This week on Around on the NBA, I have put together a positional ranking of all the players left in the playoffs. (Yes that is everyone minus the recently swept Knicks, so no Carmelo or Amare below.) This is not a “Player Rater,” “Hollinger Rater,” or anything based off of stats. It is a far more simple, yet debatable system, where I look at the players and slot them 1-10 on which player I would rather have on my team. These rankings combine both the regular season and early playoff performances.
Chris Paul is fresh of a triple-double and a second win over the highly favored Lakers. You might be able to make an argument that he is the best point guard in basketball once again, but there is no way I’m ignoring the entire season Derrick Rose put together. Brandon Roy was a tough guy to rank. He’s typically a shooting guard, but his new role in Portland has been back up point guard, and after Game 2 were he barely played, he has been a huge spark for the Blazers. Young guys like Jrue Holiday and Mike Conley just missed the cut as did Kirk Hinrich.
The top 4 SGs on this list have combined for 10 titles. I think Wade has passed Bryant, but it is still close. Neither Kobe nor Manu are playing at 100%, but they are still better options than almost everyone else in the league. Interesting to note that 3 of the Top 10 shooting guards don’t start for their teams (Terry, Crawford, and Harden) all provide scoring punch off the bench.
Call me crazy, but I still think Shawn Marion has something left in the tank. He just had 12 points 11 rebounds in Dallas’ last game. I know he’s not the 20-10 Matrix from the Suns, but compared to the rest of the Small Forwards still in the playoffs, he’s in my Top 10.
Lots of talent at the Power Forward position, it seems as though every team has an All-Star at the position. I know Pau, KG, and Duncan (who is a border line Center) have the Championship Rings but I think Dirk is still the best, he just has the least to work with.
Ten big nasty guys right here. Dwight Howard is head and shoulder above the competition at the Center spot. The rest of the them are not exactly scorers, their job is more to irritate (Noah), and head the defense (Camby, Chandler, Perk).
Trail Blazers: 6 (wow)
Grizzlies: 2 (Conley was close, and Rudy Gay would have been in)