I had the privilege of getting to rank the 95-90 ranked players. I hope this is interesting to anyone who reads it. Without further ado, let me get started and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @a_santiago1517 !
This NBA season looks to be an exciting one for the ages and what better way to start of the season than to have a list of the greatest players in the NBA today. We all started our list of top 100 players in the late summer and now we have 100-1 and a few that just missed the cut as well. How we went about ranking the players is our staff of basketball writers and contributors. Our staff here at UTSN is knowledgeable and watch games 365 days a year, basketball doesn’t stop for us. We all asked each other to come up with list of 100 players that we think are the best in today’s game overall.
Our weighing scale on rating these players included; advanced stats, postseason performance, past and future play, injuries, team role, player efficiency rating and basic stat lines. No rookies are on this list but we will be giving you a top ten rookie list along with a variation of other preseason predictions for the NBA season. We had a hard time here making this list rounding off 100 players and we are sure that this will bring great debate but it’s all in fun of course. Without further ado I give you the second installment of the top 100 players in the NBA.
95. Kevin Martin (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Kevin Martin will be my 95th ranked player. After shuffling teams for the past two seasons, Martin has found himself in a perhaps steady location down in Minnesota. One of the perks about him is his prolific three point shot. He has always been a consistent player and I’m sure the Timberwolves are excited on having him aboard. Martin will excel alongside Ricky Rubio.
2012-13 stats: 27.7 MPG, 14.0 PPG, 1.4 APG, 2.3 RPG
94. Jose Calderon (Dallas Mavericks)
Calderon has always been a reliable point guard throughout his career. Whether he’s your starting point guard, or a guard coming off the bench, he’s capable of being effective despite the situation. To my understanding it hasn’t been said yet whether he’ll be the team’s starter or if Devin Harris will. However, Calderon has put up impressive numbers throughout his career. He will be suited well in Dallas alongside Monta Ellis, and Dirk Nowitzki.
2012-13 stats: 31.7 MPG, 11.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 6.6 APG, 1.1 SPG
93. Lou Williams (Atlanta Hawks)
After playing numerous seasons in a 76ers uniform, Lou Williams found himself on a new team at the beginning of last season. Williams was dealt the responsibility to handle the SG position as Joe Johnson was traded to the Nets. He handled the situation pretty nicely last season and is looking to do it again this season. He has proven to be a consistent player throughout his career and the Hawks are expecting a lot from him this time around. With his upside, Lou Williams cracks the top 100.
2012-13 stats: 28.7 MPG, PPG 14.1, APG 3.6, FG% .422
92. Nikolai Pekovic (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Two Timberwolves in this section of the Top 100?! How is that possible? At 92 is the Timberwolves Center, Nikolai Pekovic. I truly believe Pekovic is underrated in the NBA. He has been a force down low being able to haul in rebounds. He hasn’t been able to fill in the predominant role of star player, Kevin Love, but he has sure taken some pressure off the front court and held them down. With Love in the lineup, Pekovic becomes that much better.
2012-13 stats: 16.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, .520 FG%,
91. Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets)
My last player on this section of the Top 100 is Jeremy Lin. Where do I begin with Lin? To say that if was able to perform at the level he did in his time with the Knicks, then I’d have him ranked much higher. However, after going down at the end of the season in NY, and after a rather quiet season in his first year in Houston, Lin has shown everyone that he struggles to stay consistent. How will he rebound this upcoming season? Who knows. There is no doubt that Lin wants to forget about last season and return to full health as the Rockets have become significantly better with the acquisition of Dwight Howard. Lin wants to be a part of that, but he needs to be healty. Going off of last year’s stats, his play time in NY, and his potential when healthy, I have to put him in the top 100. Lin becomes my 91st ranked player.
2012-13 stats: 32.2 MPG, 13. 4PPG, 3,0 RPG, 6.1 APG, 1.6 SPG,
Be on the look out for 89-85 if you like what you see. Our panel includes (Donovan James, Joshua Hawkins, Antonio Santiago, Jeff Stephens and Stefan Abramian)
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