Sports Illustrated did an extensive list of top 100 NBA Players recently. The top hundred players’ list notably excluded some of the best players from the recent seasons. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was placed at number 54 on the list, which surprised many fans.
The Sports Illustrated’s new NBA Players’ list may have been heavy on the stars, but it strangely failed to include some of the best players from the current rosters. This felt strangely dissappointing as the fans were obviously looking forward to a list that looked more relevant in the current off season and the 2016 season that will begin next year.
Kobe Bryant, notably, fell many ranks down on this year’s list. He was ranked 24 last year. He has slipped to number 54 this year. This is obviously a fall in stature for the star. Last year, he was ranked ahead of DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall.
Kobe will be in the last year of his contract soon and the Sports Illustrated ratings will obviously play a role in his future as a star on the Lakers team.
Other stars didn’t fare as well either. Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons barely made it into the list, and he was placed at number 94. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics was placed higher than him at number 88. Kenneth Faried was placed on number 84, a long way away from the top.
The list makers were very particular about who they included in the list, because they were vary of including players who may not put on as much of a show in future as they did last time. They were especially vary of putting rookies on the roster, because it remains to be seen if they would still stay on the next season.
You can read the complete list on Sports Illustrated’s Website.
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