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Four years from now, who will be the NBA’s 101 best players? We unveiled our projections that will surely be wrong.

Earlier this summer, 10 SB Nation writers decided to predict the 101 best NBA players in 2021. Yes, that’s four years from now. No, none of us are remotely qualified to see basketball’s future. No, that’s not stopping us from trying.

We compiled the list via a single 101-player draft among 10 writers, not with an aggregate formula of any kind. That means there is far from unanimous agreement on any of these 101 selections. Click the links below each batch to read us arguing those picks out with each other.

To learn more about how and why we did this, click the link below.


The list

(Age in 2021 in parenthesis)

101. Dion Waiters (29)
100. Bol Bol (21)
99. Caris LeVert (26)
98. Victor Oladipo (29)
97. JaMychal Green (31)
96. Serge Ibaka (31)
95. Taurean Prince (27)
94. Tristan Thompson (30)
93. Stanley Johnson (25)
92. Jae Crowder (30)
91. Evan Fournier (28)

Read our explanations and arguments about picks 91-101.

90. Dario Saric (27)
89. Dennis Schroder (27)
88. Hassan Whiteside (32)
87. Donovan Mitchell (24)
86. Julius Randle (26)
85. Harrison Barnes (29)
84. Robert Covington (30)
83. Jonathan Isaac (23)
82. Avery Bradley (30)
81. DeAndre Jordan (32)

Read our explanations and arguments about picks 90-81

80. Willy Hernangomez (27)
79. Buddy Hield (27)
78. Kyle Lowry (35)
77. Chris Paul (36)
76. Steven Adams (27)
75. Rodney Hood (28)
74. DeJounte Murray (24)
73. Marcus Smart (27)
72. Ricky Rubio (30)
71. Malcolm Brogdon (28)

Read our explanations and arguments about picks 80-71

70. Jahlil Okafor (25)
69. Frank Ntilikina (22)
68. Jusuf Nurkic (26)
67. Jrue Holiday (31)
66. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (28)
65. R.J. Barrett (21)
64. Clint Capela (27)
63. Jamal Murray (24)
62. John Collins (23)
61. Aaron Gordon (25)

Read our explanations and arguments about picks 70-61

60. Andre Drummond (27)
59. Tim Hardaway Jr. (29)
58. Mike Conley (33)
57. Nerlens Noel (27)
56. Eric Bledsoe (31)
55. Thon Maker (24)
54. Kevin Love (32)
53. Khris Middleton (29)
52. Justise Winslow (25)
51. Isaiah Thomas (32)

Read our explanations and arguments about picks 60-51

50. DeMar DeRozan (31)
49. Jayson Tatum (23)
48. Kyle Kuzma (25)
47. Gordon Hayward (31)
46. Kemba Walker (31)
45. Jaylen Brown (24)
44. D’Angelo Russell (25)
43. DeAndre Ayton (23)
42. Brandon Ingram (23)
41. Blake Griffin (32)

Read our explanations and arguments about picks 50-41

40. Otto Porter (27)
39. Zach LaVine (26)
38. Gary Harris (26)
37. Skal Labissiere (25)
36. De’Aaron Fox (23)
35. Michael Porter Jr. (23)
34. Josh Jackson (24)
33. Draymond Green (31)
32. C.J. McCollum (29)
31. Jabari Parker (26)

Read our explanations and arguments about picks 40-31

30. Jimmy Butler (31)
29. Rudy Gobert (29)
28. Andrew Wiggins (26)
27. Bradley Beal (27)
26. Dennis Smith, Jr. (23)
25. Klay Thompson (31)
24. DeMarcus Cousins (30)
23. Luka Doncic (22)
22. Miles Turner (25)
21. Markelle Fultz (23)

Read our explanations and arguments about picks 30-21

20. Ben Simmons (24)
19. Lonzo Ball (23)
18. Paul George (31)
17. John Wall (30)
16. Devin Booker (24)
15. Marvin Bagley (22)
14. Nikola Jokic (26)
13. Stephen Curry (33)
12. Damian Lillard (30)
11. James Harden (31)

Read our explanation and arguments about picks 20-11.

10. Russell Westbrook (32)
9. Joel Embiid (27)
8. Kyrie Irving (29)
7. LeBron James (36)
6. Kawhi Leonard (29)
5. Kevin Durant (32)
4. Kristaps Porzingis (25)
3. Karl-Anthony Towns (25)
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (26)
1. Anthony Davis (28)

Read our explanation and arguments about picks 10-1.

Our reactions

Golden State of Mind thought Draymond Green was badly underrated and Klay Thompson may have been overrated.

Indy Cornrows thought Myles Turner’s place was higher than expected.

Bright Side of the Sun says the high rankings for Devin Booker and Josh Jackson mean good things for #TheTimeline

Raptors HQ responds to DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, and Kyle Lowry rankings

Golden State of Mind wonders where all the Warriors young dudes are.

Bright Side of the Sun rounds up where their players rank ... as of now

Your reactions

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INTRO | FULL LIST | TOP 100 OF 2017 | HOW WE DID IN 2013 | SNUBS | 101-91 | 90-81 | 80-71 | 70-61 | 60-51 | 50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-11 | 10-1 | THE CASES FOR NO. 1