2018-2019 NBA Preview: Top 100 Players: 60-51
60 Tyreke Evans–Indiana–SF/SG (+41): I can’t think of another player who has had an up and down career quite like Tyreke Evans. Luckily for the Pacers, Evans is coming off an impressive season in 2018. Considering Evans has a lot more talent around him compared to last year, he’s my favorite to win 6th man of the year.
59 Dwight Howard–Washington–C (-12): Despite having his best statistical season in 4 years, Dwight Howard was traded once again. He now finds himself in Washington, which is a good fit on paper. But one has to wonder if Howard will become a locker room problem again. Like he was with the Magic, Lakers, Rockets, Hawks, and Hornets.
58 Tobias Harris–LA Clippers–SF/PF (+4): The main piece coming back in the Blake Griffin deal, Tobias Harris is the current face of the Clippers. Harris put up impressive stats last year with the Clippers as he scored 19 points per game and shot 41% from 3. A full year under Doc Rivers could turn Harris into a 20 point scorer.
57 Jabari Parker–Chicago–PF/SF (-7): Despite tearing his ACL twice, the 23-year-old Jabari Parker still has a lot of upside. Now with the Bulls, Parker is going to have to continue to improve his outside shooting and defense as he’s expected to start at small forward. But if he remains healthy, he still has All-Star potential.
56 Steven Adams–Oklahoma City–C (+25): While Russell Westbrook is the face of the Thunder, Steven Adams is the heart of the Thunder. The 7 foot New Zealander has been an enforcer his entire career but he’s now an offensive threat as well. He averaged career highs at 14 points and 9 rebounds a game while shooting 63% from the floor. He’s only 25 and he’s getting better.
55 Eric Bledsoe–Milwaukee–PG (-20): While Eric Bledsoe had very good stats for the Bucks last season, he took a step back during his play in the postseason. He was outplayed by backup guard Terry Rozier, a match-up he should have won. If the Bucks want to take the next step in being a contender, Bledsoe has to play better.
54 Jamal Murray–Denver–PG/SG (+47): Other than Jaylen Brown, no one made a bigger jump from his rookie season to his sophomore season than Jamal Murray. He went from averaging 10 points to 17 while shooting 45% from the floor and 91% from the line. The Nuggets are a team on the rise and Murray is a big part of that.
53 Lauri Markkanen–Chicago–PF/C (+48): Perhaps the biggest chip to come back from the Jimmy Butler trade, Lauri Markkanen had a very good rookie campaign. He became the fastest player to ever make 100 3’s and has drawn many comparisons to Kristaps Porzingis.
52 Nikola Vucevic–Orlando–C (-4): He doesn’t get a lot of attention because he plays in Orlando but Nikola Vucevic is a very reliable center. His career averages are 15 points and 10 rebounds a game show that he’s a very underrated player.
51 Harrison Barnes–Dallas–SF/PF (+4): Ever since he signed that huge deal, Harrison Barnes has become the new face of the Mavericks. In his first 2 years, He’s averaged 19 points a game and shot 45% from the floor. Barnes does tend to become too one-dimensional as the Mavs hope he can work on his defense and passing.
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