Towns, C/F, Minnesota Timberwolves (12)

14) Kyrie Irving, PG, Brooklyn Nets (10)

15) Ben Simmons, PG, Philadelphia 76ers (11)

16) Jimmy Butler, G/F, Miami Heat (15)

17) Klay Thompson, G/F, Golden State Warriors (16)

18) Kemba Walker, PG, Boston Celtics (22)

19) Donovan Mitchell, SG, Utah Jazz (26)

20) Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards (25)

21) Luka Doncic, SG, Dallas Mavericks (NR)

22) Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic (NR)

23) Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz (28)

24) Blake Griffin, PF, Detroit Pistons (30)

25) Chris Paul, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder (14)

26) LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, San Antonio Spurs (21)

27) Khris Middleton, G/F Milwaukee Bucks (41)

28) Draymond Green, PF, Golden State Warriors (23)

29) Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Pacers (18)

30) C.J. McCollum, SG, Portland Trail Blazers (35)

31) Jamal Murray, PG, Denver Nuggets (NR)

32) DeMar DeRozan, SG, San Antonio Spurs (20)

33) Mike Conley, PG, Utah Jazz (NR)

34) Devin Booker, SG, Phoenix Suns (43)

35) Pascal Siakam, PF, Toronto Raptors (NR)

36) Jrue Holiday, PG, New Orleans Pelicans (38)

37) Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons (32)

38) Tobias Harris, F, Philadelphia 76ers (NR)

39) D’Angelo Russell, G, Golden State Warriors (NR)

40) Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors (37)

41) Buddy Hield, SG, Sacramento Kings (NR)

42) Trae Young, PG, Atlanta Hawks (NR)

43) Kevin Love, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers (29)

44) D’Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings (NR)

45) Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics (46)

46) Malcolm Brogdon, G, Indiana Pacers (NR)

47) Clint Capela, C, Houston Rockets (42)

48) Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder (34)

49) Eric Bledsoe, PG, Milwaukee Bucks (48)

50) John Collins, PF, Atlanta Hawks (NR)

Honorable Mention: Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Julius Randle, Otto Porter, Lauri Markkanen, Gary Harris, Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams, DeAndre Ayton, Kristaps Porzingis, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Ja Morant.

Dropped from last year’s list: Porzingis, Hayward, Teague, Otto Porter, Lou Williams, John Wall, Al Horford, DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, Goran Dragic, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap.

My Reach Pick: Gary Harris, SG, Denver Nuggets - Harris has missed at least 25 games in two of the last three seasons, and has missed at last 15 games in each of the last three seasons. That said, 2018-19 was the first time in which those nagging injuries had hindered his overall productivity, as he averaged an unspectacular 12.9 points per game. This needs to be the year Harris stays healthy in order to take enormous offensive pressure off of Jokic and Murray. To his credit, Harris was able to raise his game in the playoffs, where he averaged 14.2 points per game while shooting just over 35 percent from three. He needs to do more in 2019-20.