Projecting the top 125 NBA players for 2022-23 season

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60. player. 125. . C. Atlanta Hawks. Clint Capela

Ranking NBA players — 60. Clint Capela, Hawks

Clint Capela struggled to reach his usual heights last season, but he remains central to what the Hawks hope to accomplish. No point guard-center duo hooked up on more lobs than Capela and Trae Young last season. He’s still an elite finisher, rebounder, and shot-blocker, so it stands to reason that he will contribute to winning for a while longer.

110. . G. Miami Heat. Kyle Lowry. 59. player

Ranking NBA players — 59. Kyle Lowry, Heat

Too many people are writing off Kyle Lowry after his injury-riddled postseason performance. When healthy, the savvy veteran still brings plenty of winning qualities to the floor. He was near the top of the league in assists last season, his 3-point shot hasn’t faded, and he’s as scrappy and clever on defense as he’s ever been.

125. . F. Atlanta Hawks. John Collins. 58. player

Ranking NBA players — 58. John Collins, Hawks

John Collins has gradually expanded his offensive repertoire every season. His acrobatic finishes are the main attraction, but Collins has become quite adept at facing up and scoring from the perimeter. His defense continues to improve too, which is especially important for someone who closes many games at the five. Both Trae Young and Dejounte Murray will benefit immensely from Collins’ offensive versatility in the frontcourt.

Robert Williams III. 57. player. 18. . C. Boston Celtics

Ranking NBA players — 57. Robert Williams III, Celtics

Robert Williams was smack in the middle of the NBA’s top defense last season. His mobility and versatility at the five spot is part of what makes Boston so special. On top of being at or near the top of the league in blocked shots, Williams will spend extended time guarding the perimeter in a switch-all system. He needs to get healthy, but once he’s back, it shouldn’t take long for Time Lord to reassert his value.

player. 211. . G. Memphis Grizzlies. Desmond Bane. 56

Ranking NBA players — 56. Desmond Bane, Grizzlies

From day one, Desmond Bane has been one of the NBA’s most prolific 3-point shooters. His volume and efficiency from deep has no doubt make life easier on Ja Morant, one of the league’s best downhill slashers. With size and versatility on defense, Bane is essentially the 3-and-D poster child. He has also added more layers to his offensive game since entering the league, becoming more adept at beating closeouts and making plays off the bounce.