By the numbers: Top 100 NBA players

The Charlotte ObserverJune 22, 2013 

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2013 RANK 2012 RANK PLAYER CURRENT TEAM HEIGHT, WEIGHT POSITION DRAFT YEAR OVERALL PICK
FRANCHISE PLAYERS
1 2LeBron JamesHeat6-8, 250Forward20031
2 1Kevin DurantThunder6-9, 235Forward20072
312Tony ParkerSpurs6-2, 185Guard200128
4 9Chris PaulClippers6-0, 175Guard20054
513Carmelo AnthonyKnicks6-8, 230Forward20033
6 3Kobe BryantLakers6-6, 205Guard199613
710Russell WestbrookThunder6-3, 187Guard20084
8 5Dwight HowardLakers 6-11, 265Center20041
9 7Rajon RondoCeltics6-1, 186Guard200621
1028James HardenRockets6-5, 220Guard20093
1152Stephen CurryWarriors 6-3, 185Guard20097
12NRPaul GeorgePacers6-8, 221F-G201010
1322Roy HibbertPacers7-2, 280 Center200817
1417Tim DuncanSpurs6-11, 255Forward19971
15 4Derrick RoseBulls6-3, 190Guard20081
16 6Kevin LoveT-wolves 6-10, 260F-C20085
1714Deron WilliamsNets6-3, 209Guard20053
1839Kyrie IrvingCavaliers6-3, 191Guard20111
1937Marc GasolGrizzlies7-1, 265Center200748
CORE PLAYERS
2031Luol DengBulls6-9, 220Forward20047
21*Zach RandolphGrizzlies6-9, 260Forward200119
2218Blake GriffinClippers6-10, 251Forward20091
2343David LeeWarriors 6-9, 240F-C200530
2432Joakim NoahBulls6-11, 232Center20079
2538Brook LopezNets7-0, 265Center200810
2615LaMarcus AldridgeT' Blazers6-11, 240Forward20062
2721Paul PierceCeltics6-7, 235Forward199810
28NRDamian LillardT'Blazers6-3, 195Guard20126
29 8Dwyane WadeHeat6-4, 220Guard20035
3060David WestPacers6-9, 240Forward200318
3116Kevin GarnettCeltics6-11, 253C-F19955
3226Tyson ChandlerKnicks7-1, 240Center20012
3348DeMarcus CousinsKings 6-11, 270Center20105
3419Chris BoshHeat6-11, 235Forward20034
3511Dirk NowitzkiMavericks7-0, 245Forward19989
3659Ty LawsonNuggets5-11, 195Guard200918
3735John WallWizards6-4, 195Guard20101
3840Greg MonroePistons6-11, 250Center20107
3933Josh SmithHawks6-9, 225Forward200417
4025Joe JohnsonNets6-7, 240Guard200110
4123Pau GasolLakers7-0, 250F-C20013
4254Mike ConleyGrizzlies6-1, 185Guard20074
4330Al HorfordHawks6-10, 250C-F20073
4434Monta Ellis Bucks6-3, 185Guard200540
4547Al JeffersonJazz6-10, 289Center 200415
4670J.R. SmithKnicks6-6, 220Guard200418
4724Amar'e Stoudemire Knicks6-11, 260F-C20029
4829Rudy Gay Raptors6-8, 230Forward20068
4974Jrue Holiday 76ers6-4, 180Guard200917
5061Danilo GallinariNuggets6-10, 225Forward20086
5127Andre IguodalaNuggets6-6, 207F-G20049
5272DeMar DeRozanRaptors6-7, 216Guard20099
5320Andrew Bynum76ers7-0, 285Center200510
5457Carlos BoozerBulls6-9, 266Forward200234
LONG-TERM STARTERS
5545Eric GordonPelicans6-3, 215Guard20087
5691Nikola PekovicT-wolves6-11, 290Center200831
57NRKlay ThompsonWarriors 6-7, 205Guard201111
58NRNikola VucevicMagic 7-0, 240Center201116
5956Serge IbakaThunder6-10, 235F-C200824
6083O.J. MayoMavericks6-4, 210Guard20083
6166Ersan IlyasovaBucks6-10, 235Forward200536
6287Paul MillsapJazz6-8, 253Forward200647
63NRKemba WalkerBobcats6-1, 184Guard20119
64NRAnthony DavisPelicans6-10, 220F-C20121
6575Brandon JenningsBucks6-1, 169Guard200910
6641Danny GrangerPacers6-8, 228Forward200517
6755Ricky RubioT-wolves6-4, 180Guard20095
68NRKenneth FariedNuggets6-8, 228Forward201122
6936Manu GinobiliSpurs6-6, 205Guard199957
7085Jamal CrawfordClippers6-5, 200Guard20008
71NROmer AsikRockets7-0, 255Center200836
7262DeAndre JordanClippers6-11, 265Center200835
7378Emeka OkaforWizards6-10, 255Center20042
7498Jose CalderonPistons6-3, 211GuardN/AN/A
7546Andrew BogutWarriors 7-0, 260Center20051
7665Nene Wizards6-11, 250F-C20027
7764Anderson VarejaoCavaliers6-11, 260Center200430
78NRJarrett JackWarriors6-3, 197Guard200522
7942Steve NashLakers6-3, 178Guard199615
8067Tyreke EvansKings 6-6, 220Guard20094
81NRRaymond FeltonKnicks6-1, 205Guard20055
8269Marcin GortatSuns6-11, 240Center200557
83NRTristan ThompsonCavaliers6-9, 227Forward20114
84NRJason ThompsonKings6-7, 205Forward200812
8588Nicolas BatumT' Blazers6-8, 200F-G200825
8673Jared DudleySuns6-7, 225G-F200722
87NRAndre MillerNuggets6-2, 200Guard19998
88NRJ.J. HicksonT' Blazers6-9, 242C-F200819
89NRDerrick FavorsJazz6-10, 248F-C20103
9071Lou WilliamsHawks6-1, 175Guard200545
91NRChandler ParsonsRockets6-9, 227Forward201138
92100Jeff TeagueHawks6-2, 181Guard200919
9389Ryan AndersonPelicans6-10, 240Forward200821
9477Thaddeus Young76ers6-8, 220Forward200712
9586Tyler HansbroughPacers6-9, 250F-C200913
9696Gerald HendersonBobcats6-5, 215Guard200912
97NRGreivis VasquezPelicans6-6, 211Guard201028
9892Arron AfflaloMagic6-5, 215Guard200727
99NRTony AllenGrizzlies6-4, 213G-F2004 25
100NRGoran DragicSuns6-3, 190Guard2008 45

NR Not ranked, F-C Forward-center, C-F Center-forward, F-G Forward-guard, G-F Guard-forward

About the list

For the second year, the Observer reviewed the previous season's NBA statistics in researching the current 100 best players. We made exceptions for some players with worthy recent seasons but who suffered long-term injuries last season. Players were not ranked based on potential. Players were selected and ranked with input from an NBA player-personnel executive not connected to the Bobcats. Players were ranked 1 to 100 and grouped into three tiers - franchise players, core players and long-term starters. Franchise players are good enough to build a team around; core players are All-Star caliber and long-term starters are good enough to help most, if not all, 30 teams. The Observer built a database of information, available at charlotteobserver.com, and analyzed how the best players ended up with their current teams to offer insight into the challenges the Bobcats face building through the draft, free agency and trades.

*Due to a clerical error last June, Randolph was inadvertently left off last year's top 100. He should have been ranked 30th in 2012.

These players dropped out of the Observer's Top 100: Jason Kidd, Kendrick Perkins, JaVale McGee, Ray Allen, Marvin Williams, Andrea Bargnani, Gerald Wallace, Elton Brand, Devin Harris, Antawn Jamison, Kris Humphries, Chris Kaman, Michael Beasley, Rodney Stuckey, Luis Scola, Darren Collison, Jason Terry, Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson and Kevin Martin.


Where the Top 100 were drafted

OVERALL PICK NUMBER OF PLAYERS
No. 19
No. 24
No. 37
No. 46
No. 56
No. 62
No. 75
No. 83
No. 96
No. 106
No. 111
No. 123
No. 132
No. 140
No. 152
No. 161
No. 174
No. 183
No. 193
No. 200
No. 212
No. 223
No. 230
No. 241
No. 252
No. 260
No. 271
No. 281
No. 290
No. 302

No. 311
No. 320
No. 330
No. 341
No. 351
No. 362
No. 370
No. 381
No. 390
No. 401
No. 410
No. 420
No. 430
No. 440
No. 452
No. 460
No. 471
No. 481
No. 490
No. 500
No. 510
No. 520
No. 530
No. 540
No. 550
No. 560
No. 572
No. 580
No. 590
No. 600
Undrafted1


Teams ranked by Top 100 players

There's a high correlation between collecting top-100 players and making the playoffs. Using ranking points for each spot in the rankings (100 for the best player, 1 for the 100th-best), the Observer computed a ranking for each team. The top 13 teams in this ranking each qualified for one of the 16 playoff spots this past season.

TEAM PTS TOP 100 PLAYERS
Knicks2945
Bulls2914
Pacers2895
Lakers2704
Warriors 2615
Heat2393
Celtics2363
Clippers2364
Thunder2353
Grizzlies2234
Nets2213
Spurs2173
Nuggets2135
Trail Blazers1774
Timberwolves 1643
Hawks1404
Bucks1333
Rockets1313
Cavaliers1253
Wizards1173
Mavericks1072
76ers1073
Jazz1073
Kings 1063
Raptors1022
Pelicans954
Pistons902
Magic 462
Bobcats432
Suns353


Top 100 breakout year

Most NBA players who will have impactful careers show it quickly, based on the Observer's top-100 study. The Observer identified a "breakout'' season for each player in the top 100. Eighty-two of the 100 players had breakouts in one of their first three seasons.

BREAKOUT YEAR NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1st24
2nd23
3rd35
4th8
5th7
6th1
7th0
8th2

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