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NBA Moving Average Relevance Ranking (MARR) – April 12

I think explaining the exact methodology is not that important, but I can tell you I am keeping two spreadsheets that constantly take rankings of players (from internet forums and other sources) with a constant updating of the spreadsheet to arrive at an idea of the top players in the league. Basically, every week or so I will just post my Moving Average Ranking. The idea is I will keep this spreadsheet for many years and we can see the shift of players taking over older players. Right now I’ll give you my top 30 overall, in response to the recent ESPN #NBArank, then the top 10 for each position:

Top 30 Overall

  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Chris Paul
  4. Kobe Bryant
  5. Carmelo Anthony
  6. James Harden
  7. Dwyane Wade
  8. Russell Westbrook
  9. Tony Parker
  10. Tim Duncan
  11. Kyrie Irving
  12. Dwight Howard
  13. Blake Griffin
  14. Stephen Curry
  15. Rajon Rondo
  16. Paul George
  17. LaMarcus Aldridge
  18. Kevin Love
  19. Dirk Nowitzki
  20. Marc Gasol
  21. Derrick Rose
  22. Deron Williams
  23. Jrue Holiday
  24. Chris Bosh
  25. John Wall
  26. David Lee
  27. Joakim Noah
  28. Zach Randolph
  29. Paul Pierce
  30. Brook Lopez

Top 10 PG

  1. Chris Paul
  2. Russell Westbrook
  3. Rajon Rondo
  4. Tony Parker
  5. Derrick Rose
  6. Kyrie Irving
  7. Deron Williams
  8. Stephen Curry
  9. Jrue Holiday
  10. Damian Lillard

Top 10 SG

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. James Harden
  3. Dwyane Wade
  4. OJ Mayo
  5. Andre Iguodala
  6. Manu Ginobili
  7. Monta Ellis
  8. Joe Johnson
  9. Jamal Crawford
  10. Klay Thompson

Top 10 SF

  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Carmelo Anthony
  4. Paul George
  5. Paul Pierce
  6. Luol Deng
  7. Nicolas Batum
  8. Rudy Gay
  9. Andrei Kirilenko
  10. Danilo Gallinari

Top 10 PF

  1. Tim Duncan
  2. Kevin Love
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge
  4. Blake Griffin
  5. Zach Randolph
  6. David Lee
  7. Dirk Nowitzki
  8. Chris Bosh
  9. Josh Smith
  10. Kevin Garnett

Top 10 C

  1. Dwight Howard
  2. Marc Gasol
  3. Joakim Noah
  4. Tyson Chandler
  5. Brook Lopez
  6. Al Horford
  7. Al Jefferson
  8. Anderson Varejao
  9. DeMarcus Cousins
  10. Greg Monroe

The idea is just the simple reality that the NBA is just the greatest TV show on earth. We have our characters (the players), a plot (trying to win championships), and just a shit-ton of great mini sub-plots. Then there are so many different places and ways to discuss the NBA after you’re done watching a game. Discussing a player’s game development is really no different from analyzing a TV character’s development. It’s really no different from people talking about Survivor.

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