Projecting the top 125 NBA players for 2022-23 season

Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic, ranking NBA players Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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. F. Memphis Grizzlies. Dillon Brooks. 100. player. 211

Ranking NBA players — 100. Dillon Brooks, Grizzlies

It’s not hard to overlook Dillon Brooks when surveying the deep Memphis rotation, but he’s essential to what the Grizzlies hope to accomplish next season. A dogged perimeter defender and confident shooter, Brooks is simultaneously the Grizzlies’ second or third option offensively and the Grizzlies’ top perimeter defender. He handles the most challenging defensive assignment and is Memphis’ best source of shot creation outside of Ja Morant.

Dallas Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie. 99. player. 79. . G

Ranking NBA players — 99. Spencer Dinwiddie, Mavericks

Spencer Dinwiddie will be thrust back into a starting role following the departure of Jalen Brunson. He’s well positioned to succeed, as is anyone feeding off of Luka Doncic. A talented slasher and real 3-point threat, Dinwiddie can make the rotating defense pay with swift, decisive moves to the rim. He’s a confident player and possesses excellent size for his position defensively.

125. . G. Atlanta Hawks. Bogdan Bogdanovic. 98. player

Ranking NBA players — 98. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Hawks

A strong early favorite for Sixth Man of the Year, Bogdan Bogdanovic should continue to see heavy minutes for the Hawks. His role will change slightly with Dejounte Murray in the mix, but Bogey has long been better off the ball. He can traverse screens, work DHOs, and hit spot-up 3s with the best of them. His ability to playmake on the side will still prove useful.

97. player. 147. . G. Brooklyn Nets. Seth Curry

Ranking NBA players — 97. Seth Curry, Nets

Seth Curry is, simply put, one of the best shooters we’ve got. He’s in prime position to succeed with the Nets, who are bound to push the tempo like crazy with Ben Simmons in the mix. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will draw constant double teams, while Simmons is the NBA’s best creator of 3s for teammates when he’s on the court. The defense is a concern, but Curry is well positioned for a prolific offensive season.

34. . C. Portland Trail Blazers. Jusuf Nurkic. 96. player

Ranking NBA players — 96. Jusuf Nurkic, Blazers

Can he stay healthy? That’s the big question facing Jusuf Nurkic in 2022-23. Injuries have sapped away some of his athleticism, but the aptly nicknamed “Bosnian Beast” can still dominate games on the defensive end. He’s also highly skilled on the offensive end — a nifty passer who can work as an offensive hub in the post.