Here is a tier ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA.

Tier 1

1. LeBron James

LeBron is still the best player in the world, and he’s past his prime. The gap between him and tier 2 (Kevin Durant) is bigger than the gap between Durant and tier 4 (Chris Paul). That’s crazy! And that’s why he’s the best player in NBA history (sorry MJ fans).

Tier 2

2. Kevin Durant

Durant is the second best player in the world, and he has been for a long time. Some people have overrated him as the best in the league and underrated him as not a top two player. He should be ranked in the second tier by himself.

Tier 3

DENVER, CO – December 14: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 14, 2014 at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. 

3. Kawhi Leonard

Leonard is the best two-way player in the NBA. He’s the only player in the NBA that is a top five offensive player and a top five defensive player.

Tier 4

4. Stephen Curry

5. James Harden

6. Giannis Antetokounmpo

7. Russell Westbrook

8. Chris Paul

Curry has been overrated by fans and the media, but he’s still a top five player. Westbrook is coming off of a historic season, but he’s more of a stat stuffer than superstar. That being said, he’s still a top ten player. If Giannis ever develops a consistent jump shot, he’ll be the best player in the league. That will likely happen in the next few seasons.

Tier 5

9. John Wall

10. Jimmy Butler

11. Anthony Davis

12. Paul George

Wall is coming off of a historic postseason run and is finally getting his due from the media. He’s a star, and he’s always been this talented. Butler and George are two of the best two-way wings in the NBA. Davis could be in the fourth tier if he stayed healthy.

Tier 6

13. Klay Thompson

14. DeMarcus Cousins

15. Draymond Green

16. Marc Gasol

17. Damian Lillard

18. Blake Griffin

19. Nikola Jokic

20. Kyle Lowry

21. Karl-Anthony Towns

22. Paul Millsap

23. Rudy Gobert

24. Kyrie Irving

25. Mike Conley

This is the first big tier. Klay Thompson is the forgotten man for the Warriors, but he’s better than Draymond Green. Green is the more important player for the Warriors, but he’s not as talented as Thompson. Blake Griffin could be in a higher tier if it weren’t for injury concerns. He’ll get a chance to run the Clippers now that Chris Paul is gone. Conley deserves to make an All-Star appearance. He’s arguably the most underrated player in the NBA. Kyrie Irving has been the talk of the offseason, but he’s not nearly as talented as he thinks he is. Towns might take a leap into the fourth tier soon if he continues to improve. Jokic is the best offensive center in the league, but struggles mightily on the defensive end of the floor. He doesn’t get nearly the credit that he deserves from fans and the media.

Tier 7

26. Isaiah Thomas

27. Gordon Hayward

28. DeMar DeRozan

29. DeAndre Jordan

30. Kevin Love

31. Bradley Beal

32. C.J. McCollum

33. Goran Dragic

34. Eric Bledsoe

35. Al Horford

36. LaMarcus Aldridge

37. Kemba Walker

38. George Hill

39. Brook Lopez

40. Andre Iguodala

41. Khris Middleton

42. Avery Bradley

43. Gary Harris

Isaiah Thomas is an offensive superstar, but is the worst defender in the NBA. Kevin Love doesn’t get enough credit for molding his game to fit Cleveland’s needs. He’s not a great defender, but he’s still extremely talented. Dragic and Bledsoe are two of the most underrated point guards in the league. Both are All-Star caliber players. George Hill never gets the credit that he deserves. He can play as a point guard, shooting guard, and is an elite defender of both positions. Middleton is an extremely underrated 3-and-D wing that is a perfect fit in Milwaukee with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bradley is the best on-ball defender in the NBA. Harris is an emerging two-way shooting guard that is a perfect fit with Nikola Jokic in Denver.

Tier 8

MIAMI, FL – MARCH 3: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns defends the ball against the Miami Heat during the game on March 3, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

44. Devin Booker

45. Nicolas Batum

46. Joel Embiid

47. Dwight Howard

48. Andrew Wiggins

49. Kristaps Porzingis

50. Jae Crowder

51. Rodney Hood

52. Hassan Whiteside

53. Andre Drummond

54. Myles Turner

Devin Booker is an elite offensive player, but needs to improve his defense if he wants to move up a few tiers. Batum is coming off of a disappointing season, but he’s still a do-it-all 3-and-D wing that every team covets. Embiid would be ranked a lot higher if it weren’t for injury concerns. Wiggins is a great scorer, but he does nothing else. Porzingis is an emerging talent, but his production hasn’t matched his hype. Hood might be a candidate for the Most Improved Player Award this season. Myles Turner will also be a candidate for that award, but his team might be the worst in the NBA.

Tier 9

55. Eric Gordon

56. Otto Porter

57. Harrison Barnes

58. Dirk Nowitzki

59. Steven Adams

60. Ricky Rubio

61. Patrick Beverly

62. Jabari Parker

63. Lou Williams

64. Danilo Gallinari

65. Serge Ibaka

66. James Johnson

67. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

68. Victor Oladipo

69. Danny Green

70. Dwyane Wade

Otto Porter is coming off of a career year. He’s the type of 3-and-D wing that every team needs. Rubio isn’t a great shooter, but he does everything else at a high level. Parker would be rated a lot higher if it weren’t for his multiple ACL tears. Ibaka isn’t the same player that he used to be, but he can still protect the rim and stretch the floor. James Johnson had the best year of his career. He’s always had the talent, but didn’t put it all together until 2016. Oladipo is a consistent jump shot away from being an elite shooting guard. He’s improved every year, and will have his best chance of putting it all together this season. Danny Green is still an elite defender and three point shooter. He’s never gotten enough credit for helping the Spurs contend for championships every year.

Tier 10

71. Trevor Ariza

72. Joe Johnson

73. Patrick Patterson

74. Julius Randle

75. Malcolm Brogdon

76. Dion Waiters

77. Tobias Harris

78. Zach LaVine

79. D’Angelo Russell

80. Evan Fournier

81. Jeff Teague

82. Dennis Schroder

83. Markieff Morris

84. Marcus Morris

85. Enes Kanter

86. Taj Gibson

87. Derrick Favors

Joe Johnson had an amazing comeback season after it seemed like his career was over. Patrick Patterson is the most underappreciated stretch four in the NBA. Julius Randle has shown improvement each year, and has a chance to move up multiple tiers this season. Tobias Harris is an underrated combo forward that can defend multiple positions. D’Angelo Russell should have a great season now that he’s no longer in Los Angeles. He’s my pick for winning the Most Improved Player Award this season. The Morris twins always fly under the radar. If Enes Kanter didn’t have to play defense, he’d be a top twenty player. Taj Gibson would be an elite player in the 1980’s, but his inability to stretch the floor hurts him in today’s NBA.

Tier 11

Dec 7, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick (4) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.

88. J.J. Redick

89. Reggie Jackson

90. Pau Gasol

91. Wilson Chandler

92. Aaron Gordon

93. Nerlens Noel

94. Robert Covington

95. Tristan Thompson

96. Marcus Smart

97. Clint Capela

98. Jrue Holliday

99.  Kent Bazemore

100. Trey Lyles

Reggie Jackson is coming off of a disappointing season, but he’s still a talented point guard. Wilson Chandler had a great season after missing the 2015 season with a hip injury. Nerlens Noel remains unsigned. His offensive game is a work in progress, but he’s always been an elite defender. Kent Bazemore if coming off of a disappointing season, but I’m expecting him to have a bounce-back year. The Hawks might be the worst team in the NBA, but Bazemore should be able to put up solid numbers. Trey Lyles isn’t a top 100 player, but I’ve always loved his talent. His rookie year was full of promise, but he disappointed last year. Look for him to bounce back this season if he can crack the deep power forward rotation in Denver.


Written by The Miles Files

I'm a sports fan with a passion for writing about the games that we love.

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