Re-Ranking ESPN's Top 100 Players in the NBA for 2020-21 Season: 40-31

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

It is time to continue the Re-rank!

So far players 100-41 are done!

Now in the words of 21 Savage, lets get the show "runnin' runnin' runnin."

40 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Oklahoma City Thunder | SG/PG

ESPN Rank: 38

Gilgeous-Alexander or SGA is the future for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Without him, the Thunder do not win 20 games. SGA can take his opponent of the dribble to the rim, stop and hit a step-back mid-range or three, or he can make a play for his teammates to score. He also is a good defender. In order to take the current Thunder roster to the postseason he will have to play like MVP Russell Westbrook in the 2017 season.

SGA solidified himself as a Top 40 player after last year. He is still very underrated he still has not shown all of his potential.

39 D'Angelo Russell

Minnesota Timberwolves | PG

ESPN Rank: 69

D'Angelo Russell looks to bring a Timberwolves team back to the postseason for the first time since 2017. He is a PG with a quick first step and an unreal step-back jumper. Russell is an average defender, and will need to improve his defense to help his team reach the postseason again.

69 is utter disrespect for a player of Russell's caliber. His 2020 was not as good as his 2019, but he is still a Top 40 player.

38 Zion Williamson

New Orleans Pelicans | PF

ESPN Rank: 19

The social media phenom, Zion Williamson. His offense is their, his defense is still adjusting. Williamson looks to be an all-star this year for the first time after the flashes he showed during his rookie year. He's on 6'6 but weights 285lbs with a 48" inch vertical. That's a freak of an athlete. His biggest question will be whether or not he can stay healthy and have a long career.

Now Zion is really good, but I'm not gonna rank the dude in 19 when he has not even played half a season. The skill is there but ranking him 38 is still hard when there is limited tape from his NBA time.

37 Caris LeVert

Brooklyn Nets | SG/SF

ESPN Rank: 46

Every time LeVert is about to breakout he gets injured. Thankfully that was not the case in the NBA bubble where he did everything for a depleted Brooklyn Nets team. He can score at will and defend some of the best guards and wings. It will be interesting to see him lead Brooklyn's second unit and play along side Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

LeVert finally stayed healthy while playing well, and ESPN rank's him Top 50 at 46. Well he's better than 46, he's Top 40 with a really high ceiling.

36 Victor Oladipo

Indiana Pacers | SG

ESPN Rank: 47

Oladipo will be playing in his first full year after injuring his quad the year before. He will look to re-find his All-Star form or becoming the Pacers' 3rd to 4th scoring option. Oladipo can shoot the three and finish at will. He is also one of the top perimeter defenders in the league.

Ever since Domantas Sabonis broke out, everyone seems to forget how good Oladipo is. ESPN does that by ranking a Top 40 player at 47.

35 Nikola Vucevic

Orlando Magic | C

ESPN Rank: 42

Vucevic is a player that the average NBA fan might not know about. Vucevic is the heart and sole of the Orlando Magic. Without him, the Magic do not make the playoffs. His offensive arsenal is un matched. Only Joel Embiid, Karl Anthony-Towns, and Nikola Jokic have a better offensive game outside of shooting. Vucevic is the best shooting Center in the league. The only thing the holds him back is his defense.

Vucevic is hard to rank, he has better offense than Bam Adebayo, but worse defense. Outside the Top 40 did not seem right for his talent. Vucevic is a Top 40 player.

34 De'Aaron Fox

Sacramento Kings | PG

ESPN Rank: 34

Fox has gotten better each year he has been in the league. Arguably the fastest player in the league, his quick reflexes make him lethal when driving and an outstanding perimeter defender. His shot was the only question coming into the league, but there's no question how good it has gotten. The Kings will only be as good as Fox can be. An Allstar season out of Fox could put them into the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

ESPN ranked Fox well. He is right outside the Top 30 for the second year in a row. He can improve his game some more to move inside the Top 30.

33 Bam Adebayo

Miami Heat | PF/C

ESPN Rank: 13

Adebayo stole Hassan Whiteside's role and has not looked. Becoming an Allstar last year was a big jump for Adebayo. His defense is top tier has improved ever since entering the league. His offense has improved every year. In order for him to be considered the Top Center, he has to keep improving his offense.

Now a 13 from ESPN is awful. They seemed to show the same recency bias to Adebayo as they did to Jamal Murray. They Adebayo as the second best Center, where he is really the fifth or sixth best Center.

32 Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas Mavericks | PF

ESPN Rank: 41

Porzingis is truly a unicorn. His offensive arsenal and skill is unmatched for a 7-Footer. His defense and rim-protecting are just as good as his offensive. The biggest attributes Porzingis can improve on is his weight. If he can strengthen his body a bit more he should be able to stay on the court more.

Porzingis is a Top 40 player player, almost Top 30. His game keeps getting better and eventually he'll be in the consideration as the Top PF in the league.

31 Trae Young

Atlanta Hawks | PG ESPN Rank: 29 Trae Young is one of the best offensive talents in the league. He is a shot creator that can get his shot of from anywhere on the court. His offense is never in doubt, but his defense is another question. Young needs to improve his defense dramatically. Every time he steps on the court he is a defensive liability. ESPN has Young in the Top 30. I am not sure you can rank someone with zero defensive ability in the Top 30. Young's offensive can put him in the Top 30, but his defense is what will keep him out of the Top 10. Next up is 30-21.


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