NBA Top 50 Players (40-31) Entering the 2020 Season

A couple of weeks ago, I started my Top 50 NBA Players list. So far on the list, it is 50. Devonta Graham, G, Charlotte Hornets, 49. Ja Morant, G, Memphis Grizzlies, 48. Blake Griffin, F, Detroit Pistons, 47. De’Aaron Fox, G, Sacramento Kings, 46. Khris Middleton, G, Milwaukee Bucks, 45. Brandon Ingram, F, New Orleans Pelicans, 44. Mike Conley, G, Utah Jazz, 43. Zion Williamson, F, New Orleans Pelicans, 42. Jaylen Brown, G, Boston Celtics, and 41. Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat.

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40. Caris LeVert, G, Brooklyn Nets

LeVert is becoming one of the best young stars in the NBA. He is going to be solid with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving next season when they get healthy. They will be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.

In 45 games played last season, Caris LeVert averaged 18.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.4 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 1.2 SPG last season.

39. Andre Drummond, C, Cleveland Cavaliers

Andre Drummond is a double-double machine waiting to happen every single night. He was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline. Cleveland hopes to retain him in free agency during the offseason though.

In 57 games played last season, Drummond averaged 17.7 PPG, 15.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.6 BPG, and 1.9 SPG.

38. Zach LaVine, G, Chicago Bulls

LaVine was actually one of the most underrated players in the NBA last season. He was a solid scorer on a bad team and Zach LaVine was always a highlight reel waiting to happen when it came to dunking the basketball though.

He averaged 25.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.5 SPG, in 60 games played though.

37. D’Angelo Russell, Minnesota Timberwolves

Russell was traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Minnesota Timberwolves during the middle of the season for Andrew Wiggins. D’Angelo Russell was an All-Star during the 2018-2019 season with the Brooklyn Nets. He is solidly paired with Karl-Anthony Towns.

Russell played in 45 games last season. He averaged 23.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.3 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.

36. Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns

Ayton is a double-double machine. He and Devin Booker have this team heading in the right direction, after going 8-0 in the bubble despite missing the playoffs. Phoenix could reach the playoffs in the 2020-2021 season.

DeAndre Ayton was the number one overall pick of the University of Arizona in 2018. He played in 38 games this past season. Ayton averaged 18.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.5 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.

35. Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics

Tatum is a solid wing defender and he is getting better every single game for the Boston Celtics. He is more of a B star than an A star, but Jayson Tatum could get to that level one day for Boston though. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this basketball team. Tatum could lead them to an NBA title one day.

In 66 games played this past season, he averaged 23.4 PPG, 7 RPG, 3 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 1.4 SPG.

34. Danilo Gallinari, F, Oklahoma City Thunder

Gallinari has been one of the most consistent players in the NBA throughout his career. He won’t be in the Hall of Fame, but Danilo Gallinari will always be Mr. Reliable for anyone though. He can score the basketball efficiently and is a solid defender though.

In 62 games played last season, he averaged 18.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.1 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.

33. Lou Williams, G, Los Angeles Clippers

Williams always scores buckets off the bench and their is a reason why he is one of the most reliable sixth man players in the NBA.

Lou Williams played in 65 games last season. He averaged 18.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.6 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.

32. Kristaps Porzingis, F/C, Dallas Mavericks

Porzingis did an effective pick-and-roll game last season with Luka Doncic. It was one of the reasons why the Dallas Mavericks made it to the playoffs as the seventh seed and Dallas could win an NBA Title one day with these two and it hasn’t been done since 2011 against the Miami Heat in six games.

Kristaps Porzingis played in 57 games last season. He averaged 20.4 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2 BPG, and 0.7 SPG. Injuries has been a concern for him throughout his career though.

31. Paul George, F, Los Angeles Clippers

George has underperformed big time in the postseason. This is why he is so low on this list, when some people think he should be higher on this list though. Kawhi Leonard thought Paul George was the icing on the cake and wasn’t.

They blew a 3-1 series lead to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals though. George went ice cold and is very streaky from three land. He is a winger defender and excellent at it. Paul George played in 48 games last season. He averaged 21.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.4 SPG though.

I will release another list 30-21 sometime next week.

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