The Crossover's Top 100 NBA Players of 2018

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The Crossover is proud to offer our list of the Top 100 NBA players of 2018, an exhaustive exercise that seeks to define who will be the league's best players in the 2017-18 season.

Given the wide variety of candidates involved and the deep analytical resources available, no single, definitive criterion was used to form this list. Instead, rankings were assigned based on a fluid combination of subjective assessment and objective data. This list is an attempt to evaluate each player in a vacuum, independent of their current team context as much as possible. A player's prospects beyond the 2017-18 season did not play a part in the ranking process.

Injuries and injury risks are an inevitable component of this judgment. Past performance (postseason included) weighed heavily in our assessment, with a skew toward the recent. First-year players were not included. A predictive element also came into play with the anticipated improvement of certain younger players, as well as the possible decline of aging veterans. Salary was not taken into consideration. Otherwise, players were ordered based on their complete games. You can read more here on the limitations of this kind of ranking. To see our 25 biggest snubs from this year, click here.

Please feel free to take a look back to SI.com’s Top 100 Players of 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. A special thanks, as always, to those resources that make researching a list like this possible: Basketball-Reference, NBA.com, ESPN.com, Nylon Calculus, and Synergy Sports.

• Complete Top 100 breakdowns: 100-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1

100. D’Angelo Russell, Nets 

99. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lakers

98. Patrick Patterson, Thunder

97. Ryan Anderson, Rockets

96. Elfrid Payton, Magic

95. Taj Gibson, Wolves

94. Julius Randle, Lakers

​93. Lou Williams, Clippers

92. Patty Mills, Spurs

91. James Johnson, Heat

90. Patrick Beverley, Clippers


89. Nikola Vucevic, Magic

88. Marvin Williams, Hornets

87. Rodney Hood, Jazz

86. Nerlens Noel, Mavs

85. Robin Lopez, Bulls

84. Wilson Chandler, Nuggets

83. Eric Gordon, Rockets

82. Robert Covington, 76ers

​81. Tobias Harris, Pistons

80. Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors


79. Markieff Morris, Wizards

78. Reggie Jackson, Pistons

77. Victor Oladipo, Pacers

76. Dennis Schroder, Hawks

75. Danny Green, Spurs

74. Dwyane Wade, Bulls

73. Dwight Howard, Hornets

72. Greg Monroe, Bucks

71. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs

70. Cody Zeller, Hornets


69. Jusuf Nurkic, Blazers

68. Myles Turner, Pacers

67. Derrick Favors, Jazz

66. Marcin Gortat, Wizards

65. Pau Gasol, Spurs

64. Devin Booker, Suns

63. George Hill, Kings

62. Trevor Ariza, Rockets

61. Ricky Rubio, Jazz

60. Jrue Holiday, Pelicans


59. J.J. Redick, 76ers

58. Clint Capela, Rockets

57. Gary Harris, Nugets

56. Serge Ibaka, Raptors

55. Jeff Teague, Wolves

54. Avery Bradley, Pistons

53. Otto Porter Jr., Wizards

52. Tristan Thompson, Cavs

51. Andre Drummond, Pistons

50. Andrew Wiggins, Wolves


49. Harrison Barnes, Mavs

48. Nicolas Batum, Hornets

47. Steven Adams, Thunder

46. Andre Iguodala, Warriors

45. Brook Lopez, Lakers

44. Jae Crowder, Cavs

43. Goran Dragic, Heat

42. Danilo Gallinari, Clippers

41. Joel Embiid, 76ers

40. Isaiah Thomas, Cavs


39. C.J. McCollum, Blazers

38. Eric Bledsoe, Suns

37. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

36. DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

35. Khris Middleton, Bucks

34. Hassan Whiteside, Heat

33. Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks

32. Bradley Beal, Wizards

31. LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs

30. Al Horford, Celtics


29. Kemba Walker, Hornets

28. DeAndre Jordan, Clippers

27. Paul Millsap, Nuggets

26. Kevin Love, Cavaliers

25. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

24. Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

23. DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans

22. Blake Griffin, Clippers

21. Kyrie Irving, Cavs

20. Klay Thompson, Warriors


19. Kyle Lowry, Raptors

18. Mike Conley, Grizzlies

17. Damian Lillard, Blazers

16. Gordon Hayward, Celtics

15. Rudy Gobert, Jazz

14. Karl-Anthony Towns, Wolves

13. John Wall, Wizards

12. Paul George, Thunder

11. Jimmy Butler, Wolves


10. Draymond Green, Warriors

9. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

8. Anthony Davis, Pelicans

7. Chris Paul, Rockets

6. Russell Westbrook, Thunder

5. James Harden, Rockets

4. Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

3. Stephen Curry, Warriors

2. Kevin Durant, Warriors

1. LeBron James, Cavaliers

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