(Note: injured players are not ranked. A player must have played in the majority of 2012-13 season games in order to be eligible.)
With the offseason events currently occupying NBA fans as we all wait for a new season to commence, there is nothing that is stopping us from looking back at the season that was, and praising the best performers.
Ten of our writers here at King James Gospel got together and helped create this little project that we’d like to call our consensus top 30 NBA players of 2012-13. It’s pretty straightforward, but here is a little explanation as to how we ranked the players.
Every writer submitted his/her own personal list of top 30 players of last season, with the first place vote getting 30 points, the second place getting 29, and so on all the way down to one point for the 30th place.
While this is a great way to rank players and see where everyone lands, there are some flaws to the system. First of all, 10 people is still a relatively small sample size, so some players can easily sneak into the rankings.
Another perceived flaw is that a player is ranked based on his point total, and not the amount of times he has been voted into the list. So if a player is voted as the 30th best player by all 10 voters, it’s clear that he should be part of the list. However, theoretically, this player would still be ranked behind a player who would have gotten a 20th place vote (11 points) from one person, even if he was ranked by just one of our writers.
The top players generally won’t change much, and this is a terrific method to see how the very top players’ perceived value stacks up against each other, but there is a lot of potential for upsets lower down in the list, with polarizing players sneaking their way in.
So, without further ado, here are the rankings.