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ESPN Top 100

Postby Mike Goodman » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:36 pm

ESPN has just come up with an all time top 100 NBA players list. Here it is:
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rank                   rank   
1   Michael Jordan      11   Oscar Robertson
2   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 12   Kobe Bryant
3   LeBron James        13   Jerry West
4   Magic Johnson       14   Julius Erving
5   Wilt Chamberlain    15   Moses Malone
6   Larry Bird          16   Karl Malone
7   Bill Russell        17   Dirk Nowitzki
8   Tim Duncan          18   Charles Barkley
9   Shaquille O'Neal    19   John Stockton
10  Hakeem Olajuwon     20   David Robinson
           
rank                   rank   
21   Kevin Garnett      31   Kevin McHale
22   Kevin Durant       32   Patrick Ewing
23   Stephen Curry      33   George Mikan
24   Elgin Baylor       34   Bob Pettit
25   Scottie Pippen     35   Jason Kidd
26   Isiah Thomas       36   Clyde Drexler
27   Dwyane Wade        37   Rick Barry
28   John Havlicek      38   Walt Frazier
29   Chris Paul         39   Bob Cousy
30   Steve Nash         40   Elvin Hayes
           
rank                   rank   
41   Gary Payton        51   Reggie Miller
42   Bill Walton        52   Bob McAdoo
43   James Worthy       53   Wes Unseld
44   Dominique Wilkins  54   Bernard King
45   Paul Pierce        55   Dave Cowens
46   Allen Iverson      56   Pau Gasol
47   George Gervin      57   Robert Parish
48   Willis Reed        58   Tony Parker
49   Russell Westbrook  59   Carmelo Anthony
50   Ray Allen          60   Earl Monroe
           
rank                   rank   
61   Manu Ginobili      71   Pete Maravich
62   Alex English       72   Adrian Dantley
63   Tracy McGrady      73   Dikembe Mutombo
64   Dennis Rodman      74   Dolph Schayes
65   Alonzo Mourning    75   Blake Griffin
66   Chris Webber       76   Nate Archibald
67   Dwight Howard      77   Joe Dumars
68   Bob Lanier         78   Sam Jones
69   Vince Carter       79   Jerry Lucas
70   Artis Gilmore      80   Grant Hill
           
rank                   rank   
81   Sidney Moncrief    91   Maurice Cheeks
82   David Thompson     92   Nate Thurmond
83   Chris Mullin       93   Lenny Wilkens
84   Dennis Johnson     94   Mark Price
85   Dave DeBusschere   95   Marc Gasol
86   Chris Bosh         96   Bobby Jones
87   Chauncey Billups   97   James Harden
88   Billy Cunningham   98   Gail Goodrich
89   Yao Ming           99   Kevin Love
90   Paul Arizin       100   Shawn Kemp

I haven't much investigated if there were suggestions as to what criteria their panel of experts aimed for.
Erving ranks well, but other ABA guys do not.

If you can't find a certain player, here are some who did not make the cut:
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George McGinnis  Kevin Johnson    Sam Cassell
Dan Issel       Amar'e Stoudemire Zach Randolph
Carlos Boozer    Walt Bellamy     Tom Heinsohn
Shawn Marion     Lamar Odom       Bob Dandridge
Rasheed Wallace  Cliff Hagan      Gus Williams
Jack Sikma       Elton Brand      Rajon Rondo
Terry Cummings   Alvan Adams      Maurice Lucas
Larry Nance      Horace Grant     Mark Jackson
Vlade Divac      Baron Davis     Marques Johnson
Neil Johnston    Josh Smith       Tim Hardaway
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Re: ESPN Top 100

Postby rlee » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:45 pm

I would focus on the inanity of some of ESPN's rankings but count me with the Zombies when it comes to ranking players: "How would I know? Why should I care?"
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Re: ESPN Top 100

Postby Mike Goodman » Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:59 pm

There are a couple dozen traditional inclusions that suggest slow (or no) progress in how these things are done. And at least one ranking that dares us to wonder what the heck they were thinking -- Curry almost equal to Garnett already?
On average, my rankings are within 33% of theirs. For example, I have Stockton #25, espn has him 19. I have Shaq at #6, they have him 9.
About half their ranks are closer to mine; about half are further.
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