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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Top 100 NBA Players, 2011-2012 ed.

(The postseason follow up is here.)

ESPN, god love them, did a ranking of the 500 best players in the NBA.

#500?  Lavoy Allen



I'm not going to rank everyone in the NBA, but just for the hell of it, here's my list of the top 100 players in the league.  It's not a career list, nor who would you rather have for the future, just the top players right now, as if we were about to start the season today that in fact, we are not going to start today. Edit - it's Christmas, unsurprisingly, this has become a fairly highly trafficked post.  Given that there is now a season, I redid these ranks to reflect the actual season about to be played.  Some of the older legs are going to move down

1. LeBron James
2. Dwight Howard
3. Dwyane Wade
4. Kevin Durant
5. Chris Paul
6. Derrick Rose
7. Russell Westbrook
8. Kevin Love 
9. Blake Griffin
10. Pau Gasol
11. Dirk Nowitzki
12. Kobe Bryant
13. Deron Williams
14. Carmello Anthony
15. Amare Stoudamire
16. Rajon Rondo
17. Stephan Curry 
18. Tim Duncan
19. Manu Ginobli
20. LaMarcus Aldridge
21. Chris Bosh
22. Josh Smith 
23. Zach Randolph
24. Al Horford 
25. Eric Gordon
26. Andre Iguodala
27. Andrew Bynum
28. Kevin Garnett
29. Ty Lawson
30. Nene
31. Danny Granger
32. Al Jefferson
33. David Lee
34. Paul Millsap
35. Joakim Noah
36. Steve Nash
37. Paul Pierce
38. Tony Parker
39. Kevin Martin
40. Greg Monroe
41. Danilo Gallinari
42. Monte Ellis
43. Rudy Gay
44. James Harden
45. Nicolas Batum
46. Lamar Odom
47. Mike Conley
48. Brandon Jennings
49. Kyle Lowry
50. Serge Ibaka
51. Ryan Anderson
52. Louis Williams
53. Luol Deng
54. Jrue Holiday
55. Marc Gasol
56. David West
57. Andrew Bogut
58. Darren Collison
59. Gerald Wallace
60. Chauncey Billups
61. John Wall
62. Tyreke Evans
63. Tyson Chandler
64. Carlos Boozer
65. DeJuan Blair
66. Marcus Thornton
67. Devin Harris
68. Ray Felton
69. Elton Brand
70. Tony Allen
71. Jason Kidd
72. JaVale McGee
73. Jameer Nelson
74. Marcin Gortat
75. DeMarcus Cousins
76. Dorrell Wright
77. Amir Johnson
78. Tyrus Thomas
79. DJ Augustin
80. Jason Richardson
81. Andrea Bargnani
82. Michael Beasley
83. Thaddeus Young
84. Ed Davis
85. Kris Humphries
86. Roy Hibbert
87. Jose Calderon
88. Rodney Stuckey
89. Toney Douglas
90. Emeka Okafor
91. Kyrie Irving
92. Ramon Sessions
93. Antawn Jamison
94. Chase Budinger
95. Josh McRoberts
96. Anthony Randolph
97. Jared Dudley
98. Chris Andersen
99. Andre Blatch
100. Luis Scola