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SI Top 100 NBA Players Conley&Gasol

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According to SI we have two top 25 players in the league....enjoy grizznation

 

 

24. Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

Marc Gasol is shooting more than ever without skimping on the assists, and lighting up the arc without neglecting his duties inside. There’s nothing to stop a player with such a diverse skill set from having it all—save for himself. And at long last, Gasol has taken his offensive game to the meaner, leaner heights he has long been capable of. 

For a center to turn a handful of long two-pointers a game into threes is in itself a noteworthy shift. When that center is making 38.8% of those shots (better than Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, albeit on different sorts of attempts), his range becomes that much more consequential. Gasol (19.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.6 APG) is a different player than he was a year ago because on top of what he offers as a playmaker from the elbow and as a captain of the defense, he’s now one of the most prolific three-point shooting centers in a league that relies on them. The entire structure of the offense changes when a high screener and dribble hand-off initiator like Gasol can begin each play from beyond the three-point line. Stretching even those few feet beyond the arc eats meaningfully into an opponent’s room for error.

That's what makes Gasol so punishing. Other bigs just don’t have an answer for the fact that Gasol can move fluidly from the three-point line into a spin move hook shot in the space of two dribbles. There’s no need for a deliberate backdown when the defender never even has a chance to set his feet—especially when it’s hard enough as it is to actually bother the shot of a mobile seven-footer. Gasol’s defense is still there, albeit not quite at Defensive Player of the Year levels. Changes in shot distribution have led him to a six-year high in Effective Field Goal Percentage. Gasol—a team-first player, through and through—simply feels the freedom now to take what he wants. His team does nothing but benefit. — RM

 

18. Mike Conley, Grizzlies

David Fizdale sold Conley on a vision. Memphis had centered itself over the years through Conley’s careful stewardship—his even keel a defining force of a balanced offense. As Fizdale saw it, what the Grizz needed was greater abandon. Grinding out games as usual was an option, though it left Memphis particularly vulnerable to the NBA’s emerging arms race. A low-variance, post-heavy style could only get the team so far in a league dominated by dynamic scoring guards. Fortunately, the Grizzlies had just that sort of guard hiding in plain sight. It took some coaxing, but Conley upped his usage to a career-high 26.3% (higher than Kyle Lowry and Derrick Rose) in a revelatory season. For the first time in his basketball life, Conley came off of screens firing. His scoring leapt from 15.3 points per game to 20.5. He made 39% of his pull-up three-pointers and 40.8% of his three-pointers overall. Chipping away at Conley’s inhibitions even unleashed him into the isolation game, where the speedy point guard took Fizdale’s directives to heart. 

 

That Conley’s performance extended to a monster playoff series against San Antonio only reinforces the strength of his season. A solid defender and floor general is now a 20-point scorer posting the highest True Shooting Percentage of his career. It’s hard to imagine Conley, soon to be 30, improving on that kind of performance moving forward. Some regression to the mean could be in order. Nevertheless, Conley has pushed his way into a different tier of point guards, making contemporaries of stars like Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, and Kyrie Irving. This is where Conley lives now, and the stature his play demands. — RM

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Marc and Mike ARE top 25.

Glad to see it confirmed by the ESPN list

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I might be wrong but I don't see espn affording conley as much love. he will probably be 26 or worse. He and Gasol will most likely be 26 and 27.

edit: they came in at 29 and 23. There is no universe were lowry is better than mike and the playoffs prove that every year. I think espn thought by lowering kyrie that they were being fashionable, but they look stupid.

it's hilarious because kyrie is way better than lowry and neither one plays defense, but at least kyrie is good in the playoffs on offense.

And again marc is underrated.

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Dwash    0
4 hours ago, ItIsWhatItIs said:

Do we have anybody else in the top 150?

Nobody else in the top 150 for 30 teams means no one else on the team should be starting in the NBA.

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3 hours ago, Dwash said:

Nobody else in the top 150 for 30 teams means no one else on the team should be starting in the NBA.

LOL

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On ‎9‎/‎14‎/‎2017 at 0:38 PM, Kevin B Moses said:

I might be wrong but I don't see espn affording conley as much love. he will probably be 26 or worse. He and Gasol will most likely be 26 and 27.

edit: they came in at 29 and 23. There is no universe were lowry is better than mike and the playoffs prove that every year. I think espn thought by lowering kyrie that they were being fashionable, but they look stupid.

it's hilarious because kyrie is way better than lowry and neither one plays defense, but at least kyrie is good in the playoffs on offense.

And again marc is underrated.

Hell I've been saying that since 2007.

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