Some company with a cherished tune that goes a little something like”DaDaDa, DaDaDa”, ranked the top 500 NBA players last off-season and put Kobe Bryant of all people at number 25 and had the nerve to put Roy Hibbert at 22.
Well, the people here at isportsweb are here to make sure nothing like that happens again this off-season by narrowing down the list to the top 100 players heading into the 2014-2015 NBA season. Numbers 100-91 coming are coming right up.
Cleveland Cavaliers|SG| Age:19
Notable 2013-2014 Stats( At Kansas)- 17.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 44.8 FG%, 77.5 FT%
Sorry Andrew. It was only right to include a picture of such an “interesting” suit. Nonetheless, let’s start this list off with a bang by putting a guy on the list who has yet to play an NBA game. Wiggins may be inexperienced but trust and beleive, this guy is going to be a star in this league. He is going to help Kyrie Irving with the scoring load and is willing to cause havoc on the defensive end. A 6-foot-8 shooting guard…good luck checking him on defense!
Milwaukee Bucks|SF| Age:19
Notable 2013-2014 Stats(At Duke)- 19.1 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 74.8 FT%
The second and final rookie cracks this top 100 list. Jabari Parker was the most NBA-ready prospect in the 2014 draft. Although Wiggins was chosen before Parker in the draft, the big guy who grew up in Chicago and later polished his game at Duke could be a star as soon as he hits the NBA hardwood. Parker has drawn comparisons to Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony. Parker may not have the bunnies like Wiggins but he more than makes up for it with his size and scoring ability. He might average 20+ points in his rookie year. This kid is a stud.
Milwaukee Bucks|PG| Age: 22
Notable 2013-2014 Stats- 17.9 PPG, 4.9 APG, 3.5 RPG, 42.2 FG%, 80.2 FT%, 16.59 PER
During his first two years,Knight was one of those guys who just seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whether it was crashing into a water cooler, getting his ankles broken or being on the bad end of a monstrous alley-oop slam, Knight had it bad. However, he turned people into believers thanks to a nice 2013-2014 campaign. His team may have had the worst record in the NBA at 15-67 last season but Knight was a consistent leader for the Bucks. He and Parker could be a nice tandem for the Bucks in the future.
Toronto Raptors |C| Age:22
Notable 2013-2014 Stats- 11.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 53.1 FG%, 76.2 FT%, 16.17 PER
Valanciunas is on his way to becoming a force in the league. This 6-foot-11 Lithuanian is a long way from home but the fans in Toronto sure must be happy that Valanciunas landed in Canada. Valanciunas displays a soft touch, especially when he is around the rim. The Raptors have become one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and Valanciunas has aided the ball club in revitalizing the franchise. Although the Raptors came up short against the Brooklyn Nets in the playoffs, Valanciunas certainly stamped his name on the series in a big way. Look out for Valanciunas because he could be a potential all-star selection next year.
Orlando Magic|SF| Age: 21
Notable 2013-2014 Stats- 14.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46.4 FG%, 80.7 FT%, 16.54 PER
Tobias Harris is a very underrated player. He did not get to fully showcase his game last year because he was forced to play the power forward position due to the Magic being weak at that spot. Now that the Orlando Magic have drafted power forward Aaron Gordon, Harris can go back to his natural position at small forward for good. Harris can come off the bench or start. It doesn’t matter because he is going to give the same effort every time he gets on the court. Harris has great size at 6-foot-9 and 235 pounds. Harris already has a couple of years under his belt at 21 years of age. A large part of the attempted revival of Orlando Magic basketball could be steered by Harris in the future.
Houston Rockets |PF| Age:22
Notable 2013-2014 Stats- 12.1 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 54.2 FG%, 60.5 FT%, 19.14 PER
Terrence Jones was a huge surprise for the Rockets this season. After a stint in the D-League, Jones came back to the NBA playing as if someone stole something from him. Jones has tremendous athleticism. His above-average leaping ability allows him to sky over his opponents on a consistent basis. At 6-foot- 9 and 252 pounds, Jones is fast enough to get past his defenders and strong enough to finish emphatically at the rim. Jones serves as a huge complement to the Rockets’ front court. His long arms also make him a threat as a shot-blocker. His free-throw percentage is a downside but overall, Jones could be a good player for a really long time.
94. Gerald Green
Phoenix Suns |SG| Age: 28
Notable 2013-2014 Stats- 15.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 44.5 FG%, 40%3P, 84.8 FT%,16.55 PER
There is only one way to describe Gerald Green of the Phoenix Suns. Bounce! Green is a jaw-dropping dunker who can also light it up from multiple areas on the floor. Since being drafted in 2005, Green had bounced in and out of the league and from team to team. He has finally found his niche as a Phoenix Sun. Green has also improved his touch from behind the arc in a major way and his mid-range game is potent. At 28, Green may be a seasoned veteran but he still has plenty of more basketball left in him. Expect him to deliver some more punishment on the rim and his opposition next season.
New Orleans Pelicans |SG| Age: 25
Notable 2013-2014 Stats- 15.4 PPG, 3.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 43.6 FG%, 39.1% 3P, 78.5 FT%, 14.92 PER
Gordon’s talent level is elite but his mind and health is what is holding him back. Gordon should not be number 93 on this list but unfortunately, his numbers show why his game is stagnant right now. He has been the same player since coming into the league in 2008. Gordon is a terrific shooter but he is not worth the $14,283, 844 salary that he had last season. This guy has got to pick up his play or he will be on his way out of New Orleans. Good player but he could be a top 50 guy if he could stay away from injuries and get his mental right.
92. Darren Collison
Free Agent |PG| Age:26
Notable 2013-2014 Stats- 11.4 PPG, 3.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 46.7 FG%, 85.7 FT%, 16.21 PER
Collison’s numbers may not be gaudy but he was very effective for the Clippers this past season. He backed up Chris Paul and when Paul came out, the Clippers did not have to worry about the tempo slowing down. Collison is one of the fastest guys in the NBA. On top of shooting at an efficient clip, Collison is a nagging defender. His contributions did not go unnoticed by the Clippers and countless fans. A true point guard who is willing to lay it all on the line is who Collison is. The question is whether or not the Clippers will re-sign Collison because he is a free agent this off-season.
Denver Nuggets |PG| Age:30
Notable 2013-2014 Stats- 10.4 PPG, 42.8 FG%, 83.5 FT%, 37.7%3P, 15.64 PER
Nate Robinson may be little but he has a heart bigger than the majority of players in the league. Robinson is fearless and is a terrific backup point guard. The former NBA slam dunk champion still has tons of spring in those legs of his and the speed is there as well. Robinson’s season was cut short by a torn left ACL last year but he is reportedly gaining his strength back and should be ready to go once the season kicks off. Robinson is one of those guys that can be the heart and soul of the team. He brings an abundance of energy to uplift his teammates, which is something that cannot be taught. Explosiveness and will is what gets Robinson over the hump time and time again.
Players 100-91 have been revealed. Keep following this list to see where some of the NBA’s best will end up. Numbers 90-81 are in the works as of now. Until then, stay updated on all the amazing action going on around the league.