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Thread: SI Top 100 for 2015- JV, Amir, DD & Lowry all make the list

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    Default SI Top 100 for 2015- JV, Amir, DD & Lowry all make the list

    SI came out with the Top 100 players for 2015
    JV- #80
    Amir- #71
    Derozan- #61
    Lowry- #30

    ranking justified? Lowry got the respect he's earned but Derozan at #61!?
    http://www.si.com/nba/2014/top-100-n...yers-2015-list

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    I think the reason why DD gets so much 'hate' is because he's had a sub par career prior to last year. He was basically average and below average on defense. He was a hard worker but it never showed. Last season he proved people wrong but I suspect most pundits are going to want to see whether that is sustainable.

    I don't suspect DD will take a step back in his production.. and playing in the World Cup with the US squad has to help. If Toronto keeps its winning ways, DD is going to get recognized. But right now I could see why guys like Joe Johnson or Klay Thompson are ranked higher then him.

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    Well these lists are just for fun. It's best not to get critical of where they're placing guys.

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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    I think the reason why DD gets so much 'hate' is because he's had a sub par career prior to last year. He was basically average and below average on defense. He was a hard worker but it never showed. Last season he proved people wrong but I suspect most pundits are going to want to see whether that is sustainable.

    I don't suspect DD will take a step back in his production.. and playing in the World Cup with the US squad has to help. If Toronto keeps its winning ways, DD is going to get recognized. But right now I could see why guys like Joe Johnson or Klay Thompson are ranked higher then him.

    I agree. Derozan really stepped up his game last season, and other than the flashes of brilliance he showed at times during the first 4 years of his career,he brought consistency to the table in his 5th.

    Now, its all about sustainability. Can he have another year of 23,4 and 4? Can he step up defensively, and improve his long range shot? Can he once again shine for the Raptors has their primary scorer?


    This year is as important as any other year has been for Derozan;he has to prove to the world that his all star season was no fluke. Having another all star season would definitely change the public perception of Derozan into that of a great player.

    As a Raptors fan, I would love to see Derozan step up on the defensive end and play less minutes. Theoretically, fewer minutes would allow for him to focus more on the defensive end whilst also making him a more efficient offensive player.
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    The projection of DD at 61 is a firer able offense, I have no clue how with the stats the writer wrote he could place DD at 61. I have no doubt in my mind that he was laughing when he did placed him there.

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    @DeMar_DeRozan: Real disrespectful! #ProveEm


    Dd not happy. Good for us


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    Ryan Anderson is better than DD? Nah.. no way.

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    Quote Chr1s1anL wrote: View Post
    @DeMar_DeRozan: Real disrespectful! #ProveEm


    Dd not happy. Good for us


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    DD has a good chance of making the all-star game again, and if we can get to the second round he'll get the respect.
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    DeRozan at 61 is pretty disrespectful specially if you look at some of the players that are ranked ahead of him on that list.

    Parsons is not a better player than DeRozan, i don't care what anybody say. Ryan Anderson(lol) certainly is not a better player than DD. Gordon Hayward? please. Josh Smith? Roy Hibbert? Paul Pierce? Tyson Chandler? Brook Lopez? LOL. Andre Drummond #37? are you kidding me? i can go on and on.
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    I hope DeMar comes into pre season ready to murder all his opponents and critics. (Figuratively, obviously lol)
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    DeMar at 61 is beyond ridiculous. Name 60 better players then him right now!

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    Quote Mr.Z wrote: View Post
    I hope DeMar comes into pre season ready to murder all his opponents and critics. (Figuratively, obviously lol)
    Maybe he could hire Hands Bro and Steamer and we could have a little literal as well.
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    Quote MACK11 wrote: View Post
    DeMar at 61 is beyond ridiculous. Name 60 better players then him right now!
    Apparently Gordon Hayward ... Barf.
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    Quote 007 wrote: View Post
    Maybe he could hire Hands Bro and Steamer and we could have a little literal as well.
    Yes please
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    I'm excited that 4 of the Raps made the list. The low rank for DD is a bonus (if you think the underdog mentality of this team is a real thing)

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    DD at 61 is blasphemous

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    Rudy Gay at 67 is actually pretty low as well.

    Funny how they put Drummond directly above DeAndre Jordan as well, Jordan is way better at the moment.

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    DeMar at 61 would essentially mean he is roughly 2nd best player on each team throughout the league. I think that is a fair statement.

    For poops and giggles, I'm went through each team to see what players I think are better than DD. I ignored injury history and character as I believe the focus of these types of rankings are talent. Obviously when building a team you wouldn't want to risk it on a shady character or bad knees but at the same time, again, these types of rankings are talent based I believe.... and talent is always in the eye of the beholder. I also ignored rookies because they haven't done jack yet. I also focused on what guys have did in the league at this point in time versus potential.

    Millsap
    Horford
    Rondo
    Johnson
    Lopez
    Jefferson
    Rose
    Noah
    Pau Gasol
    Irving
    James
    Love
    Bosh
    Wade
    Carmelo
    Vucevic
    Lowry
    Wall
    Parsons
    Dirk
    Lawson
    Lee
    Curry
    Howard
    Harden
    Paul
    Griffin
    Jordan
    Kobe
    ZBo
    Marc Gasol
    Conley
    Pekovic
    Davis
    Durant
    Westbrook
    Ibaka
    Dragic
    Bledsoe
    Batum
    Aldridge
    Lillard
    Cousins
    Parker
    Duncan
    Ginobilli
    Leonard



    Toss ups:
    Stephenson
    George (injured)
    MCW
    Beal
    Ellis
    Thompson
    Hayward
    Walker




    So in conclusion, he probably got shortchanged a little but not by much. I don't think he has cracked top 50.
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    Well, to be the second best player on each team, you'd expect a ranking of 45th. 61st is more like the worst second-fiddle in the league. Or the best third-fiddle.

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    Quote DanH wrote: View Post
    Well, to be the second best player on each team, you'd expect a ranking of 45th. 61st is more like the worst second-fiddle in the league. Or the best third-fiddle.
    You're splitting hairs again and you missed the words "roughly" and "throughout".
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