NBA: Top 50 Players Heading Into 2019-2020 (40-31)
Last week, I started a Top 50 NBA Players list. I released the 50th-41st best players in the NBA heading into the 2019-2020 season. As of right now, the list is 50. Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks, 49. Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder, 48. Aaron Gordon, PF, Orlando Magic, 47. Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Sacramento Kings, 46. Marc Gasol, C, Toronto Raptors, 45. John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards, 44. De’Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings, 43. Danilo Gallinari, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder 42. Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic, and 41. Clint Capela, C, Houston Rockets.
Which players will be ranked 40-31?
40. Draymond Green, PF, Golden State Warriors
Green had a really down year last season, but he stepped up his game during the postseason. Draymond Green might be able to rediscover himself next season with Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins gone. Klay Thompson will be out until the start of the new year. Green played in 66 games last season and he averaged 7.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.1 BPG, and 1.4 SPG.
39. Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers
Brogdon is an excellent defender and he is also solid on the offensive end. Malcolm Brogdon played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season and he stepped up big time in the Eastern Conference Finals with Khris Middleton pulling a disappearing act. Milwaukee might have made a mistake by getting rid of Brogdon. In 64 games played last season, he averaged 15.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.7 SPG. Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo could be a very strong backcourt in Indiana next season.
38. DeMarcus Cousins, C, Los Angeles Lakers
Cousins missed the first half of the year last season because he was recovering from a Torn Achilles injury the year before with the New Orleans Pelicans. DeMarcus Cousins played with the Golden State Warriors for 30 games last season and he did a very nice job with his role considering the fact they had four other superstars. Cousins could benefit big time playing for the Los Angeles Lakers this season and he only signed a one-year deal with them. He averaged 16.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.5 BPG, and 1.3 SPG last season with Golden State.
37. Trae Young, PG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young has given this franchise a ton of hope for the future. Atlanta is building a solid foundation around him and the Hawks could be a serious championship contender in a couple of years from now. When Young was drafted, I thought he wasn’t a very good defender and I also thought he was a ball hog in college. Trae Young has completely proved me wrong and he could have very well won the Rookie of the Year Award. In 81 NBA games played last season, Young averaged 19.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 8.1 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.9 SPG. He is also only 20 years old.
36. Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
Lowry played a monster role in the Toronto Raptors championship run last season. He was a pitbull on the defensive end of the floor. Kyle Lowry was inconsistent at times, but he was mentally tough. Lowry played in 65 games last season and he averaged 14.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 8.7 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.4 SPG last season.
35. Lou Williams, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
Williams won the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season. He has won this award several times. Lou Williams is a walking bucket. He is one of the reasons why the Los Angeles Clippers made it to the playoffs last season. Los Angeles was able to beat the Golden State Warriors twice in the first-round series against them even though they lost the series in six games. In 75 games last season with the Clippers, he averaged 20 PPG, 3 RPG, 5.4 APG, 0.1 BPG, and 0.8 SPG. Williams will be one of the key pieces for this team next season. They have a chance to win the NBA Championship for the first time in franchise history.
34. Tobias Harris, PF/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
Harris started the year last season with the Los Angeles Clippers before he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline. Tobias Harris signed a five-year deal to stay with Philadelphia in the offseason. He is a solid defender and scorer. Harris will be one of the main core players in Philadelphia along with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid for the next few years. They could win an NBA Championship within the next few years. Tobias Harris played in 82 games last season and he averaged 20 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.6 SPG.
33. LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
Aldridge is the focal points of the San Antonio Spurs offense. He is by their best player and San Antonio continues to be an effective basketball team even though they don’t play with a ton of speed. The Spurs might be one of the best half-court teams in the NBA. San Antonio almost pulled off the upset against the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA playoffs last season. In 81 games last season, LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 21.3 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.3 BPG, and 0.5 SPG.
32. Jamal Murray, PG, Denver Nuggets
Murray is already turning heads in the NBA. He is only 22 years old. Jamal Murray was one of the reasons why the Denver Nuggets won over 50 games this past season. They were also one win away from the NBA Western Conference Finals. Murray is a solid scorer and playmaker. Denver already signed him to a contract extension. In 75 games played last season, he averaged 18.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 0.9 SPG last season.
31. Devin Booker, SG, Phoenix Suns
Booker isn’t exactly a very good defensive player for the Phoenix Suns, but he provides a ton of offense for them on a night-to-night basis. Phoenix has bad for the past several years and they might have no choice but to trade him at some point and get a major return for him. However, Devin Booker is only 22 years old and the Suns may feel like they could be good in a year or two in a tough NBA Western Conference. In 64 games played last season, he averaged 26.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 6.8 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.
The NBA Top 50 players list will continue next week when rankings 30-21 will be announced.
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