CBS are releasing their lists of top ten players in each position every second day, so I'll release mine the day before. Their list of centers that came out was horrible, they had Greg Oden in at number 8 and Shaq in there and Jermaine O'Neal -- Those guys are good, but you can't have all three in your top ten, the NBA does have more depth in the cetner position, believe it or not.
Their PF rankings were better, but they had Amare over Garnett and they included Al Jefferson and Josh Smith (who play other positions for their respective clubs) only to not put them in the top ten. They couldn't find room for Luis Scola in their top 20, yet Ben Wallace got in there, among others - including Michael Beasley, who hasn't played a minute of NBA Basketball yet.
Their SF rankings were the best yet. Still they had Maggette and Jefferson in the top 5 or so. They mentioned Yi but no Al Thornton, and if they are not going to include Rudy Gay, they better do that in the SG rankings. I included Gay in my SF rankings, so you won't see him here.
These are my SG rankings, in two days I will put out my PG rankings and two days after that is the big one, The Top 100 NBA Players as of Right Now According to North Harbour. Stay Tuned.
1. Kobe Bryant - MVP, best player out there right now. Unless you dislike the Lakers of course...
2. Dwyane Wade - He was injured a lot for the past year, but I think it is consensus that when he is healthy he is the 2nd best SG in the league and can challenge Kobe for #1. He's been injured too much to be #1 right now though.
3. Manu Ginobili - I find it hard to put him this high, but I think his play has warranted it. He has been really effective off the bench last season.
4. Ray Allen - His numbers slipped, but all the Big 3's numbers did. He played outstanding in the finals and is still a great player.
5. Brandon Roy - I think this season we should see Roy come into #3 or #4. He has shown the potential to be a superstar for years to come. He leads Portland well and hopefully they get into the playoffs so we can see how he performs there.
6. Allen Iverson - He isn't the gamebreaker he used to be, night in, night out. But still has explosive offensive power and can change the game every now and then. That's enough for my #6 spot.
7. Tracy McGrady - Great player, just can't seal the deal come playoff time. I feel he should be higher, but if you can't win in the playoffs, that is big for me - It's not like he has never had the squad to do it.
8. Joe Johnson - Great leader for the Hawks, great player as well.
9. Michael Redd - Redd is a great spot shooter. He lacks the overall game for me to put him above any of the above players.
10. Kevin Durant - He showed the potential to be the face of the league and MVP one day. But according to his play right now and not his huge potential, I will put him here. If he continues to develop you could see him leap up the list next year.
11. Kevin Martin - Great player, I really like him, he has shown a lot of potential to be a top 5 SG one day. Right now though, I can't put him above any of those players.
12. Monta Ellis - " ".
13. Rip Hamiton - Great player but that nose helmet thing....awful. Hey if he likes though.
14. Jason Richardson
15. Mike Dunleavy - Underrated, does a good job on the Pacers.
16. Vince Carter - I know everybody hates him on the NBA Boards, but as leader of the Nets he should get some good games in, even if he is a bad teammate etc etc etc.
176. Jamal Crawford - Better than the Knicks let on..
I would love to hear everybodies opinions and your all welcome to post your own list here as well as critique mine. If you have any players who should be on the list or shouldn't be on the list or should or shouldn't have an honourable mention just tell me.
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