The 2019 NBA Trade Value Rankings 2.0: Pre-Trade-Deadline Edition

Welcome back to Bill Simmons’s definitive ranking of NBA assets. Before the league goes nuts, let’s look at the state of play.

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Remember when I promised a mega-piece about every Top-55 player for Trade Value 2.0: Bigger, Stronger, Faster? Well, that’s coming. Just not this month. Next month? YES!!! Just not this month. (Don’t worry, everyone’s getting a full refund.) In the interim, we wanted to post a second Trade Value list before Thursday’s hopefully action-packed trade deadline, also known as “Everyone Has To Pretend That AD Wasn’t Headed To The Lakers All Along For The Past Four Months And That LeBron Isn’t Actually Running The League” Day.

Some scattered thoughts about my pre-deadline rankings …

• James Harden vaulted from 11th to third. When you average 42-8-8 for one-third of the season, become the league’s most unstoppable offensive force since Shaq, throw up 61 at MSG on something of an off night, and popularize a frightening trend called “unassisted field goals” that sounds like a Sloan Conference panel gone wrong, the least we can do is bump you into the top three. Basketball: once the ultimate team sport, now a place in which five randomly selected guys wearing the same uniform no longer have to interact in any meaningful way. James, I’m gonna stand over here… if you get double-teamed, lemme know, I’ll probably be open. It’s like a more efficient, nerdier, less social, secretly more horrifying version of Westbrook’s polarizing MVP season. Not since late-’80s Jordan has there been a more reliable one-man offense than Unassisted Harden. Is it OK if I kinda hate watching it? Or should we be relieved that we finally stumbled into an offense that makes Austin Rivers something of an asset? Regardless, give me Jokic and the unselfish Nuggets every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

• Speaking of the Joker, he climbs to no. 7 as a bona fide MVP candidate and the spiritual son of Walton and Sabonis. Not to overstate the moment, but I built the entire epilogue of my 704-page basketball book around Walton’s transcendent talents—most of all, his unselfishness and his brilliant passing, which I just assumed we’d never see again from anyone taller than 6-foot-8. Wrong. God bless the Joker. Please, NBA Gods, keep him healthy. I beg you.

• Anthony Davis dropped from no. 2 to no. 4 because he signed a max contract in 2015, cashed the checks for three and a half years, then demanded a trade to the Lakers with 18 months remaining because he wanted to compete for titles for his legacy or something … or because Rich Paul promised him a part in Space Jam 2 … or both. When the league freaked out and pointed out that, you know, you can’t just demand to be traded to a specific team (it’s illegal), that’s when Davis expanded his phony list of destinations to the Knicks, Bucks, and Clippers, three teams who have won a combined zero titles since 1974. So much for legacy. He’s heading to the Lakers.

What should Davis have done? I would have voted for this strategy: “I’m leaving the Pelicans in the summer of 2020. If they want to deal me now to maximize my value, great. If not, I’m going to keep busting my ass for them.” I would not have OK’d this strategy: “Get Rich to leak my trade request to Woj early Monday morning so I can start an all-week news cycle, weaken New Orleans’s leverage, and take a dump on Pelicans fans.”

Classy! I keep reading how players have taken control of the league from owners—like it’s a good thing to just have All-Stars repeatedly bailing on their franchises like they’re canceling an OpenTable reservation. There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. I laughed during Dallas’s press conference this week when Mark Cuban vowed to keep Porzingis and Doncic together for the next 20 years. Twenty months would be great; five years would be a borderline miracle. This isn’t the Player Empowerment Decade; it’s the Swipe-Right Decade. Hey, at least we haven’t even remotely fixed tanking yet.

• On a positive note, the Brooklyn Nets crawled through 500 yards of shit-smelling foulness the likes of which you can’t imagine and came out clean on the other side. They landed two players in the Top 55 (D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert) and another in Honorable Mention (Spencer Dinwiddie). Even more shocking, three Sacramento Kings made the top 30: Buddy “The League Has Swung In My Favor” Hield, Marvin “I Know I’m Not Luka, But Don’t Hold This Against Me” Bagley III, and the eternally delightful De’Aaron Fox, who jumped into the top 15 as one of the ultimate just-plain-fun-to-play-with guys. I love watching the Kings, even as they’re pulling off crazy wins and annihilating the value of that 2019 pick that Boston gets. (Thinking.) You’re right. I hate this. Fuck.

• Your 2018 draft shakeup: Luka slips slightly to no. 6, then Jaren Jackson Jr., Bagley, Ayton, Carter, Knox, Gilgeous-Alexander and Young crack the Top 55 in that order. Seriously, poor Sacramento whiffing on a generational talent could have been soooooooooo much worse. I really, really, really like Bagley. And how weird is it that Sacramento, Oklahoma City, and Brooklyn are the only three teams whose players genuinely, unequivocally like playing with one another this season? That’s only 10 percent of the league, unless you count the Stockholm Syndrome Rockets. What a bizarre season.

• I jettisoned nine players from Honorable Mention, including John Wall, who has a better chance of winning the 2020 Democratic nomination than cracking another Trade Value list. On the bright side, I promoted Blake Griffin into the top 50 because he’s playing his ass off for a memorably mediocre Pistons team. Should every Stan Van Gundy appearance on ESPN begin with him profusely apologizing to Blake? I say yes. Blake’s prime is getting thrown through a plateglass window. Can someone else trade for him please? Phoenix? Miami? Anyone?

• Three guys jumped from Not Even Honorable Mention to the Top 55: John Collins (a consistent 20-and-10 who’s sabotaging Atlanta’s Tankapalooza 2019 plans), Jusuf Nurkic (double-doubles, rim protection and a splendid contract), and Russell (a Brooklyn All-Star only because the Lakers once needed to dump Timofey Mozgov’s contract). If you’re scoring at home, the NBA’s two biggest markets are so poorly run that they dumped FORMER TOP-FOUR LOTTERY PICKS (Russell and Kristaps Porzingis) just to extricate themselves from regrettable contracts, and yet every superstar free-agent-to-be reportedly wants to sign with those two franchises this summer. Good luck. Seriously, good luck.

• I bumped Paul George from 27th to 11th because he’s been the league’s best two-way player, as well as my third-place MVP vote if the season ended today. More importantly, he’s given me a go-to response every time my father texts or FaceTimes me to complain about Gordon Hayward.

Dad, I know he’s 0-for-6 again … and I know he looks terrified in a big game again … and I know this is probably the worst performance by anyone making more than $25 million a year in NBA history … but remember … (wait for it) … IT TOOK PAUL GEORGE TIME TO GET HIS CONFIDENCE BACK TOO!

• I dropped Mike Conley Jr. and Marc Gasol from the Top 55 because Memphis has been aggressively shopping them. I dropped Jaylen Brown even though he’s been playing better lately. (Shhhhh.) I dropped Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris because they can sign anywhere in July. I dropped Collin Sexton because the stink of this Cavs season is seeping into his clothes. I dropped Jimmy Butler because, well, he’s a dick.

• Next month, we’re adding The Rights To Zion Williamson and The Rights To Ja Morant to this list. You’ve been warned.

Without further ado …

For version 1.0 of the 2018-19 Trade Value list, click here.

Statistics updated through 2/3/19

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Salaries matter. Would you rather pay De'Aaron Fox $5.5 million a year or Russell Westbrook $35.7 million?

Age matters. Would you rather have Fox for the next 15 seasons or Russ for the next five?

Contract length matters. These days, 18-20 GMs have their owner convinced that every major free agent is signing with them next summer. “WE NEED CAP SPACE!!! He’s coming!” (Note: He’s probably not coming.)

Pretend the league passed the following rule: For 24 hours, any player can be traded without cap ramifications, but with luxury-tax and next-day-cap ramifications. If Team A tells Team B, “We’ll trade you Player X for Player Y,” would Team B do it?

Concentrate on degrees. For instance, a Simmons-Doncic swap ain’t happening for either side, but Philly would at least say, “Wow, Luka’s available?” That counts in the big scheme of things.

This list runs in reverse order. If Donovan Mitchell is no. 20, then players 1 through 19 are all players about whom Utah’s braintrust would either say, “We hate giving up Donovan, but let’s have a meeting ASAP,” or, “Done! Call this deal in!” And Utah wouldn’t trade him straight-up for any player listed between nos. 21 and 55.

The 2019 NBA Trade Value Rankings 2.0: Pre-Trade-Deadline Edition

Statistics updated through 2/3/19

Honorable Mention

OUT: John Wall, Jeff Green, Dillon Brooks, MarShon Brooks, Josh Jackson, Josh Hart, OG Anunoby, Aaron Holiday, Zach LaVine

STILL HONORABLE MENTION: Kevin Love, Miles Bridges, Mikal Bridges, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Joe Ingles, Chris Paul, Al Horford, Dennis Smith Jr., Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic, Mo Bamba, Brad Stevens, Josh Richardson, Kyle Kuzma, Danilo Gallinari

NEW HONORABLE MENTION ADDS: Jerami Grant, Malcolm Brogdon, DeMarcus Cousins, Spencer Dinwiddie

DEMOTED TO HONORABLE MENTION: Tobias Harris (55 last update), Khris Middleton (54), Jimmy Butler (53), Collin Sexton (51), Jaylen Brown (44), Mike Conley Jr. (38), Marc Gasol (37)

And here’s the Top 55.

Group m “You Realize He’s a Free Agent Next Summer, Right?”

55
Was HM
55
Was HM
LaMarcus Aldridge
Age 33 (thirteenth season)
Honors All-NBA (2x second, 3x third), All-Star (6x)
'14-'15 23-10-2 / 47-35-85% / 22.8 PER / 8.6 WS (best)
’17-’18 23-9-2 / 51-29-84% / 25 PER / 10.9 WS
’18-’19 21-9-3 / 52-21-85% / 23.0 PER / 6.0 WS
Ceiling Reached it
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $22.3m

'19-'20: $26m

'20-'21: $24m

15% trade kicker

LaMarcus Aldridge LaMarcus Aldridge
54
Was NR
54
Was NR
D'Angelo Russell
Age 22 (fourth season)
'16-'17 16-4-5 / 41-35-78% / 15.3 PER / 1.3 WS (best)
’17-’18 16-4-5 / 41-32-74 / 15.2 PER / 0.4 WS
’18-’19 20-4-6 / 44-37-82% / 19.1 PER / 3.3 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $7m

2019 restricted free agent

D'Angelo Russell D'Angelo Russell

Group l “We Can’t Trade Him; People Will Realize We Have No Clue What We’re Doing”

53
Was 43
53
Was 43
Lonzo Ball
Age 21 (second season)
’17-’18 10-7-7 / 36-31-45% / 12.5 PER / 2.0 WS (best)
’18-’19 10-5-5 / 41-33-42% / 12.0 PER / 1.9 WS
Ceiling Third-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $7.5m

'19-'20: $8.7m

'20-'21: $11m

2020-21 team option / 2021 restricted free agent

Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball
52
Was HM
52
Was HM
Justise Winslow
Age 22 (fourth season)
’17-’18 8-5-2 / 42-38-64% / 11.5 PER / 2.6 WS (best)
’18-’19 12-5-4 / 44-39-66% / 12.7 PER / 1.9 WS
Ceiling Playoff starter
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $3.4m

'19-'20: $13m

'20-'21: $13m

'21-'22: $13m

2020-21 team option

Justise Winslow Justise Winslow
51
Was NR
51
Was NR
Jusuf Nurkic
Age 24 (fifth season)
’17-’18 14-9-2 / 51-0-63% / 19.2 PER / 3.9 WS (best)
’18-’19 15-10-3 / 50-12-75% / 23.3 PER / 5.4 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $11.1m

'19-'20: $12m

'20-'21: $12.9m

'21-'22: $12m

Jusuf Nurkic Jusuf Nurkic
50
50
Caris LeVert
Age 24 (third season)
’17-’18 12-4-4 / 44-35-71% / 14.3 PER / 2.3 WS (best)
’18-’19 18-4-4 / 48-31-72% / 18.4 PER / 1.0 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $1.7m

'19-'20: $2.6m

2020 restricted free agent

Caris LeVert Caris LeVert
49
Was 33
49
Was 33
Brandon Ingram
Age 21 (third season)
’17-’18 16-5-4 / 47-39-68% / 13.8 PER / 2.8 WS (best)
’18-’19 17-5-3 / 49-29-65% / 12.7 PER / 1.4 WS
Ceiling Third-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $5.8m

'19-'20: $7.3m

2020 restricted free agent

Brandon Ingram Brandon Ingram
48
Was 47
48
Was 47
Trae Young
Age 20 (rookie)
’18-’19 17-3-7 / 41-31-80% / 14.3 PER / 0.7 WS
Ceiling Third-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $5.4m

'19-'20: $6.3m

'20-'21: $6.6m

'21-'22: $8.3m

2020-21, 2021-22 team options / 2022 restricted free agent

Trae Young Trae Young

Group k “Sorry, He’s Worth More to Us Than to You”

47
Was 41
47
Was 41
Kyle Lowry
Age 32 (13th season)
Honors All-Star (4x), All-NBA (1x third)
'15-'16 21-5-6 / 43-39-81% / 22.2 PER / 11.6 WS (best)
’17-’18 16-6-7 / 43-40-85% / 19.5 PER / 10.2 WS
’18-’19 14-5-9 / 41-32-85% / 16.8 PER / 4.2 WS
Ceiling Reached it
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $31m

'19-'20: $33.3m

(Incentives not included)

Kyle Lowry Kyle Lowry
46
Was HM
46
Was HM
Blake Griffin
Age 29 (ninth season)
Honors All-NBA (3x second, 1x third), All-Star (5x), Rookie of the Year (2011)
'13-'14 24-10-4 / 53-27-72% / 23.9 PER / 12.2 WS (best)
’17-’18 21-7-6 / 44-35-70% / 19.6 PER / 4.9 WS
’18-’19 26-8-5 / 47-36-76% / 21.3 PER / 5.5 WS
Ceiling Reached it
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $31.9m

'19-'20: $34.2m

'20-'21: $36.6m

'21-'22: $39m

2020-21 player option

Blake Griffin Blake Griffin
45
Was HM
45
Was HM
Myles Turner
Age 22 (fourth season)
'16-'17 15-7-1 / 51-35-81% / 18.5 PER / 8.0 WS (best)
’17-’18 13-6-1 / 48-36-78% / 16.6 PER / 4.7 WS
’18-’19 13-7-2 / 51-38-71% / 18.2 PER / 4.1 WS
Ceiling Playoff starter
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $3.4m

'19-'20: $17.5m

'20-'21: $17.5m

'21-'22: $17.5m

'22-'23: $17.5m

(Incentives not included)

Myles Turner Myles Turner
44
Was 46
44
Was 46
Domantas Sabonis
Age 22 (third season)
’17-’18 12-8-2 /51-35-75% / 17.5 PER / 4.7 WS (best)
’18-’19 14-9-3 / 60-64-74% / 22.7 PER / 5.6 WS
Ceiling Playoff starter
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $2.7m

'19-'20: $3.6m

2020 restricted free agent

Domantas Sabonis Domantas Sabonis
43
Was 49
43
Was 49
Clint Capela
Age 24 (fifth season)
’17-’18 14-11-1 / 65-0-56% / 24.5 PER / 10.2 WS (best)
’18-’19 18-12-2 / 63-0-63% / 24.5 PER / 6.4 WS
Ceiling Third-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $13.8m

'19-'20: $14.9m

'20-'21: $16m

'21-'22: $17.1m

'22-'23: $18.2m

(Incentives not included)

Clint Capela Clint Capela
42
Was 29
42
Was 29
CJ McCollum
Age 27 (sixth season)
Honors Most Improved Player (2016)
'16-'17 23-4-4 / 48-42-91% / 19.9 PER / 7.6 WS (best)
’17-’18 21-4-3 / 44-40-84% / 17.0 PER / 6.6 WS
’18-’19 21-4-3 / 46-36-83% / 16.8 PER / 3.8 WS
Ceiling Third-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $25.8m

'19-'20: $27.6m

'20-'21: $29.4m

CJ McCollum CJ McCollum
41
Was NR
41
Was NR
John Collins
Age 21 (second season)
’17-’18 11-7-1 / 58-34-72% / 18.3 PER / 5.4 WS (best)
’18-’19 20-10-2 / 59-37-73% / 22.3 PER / 3.7 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $2.3m

'19-'20: $2.7m

'20-'21: $4.1m

2020-21 team option

John Collins John Collins
40
Was 45
40
Was 45
Pascal Siakam
Age 24 (third season)
’17-’18 7-5-2 / 51-22-62% / 14.5 PER / 4.7 WS (best)
’18-’19 15-7-3 / 56-33-80% / 18.3 PER / 6.0 WS
Ceiling Playoff starter
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $1.5m

'19-'20: $2.4m

2020 restricted free agent

Pascal Siakam Pascal Siakam
39
Was 40
39
Was 40
Jrue Holiday
Age 28 (10th season)
Honors All-Star (1x), All-Defensive (1x first)
’17-’18 19-5-6 / 49-34-79% / 17.8 PER / 7.1 WS (best)
’18-’19 21-5-8 / 48-33-76% / 19.4 PER / 4.6 WS
Ceiling Third-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $25.4m

'19-'20: $26.1m

'20-'21: $25.4m

'21-'22: $26.3m

2021-22 player option

Jrue Holiday Jrue Holiday
38
Was 28
38
Was 28
Draymond Green
Age 28 (seventh season)
Honors All-NBA (1x second, 1x third), All-Star (3x), All-Defensive (3x first, 1x second), Defensive Player of the Year (2017)
'15-'16 14-10-7 / 49-39-70% / 19.3 PER / 11.1 WS (best)
’17-’18 11-8-7 / 45-30-78% / 16.1 PER / 6.1 WS
’18-’19 7-8-7 / 41-25-74% / 13.1 PER / 2.4 WS
Ceiling Pantheon Level 1 (Top 100)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $17.5m

'19-'20: $18.5m

Draymond Green Draymond Green
37
Was 39
37
Was 39
DeMar DeRozan
Age 29 (10th season)
Honors All-NBA (1x second, 1x third), All-Star (4x)
'16-'17 27-5-4 / 47-27-84% / 24 PER / 9 WS (best)
’17-’18 23-4-5 / 46-31-83% / 21 PER / 9.6 WS
’18-’19 21-6-6 / 46-17-82% / 18.8 PER / 3.6 WS
Ceiling Reached it
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $27.7m

'19-'20: $27.7m

'20-'21: $27.7m

2020-21 player option

DeMar DeRozan DeMar DeRozan
36
Was 42
36
Was 42
Steven Adams
Age 25 (sixth season)
’17-’18 14-9-1 / 63-0-56% / 20.6 PER / 9.7 WS (best)
’18-’19 15-9-2 / 61-0-56% / 20.0 PER / 6.8 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $24.2m

'19-'20: $25.8m

'20-'21: $27.5m

Steven Adams Steven Adams

Group j “No Thanks — We Don’t Want Him Coming Back to Haunt Us”

35
Was 22
35
Was 22
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Age 20 (rookie)
’18-’19 10-3-3 / 47-32-81% / 12.5 PER / 1.7 WS
Ceiling Second-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $3.4m

'19-'20: $4m

'20-'21: $4.1m

'21-'22: $5.5m

2020-21, 2021-22 team options / 2022 restricted free agent

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
34
Was 52
34
Was 52
Kevin Knox
Age 19 (rookie)
’18-’19 13-4-1 / 37-34-71% / 8.9 PER / -0.7 WS
Ceiling Third-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $3.7m

'19-'20: $4.4m

'20-'21: $4.6m

'21-'22: $5.9m

2020-21, 2021-22 team options / 2022 restricted free agent

Kevin Knox Kevin Knox
33
Was 23
33
Was 23
Wendell Carter Jr.
Age 19 (rookie)
’18-’19 10-7-2 / 49-19-80% / 15.4 PER / 2.0 WS
Ceiling Second-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $4.4m

'19-'20: $5.2m

'20-'21: $5.4m

'21-'22: $6.9m

2020-21, 2021-22 team options / 2022 restricted free agent

Wendell Carter Jr. Wendell Carter Jr.
32
Was 24
32
Was 24
Deandre Ayton
Age 20 (rookie)
’18-’19 16-11-2 / 59-0-77% / 21.3 PER / 4.4 WS
Ceiling Second-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $8.2m

'19-'20: $9.6m

'20-'21: $10m

'21-'22: $12.6m

2020-21, 2021-22 team options / 2022 restricted free agent

Deandre Ayton Deandre Ayton
31
Was 36
31
Was 36
Lauri Markkanen
Age 21 (second season)
’17-’18 15-8-1 / 43-36-84% / 15.6 PER / 3.3 WS (best)
’18-’19 18-8-1 / 43-38-86% / 16.1 PER / 1.3 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $4.5m

'19-'20: $5.3m

'20-'21: $6.7m

2020-21 team option / 2021 restricted free agent

Lauri Markkanen Lauri Markkanen
30
Was 48
30
Was 48
Jamal Murray
Age 21 (third season)
’17-’18 17-4-3 / 45-38-91% / 16.1 PER / 5.5 WS (best)
’18-’19 19-4-5 / 43-37-84% / 15.4 PER / 2.8 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $3.5m

'19-'20: $4.4m

2020 restricted free agent

Jamal Murray Jamal Murray
29
Was 34
29
Was 34
Buddy Hield
Age 26 (third season)
’17-’18 14-4-2 / 45-43-88% / 16.1 PER / 2.8 WS (best)
’18-’19 21-5-2 / 48-46-86% / 17.7 PER / 3.9 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $3.8m

'19-'20: $4.9m

2020 restricted free agent

Buddy Hield Buddy Hield

Group i “If You’re Shopping Him NOW, Then Either You Can’t Sign Him This Summer or Something’s Wrong”

28
Was 31
28
Was 31
Klay Thompson
Age 28 (eighth season)
Honors All-NBA (2x third), All-Star (4x)
'15-'16 22-4-2 / 47-43-87% / 18.6 PER / 8.0 WS (best)
’17-’18 20-4-3 / 49-44-84% / 16.1 PER / 4.9 WS
’18-’19 22-4-2 / 47-38-81% / 16.3 PER / 3.1 WS
Ceiling Pantheon Level 1 (Top 100)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $19m

Klay Thompson Klay Thompson
27
Was 32
27
Was 32
Kemba Walker
Age 28 (eighth season)
Honors All-Star (2x)
'16-'17 23-4-6 / 44-40-85% / 21.3 PER / 8.1 WS (best)
’17-’18 22-3-6 / 43-38-86% / 20.6 PER / 8.5 WS
’18-’19 25-4-6 / 43-36-82% / 21.1 PER / 4.6 WS
Ceiling Reached it
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $12m

Kemba Walker Kemba Walker
26
Was 30
26
Was 30
Kyrie Irving
Age 26 (eighth season)
Honors All-NBA (1x third), All-Star (5x), Rookie of the Year (2012)
’17-’18 24-4-5 / 49-41-89% / 25.0 PER / 8.9 WS (best)
’18-’19 24-5-7 / 50-41-85% / 25.4 PER / 6.9 WS
Ceiling First-team All-NBA, Pantheon Level 2 (Top 65)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $20.1m

'19-'20: $21.3m

2019-20 player option

Kyrie Irving Kyrie Irving

Group h “If You Tell Woj, I’ll Deny It to the Death … but I’m Listening”

25
25
Rudy Gobert
Age 26 (sixth season)
Honors All-NBA (1x second), All-Defensive (2x first), Defensive Player of the Year (2018)
'16-'17 14-13-1 / 66-0-65% / 23.3 PER / 14.3 WS (best)
’17-’18 14-11-1 / 62-0-68% / 20.7 PER / 8.1 WS
’18-’19 15-13-2 / 65-0-65% / 24.4 PER / 9.3 WS
Ceiling First-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $22.7m

'19-'20: $24.3m

'20-'21: $25.8m

(Incentives not included)

Rudy Gobert Rudy Gobert

Group g “Too Young, Too Cheap, Too Good … Stop Calling Me”

24
Was 35
24
Was 35
Marvin Bagley III
Age 19 (rookie)
’18-’19 13-7-1 / 52-24-67% / 17.1 PER / 1.7 WS
Ceiling All-Star
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $7.3m

'19-'20: $8.6m

'20-'21: $9m

'21-'22: $11.3m

2020-21, 2021-22 team options / 2022 restricted free agent

Marvin Bagley III Marvin Bagley III
23
Was 21
23
Was 21
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Age 19 (rookie)
’18-’19 14-5-1 / 51-33-78% / 16.9 PER / 3.4 WS
Ceiling Second-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $5.9m

'19-'20: $6.9m

'20-'21: $7.3m

'21-'22: $9.2m

2020-21, 2021-22 team options / 2022 restricted free agent

Jaren Jackson Jr. Jaren Jackson Jr.
22
Was 17
22
Was 17
Kristaps Porzingis
Age 23 (fourth season)
Honors All-Star (1x)
’17-’18 23-7-1 / 44-40-79% / 20.4 PER / 3.2 WS (best)
’18-’19 Torn ACL
Ceiling First-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $5.7m

2019 restricted free agent

Kristaps Porzingis Kristaps Porzingis

Group f “Lemme Save You Some Time: N-O”

21
Was 13
21
Was 13
Victor Oladipo
Age 26 (sixth season)
Honors All-NBA (1x third), All-Star (1x), All-Defensive (1x first), Most Improved Player (2018)
’17-’18 23-5-4 / 48-37-80% / 23.1 PER / 8.3 WS (best)
’18-’19 19-6-5 / 42-34-73% / 17.8 PER / 2.6 WS
Ceiling First-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $21m

'19-'20: $21m

'20-'21: $21m

Victor Oladipo Victor Oladipo
20
Was 26
20
Was 26
Bradley Beal
Age 25 (seventh season)
Honors All-Star (1x)
'16-'17 23-3-4 / 48-40-83% / 20.1 PER / 8.5 WS (best)
’17-’18 23-4-5 / 46-38-79% / 18.4 PER / 6.9 WS
’18-’19 25-5-5 / 47-35-80% / 19.5 PER / 4.1 WS
Ceiling Third-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $25.4m

'19-'20: $27.1m

'20-'21: $28.8m

Bradley Beal Bradley Beal
19
19
Russell Westbrook
Age 30 (11th season)
Honors MVP (2017), All-NBA (2x first, 5x second), All-Star (7x)
'16-'17 32-11-10 / 43-34-85% / 30.6 PER /13.1 WS (best)
’17-’18 25-10-10 / 45-30-74 / 24.7 PER / 10.1 WS
’18-’19 22-11-11 / 42-25-64% / 20.5 PER / 3.7 WS
Ceiling Pantheon Level 4 (Top 30)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $35.7m

'19-'20: $38.5m

'20-'21: $41.4m

'21-'22: $44.2m

'22-'23: $47.1m

2022-23 player option

Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook

Group e “Look, I Dunno If He’s a Franchise Guy, but He’s OUR Franchise Guy”

18
Was 9
18
Was 9
Jayson Tatum
Age 20 (second season)
’17-’18 14-5-2 / 48-43-83% / 15.3 PER / 7.1 WS (best)
’18-’19 16-6-2 / 45-37-85% / 15.8 PER / 4.0 WS
Ceiling First-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $6.7m

'19-'20: $7.8m

'20-'21: $9.9m

2020-21 team option / 2021 restricted free agent

Jayson Tatum Jayson Tatum
17
Was 18
17
Was 18
Devin Booker
Age 22 (fourth season)
’17-’18 25-5-5 / 43-38-88% / 18.1 PER / 2.4 WS (best)
’18-’19 25-4-7 / 46-33-85% / 19.0 PER / 1.8 WS
Ceiling Second-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $3.3m

'19-'20: $27.3m

'20-'21: $29.4m

'21-'22: $31.6m

'22-'23: $33.8m

'23-'24: $36m

Devin Booker Devin Booker
16
Was 20
16
Was 20
Donovan Mitchell
Age 22 (second season)
’17-’18 21-4-4 / 44-34-81% / 16.7 PER / 5.2 WS (best)
’18-’19 22-4-4 / 42-32-80% / 16.3 PER / 2.4 WS
Ceiling Second-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

18-'19: $3.1m

'19-'20: $3.6m

'20-'21: $5.2m

2020-21 team option / 2021 restricted free agent

Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell
15
Was 16
15
Was 16
Karl-Anthony Towns
Age 23 (fourth season)
Honors All-NBA (1x third), All-Star (1x), Rookie of the Year (2016)
'16-'17 25-12-3 / 54-37-83% / 25.9 PER / 12.7 WS (best)
’17-’18 21-12-2 / 55-42-86% / 24.9 PER / 14.0 WS
’18-’19 23-12-3 / 50-38-84% / 25.2 PER / 7.1 WS
Ceiling First-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $7.8m

'19-'20: $27.3m

'20-'21: $29.4m

'21-'22: $31.6m

'22-'23: $33.8m

'23-'24: $36m

Karl-Anthony Towns Karl-Anthony Towns
14
Was 8
14
Was 8
Ben Simmons
Age 22 (second season)
Honors Rookie of the Year (2018)
’17-’18 16-8-8 / 55-0-56% / 20.0 PER / 9.2 WS (best)
’18-’19 17-9-8 / 58-0-59% / 21.2 PER / 6.1 WS
Ceiling First-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $6.4m

'19-'20: $8.1m

2020 restricted free agent

Ben Simmons Ben Simmons
13
Was 15
13
Was 15
De'Aaron Fox
Age 21 (second season)
’17-’18 12-3-4 / 41-31-72% / 11.2 PER / -0.6 WS (best)
’18-’19 18-4-7 / 46-36-73% / 18.1 PER / 3.5 WS
Ceiling Second-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $5.5m

'19-'20: $6.4m

'20-'21: $8.1m

2020-21 team option / 2021 restricted free agent

De'Aaron Fox De'Aaron Fox

Group d “True Franchise Guys”

12
Was 14
12
Was 14
Damian Lillard
Age 28 (seventh season)
Honors All-NBA (1x first, 1x second, 1x third), All-Star (3x), Rookie of the Year (2013)
’17-’18 27-5-7 / 44-36-92% / 25.2 PER / 12.6 WS (best)
’18-’19 26-5-6 / 45-37-91% / 24.0 PER / 7.6 WS
Ceiling Pantheon Level 1 (Top 100)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $28m

'19-'20: $29.8m

'20-'21: $31.6m

Damian Lillard Damian Lillard
11
Was 27
11
Was 27
Paul George
Age 28 (ninth season)
Honors All-NBA (4x third), All-Star (5x), All-Defensive (1x first, 2x second), Most Improved Player (2013)
'15-'16 23-7-4 / 42-37-86% / 20.9 PER / 9.2 WS (best)
’17-’18 22-6-3 / 43-40-82% / 18.7 PER / 8.9 WS
’18-’19 28-8-4 / 45-41-83% / 24.6 PER / 8.6 WS
Ceiling Second-team All-NBA
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $30.6m

'19-'20: $33m

'20-'21: $35.5m

'21-'22: $37.9m

2021-22 player option

Paul George Paul George

Group c “I’m Hanging Up and Calling You Back From a Burner Phone”

10
Was 12
10
Was 12
Kawhi Leonard
Age 27 (eighth season)
Honors Finals MVP (2014), All-NBA (2x first), All-Star (2x), All-Defensive (3x first, 1x second), Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
'16-'17 26-6-4 / 49-38-88% / 27.6 PER / 13.6 WS (best)
’17-’18 16-5-2 / 47-31-82% / 26.0 PER / 0.9 WS
’18-’19 27-8-3 / 50-37-86% / 26.8 PER / 6.9 WS
Ceiling MVP, Pantheon Level 3 (Top 40)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $20.1m

'19-'20: $21.3m

2019-20 player option

Kawhi Leonard Kawhi Leonard
9
Was 10
9
Was 10
Kevin Durant
Age 30 (12th season)
Honors MVP (2014), Finals MVP (2017, 2018), All-NBA (6x first, 2x second), All-Star (9x), Rookie of the Year (2008)
'13-'14 32-7-6 / 50-39-87% / 29.8 PER / 19.2 WS (best)
’17-’18 26-7-5 / 52-42-89% / 26.0 PER / 10.4 WS
’18-’19 28-7-6 / 51-37-91% / 24.7 PER / 7.8 WS
Ceiling Two-time MVP, Pantheon Level 5 (Top 12)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $30m

'19-'20: $31.5m

2019-20 player option / 15% trade kicker

Kevin Durant Kevin Durant

Group b The Untouchables

8
Was 6
8
Was 6
Joel Embiid
Age 24 (third season)
Honors All-NBA (1x second), All-Star (1x), All-Defensive (1x second)
’17-’18 23-11-3 / 48-31-77% / 22.9 PER / 6.2 WS (best)
’18-’19 27-14-4 / 48-29-80% / 25.7 PER / 6.6 WS
Ceiling MVP
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $25.5m

'19-'20: $27.5m

'20-'21: $29.5m

'21-'22: $31.6m

'22-'23: $33.6m

Joel Embiid Joel Embiid
7
7
Nikola Jokic
Age 23 (fourth season)
’17-’18 19-11-6 / 50-40-85% / 24.4 PER / 10.7 WS (best)
’18-’19 20-11-8 / 51-31-85% / 26.7 PER / 8.3 WS
Ceiling MVP runner-up
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $24.6m

'19-'20: $26.6m

'20-'21: $28.5m

'21-'22: $30.5m

'22-'23: $32.5m

Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokic
6
Was 5
6
Was 5
Luka Doncic
Age 19 (rookie)
Honors EuroLeague MVP (2018), Liga ACB MVP (2018)
’18-’19 21-7-5 / 44-35-73% / 19.6 PER / 4.2 WS
Ceiling MVP
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $6.6m

'19-'20: $7.7m

'20-'21: $8m

'21-'22: $10.2m

2020-21, 2021-22 team options / 2022 restricted free agent

Luka Doncic Luka Doncic

Group a “Completely and Utterly Untouchable”

5
Was 4
5
Was 4
LeBron James
Age 33 (16th season)
Honors MVP (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016), All-NBA (12x first, 2x second), All-Star (14x), All-Defensive (5x first, 1x second), Rookie of the Year (2004)
'12-'13 27-8-7 / 57-41-75% / 31.6 PER / 19.3 WS (best)
’17-’18 28-9-9 / 54-37-73% / 28.6 PER / 14.0 WS
’18-’19 27-9-7 / 52-35-68% / 26.0 PER / 5.0 WS
Ceiling Best Player Ever
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $35.7m

'19-'20:$37.4m

'20-'21: $39.2m

'21-'22: $41m

2021-22 player option / 15% trade kicker

LeBron James LeBron James
4
Was 2
4
Was 2
Anthony Davis
Age 25 (seventh season)
Honors All-NBA (3x first), All-Star (5x), All-Defensive (1x first, 2x second)
’17-’18 28-11-2 / 53-34-83% / 28.9 PER / 13.7 WS (best)
’18-’19 29-13-4 / 51-33-81% / 31.0 PER / 8.5 WS
Ceiling MVP, Pantheon Level 4 (Top 30)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $25.4m 

'19-'20: $27.1m

'20-'21: $28.8m

2020-21 player option / 15% trade kicker / supermax eligible (2019)

Anthony Davis Anthony Davis
3
Was 11
3
Was 11
James Harden
Age 29 (10th season)
Honors MVP (2018), All-NBA (4x first, 1x third), All-Star (6x), Sixth Man of the Year (2012)
’17-’18 30-5-9 / 45-37-86% / 29.8 PER / 15.4 WS (best)
’18-’19 36-7-8 / 44-37-87% / 30.9 PER / 9.6 WS
Ceiling Two-time MVP, Pantheon Level 4 (Top 30)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $30.4m

'19-'20: $37.8m

'20-'21: $40.8m

'21-'22: $43.8m

'22-'23: $46.9m 

2022-23 player option / 15% trade kicker

James Harden James Harden
2
Was 3
2
Was 3
Stephen Curry
Age 30 (10th season)
Honors MVP (2015, 2016), All-NBA (2x first, 2x second, 1x third), All-Star (5x)
'15-'16 30-5-7 / 50-45-91% / 31.5 PER / 17.9 WS (best)
’17-’18 26-5-6 / 50-42-92% / 28.2 PER / 9.1 WS
’18-’19 29-5-5 / 49-45-92% / 26.3 PER / 6.7 WS
Ceiling Three-time MVP, Pantheon Level 4 (Top 30)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $37.5m

'19-'20: $40.2m

'20-'21: $43m

'21-'22: $45.8m

15% trade kicker

Stephen Curry Stephen Curry
1
1
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Age 24 (sixth season)
Honors All-NBA (2x second), All-Star (2x), All-Defensive (1x second), Most Improved Player (2017)
’17-’18 27-10-5 / 53-31-76% / 27.3 PER / 11.9 WS (best)
’18-’19 27-13-6 / 57-20-72% / 29.4 PER / 9.1 WS
Ceiling MVP, Pantheon Level 4 (Top 30)
NBA Michelin Star michelin
Salary:

'18-'19: $24.2m

'19-'20: $25.8m

'20-'21: $27.5m 

Giannis Antetokounmpo Giannis Antetokounmpo
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