ESPN has released their top 100 players recently, which 11-50 came out on Wednesday morning.
For the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson landed at 75, Tyler Herro landed at 59, and Goran Dragic landed at 58.
Those can be debated either way, but the main rankings that people were looking for were where Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo would land.
Well, Jimmy Butler ended up at 12, while Bam Adebayo followed right behind at 13.
Jayson Tatum was at 11 right above each of them, which is questionable after Miami dominated in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Joel Embiid came in at 14, which means that Bam Adebayo will be ranked as the 2nd best Center, only behind Nikola Jokic.
It’s hard to truly break down a list like this, since it is just plainly all over the place, which is expected since it isn’t easy to make these type of lists.
But seeing a guy like Zion Williamson be ranked at number 19 over players like Paul George, Bradley Beal, and many others just doesn’t feel right.
But back to the Miami Heat, it’s great to see Bam Adebayo getting the credit that he deserves. But seeing him at 13 and Zion at 19 makes me think they’re projecting forward, which makes sense.
Jimmy Butler being behind Jayson Tatum can be debated, but other than that it’s a decent ranking for Miami.
After seeing 11-50, that means 1-10 will consist of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Steph Curry, Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard, and Luka Doncic.
And by the way, if you asked Jimmy about the rankings, his answer would probably be that Bam Adebayo should be way higher than him. And that right there is why this team had so much success.