NBA: Top 50 Players Entering the 2020 Season (20-11)

With the NBA Draft taking place Wednesday night, there are potential future superstars in the making, but they may make this list in the immediate future. But for now, they will not be on the list and we are about to hit the most elite players in the NBA.

Not every single player in the NBA can obviously make this list. Which players are ranked 50-21 at this point?

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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, 41. Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat​​​​​​​

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40. Caris LeVert, G, Brooklyn Nets, 39. Andre Drummond, C, Cleveland Cavaliers, 38. Zach LaVine, G, Chicago Bulls, 37. D’Angelo Russell, G, Minnesota Timberwolves, 36. Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns, 35. Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics, 34. Danilo Gallinari, F, Oklahoma City Thunder, 33. Lou Williams, G, Los Angeles Clippers, 32. Kristaps Porzingis, F/C, Dallas Mavericks, 31. Paul George, F, Los Angeles Clippers

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30. Nikola Vucevic, F/C, Orlando Magic, 29. Ben Simmons, G, Philadelphia 76ers, 28. Joel Embiid, F/C, Philadelphia 76ers, 27. Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz, 26. Carmelo Anthony, F, Portland Trail Blazers, 25. Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors, 24. Pascal Siakam, F/C. Toronto Raptors, 23. Kevin Love, F/C, Cleveland Cavaliers, 22. Kyrie Irving, G, Brooklyn Nets, and 21. CJ McCollum, G, Portland Trail Blazers

Which players are going to be ranked 20-11 this week?

20. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

Towns is one of the best big men in the NBA. He turns his back to the basket effectively and scores with ease. Karl-Anthony Towns has developed an outside shot ever since he came into the NBA. His range is very good and is also one of the most underrated and underappreciated players in the NBA.’

He is Minnesota’s best player since Kevin Garnett. In 35 games played last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Towns averaged 28.5 PPG, 13 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2 BPG, and 1 SPG.

19. Jamal Murray, G, Denver Nuggets

Murray had his breakout party in the postseason. He helped the Denver Nuggets rally back from two 3-1 deficits. Jamal Murray can score with ease and he plays the pick-and-roll game very effectively with Nikola Jokic.

Murray is going to be here for a very long time and he could lead them to an NBA title one day. Jamal Murray played in 59 games last season for Denver. He averaged 18.5 PPG, 4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.

18. Kemba Walker, G, Boston Celtics

Walker made the Boston Celtics a lot better this past season. He was one of the reasons why Boston made it back to the Eastern Conference Finals. At the same time, he had an injured knee. If it wasn’t for the injured knee, they could have made it to the NBA Finals. Instead, they lost to the Miami Heat in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Walker helped Boston knock out the defending champions in the Toronto Raptors in seven games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Kemba Walker is an efficient passer and scorer. He played in 56 games last season. Walker averaged 20.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.

17. Russell Westbrook, G, Houston Rockets

Russell Westbrook plays tenaciously and at 100 mph. He is a volume shooter, but will always give it his all every single night. Westbrook is looking to get traded from the Houston Rockets. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the Houston Rockets at the moment. Russell Westbrook is potentially being rumored to go to the Charlotte Hornets or the New York Knicks.

Westbrook teamed up with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate last season James Harden. Russell Westbrook has not been the same since Kevin Durant left him in free agency in the summer of 2016 to the Golden State Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook played in 57 games last season. He averaged 27.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.6 SPG. Russell Westbrook is also the king of the triple-double.

16. Jimmy Butler, G, Miami Heat

Butler was one of the reasons why the Miami Heat went to the NBA Finals last season. They just ran out of gas and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Jimmy Butler is a beast and can play both ends of the floor effectively.

The Philadelphia 76ers made a monster mistake letting him go in a sign-and-trade last offseason. General Manager Elton Brand made a huge mistake and it was Pat Riley‘s gain. Jimmy Butler played in 58 games last season with the Miami Heat. He averaged 19.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 6 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 1.8 SPG. Miami has a bright future ahead of them because of him.

15. Klay Thompson, G, Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson did not play a single game last season because he tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals back in 2019 against the Toronto Raptors. Thompson rehabbed and rested all of last season and will be ready to go on Day 1 for the next season.

Klay Thompson and Steph Curry could be the best backcourt the NBA has ever seen. Thompson is an elite on the ball defender and off the ball defender. He can catch fire at any moment on the floor from three-point land, mid-range, and short-range. Klay Thompson played in 78 games during the 2018-2019 regular season. He averaged 21.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.

14. Devin Booker, G, Phoenix Suns

Booker is also one of the best pure and natural scorers in the NBA as well. He still needs some work on his defensive game, but Devin Booker’s confidence is still sky-high on the offensive side of the ball. They went 8-0 in the bubble despite not participating in the NBA Playoffs.

Booker will now play alongside Chris Paul and that should help his development and growth. Devin Booker played in 70 games last season. He averaged 26.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.

13. Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard caught fire inside the NBA bubble. He is one of the most clutch players in the NBA no one talks about. Damian Lillard was one of the reasons why Portland was able to get the eighth seed in the NBA and they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games in the first round.

Lillard can play and shoot from anywhere on the floor and he also makes his teammates better as well. Damian Lillard is cold-blooded and also has a clutch gene. In 66 games played last season, he averaged 30 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.

12. Donovan Mitchell, G, Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz needs to bring out the brinks truck for this man. Donovan Mitchell is the best player that this franchise has had in a while since John Stockton and Karl Malone. Mitchell can score from anywhere on the floor and also defend anyone and anywhere on the floor.

Donovan Mitchell also went head-to-head with Jamal Murray in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Utah Jazz blew a 3-1 series lead in the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets, but Utah will be in good hands moving forward. Mitchell played in 69 games last season. He averaged 24 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 1 SPG.

11. Chris Paul, G, Phoenix Suns

Paul was recently traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Phoenix Suns. Chris Paul’s leadership was one of the reasons why Oklahoma City was the number five seed in the Western Conference this past season, despite them losing in seven games to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

All the home teams won the games in that series. Paul isn’t getting any younger here and he is going to be paired up with Devin Booker as well. The Phoenix Suns will be one of the best teams in the NBA next season and also the Western Conference. Chris Paul is desperately looking to win an NBA Title. He played in 70 games last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paul averaged 17.6 PPG, 5 RPG, 6.7 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 1.6 SPG.

Sometime next week, I will have the final rankings of the Top 10 players (10-1) in the NBA.

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