Culture of Hoops

Sonny’s Top 50 NBA Players: The List

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

Each of the last four years I’ve done this top 50 NBA players countdown in the fifty days leading up to the upcoming NBA season. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s an exhaustive and tremendously stressful multiple-month process of watching games, re-watching games, reading articles, formulating a whole bunch of well-thought-out opinions, stressing about those opinions and then writing several thousands of words and hoping that what I write will be both informative and entertaining.

With that said, it never fails to be the most fun I have writing each year. This year I was lucky enough to be able to do all of this for Baller Mind Frame, a website that is loaded with great sports and pop culture writers. I encourage you not only to check out any of these top fifty articles you may have missed, but stay awhile and check out everything else we’re bringing to the table.

As for the list … there are going to be some things you agree with and some things you disagree with. Don’t worry, my feelings won’t be hurt if you feel differently than I do. That’s the beauty of this countdown: this is simply my personal interpretation of the current state of the NBA. And the fact that you want to read about that is humbling. So thank you.

Honorable Mention
50/49: Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris
48: Joakim Noah
47: Jeff Teague 
46: Tony Parker 
45: Greg Monroe
44: Dirk Nowitzki
43: Zach Randolph
42: Pau Gasol
41: Eric Bledsoe
40/39: Rudy Gobert/Hassan Whiteside
38: Derrick Favors
37: Andre Drummond
36: Kyle Korver
35: Andre Iguodala
34: Goran Dragic
33: Andrew Wiggins
32: Kyle Lowry
31: Brad Beal
30: Gordon Hayward
29: Dwyane Wade
28: Serge Ibaka
27: Chris Bosh
26: Paul Millsap
25: Mike Conley
24: Klay Thompson
23/22: Dwight Howard/Carmelo Anthony
21: DeAndre Jordan
20: Damian Lillard
19: Kevin Love
18: Jimmy Butler
17: Al Horford
16: John Wall
15: Kyrie Irving
14: Draymond Green
13: DeMarcus Cousins
12: Marc Gasol
11: Tim Duncan
10: LaMarcus Aldridge
9: Kawhi Leonard
8: Blake Griffin
7/6/5: Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook
4: Chris Paul
3: Stephen Curry 
2: Anthony Davis
1: LeBron James


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