NBA Player Rankings

For its 12th season, NBA Player Rankings is returning to rank the league’s top players. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, and Nikola Jokic are all MVP possibilities. Where are they? What about NBA rookies and rising stars who are poised to join the elite group of players?

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The following player pairings were put to the poll to determine the NBArank forecast: LeBron vs. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry vs. Ja Morant, Luka vs. Jayson Tatum, and more.

Which player will be superior in 2022–2023, we queried? Voters were required to state their expectations for each player during the season.

Let’s begin by going over our rankings of players from 100 to 26.

Note: For the 2022–23 season only, ESPN’s NBArank panel of more than 200 reporters, editors, producers, and analysts were asked to rank players based on their projected contributions—both in terms of quality and quantity.

1. Bogdan Bogdanovic

Atlanta Hawks | SG

2021 NBArank: No. 67

Why he might do better than his ranking in 2022–2023: With Dejounte Murray joining the team, Bogdanovic is likely to play the role of a reserve for Atlanta, one in which he excelled last season. In 29.4 minutes per game, while making 27 starts, he averaged 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. He played 29.3 minutes per game in 36 games off the bench, averaging 17 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while improving in all shooting splits. A jump could be implied by a more defined role.

Andrea Lopez

2. Grant Williams

Boston Celtics | PF

2021 NBArank: NR

Swing ability: Williams’ 3-point shooting volume and percentage have progressively increased each season, peaking at 3.4 tries per game and 41.1% last year. In particular, with newcomer Danilo Gallinari likely out for the season with a broken ACL, Boston wants him to build on previous performances.

Timothy Bontemps

3. Mitchell Robinson | NBA Player Rankings

New York Knicks | C

2021 NBArank: 93

One major concern for 2022–2023 is how much Jalen Brunson’s addition will benefit Robinson. Robinson, one of the best lob finishers in the league, didn’t have a strong setup play in the previous season. Enter Brunson, who according to Second Spectrum analytics completed 61 more passes that resulted in dunks last season than any other New York starter.

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4. Kevin Love

Cleveland Cavaliers | PF

2021 NBArank: NR

Why he could outperform his rating in 2022–23: Love learned how to shine in his role with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving when the Cavaliers were making NBA Finals appearances an annual rite of passage. As the captain of the bench squad behind Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, and the rest of the Cleveland team, he might prove to be of enormous value.

David McMenamin

5. Seth Curry | NBA Player Rankings

Brooklyn Nets | SG

2021 NBArank: No. 88

Curry can shoot the ball like nobody’s business and should be able to spread the floor with Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant. Curry, who the Nets acquired from the 76ers last season, hit 46.8% from beyond the arc in 19 games and has a career field goal percentage of 43.9%. The Nets’ offense has a chance to be explosive with Curry and Joe Harris playing alongside their three stars.

Nicholas Friedell

6. Keegan Murray

Sacramento Kings | PF

2021 NBArank: NR

Why he might do better than his ranking in 2022–2023: After dominating college basketball in scoring and winning MVP at the summer league in Las Vegas, Murray looks primed to make an immediate impact in the NBA and is currently second only to Orlando’s Paolo Banchero in the race for Rookie of the Year honors. He will assume an enormous responsibility for the Kings right away, and his performance will be crucial to Sacramento’s ability to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Givony, Jonathan

7. Brandon Clarke | NBA Player Rankings

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Memphis Grizzlies | PF

2021 NBArank: NR

Swing ability: Clarke has become one of the league’s most effective and explosive pick-and-roll finishers thanks to his 40.5-inch vertical and superb hands. Last season, he was a third-place roll man out of 45 players with at least 100 opportunities, averaging 1.41 points per possession.

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8. D’Angelo Russell

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Minnesota Timberwolves | PG

2021 NBArank: 63

Nov. 30 at. Grizzlies is one game to watch. Minnesota has the chance to showcase the potential of its retooled team in a rematch of the first-round series from the previous season. Russell averaged a career-high in assists last year, but he still needs to demonstrate that he can manage an offense that also features Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

James Collier

9. Christian Wood

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Dallas Mavericks | C

2021 NBArank: No. 60

Wood, who played for the struggling Rockets over the past two seasons and averaged 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, now gets the chance to show that he can help a successful club. As he approaches his contract year, Wood will likely find it difficult to accept his place as the Mavs’ sixth man.

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10. Anfernee Simons

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Portland Trail Blazers | SG

2021 NBArank: NR

Simons finally had a chance to prove himself last season, averaging a career-high 17.3 points as Damian Lillard missed 53 games and CJ McCollum and Norm Powell were traded away. This is why he could outperform his rating in 2022–2023. Simons exploded in January, scoring 23.1 points and dishing out 6.7 assists per contest.

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