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NBA Top 100 player rankings, a team-by-team breakdown: Lakers, Clippers, Nets boast the most; Knicks have zero

The 2020-21 NBA season is upon us, and with that comes CBS Sports’ annual Top 100 ranking of NBA players. While there wasn’t as much movement this offseason as we’ve seen in the past through free agency, there were a handful of big profile trades that tweaked the landscape of the league.

Some teams, like the Phoenix Suns, managed to swing a trade for All-Star point guard Chris Paul which puts them in immediate contention for a playoff spot, and gave them two players ranked in the top 20 of our annual list. While others, like the Philadelphia 76ers used a handful of trades to improve a roster that, on paper, was already considered among the best in the league, and become one of seven teams that boasts five players from the Top 100.

One surprising takeaway from the team breakdown of the Top 100, is the lack of players that the Nuggets have representing them. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are there, but other than that, none of their role players made the cut. It also doesn’t help that Jerami Grant left for the Pistons in free agency, giving them one less player here, but a guy like Will Barton, who averaged 15 points a night last season, or Michael Porter Jr., who showed in the NBA bubble that he’s one of a handful of promising young players coming up in this league didn’t make the list.

This breakdown isn’t the sole determiner of a team’s success, but for a team like the Pacers, who have five players on this list, it’s a positive sign to see as a franchise that is trying to get over the hump of losing in the first round of the postseason the last five years.

Team with five players in the Top 100

Teams with four players in the Top 100

Teams with three players in the Top 100

Teams with two players in the Top 100

One player included in the Top 100

The only team without a player in the Top 100 



 

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