Re-Ranking ESPN's Top 100 Players in the NBA for 2020-21 Season: 70-61

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Back at it again with another addition of the NBA Re-Rank.

I have already ranked 100-71. The next rank will be 70-61.

So let's drop it like its hot!

70 Danilo Gallinari

Atlanta Hawks | PF

ESPN Rank: 85

Every new team Gallinari goes to the better he seems to play. With an unreal scoring ability Gallinari can take advantage of any matchup that the defense throws his way. His biggest weakness is defense, but that is something he has never been known for.

85 was disrespectful for how well Gallo played last year. He looks to build on that performance this year.

69 Myles Turner

Indiana Pacers | C

ESPN Rank: 74

Myles Turner continues to be disrespected in the NBA and ESPNs rankings. A modern day Center that can defend and shoot is still polishing his game.

Turner saves the mistakes made by his teammates with his rim protecting ability.

74 is lower than Turner's ability. 69, nice is just perfect.

68 Jaren Jackson Jr.

Memphis Grizzlies | PF

ESPN Rank: 43

Jaren Jackson Jr. is more than the Grizzlies could have hoped for. He plays tough defense and can knock down shots when his number is called. The Grizzlies will go as far as Jackson can complement Ja Morant.

43 is way too high for Jackson. He is not a Top 50 player yet, but this season should be the year he makes that leap.

67 Eric Bledsoe

New Orleans Pelicans | PG

ESPN Rank: 67

Bledsoe was dealt this offseason to New Orleans for Jrue Holiday as the bucks looks to shake things up. Bledsoe is a tough defender with insane quickness and explosiveness. The only knock on his offense is his shooting. He is a streaky shooter.

67 is perfect for Bledsoe. He is in that weird spot where he is going to stay as a starter or become the Top back up PG in the league.

66 Aaron Gordon

Orlando Magic | PF

ESPN Rank: 78

Aaron Gordon is more than just a slam dunk contestant. He can score at all levels and play solid defense. His game has improved every year and he looks to make a big jump to help keep the Magic in the playoffs. To gain more money he needs to improve his playmaking.

Ranking Gordon lower than Draymond, Herro or Porter Jr. is a crime. Gordon deserves better from ESPN.

65 Goran Dragic

Miami Heat | PG

ESPN Rank: 58

No player was more important to the Miami Heat in the bubble than Goran Dragic, outside of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Dragic was there leading scorer and most consistent scorer in the bubble. He started the year on the bench behind Kendrick Nunn, but became the starter when Nunn arrived late due to Covid-19.

Dragic is definitely declining, but still good. 58 seemed like stretch considering who is still left to rank.

64 Montrezl Harrell

Los Angeles Lakers | C

ESPN Rank: 76

Harrell, an undersized Center has become a legitimate threat in the post. He swapped Blue and White for Purple and Gold in the offseason. Harrell will either be the back up or starting center depending on how the Lakers try to use him and Marc Gasol.

76 is too low for the reigning 6th Man of the Year. But then again ESPN does not rank based on last seasons accomplishments.

63 Jusuf Nurkic

Portland Trail Blazers | C

ESPN Rank: 53

Nurkic will be the reason whether teams will shoot good or bad against the Blazers. The Blazers back-court is subpar when it comes to playing defense, so if Nurkic is healthy he will help make up for their defensive lapses. Nurkic must improve his offense to keep moving up in this list.

53 is a bit high for Nurkic. He should have a full year of playing this year to help his case for 53.

62 John Collins

Atlanta Hawks | PF

ESPN Rank: 84

Outside of Trae Yong, Collins is the most important player on the Hawks. Collins was suspended for 25-games last year and that seriously hurt the Hawks in a playoff pursuit. As long as Collins can stay on the court, the Hawks will have a shot to dethrone the Magic as the holder of the 8 seed.

84 was utter disrespect for someone of Collins skillset. Collins is a Top 62 player that could even be argued Top 50.

61 Mike Conley

Utah Jazz | PG

ESPN Rank: 71

Mike Conley is one of the most underappreciated players in the NBA. His Jazz career started in a shooting slump, but was back up where he left right before the NBA's shutdown. Conley is a complete PG, without any of the flashiness. He plays good, hard smart basketball.

Conley is no longer a Top 50 player, but to put him at 71 is just too disrespectful.

That will conclude this edition. Next up will be 60-51.


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