2018-2019 NBA Preview: Top 100 Players: Honorable Mentions
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s October and that only means one thing; the baseball postseason is here. Well, two things actually because the basketball season is almost here. Today is the start of a 12 part series of my top 100 players in the NBA. Today we’ll be looking at the players that just missed the list. The ranking shows the player’s name, their team, position, and where they ranked on my list last year. The red players are new additions. Let’s begin.
110 Taurean Prince–Atlanta–SF/PF–(=): The only player from Atlanta to appear on the list, Prince has formed into a solid two-way player.
109 Luka Doncic–Dallas–SG/PG–(N/A): The 3rd pick in the 2018 draft, Doncic is one of the more hyped prospects in recent memory. He’s expected to be the starting shooting guard and he’s only 19 years old.
108 Lonzo Ball–LA Lakers–PG–(=): Despite Lonzo showing off his incredible passing skills during his rookie season, the fact that he only shot 36% from the floor keeps him out of the top 100.
107 Marcus Smart–Boston–PG/SG (=): Like Ball, Smart is an abysmal shooter from the floor and from 3. But he’s still one of the best backup guards in basketball because of his defense and his passing.
106 Ronde Hollis-Jefferson–Brooklyn–SF/PF (=): During their long rebuild, the Nets were able to develop Jefferson into a pretty solid two-way player. He averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists last season during his 3rd year in the league.
105 Boran Bogdanovic–Indiana–SG/SF (=): It’s really hard to be part of the 50%–40%–90% club but Bogdanovic nearly accomplished that season. He was a big part of Indiana’s resurgence last year and will be again this year as well.
104 Willie Cauley-Stein–Sacramento–C (=): While he lacks offensive awareness, Cauley-Stein has formed into a pretty solid big man. He’s one of the more athletic centers in the league and still has room to grow.
103 Will Barton–Denver–SF/SG (=): Ever since he arrived in Denver, Will Barton has developed into one of the more underrated swing-men in basketball. He’s decent on defense but can it all on the offensive side of the ball.
102 Domantas Sabonis–Indiana–PF/C (=): When looking back at the Paul George trade, Indiana looks to be the winner. Not only did they pick up Oladipo, but Sabonis appears to be a star in the making. He could have a breakout year as the Pacers continue to improve.
101 Marvin Bagley III–Sacramento–PF/C (N/A): As the 2nd pick in the draft, Bagley is already a gifted offensive player. He has drawn many comparisons to Chris Bosh and will be the starting power forward for the Kings at age 19.
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