NBA Top 50 Players Entering 2020-2021 (50-41)

With the NBA Season in the rear view mirror and with the Los Angeles Lakers being crowned champions for the 17th time in franchise history, it is time to look forward to next season and reflect on this past season.

Last year, I did a Top 50 players list for the NBA Players as well. There aren’t as many players in the NBA compared to the NHL, the NFL, and the MLB. Which players made the list and which ones didn’t?

50. Devonte Graham – Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets maybe one of the worst teams in the NBA, but Graham has become one of the most reliable players in the NBA and he is a mini version of what Kemba Walker was in Charlotte before he left for the Boston Celtics in free agency in the offseason though.

Graham can score buckets and he can also make his teammates better. Devonte Graham isn’t a known player across the NBA because of where he plays though. He averaged 18.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 7.5 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 1 SPG last season in 63 games played though.

49. Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies

Morant was the Rookie of the Year winner in the NBA this past season for a reason. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this basketball team though nonetheless. Ja Morant should have many good years ahead of him though nonetheless.

He is electric like Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets, but Morant could develop into a better shooter than him. He was the second overall pick out of Murray State and Ja Morant was a great person in the Memphis community this past season though. He averaged 17.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 7.3 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.9 SPG, in 67 games played though.

48. Blake Griffin – Detroit Pistons

Griffin had another injury-plagued season, but he is one of the best in the business at his position though. Blake Griffin could be trade bait this offseason for a Detroit team that is trying to figure out what direction they want to head in though.

In only 18 games played this season, he averaged 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 0.6 SPG.

47. De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings

Fox is one of the more explosive point guards in the NBA. Once again, he is not known very well because of the market he plays in. If the Sacramento Kings ever moved to Seattle to become the Seattle Supersonics though, De’Aaron Fox would be better marketed and televised immediately.

Fox makes his teammates better and the University of Kentucky is becoming a factory for guards to become good in the NBA though. De’Aaron Fox averaged 21.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.8 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.5 SPG, in 51 games though.

46. Khris Middleton – Milwaukee Bucks

Middleton is one of the most overrated players in the NBA, but he does well in the regular season and disappears in the postseason. Khris Middleton is not a second star to Giannis Antetokounmpo at all though.

Middleton is the reason why they lost in five games against the Miami Heat in the second-round of the NBA Playoffs though. Khris Middleton needed the game of his life in Game 4 to extend Milwaukee’s season by one game, but it didn’t matter though. He averaged 20.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 4.3 APG, 0.1 BPG, and 0.9 SPG, in 62 games played though.

45. Brandon Ingram – New Orleans Pelicans

Ingram finally popped this season and won the Most Improved Player of the Year Award because of it. He is becoming the focal point of their offense despite having Zion Williamson around.

Brandon Ingram is relatively more healthy than Williamson is though. Ingram’s pick and pop game is solid. He has a solid mid-range shot and can pull up from three as well though. Ingram averaged 23.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.1 SPG last season, in 62 games played though.

44. Mike Conley – Utah Jazz

Conley is one of the most underrated and underappreciated point guards in the NBA. He makes his teammates better and he almost hit the game-winning shot in Game 7 of the first round of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Denver Nuggets.

Conley averaged 14.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.4 APG, 0.1 BPG, and 0.8 SPG, in 47 games this past season though.

43. Zion Williamson – New Orleans Pelicans

Williamson is a potential star in the making, but injuries are going to be a concern in the long run. He is electric and one of the reasons why fans across the NBA want to see him though.

Zion Williamson is a solid passer and a solid and tremendous shooter from the outside as well. He could reach the Top 20 to 25 plateau as early as next season if he can stay healthy though. Zion Williamson played in 24 games last season. He averaged 22.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 0.7 SPG though.

42. Jaylen Brown – Boston Celtics

Brown is a solid defender for the Boston Celtics and he is becoming one of their more reliable players though. He averaged 20.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.1 SPG in 57 games played though.

41. Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat

Adebayo is one of the reasons why the Miami Heat went to the NBA Finals this past season. He played in 72 games this past season.

Bam Adebayo averaged 15.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.3 BPG, and 1.1 SPG. He is a double-double machine though.

Keep an eye out for 40-31 sometime within the next week though.

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