SB Nation released a project today where six of their basketball writers ranked who will be the top 100 players in the NBA in 2017, four years from now.
Kevin Durant comes in at number one as they believe he will finally surpass LeBron James by this point.
I definitely agree with this as LeBron will really be getting up there in age while Durant should still be in his prime in 2017. KD may even surpass LeBron a year or two before.
LeBron is still ranked second overall and then the list gets interesting. They have Andre Drummond third and then another Thunder player fourth in Russell Westbrook.
Isn’t it crazy how highly people think of Westbrook despite all of the criticism he also receives? I mean, imagine if he didn’t do those things that make you scratch your head every now and then. Would we consider him the best player in the league?
Interesting to note is James Harden comes in 9th overall even though he is a year younger than Westbrook.
In between Westbrook and Harden, are four No. 1 overall picks (3 past, and 1 future). Fifth is Derrick Rose, followed by Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis and Andrew Wiggins.
The next Thunder player appears at No. 19 where Serge Ibaka is slated, right behind Jonas Valanciunas and ahead of John Wall.
The Thunder are the only team with four players in the top 50, as Jeremy Lamb comes in at No. 50. Lamb is notably ahead of Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and Tony Parker.
So basically, despite the Harden trade, the Thunder still have what looks like the brightest future in the NBA.
But these rankings don’t mean much and how we feel about the top 100 players in the league four years from now, will certainly look much differently than this list does.