Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/29/13

When ESPN released their NBA player rankings for the 2013 – 2014 season, a lot of us here at Pro Sports Daily questioned their methodology. Specifically, we questioned why they would rank Kobe Bryant #25 with players like Roy Hibbert, Chris Bosh and other questionable players ahead of him. We understand the injury but Russell Westbrook, another player not ready to start the season, still found his way into the #5 spot. We weren’t about to stand for it, so we’ve decided to release our own rankings. We know some won’t agree with them either, but we promise they will be better than what ESPN released. We’re also open to discuss so use the comments at the bottom to let us know what you think. For our rankings we are looking at two things: stats and value to the team. The best players do more than put up big numbers in certain stats. They put the team on their back, make other players better and do whatever it takes to help the team win. We’re also basing this on expected talent when on the floor, regardless of current injury status. This allows us to put Bryant, Westbrook and Rondo in the places they deserve. With the combination of the two, we’ve come up with our own ranking from 1 – 25 for the upcoming 2013 – 2014 NBA season. The ESPN rankings are included in the player bio for comparison purposes.

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