Top 50 NBA players: Where do Sixers’ stars rank?

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Draymond Green. 45. player. 41. . PF. Golden State Warriors

Top NBA player #45 — Draymond Green

The Draymond Green of old was absent last season. As Golden State tries to return to contention, we could see a rejuvenated and more determined Green. That said, at 30 years old, Green’s limits as a shooter and scorer may finally be problematic — especially with Klay Thompson out of the rotation. If he loses another step or two defensively, Golden State will need to seriously ponder his future.

44. player. 81. . PG. Toronto Raptors. Fred VanVleet

Top NBA player #44 — Fred VanVleet

The Raptors rewarded Fred VanVleet with hefty long-term contract. He will continue to anchor the backcourt next to Kyle Lowry, bombing deep 3s and providing Toronto’s second units with a deadly creator. He’s small, but built strong and boosted by a relentless toughness. He averaged 17.6 points and 6.6 assists as Toronto’s number three last season — no small feat.

170. . SF. Charlotte Hornets. Gordon Hayward. 43. player

Top NBA player #43 — Gordon Hayward

While the Hornets shelled out a rather ridiculous contract for his services, Gordon Hayward will still do a lot to help them on the court. He showed flashes of his old self last season, and even at more subdued levels, Hayward’s skill set is extremely valuable in the modern NBA. He’s a slick passer, capable three-level scorer, and a remarkably unselfish star. He will ease an important burden for LaMelo Ball.

Boston Celtics. Marcus Smart. 42. player. 18. . SG

Top NBA player #42 — Marcus Smart

Few perimeter defenders are more impactful than Marcus Smart. He only has one speed, and that speed is the gas peddle glued to the floor. Smart can essentially defend four positions at 6-foot-3, his hands are the stuff of legend, and he’s a mostly positive offensive player for good measure. If his 3-point stroke continues at a passable level, he will stick around a while.

player. 100. . PF. Indiana Pacers. Domantas Sabonis. 41

Top NBA player #41 — Domantas Sabonis

Domantas Sabonis made his first All-Star appearance last season. Even in a system that didn’t maximize his skill set, Sabonis’ gifts as both a scorer and passer shined to the tune of 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Selfless and relentless, Sabonis fights hard for points in the paint, but can also stretch the floor and facilitate from the elbow. His All-Star appearance was no fluke.