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Dallas Mavericks: Sports Illustrated underrates Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Sports Illustrated has ranked the top 100 players in the NBA this year. The Dallas Mavericks had only two players make the list, Kristaps Porzingis at 37 and Luka Doncic at 30.

The NBA has approximately 450 active rostered players across the league. To rank the top 100 players out of 450, each team would have at least three players make the list in a perfect, balanced world. In reality, the Dallas Mavericks have only two players on the list while some teams like the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz have five.

The two players the Mavs have in the top 100 are actually in the top 40 with Kristaps Porzingis coming in at 37 and Luka Doncic landing at 30. I talked a little bit about Porzingis’ ranking and how I feel that number 37 is a good fit for him, especially considering his injury history. The rust will slow him down, but I assume he will be higher than 37 by the end of the season.

Luka, on the other hand, is clearly being overlooked by Sports Illustrated in this one. For player rankings, you have to take a stance on what you are ranking them for. You can rank players based on value, expected statistical impact and other things, but there are players on the list higher than Luka that don’t make sense for some of the criteria.

I have separated the list into players that I think are accurately listed above Luka and players who I would have either behind or right on par with Luka. Excluding the top 15 guys because I think they are accurately the 15 best players in the league (although in a different order in my mind), the other 14 guys are a little confusing.

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