Updated: Mar 23, 2021
Another day, another Re-rank!
100-31 is done, 30-21 is next.
Lets get poppin'.
30 Pascal Siakam
Toronto Raptors | PF
ESPN Rank: 24
Siakam broke onto the scene in 2019 during the Raptors championship season. Even with Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors do not win without Siakam. Siakam is an average shooter with a good handle and driving ability. His favorite move is a spin-move. Siakam is also a great defender.
ESPN and I agree that Siakam is a Top 30 player. If his outside shooting improves he could move to Top 15.
29 Jaylen Brown
Boston Celtics | SG/SF
ESPN Rank: 32
Brown has gotten better every year he has been on the court. One of the top perimeter defenders in the league, he helps the Celtics be able to switch simultaneously on defense. His offense just keeps getting better every year. Brown's biggest improvement is in his playmaking, but with so many playmakers on the team, that is the least of Brown's concerns.
ESPN ranks Brown outside the Top 30. I see Brown as a Top 30 player in this league do to how elite of a defender he is becoming compared to two defensive liabilities I already ranked.
28 Rudy Gobert
Utah Jazz | C
ESPN Rank: 26
Gobert has solidified himself as a Top 5 Center in the NBA. He consistently is in the Top 5 when defending the rim. His offense is limited, but he has never been a big offensive threat. He is extremely undervalued by many casual NBA fans. The Jazz do not have a Top 5 defense without him.
ESPN and I agree that Gobert is a Top 30 player. I just simply could not rank him higher than he is.
27 Brandon Ingram
New Orleans Pelicans | SF
ESPN Rank: 28
Ingram finally had the breakout season everyone was looking for in his first year in New Orleans. He was the second best player and is now the Pelicans Top player. Ingram's offensive skill is finally showing and his defense looks very good as well. His biggest improvement is his frame. He is still very thing and the stronger he gets, the better off he will be.
A Top 30 player is great by ESPN. They were only off by one rank.
26 CJ McCollum
Portland Trail Blazers | SG
ESPN Rank: 27
McCollum is a nice combo-guard that can play either the one or two. His shooting stroke is pure as pure can be. He takes a ton of pressure of Damian Lillard, as the backcourt is one of the best in the NBA. McCollum's only improvement is his defense. He defense is not awful, but it definitely could be better.
As long as McCollum is Top 30, then the ranking is good. ESPN and I are just one off.
25 Jrue Holiday
Milwaukee Bucks | PG
ESPN Rank: 33
Holiday was traded in the off-season to the Milwaukee Bucks for Eric Bledsoe and other pieces. He is arguably the top perimeter defender in the league and can guard multiple positions. He will be moving back to the PG role for the Bucks, a role he has not played consistently at since his first few years in New Orleans.
Holiday is a Top 30 player in the league. Even though his stats did not show it, he was still the Pelicans Top Players.
24 Kyle Lowry
Toronto Raptors | PG
ESPN Rank: 30
Every NBA fan has a love/hate relationship with Kyle Lowry. Lowry is a tough-nose PG. He defends he position very well for his lack of speed, but makes up for it with his strength. He's one of the top shooters and playmakers in the league, not to mention he is the heart and soul of the Raptors.
Lowry is Top 30. However he is closer to 20 than 30.
23 Donovan Mitchell
Utah Jazz | SG
ESPN Rank: 18
Donovan Mitchell has solidified himself as the Utah Jazz's best player after last season. Mitchell went nuts in the first round of the playoffs for his short-handed Jazz. He is one of the best two-way players in the game. His outside shooting and playmaking have improved every year he has been in the league.
18 is a bit too high for Mitchell, considering the other 22 players in-front of him. He has a solid Top 20 case, but the players ahead of him have a better case.
22 Karl Anthony-Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves | C
ESPN Rank: 23
Karl Anthony-Towns or KAT is the Timberwolves. He is their best player, by a pretty steep amount. He is arguably has the best offense for a Center in the NBA. His defense, which was atrocious entering the league, has gotten so much better. He can still look to improve defensively, but take KAT off the Timberwolves and they do not win 10 games.
KAT is on the fringe of being a Top 20 player. The major issue is his talent needs to start showing results in the win column if he every wants to be moved up.
21 Ben Simmons
Philadelphia 76ers | PG/PF
ESPN Rank: 16
The NBA Bubble Playoffs showed how important Simmons was to the 76ers. Joel Embiid was dropping 40 a night and the 76ers still got swept. Simmons can defend 1-5 and is a Top 5 playmaker in the league. There is still the one argument that Simmons will be stuck too until he fixes it. His jumper.
Now 16 was not terrible for Simmons, but his jumper puts him at 21. Until he gets a jumper at all, not even great, but respectable he will not be a Top 20 Player.
We are almost done! 20-11 next.