50. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City
Will win Defensive Player of the Year one of these seasons because of the way he changes the game with his shot blocking abilities.
49. Luis Scola, Phoenix
Slow, but extremely nasty and productive with excellent footwork to negate athletic defenders.
48. Marcin Gortat, Phoenix
Has to prove Steve Nash was not the reason for his solid numbers offensively last year.
47. Greg Monroe, Detroit
Solid young player who plays efficiently and productive.
46. Al Horford, Atlanta
Injury has him down on this list. When healthy and performing like expected, he immediately moves up.
45. Paul Millsap, Utah
A pest in the paint that just plays hard for a victory every night.
44. Brook Lopez, Brooklyn
If he introduced himself to rebounding, he would become an All-Star quickly.
43. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota
Sees the basketball court with Magic Johnson-type flair. The ACL injury that grounded him should not be a hindrance when he returns because he never relied on tremendous athletic abilities like Derrick Rose in the first place.
42. Stephen Curry, Golden State
Best shooter in basketball when healthy… But is he ever healthy?
41. Al Jefferson, Utah
Puts up great fantasy numbers every night, but needs to transfer those to consistent wins.
40. Danny Granger, Indiana
Best scorer on the Pacers when he is taking good shots.
39. Tyson Chandler, New York
Best defender last year and deservedly so. He has tremendous leadership skills to boot.
38. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
He is a quiet assassin on the basketball court with extreme ball handling ability. I expect nothing short of an All-Star berth this season.
37. James Harden, Houston
He is here because all the pressure was on Durant and Westbrook. Now in Houston we will see if Harden can perform when he is first on the opposition's chalk board.
36. Joakim Noah, Chicago
His energy level off the charts, but I'm disappointed he has not improved offensively.
35. Luol Deng, Chicago
Healthy wrist and more focus offensively with Derrick Rose out should have him in consideration for the All-Star game again.
34. Andre Iguodala, Denver
George Karl will make him a star if he listens. From what I hear, he is ready to explode.
33. Josh Smith, Atlanta
Has sensational athletic skills that in my estimation make him one the best defensive players in basketball. His problem has been concentrating too much on offensive skills, which affects his all-around game in a negative fashion.
32. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
Talent is unquestioned, but attitude has been the problem. If he develops in that area… Watch out, NBA! He is a load of offensive and defensive abilities.
31. Roy Hibbert, Indiana
He looks like he might trip over himself with every offensive move, but he is effective and productive. Should have another big season and I expect him to move up on this list.
30. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
He just drives opponents crazy with his shot making and passing ability. A rabid competitor who never backs down from anyone or situation.
29. Paul Pierce, Boston
A shark on the basketball court with his array of offensive moves. He has the best footwork of any small forward in the game of basketball. Big game heroics in the fourth quarter.
28. Rudy Gay, Memphis
Talented offensive player that needs to ramp up his aggressive spirit. He plays sometimes as if he is interested in remaining friends with opponents.
27. Amare Stoudemire, New York
Has fallen because of injury and not blending with Carmelo Anthony. He still has a great skillset with solid explosion offensively, but defensively has never been taught and that remains the biggest challenge for Mike Woodson.
26. Joe Johnson, Brooklyn
Hmmm. Playing with Deron Williams is going to allow Johnson to become a nightmare for teams, especially in the post. He just comes to play nightly with one of the best bodies in the league.
Column, Al Horford, Al Jefferson, Andre Iguodala, Brook Lopez, Danny Granger, DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, James Harden, Joakim Noah, Josh Smith, Kyrie Irving, Luis Scola, Luol Deng, Manu Ginobili, Marcin Gortat, Paul Millsap, Paul Pierce, Ricky Rubio, Roy Hibbert, Serge Ibaka, Stephen Curry, Tyson Chandler