The Point Forward’s top 100 list is designed to spotlight the best NBA players on both ends of the floor, regardless of salary or current team context. The rankings are based on where players stand at this very moment, with the (still theoretical) 2011-12 season approaching.
No set formula was used for this list; it represents my opinion after watching an abnormal number of games, scouring every statistic out there, recalling conversations I’ve had while reporting on the league and poring over hours and hours of clips on Synergy Sports. And even with all that information, separating some of these players amounts to making an impossible subjective call.
So now, after taking you through Nos. 11-90 over the past two weeks, it’s time to unveil the 10 best players in the league …
10. PAU GASOL
PF, Los Angeles Lakers
2010-11 Stats: 18.8 PPG, 52.9 FG%, 82.3 FT%, 10.2 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.6 BLK
We’ve hit a bunch of power forward types in the last 15 spots, and all of them have come with caveats. Amar’e Stoudemire (No. 19) often struggles on defense and on the glass. Kevin Garnett (No. 17) does those things quite well, but can’t consistently create offense for himself or others at this point in his career. LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 11) is a two-way stud, but he’s still young and has never won a playoff series. Al Horford (No. 25) is a Point Forward favorite, but he struggles to create his own shot in the post or off the dribble. Kevin Love (No. 21) and Blake Griffin (No. 14) are learning NBA defense, and Chris Bosh (No. 22) is learning Miami.
In Gasol, we arrive at the first big man who comes without those problems. He’s an elite post player, one of the top three or four mid-range shooters among the league’s big men and perhaps the best passer in that group. He’s a good offensive rebounder. He gets to the line at a decent rate. He doesn’t turn the ball over. His performance in the postseason last year — 13 points per game on 42 percent shooting — was alarming, but I’m willing to forgive it given Gasol’s larger résumé and the fact that logging heavy minutes early in the season to make up for Andrew Bynum’s absence may have tired him out.
Gasol may not be among the top half-dozen big man defenders in the league, but he’s quite good there, too. He has toughened up in the post, where his length is always a problem, and he’s a good (if not great) rebounder. The Lakers’ length makes their defense, and Gasol provides 1/3 of that front-line length.
There just isn’t much to complain about here. Gasol might have been the best player in the league during the first two months of 2010-11, but he just couldn’t sustain that level of play over the full season. He has also never been the No. 1 option on an elite team, and these are really the only things that keep him at the bottom of the top 10.
9. DERRICK ROSE
PG, Chicago Bulls
2010-11 Stats: 25.0 PPG, 44.5 FG%, 33.2 3PT%, 7.7 APG, 4.1 RPG
He was last season’s MVP, but this is his place right now — and it’s a pretty fantastic ceiling, one he’ll probably exceed if we do these rankings again next year.
Rose wasn’t my choice as the 2010-11 MVP, but he was great, and he was great in precisely the ways he needed to be to make a leap as a player. He got to the line more, meaning he tacked on a few of the most efficient available points every night. He shot 385 three-pointers, up from 60 the year before, and made a third of them. That percentage is below the league average, but developing a reliable jumper is the crucial next step for Rose and the Bulls, and he took half of that step last season.
It just wasn’t enough to put him any higher. We have to bring up the fact that Rose shot 39.6 percent in the playoffs and 25-of-101 from three-point range, right? One postseason represents a small sample size, but in this case, it’s indicative that Rose’s jumper is still a work in progress. As long as that’s the case, teams will continue to go under picks, dare Rose to shoot from outside and clog up Chicago’s spacing. His shooting percentage on long twos also dipped below the league’s overall average after a hot start.
Rose still has issues defensively, too, despite almost making the All-Defensive second team. But he’s getting much better, and the fact that Chicago played stingier defense with Rose on the bench probably has less to do with him than with various non-Rose factors — including the quality of the Bulls’ bench versus opposing benches and the fact that Rose shares the bulk of his court time with Carlos Boozer, the team’s worst big man defender. Nevertheless, Chicago’s defense performed at an elite level with Rose on the court. He worked hard on his pick-and-roll defense under coach Tom Thibodeau. Rose will still swerve his way out of position on a pick-and-roll now and then, but all the signs point to him becoming a very nice defender at his position.
Defense is not the main thing has him at No. 9, below a couple of more experienced point guards. It’s more the occasional lack of efficiency and balance in his game. Rose is one of the league’s best one-on-one scorers, but there are passes available to him that he hasn’t quite mastered yet. Those passes will lead to easier looks than the contested floaters Rose hit less often last season than the year before, and it’s only a matter of time before he spots those passing lanes. And the Pacers, among other teams, proved you can still force Rose into a heap of turnovers by trapping him hard and mixing up your pick-and-roll defense.
Rose took a major leap last season, and he may take the title of Best Point Guard Alive with another jump next season. But he’s not there yet.
8. KEVIN DURANT
SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
2010-11 Stats: 27.7 PPG, 46.2 FG%, 35.0 3PT%, 6.8 RPG, 2.7 APG
What an offensive force, with so much room to grow. Durant is one of those guys, like Ray Allen and a power forward to be named later, who creates tons of space for his teammates without even touching the ball. When Durant runs around screens or posts up, the defense bends in his direction, creating driving lanes and space for smart cutters like Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison and James Harden to shift into open space for a scoring chance. Players who have this kind of off-the-ball impact are rare, and they help their team’s offense even on cold shooting nights.
Perhaps the least surprising fact mentioned in this entire list is that the Thunder’s offense has been a totally different machine with Durant on the floor over the last two seasons. He can score from anywhere, with limited space, and there might not be anyone better at drawing fouls. And his game is getting better and more varied, which is terrifying. His post-up game is coming along, and as the season went on, the Thunder leaned more on a Durant/Russell Westbrook pick-and-roll, with Durant as the screener. As both guys learn how best to work this action, this play could become one of the most dangerous sets in the league. Small lineups with Durant at power forward scored well in small doses, and they will represent a more dangerous option in the future.
Durant sits at No. 8 because the players ahead of him are amazing, and because he still has work to do — and he knows it. His off-the-dribble game is shaky, meaning he often relies on his teammates to pass him the ball in the right place. The league’s elite wing defenders, especially physical guys like Tony Allen, can deny Durant the ball and bump him off his preferred path, mucking up entire possessions. This is one reason the Thunder’s late-game offense produced such cruddy shots in big moments.
Durant isn’t a top-level wing defender, but his combination of speed, size and long arms should make him a plus on that end — if he’s not already. He held opponents to just 36 percent shooting in isolations, according to Synergy, and he is all speed and flailing limbs when he’s closing out on shooters. His thin frame can be an issue in the post, and smart players can lose him around screens. He may never be an elite defender, but should be at least a decent one, and that will be more than enough.
7. DERON WILLIAMS
PG, New Jersey Nets
2010-11 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 43.9 FG%, 33.1 3PT%, 10.3 APG, 4.0 RPG, 1.2 STL
Selecting Williams over Rose is going to be a controversial choice, unthinkable to Chicago fans. And that’s understandable: Rose is the MVP, the Bulls won 62 games, Rose finished 11 spots higher than Williams in Player Efficiency Rating last season (ninth to 20th) and indisputably improved his game across the board. But Williams remains the steadier hand, and an injury to his shooting wrist that eventually required surgery explains part of the decline in his numbers last season — especially in New Jersey.
Williams is a better shooter, especially from three-point range, and thus a bit more adept at creating good spacing. He is better at feeling out the right balance in going for his own shot — in isolation and pick-and-rolls alike — and whipping passes around the court. He’s big and strong enough to work as a shooting guard, catching and shooting off picks or working from the post/baseline area. His crossover dribble is just as deadly. Williams is on a different level as a passer, with Chris Paul, Steve Nash and Rajon Rondo.
There is just more balance to Williams’ game. He’s more consistent, less prone to a 6-of-20, seven-turnover stinker. Utah’s supporting cast had more accomplished scorers than Rose’s in Chicago last season, though I think we’ve all exaggerated the other Bulls’ shortcomings in a rush to lionize Rose.
The two are closer on the defensive end, though I still lean toward Williams with his experience, size and strength. Rose improved, but his near-inclusion on the All-Defensive second team was a joke.
Rose is fantastic, which is why he ranks No. 9 at just 22. Some would place him higher, and he could well crack the top five (or better) in a year. But right now, I’d rather have Williams run my team.
6. CHRIS PAUL
PG, New Orleans Hornets
2010-11 Stats: 15.9 PPG, 46.3 FG%, 38.8 3PT%, 9.8 APG, 4.1 RPG, 2.4 STL
Scour this blog and you won’t find a single reference to any other player as the league’s greatest point guard, not even while Rose was running away with the MVP. Even easing his way back from a serious knee injury, Paul led all point guards in PER and proved with a couple of masterpieces in the postseason that no point man can match his combination of deadeye shooting, patience, vision and defense.
He is knocking on the 50-40-90 door (50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the line), and the idea of Paul’s morphing into a Nash-level shooter should terrify the league because it will make him even more dangerous and lengthen his career by allowing him to pick his spots for drives to the hoop. He shot the ball better than Rose from all over the court, and he shot it less often, opting to involve his teammates more. Rose supporters will point out that Chicago’s middling supporting cast forced the MVP to shoot more. But I look at the Hornets’ lineup, and I see Marco Belinelli, Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, and I wonder how they ever scored enough to win. Paul was the reason. He knows how — and where, and when — to create the best looks for each of his teammates.
If anything, Paul should have shot the ball more in the regular season. He finally did so in the postseason, revealing that he has a smart sense of his team, the moment and how to conserve his own energy. And whatever Paul is doing to orchestrate things has made New Orleans the rare team that actually improves its offense in crunch time.
On defense, Paul remains perhaps the game’s greatest thief, but he does so now without gambling his way out of position. He is fierce without compromising the team system that coach Monty Williams installed last season. The Hornets were stingier with Paul on the floor, and he led the league in Basketball Value’s adjusted plus/minus system, which isolates the contributions of one player by accounting for the quality of his teammates and opponents on the floor. He probably should have been taken more seriously as an MVP candidate.
The only possible knock on Paul is his durability. We’ll see how he holds up in Year Two post-knee surgery, and when you’re comparing players this good, it should matter that Paul might be getting to a point where he’ll save his full game for the postseason. But for now, he still holds the title of League’s Best Point Guard, regardless of where the MVP trophy is.
5. KOBE BRYANT
SG, Los Angeles Lakers
2010-11 Stats: 25.3 PPG, 45.1 FG%, 32.3 3PT%, 5.1 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.2 STL
After more than 40,100 regular-season minutes (27th all time) and nearly 8,200 more in the playoffs, it’s remarkable that Bryant is in such lofty territory in these kinds of conversations — even if Kobe die-hards still think he should be No. 1.
Kobe is a fantastic two-way player, but his game has taken a few small steps back, some inevitable, some puzzling. He was never a great three-point shooter, so it’s not surprising that his percentage from deep has fallen below the league’s average, given his age and knee problems. It also makes perfect sense that Bryant, chasing titles and not regular-season wins, must save his “A” defense for the playoffs, leaving Ron Artest and others to do the heavy lifting most regular-season nights.
What doesn’t make sense, I’m afraid, is Kobe’s insistence on taking too many shots, as if it were 2007 and he were in his prime, surrounded by Smush Parker and a 19-year-old Bynum. Kobe used up 35.1 percent of the Lakers’ possessions last season. That means 35.1 percent of the team’s possessions with Bryant on the floor ended with Kobe’s shooting, drawing a foul or turning the ball over. That led the league and represents the second-highest usage rate of his career, higher even than the ones he put up in 2004-05 (the first post-Shaquille O’Neal season) and 2006-07. As good as Kobe is, there’s no need for that sort of chucking with the supporting cast he has now. It’s a difficult balance for a player so good, surrounded by such a weird group of personalities, but Bryant too often lets that balance go awry.
This is a long way of explaining why he is fifth, below one other shooting guard we haven’t named yet. But don’t take it as an insult. Kobe is one of the greatest all-around players in the game, a creative (and efficient) isolation attacker, a solid pick-and-roll handler and the league’s best post-up guard or wing. The triangle helped him become a smart cutter and a dynamite passer. At his best and most unselfish, he might take the game to higher levels of artistry than anyone else. He is that good.
He can slide to small forward if the Lakers’ personnel demands it, as was the case last season, and he can shut down elite players when it matters most. He’ll mar the picture with some awful long jumpers and gluttonous late-game gunning, but Kobe is still among the elite.
4. DIRK NOWITZKI
PF, Dallas Mavericks
2010-11 Stats: 23.0 PPG, 51.7 FG%, 39.3 3PT%, 7.0 RPG, 2.6 APG
This is not some post-championship elevation of Nowitzki. He has been the centerpiece of very good NBA offenses for a long time now, a titan of plus/minus, a smart defender and a good rebounder. He is to the Mavs’ offense what Nash is the Suns’ or Bryant is to the Lakers’, just in a less obvious or dribble-heavy way.
The world got an education in that last spring, when it watched Mavs point guard J.J. Barea turn the corner on pick-and-roll after pick-and-roll with Nowitzki. Dirk’s defender on those plays had two general choices — jump off Nowitzki to stop Barea or stick to Dirk and let Barea move along, leaving the job to someone else.
Each team the Mavs faced dealt with that scenario differently, and Nowitzki punished them all. Leave him, and he’ll kill you on the pick-and-pop. Rotate another defender to stop that jump shot, and he’ll eventually find the right driving lanes and make the right passes. Stick to Dirk out of sheer terror, as the Lakers did in the conference semifinals, and Barea will happily slice you up until a larger man knocks him over and gets ejected.
This is Nowitzki creating space for others in ways that are a bit more subtle than the “drive, draw the defense and kick” routine we’re used to. But they are real, they are efficient and Dirk has been elevating teammates this way forever. And he is efficient, more so than almost any high-volume scorer in the league. His turnover rate is always ridiculously low for someone who carries so much responsibility, and he came very close to joining the 50-40-90 shooting club in both the regular season and the playoffs. None of this even touches on his isolation work or his post game, both of which produce points and draw the attention of a defense in more obvious ways (i.e. double teams).
He’s not a juggernaut defensively. Quicker big men give him more problems on the boards than they used to (watch Game 1 of the 2011 Finals for a great example). But he’s smart, he communicates and he uses his length well. Opponents shot just 37.7 percent against Nowitzki in the post, according to Synergy. Every Dallas veteran deserves credit for being able to switch to a well-organized zone-style look on the fly, and Nowitzki has been experimenting with that kind of stuff for years, dating to Del Harris’ work as an assistant in Dallas.
It was nice to see Nowitzki get his due with a championship and a Finals MVP, but he has been this good for a long, long time.
3. DWYANE WADE
SG, Miami Heat
2010-11 Stats: 25.5 PPG, 50.0 FG%, 30.6 3PT%, 4.6 APG, 6.4 RPG, 1.5 STL
Wade has passed Bryant as the league’s top shooting guard by any measure you’d like to use, save for championship rings, which I realize are the beginning and end of the argument for many. Wade ranked third in the NBA in PER, two full points ahead of Bryant (who was fifth), shot 50 percent from the floor (compared to 45 percent for Bryant), dished nearly as many assists (4.4 per 36 minutes, compared to 5.0 for Kobe) despite playing with LeBron James, and worked as the better defender overall.
Kobe is a great defensive player, but he’s aging now, and the Lakers try to save his defense for the most important times. The Heat don’t yet have that luxury with Wade — at least, not as often. Kobe has the edge in three-point shooting, though he probably takes too many of those. Wade does, too, by the way.
Wade does everything on offense, including work as one of the league’s most efficient pick-and-roll ball-handlers. He can post up, rain from the mid-range and draw fouls as well as anyone.
Defensively, he’s not quite a game-changing wing force on the level of LeBron or Andre Iguodala, and he (by his own admission) tends to wander far from shooters to help teammates or pursue steals. The instinct is nice, but the balance sometimes tilts too far toward gambling or providing help that isn’t really necessary.
But he is a demon of a one-on-one defender, and the Heat built an entire defensive philosophy around the ability of Wade and James to crash down in the paint, bump a big man rolling to the hoop and rush back to their original assignments. They are two of the best help-the-helper defenders in the league; few players can cover so much ground so fast.
Wade has earned this spot, and he’ll have it for a few more years.
2. DWIGHT HOWARD
C, Orlando Magic
2010-11 Stats: 22.9 PPG, 59.3 FG%, 59.6 FT%, 14.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 2.4 BLK
The fans of Kobe, Durant, Rose and Nowitzki are all screaming that their guy deserves this spot, but Howard’s name was written here in pen early in the process. The 2010-11 season was the one in which Howard’s offensive numbers nearly caught up with his defense, and that is a combination only one player can beat.
We’ve long known Howard is the game’s most complete, disruptive defender. He’s in the same league as Garnett in his prime. Put Howard on your team, and your defense will rank in the league’s top 10 — at worst. The Magic exist now as living proof that Howard, plus some sound coaching rules and team-wide commitment to those principles, are enough on their own to create an elite defense. It speaks volumes that Magic general manager Otis Smith does not seem to consider defense when tweaking Orlando’s roster. He knows Howard has it covered.
Howard is always near the top of the league in rebounds, blocks and rebounding rate, but what’s tougher to quantify is the way he can jump out on a pick-and-roll 20 feet from the hoop and recover to the rim in time to block a shot. He does this even when the opposing offense makes perfect, quick-hitting passes. And if you’re a fan of any other team, you know the agony of seeing your guy go up for a layup, counting those two points in your head and then watching as Howard flies in to erase them. No other big guy does it better.
It was Howard’s work on offense last season that vaulted him up another level, and to the top of my (unofficial) MVP ballot. The Magic asked him to carry a heavier scoring load than before, a burden more on par with what the league’s best wing scorers faced. Increase a player’s load and his efficiency tends to drop. Not so with Howard, who kept his field-goal percentage up at 59.3 (above his career average), got to the line more often and turned the ball over less. He showed an improved post game and even a 15-foot bank shot, dispelling the notion that he didn’t have a real offensive repertoire and thinning the ranks of “Howard stoppers” to one — Jason Collins.
Of course, Collins is the guy he and the Magic faced in the first round of the playoffs, and Howard still increased his scoring and field-goal percentage in a losing cause. He turned the ball over too often in that series — still a weakness that pops up now and then.
The free throws are an issue, and they always will be. Howard still isn’t as dominant offensively as Shaq, to whom he’ll always be compared, but O’Neal could never touch what Howard brings on the other end. This is the second-best player in basketball, and the real prize of next season’s free-agent market.
1. LEBRON JAMES
SF, Miami Heat
2010-11 Stats: 26.7 PPG, 51.0 FG%, 33.0 3PT%, 7.5 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.6 STL
It’s fine if LeBron’s mini-meltdown in the Finals gave you pause about his status as the league’s best player — as long you acknowledge what he did to close out Boston and Chicago in the same playoffs. Last season marked James’ first appearance in the Finals with a legitimate chance to win the title, and he missed his own standards rather badly. Where his previous alleged “clutch” deficiencies were overblown and presented without much analysis, his performance against Dallas was the real thing — a puzzling series of ho-hum games in which James appeared passive, tired or both.
The series is a black mark on James’ historical record, and if it happens again on the league’s biggest stage, we may have some serious re-evaluation to do. But for now, three straight subpar performances in three consecutive losses to the Mavs are not enough to knock him from this spot — and it’s not really close.
James is the game’s best two-way player, a unique force capable of scoring 30 points, dishing 10 assists and/or shutting down the other team’s best perimeter player — all while flying around the court, disrupting pick-and-rolls, cleaning the glass and igniting the league’s most fearsome transition attack. His developing post game and ability to work as a small-ball power forward are just nasty, unfair bonuses that widen the gap even further.
The only chink in the armor is an on-again, off-again addiction to long jumpers, a caveat we may have to limit to three-pointers now, because James hit 45 percent of his long two-pointers last season, an elite number. He hit just 33 percent from three-point range, a below-average mark right in line with his career norms, and one that suggests he’s probably taking too many. Then again, the Heat offense would reach a different gear if either James or Wade became an above-average three-point shooter, something that would loosen Miami’s spacing, create more play-calling options and differentiate two similar stars. If either makes that jump, it will probably be James.
But that’s one small weakness amid a pile of unmatched strengths — the league-leading PER four years running, the video game stats, the top-shelf passing, the elite defense, etc. As much as we argued about LeBron’s Finals performance, there is not much of an argument to make for any other player to top this list.
THE POINT FORWARD‘S TOP 100 NBA PLAYERS
|100.||Brandon Roy||SG, Portland Trail Blazers|
|99.||Tony Allen||SG, Memphis Grizzlies|
|98.||Nick Collison||PF, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|97.||Shane Battier||SF, free agent (Memphis Grizzlies)|
|96.||John Salmons||G-F, Sacramento Kings|
|95.||Louis Williams||G, Philadelphia 76ers|
|94.||O.J. Mayo||SG, Memphis Grizzlies|
|93.||Ty Lawson||PG, Denver Nuggets|
|92.||Wilson Chandler||SF, restricted free agent (Denver Nuggets)|
|91.||Mike Conley||PG, Memphis Grizzlies|
|90.||Hedo Turkoglu||SF, Orlando Magic|
|89.||Raymond Felton||PG, Portland Trail Blazers|
|88.||Wesley Matthews||SG, Portland Trail Blazers|
|87.||Roy Hibbert||C, Indiana Pacers|
|86.||Jameer Nelson||PG, Orlando Magic|
|85.||Andrei Kirilenko||SF, free agent (Utah Jazz)|
|84.||DeAndre Jordan||C, restricted free agent (Los Angeles Clippers)|
|83.||Ron Artest||SF, L.A. Lakers|
|82.||Thaddeus Young||F, restricted free agent (Philadelphia 76ers)|
|81.||Nicolas Batum||SF, Portland Trail Blazers|
|80.||Danilo Gallinari||SF, Denver Nuggets|
|79.||Chris Kaman||C, Los Angeles Clippers|
|78.||Rodney Stuckey||G, restricted free agent (Detroit Pistons)|
|77.||Arron Afflalo||SG, restricted free agent (Denver Nuggets)|
|76.||Grant Hill||SF, free agent (Phoenix Suns)|
|75.||Stephen Jackson||G-F, Milwaukee Bucks|
|74.||Jrue Holiday||PG, Philadelphia 76ers|
|73.||George Hill||G, Indiana Pacers|
|72.||John Wall||PG, Washington Wizards|
|71.||Andre Miller||PG, Denver Nuggets|
|70.||Marcin Gortat||C, Phoenix Suns|
|69.||Emeka Okafor||C, New Orleans Hornets|
|68.||Anderson Varejao||F-C, Cleveland Cavaliers|
|67.||Serge Ibaka||PF, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|66.||Andrea Bargnani||F-C, Toronto Raptors|
|65.||Jamal Crawford||G, free agent (Atlanta Hawks)|
|64.||Jason Richardson||SG, free agent (Orlando Magic)|
|63.||Caron Butler||SF, free agent (Dallas Mavericks)|
|62.||Shawn Marion||F, Dallas Mavericks|
|61.||Tayshaun Prince||SF, free agent (Detroit Pistons)|
|60.||Devin Harris||PG, Utah Jazz|
|59.||Chauncey Billups||PG, New York Knicks|
|58.||Jason Kidd||PG, Dallas Mavericks|
|57.||David Lee||PF, Golden State Warriors|
|56.||Kyle Lowry||PG, Houston Rockets|
|55.||Jason Terry||SG, Dallas Mavericks|
|54.||James Harden||SG, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|53.||Al Jefferson||F-C, Utah Jazz|
|52.||Luis Scola||PF, Houston Rockets|
|51.||Danny Granger||SF, Indiana Pacers|
|50.||Elton Brand||PF, Philadelphia 76ers|
|49.||Brook Lopez||C, New Jersey Nets|
|48.||Ray Allen||SG, Boston Celtics|
|47.||Luol Deng||SF, Chicago Bulls|
|46.||Paul Millsap||PF, Utah Jazz|
|45.||Carlos Boozer||PF, Chicago Bulls|
|44.||Monta Ellis||SG, Golden State Warriors|
|43.||Joakim Noah||C, Chicago Bulls|
|42.||Kevin Martin||SG, Houston Rockets|
|41.||Stephen Curry||PG, Golden State Warriors|
|40.||Marc Gasol||C, Memphis Grizzlies|
|39.||Gerald Wallace||F, Portland Trail Blazers|
|38.||Andrew Bynum||C, Los Angeles Lakers|
|37.||Andrew Bogut||C, Milwaukee Bucks|
|36.||Tyreke Evans||G, Sacramento Kings|
|35.||Tyson Chandler||C, free agent (Dallas Mavericks)|
|34.||Josh Smith||F, Atlanta Hawks|
|33.||Lamar Odom||F, Los Angeles Lakers|
|32.||Joe Johnson||SG, Atlanta Hawks|
|31.||David West||PF, free agent (New Orleans Hornets)|
|30.||Andre Iguodala||G-F, Philadelphia 76ers|
|29.||Eric Gordon||SG, Los Angeles Clippers|
|28.||Rudy Gay||SF, Memphis Grizzlies|
|27.||Rajon Rondo||PG, Boston Celtics|
|26.||Tony Parker||PG, San Antonio Spurs|
|25.||Al Horford||C, Atlanta Hawks|
|24.||Nene||C, free agent (Denver Nuggets)|
|23.||Tim Duncan||PF, San Antonio Spurs|
|22.||Chris Bosh||PF, Miami Heat|
|21.||Kevin Love||PF, Minnesota Timberwolves|
|20.||Carmelo Anthony||SF, New York Knicks|
|19.||Amar’e Stoudemire||PF, New York Knicks|
|18.||Steve Nash||PG, Phoenix Suns|
|17.||Kevin Garnett||PF, Boston Celtics|
|16.||Manu Ginobili||SG, San Antonio Spurs|
|15.||Paul Pierce||SF, Boston Celtics|
|14.||Blake Griffin||PF, Los Angeles Clippers|
|13.||Zach Randolph||PF, Memphis Grizzlies|
|12.||Russell Westbrook||PG, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|11.||LaMarcus Aldridge||PF, Portland Trail Blazers|
|10.||Pau Gasol||PF, Los Angeles Lakers|
|9.||Derrick Rose||PG, Chicago Bulls|
|8.||Kevin Durant||SF, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|7.||Deron Williams||PG, New Jersey Nets|
|6.||Chris Paul||PG, New Orleans Hornets|
|5.||Kobe Bryant||SG, Los Angeles Lakers|
|4.||Dirk Nowitzki||PF, Dallas Mavericks|
|3.||Dwyane Wade||SG, Miami Heat|
|2.||Dwight Howard||C, Orlando Magic|
|1.||LeBron James||SF, Miami Heat|
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