OKC Thunder: Why Chris Paul’s 40th rank on ESPN list is too low

Chris Paul #3 of the OKC Thunder dribbles the ball. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Chris Paul #3 of the OKC Thunder dribbles the ball. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Harden 32nd and Durant 14th:

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Two former OKC Thunder players also landed on the 40th – 11th ranking list. James Harden was ranked 32nd and Kevin Durant nabbed the 14th position.

Harden is hurt by not winning the title and never getting his Rockets to the Finals. Durant no doubt gets the cautious 14th placement since there is uncertainty about how he’ll play when he returns from the Achilles injury. Assuming he returns with a similar ability he has a great shot of moving into the top 10 list.

In closing:

ESPN released the top 10 list today with no major surprises. Those ten counting backward are Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Tim DuncanLarry Bird, Wilt ChamberlainMagic Johnson, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-JabbarLeBron James, and the GOAT – Michael Jordan.

Of note, this morning ESPN also posted an article debating the list with specific questions and at least one pundit (Andrew Lopez) agreed with me that Chris Paul is ranked too low. What are your thoughts on the ESPN ranking? Should Paul, Durant, Harden, or Westbrook rank higher? Which of these players do you think will move up (or down) the list?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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