2012 NBA Rankings: 39-25

 

Eric Gordon: #38 on ESPN. #39 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

He’s going to be a superstar in the league. Give it 2-3 years. His first few seasons in Los Angeles he was in the shadow of Blake Griffin and wasn’t a big piece. Then he got injured this season and didn’t get a chance to really prove himself. With a full season and him being the focal point of the team, he will breakout this season.

 

Joakim Noah: #36 on ESPN. #38 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

Joakim Noah is the heart and soul of Chicago and one of the best defenders in the league. A complete “little things” type of guy.

 

Zach Randolph: #34 on ESPN. #37 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

Give him a full season and he’ll take you back to the 2011 season where he was playing some of the best ball of his career.

 

Roy Hibbert: #35 on ESPN. #36 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

His game improved drastically this season and he was honored with his first all-star selection. He’ll only get better from here.

 

Tim Duncan: #27 on ESPN. #35 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

I’m all for honoring the hall of famers, but not in these rankings. He’s the best leader in the league, he’s the most fundamentally sound guy in the league but his play is declining.

 

Luol Deng: #37 on ESPN. #34 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

Luol Deng is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA and I think his play will improve drastically (if he doesn’t get injured) now that D-Rose is out. A lot of pressure will be put on his shoulders this season, and we’ll see if he responds positively.

 

Joe Johnson: #33 on ESPN. #33 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

Charles Barkley said it best, “Joe Johnson is more of a role player, the problem with him in Atlanta is they expected him to be the BEST player. Now he’s with Deron Williams who is the best player.” Now that Joe Johnson can play off the ball and have less pressure to score points he will produce a lot more. He has so many options. Pick and rolls with D-Will, and drive and kicks with him as well.

 

Rudy Gay: #32 on ESPN. #32 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

A classic athletic forward. Let’s see him up his scoring this season to make up for the loss of Mayo off the bench.

 

Josh Smith: #31 on ESPN. #31 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

Now that he’s the star player for the Atlanta Hawks he will surely produce more statistically, the only problem is that his mind may not be focused on this season and more on his next contract. Wherever that is.

 

Manu Ginobli: #25 on ESPN. #30 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

He’s still one of the craftiest guys in the NBA and is definitely key to the Spurs success but like Tim Duncan the game is declining. Also like Tim Duncan he continues to be one of the most efficient and fundamentally sound guys in the NBA. Look at that 24.18 PER.

 

Andre Igoudala: #28 on ESPN. #29 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

He really is the poor mans Lebron. I will say this he’s a perfect fit for Denver and with him on the team they should definitely compete with the top of the West.

 

Paul Pierce: #29 on ESPN. #28 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

He’s one of the most consistent players of the past decade and even though his Celtics have a completely new and younger roster he will still continue to be the leader and scorer of the team.

 

Marc Gasol: #24 on ESPN. #27 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

Beware Pau, because now with Dwight in your paint Marc might be catching up soon. Don’t look back Pau, but this guys a 15 and 9 guy and only getting better.

 

James Harden: #26 on ESPN. #26 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

The best 6th man in the NBA, the X factor to the Oklahoma City Thunder and most likely an all-star next season coming off the bench. James Harden = future superstar.

Tyson Chandler: #23 on ESPN. #25 on nbathroughmyveins.

 

The X factor to every team he goes to and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. He’s the glue to the Knicks and has drastically changed their culture after changing Dallas’ culture the season before.

 

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