2012 NBA Rankings: 100-85

You know for the sake of keeping up with the times I’m going to fast-forward quickly to the top 100 players. The way I see it. Once again, thanks ESPN for asking for my input I really appreciate it. I’ll be breaking it down every 15 players until the top 10. Stay tuned.

Omer Asik: #99 on ESPN. #100 on nbathroughmyveins.

Omer Asik was the perfect Thibodeau player. He defended, and rebounded superbly and was a part of the lockdown defense of the Bulls bench. The only thing lacking; any sort of offensive game.

Andre Kirlenko: #79 on ESPN. #99 on nbathroughmyveins.

For one he didn’t play last season so I don’t know how he was so high on ESPN. He does have a knack for performing in international competition though. Anyway, he’s a very versatile forward with a superb PER.

 

Derrick Favors: #89 on ESPN. #98 on nbathroughmyveins.

His PER is unbelievable, and he has a well-rounded game for a young big man. However, he isn’t assertive enough and was ranked solely on potential in the ESPN rankings.

Darren Collison: #98 on ESPN. #97 on nbathroughmyveins.

He may have not had the best statistical season ever, but in the playoffs he was the only guy still fighting when Wade and James flipped the switch. He’s a hard worker and a very quick guard.

Brandon Bass: #97 on ESPN. #96 on nbathroughmyveins.

For a guy who’s compared to a more aggressive Chris Bosh, or the most overrated guy in the NBA he does a great job of rebounding the ball and providing a spark off the bench.

Kawhi Leonard: #95 on ESPN. #95 on nbathroughmyveins.

In my mind he was one of the most energetic players of the year. He had a great rookie season, and with Popovich on the bench he should only continue to progress.

Elton Brand: #85 on ESPN. #94 on nbathroughmyveins.

I’ve always liked Elton Brand and he’s a great complementary player but unfortunately he is way past his prime and can’t produce like he used to. He’s still a solid offensive player and a great post defender.

Nikola Pekovic: #105 on ESPN. #93 on nbathroughmyveins.

He had a huge breakout season this year and somehow went way under the radar. He’s living in Kevin Love’s shadow but he’s definitely learning from Mr. Love, he put up 14 and 7 this year. He’s a monster down low and Minnesota is well off for the future with these two as partners in the post.

Jose Calderon: #96 on ESPN. #92 on nbathroughmyveins.

He may not get a lot of attention playing up in Toronto but he’s almost a double-double guy with a PER of 16.73. He’s very efficient and smart, it’s a shame he won’t get much time in Toronto next season unless he can get a trade. #KyleLowryReplacedHim…

Wilson Chandler: #93 on ESPN. #91 on nbathroughmyveins.

The reason I put him before Andre Miller is because he only played 8 games this past season. I love him; I think he could be the next Iggy. I was honestly depressed when he left New York. Next year I project his rating will be much higher.

Andre Miller: #94 on ESPN. #90 on nbathroughmyveins.

One of the smartest point guards around right now. He’s completely underrated and the Nuggets are extremely lucky that he’s their backup. It shows you how long I.Q can keep you in the game. He’s also very durable. Played every game last season…

Shawn Marion: #92 on ESPN. #89 on nbathroughmyveins.

He’s the perfect role player. He rebounds the ball, he is one of the best defenders in the league and he has no ego. For the sake of applauding him, we’ll leave out that he would be ranked #1 if this were for the ugliest shot in the NBA.

O.J Mayo: #90 on ESPN. #88 on nbathroughmyveins.

I personally love O.J Mayo; I love his explosive offensive game. I just don’t think he ever plays to his potential, and I would rather get Thaddeus Young on my team a guy with identical stats in the scoring department, 2 more rebounds, and a higher PER.

Thaddeus Young: #91 on ESPN. #87 on nbathroughmyveins.

Doug Collins has done an amazing job developing Thaddeus Young. He’s an extremely versatile forward who shoots over 50%. He has an outstanding PER of 18.93 and is perfect for the fast-breaking offense of Philadelphia.

DeAndre Jordan: #86 on ESPN. #86 on nbathroughmyveins.

Many people will say without CP3, DeAndre Jordan is nothing. However, look back to 2010-2011 his stats were almost identical. 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, .686% FG. Yeah, he’s just here instead of George Hill and Lou Williams because they can do more for a team then dunk and block the ball. Don’t get me wrong the defense is great, but call me when he finds another way of putting the ball in the basket besides dunking or offensive rebounds.

Javale Mcgee: #77 on ESPN. #85 on nbathroughmyveins.

He could be one of the most athletic players in the entire NBA and he’s a 7 footer, it’s crazy. His length and his size help him immensely on the boards and on defense but his immaturity holds him back. Just ask Shaquille O’Neal. #Shaqtinafoolplayeroftheyear…

 

All pictures and stats are credited to ESPN.com.

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