NBA odds today. Renowned American media outlet ESPN has unveiled its list of the top 100 players for the upcoming season, following the earlier announcement of ranks 11 through 100, now revealing the top 10.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, who faced an early exit in the previous season, secured the top spot, while Nikola Jokic, who led the Nuggets to their first-ever championship, landed at 2nd place. Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic followed in 3rd and 4th place, respectively.
Stephen Curry ranked 5th, and Kevin Durant secured the 7th spot. LeBron James and Anthony Davis were placed at 9th and 10th, respectively, making the Lakers the only team with 2 players in the top 10. Meanwhile, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made a significant leap of 40 spots to claim the 8th position.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (previously 1st)
- Nikola Jokic (previously 2nd)
- Joel Embiid (previously 4th)
- Luka Doncic (previously 3rd)
- Stephen Curry (previously 5th)
- Jayson Tatum (previously 7th)
- Kevin Durant (previously 8th)
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (previously 48th)
- LeBron James (previously 6th)
- Anthony Davis (previously 20th)
Giannis Prevails Over Jokic to Secure the Top Spot
Giannis averaged a remarkable 31.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game in the regular season, leading the Bucks to clinch the top seed. However, an injury during the playoffs sidelined him for several games, and upon his return, he couldn’t stop Jimmy Butler’s Heat from staging an unexpected comeback, ultimately resulting in a surprising 4-1 first-round exit.
Despite this, ESPN placed Giannis at the top spot, raising some controversies as he surpassed the champion Jokic.Jokic’s regular-season performance last year was nothing short of extraordinary, narrowly missing out on averaging a triple-double with just 0.2 assists. He led the Nuggets to the top seed in the Western Conference.
In the playoffs, he was only 0.5 assists away from averaging 30+ points and a triple-double, leading the Nuggets to their historic championship victory and securing the unanimous FMVP vote. Jokic seems to be gradually entering his prime, yet ESPN ranked him second in the list of the top 100 players.
At 35 years old, Curry’s regular-season performance remained outstanding, with an average of 29.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 0.9 steals per game. He was also named in the All-NBA Second Team.
However, the Warriors fell short in the Western Conference Semifinals, failing to defend their title, mainly due to poor performances from teammates such as Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins. Curry was placed fifth, with six Warriors players making it to the top 100, including Thompson (41st), Wiggins (54th), Green (55th), Paul (76th), and Looney (88th).
NBA odds today : LeBron James
LeBron James, at 38, maintained his competitive edge, averaging nearly 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists per game in the previous season. He led the Lakers in a stunning comeback journey, overcoming almost insurmountable odds to reach the Western Conference Finals, only to be defeated 4-0 by the eventual champions, the Nuggets. His ranking slipped from sixth to ninth this year, while Anthony Davis climbed from 20th to 10th place.
Plummeting Rankings of Several Players Spark Controversy
Giannis’ triumph over Jokic sparked controversy, while Kawhi Leonard was ranked only 24th, and Donovan Mitchell dropped from 9th to 35th place. Kyrie Irving, who landed at 34th place, voiced his discontent, and James Harden slipped 32 spots to 43rd place. Additionally, Chris Paul was ranked only 76th, and Russell Westbrook at 94th.