NBA Player Ratings 2020

For some reason, the NBA following loves to compare players more than any other sport. We have seen the LeBron James and Michael Jordan debate, but now we are starting to compare other shooters to Stephen Curry. How about a guy like Rudy Gobert, who has most of his weight on the defensive side. Our home brewed player ratings formula rates players based on their offensive and defensive stats. Our player ratings are ever changing, as they update with how players are performing over the past 12 months. We have often seen players have a wide range of outcomes from season to season, but those consistent players are going to have consistently strong ratings. Poke through our ratings and see where your favorite player ranks and see what ratings catch you off guard.

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For some reason, the NBA following loves to compare players more than any other sport. We have seen the LeBron James and Michael Jordan debate, but now we are starting to compare other shooters to Stephen Curry. How about a guy like Rudy Gobert, who has most of his weight on the defensive side. Our home brewed player ratings formula rates players based on their offensive and defensive stats. Our player ratings are ever changing, as they update with how players are performing over the past 12 months. We have often seen players have a wide range of outcomes from season to season, but those consistent players are going to have consistently strong ratings. Poke through our ratings and see where your favorite player ranks and see what ratings catch you off guard.

Name Rating Pos Jersey Team Lineup Team Depth Chart Team Roster
Giannis Antetokounmpo
99
PF 34
Anthony Davis
97
C 3
Kevin Durant
97
PF 35
LeBron James
97
PF 23
Stephen Curry
97
PG 30
James Harden
96
PG 13
Kawhi Leonard
95
SF 2
Nikola Jokic
94
C 15
Luka Doncic
93
PG 77
Karl-Anthony Towns
93
C 24
Kyrie Irving
92
PG 11
Jayson Tatum
91
PF 0
Jimmy Butler
91
SF 22
Damian Lillard
91
PG 0
Ben Simmons
91
PG 25
Trae Young
90
PG 8
Bradley Beal
90
SG 3
Kemba Walker
90
PG 8
Donovan Mitchell
89
SG 45
Russell Westbrook
89
PG 0
Joel Embiid
89
C 24
Hassan Whiteside
89
C 21
Zion Williamson
88
PF 1
Klay Thompson
88
SG 11
Andre Drummond
88
C 3
De'Aaron Fox
88
PG 5
Paul George
87
SF 13
Brandon Ingram
87
PF 14
Derrick Rose
87
PG 25
John Wall
87
PG 2
DeMar DeRozan
87
SF 10
Tobias Harris
87
PF 12
Rudy Gobert
87
C 27
Jaylen Brown
87
SF 7
Jamal Murray
86
PG 27
D'Angelo Russell
86
PG 0
Deandre Ayton
86
C 22
Khris Middleton
86
SF 22
Jonas Valanciunas
86
C 17
Domantas Sabonis
86
C 11
Pascal Siakam
86
PF 43
Clint Capela
86
C 15
Danilo Gallinari
85
PF 8
Kevin Love
85
C 0
Bam Adebayo
85
C 13
Jonathan Isaac
85
PF 1
Kristaps Porzingis
85
PF 6
Marvin Bagley III
85
PF 35
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
85
PG 2
T.J. Warren
84
SF 1
Wendell Carter Jr.
84
C 34
John Collins
84
PF 20
Jaren Jackson Jr.
84
C 13
Blake Griffin
84
PF 23
Julius Randle
84
C 30
Serge Ibaka
84
C 9
Victor Oladipo
84
PG 4
Devin Booker
84
SG 1
Chris Paul
84
PG 3
Zach LaVine
83
PG 8
CJ McCollum
83
SG 3
Tristan Thompson
83
C 13
Steven Adams
83
C 12
Jrue Holiday
83
PG 11
Evan Fournier
83
SF 10
Mitchell Robinson
83
C 23
Al Horford
83
C 42
Seth Curry
83
PG 31
DeAndre Jordan
83
C 6
Nikola Vucevic
83
C 9
Caris LeVert
82
SF 22
Devonte' Graham
82
PG 4
Brandon Clarke
82
PF 15
Paul Millsap
82
PF 4
Maxi Kleber
82
C 42
Michael Porter Jr.
82
PF 1
Myles Turner
82
C 33
Kyle Lowry
82
PG 7
Josh Richardson
82
SF 0
Marcus Smart
82
PG 36
Montrezl Harrell
82
C 5
Aron Baynes
82
C 46
LaMarcus Aldridge
82
C 12
Goran Dragic
82
PG 7
Dwight Howard
82
C 39
Lauri Markkanen
81
PF 24
Andrew Wiggins
81
SF 22
Miles Bridges
81
SF 0
Buddy Hield
81
SG 24
Marcus Morris
81
PF 31
Tomas Satoransky
81
PG 31
Spencer Dinwiddie
81
PG 26
Shabazz Napier
81
PG 5
Malcolm Brogdon
81
PG 7
Jalen Brunson
81
PG 13
Donte DiVincenzo
81
SG 0
Chris Boucher
81
PF 25
Larry Nance Jr.
81
C 22
Eric Paschall
81
PF 7
Eric Bledsoe
81
PG 6

Defensive Stats That Factor Into Ratings

Defensive rating is always a good summary of how a player is performing defensively, and this is something that is calculated into our rating. This takes into an account of the worth of a player that he has on defense without just looking at some steals and blocks. Of course these are going to play a smaller factor into the rating, because we still want some defensive production factored in as well. A player who is good for over two steals a game is going to carry a lot of worth for a team. The same goes for a player who blocking two shots a game, and has a big presence at the rim making it tough for opposing offenses to score close. Rebounding is a positive thing for defenses, as you do not want to give up second chance points to the opposing offense. Defensive rebounds are factored in as well.

One of the reasons for not weighting production stats too heavily is because not all positions are going to have the chance to get two steals a game or produce two blocks per game. Defensive rating gives a strong indication of what they are going on the court regardless of position. Looking at some of the top defensive players in the league right now, Rudy Gobert has been a top tier defensive player since coming into the league, and is one of the best rim protectors in the game. You also have Kawhi Leonard, who has become one of the top two-way players in the game, and makes it tough on opposing players against him. Some players are also more on the court for their defensive presence. Marcus Smart is a tenacious defender, but his worth is much higher on the defensive side in comparison to his offensive worth.

Offensive Stats That Factor Into Ratings

Much like defense, the offensive rating for players is going to be pretty telling for how a player is producing on the offensive side. Of course we want to see how efficient players are, because scoring 25 points a game on 18 shots a game isn’t necessarily that efficient. Different offensive players are also going to produce in different departments. A player that is more of a pass oriented point guard is somewhat rare these days because point guards have been primary scorers more of late. Overall playmakers like LeBron James and Luka Doncic who produce as playmakers and primary scorers are going to have a big edge in ratings because they are going to be at a high percentile in multiple stats alongside overall efficiency numbers.

True shooting has become a more advanced way of a player’s efficiency when shooting the ball. It weights a players three point, free throw, and field goal percentage individually. In an era where three pointers have become shot at a high rate, it does factor in that rate at a slightly higher weight because they are worth more as well. This helps measure players across the board, because a FG% is going to be higher for a center because the amount of close range shots they are going to take. Assists and offensive rebounds are going to be factored in, alongside overall points per game. These numbers as a whole can give us a clear view of how they are performing alongside their efficiency. We try and blend the best of both worlds, as we do with defense. To get the overall rating, we are taking both offense and defense into consideration. If a player is tremendous on the offensive side, but struggles defensively, the rating will reflect that. In an era that has become heavily offensive, we are certainly not going to forget about players playing defense.

Best NBA Players By Decade

Starting with the 1960s, we saw Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics dominate the league. Russell won 11 total championships, and nine within this time period. He also had four MVPs to his name. You also had names like Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West Chamberlain had his 100 point game in 1962, and of course his numbers are off the charts given he played 46 minutes a game. Chamberlain averaged 30 and 22 in his career. West was also one of the top players, and he shot 47% in his career. Oscar Robertson started his career in 1961 and put together a strong career, averaging 25-7-9. Of course some of these names went into the 70s for their career, but most of their numbers were during the 60s. Elgin Baylor averaged 27-13-4 in his career.

Getting into the 1970s, we really saw a lot of names come out of this era. Elvin Hayes averaged 21 and 12 over his 15 year career. He also averaged two blocks per game. Kareem Adbul Jabbar had a lengthy career, where he played basically two decades in the NBA, so toss him in with the best of the 70s and 0s. He averaged 24 and 11, with 2.6 blocks per game. Pete Maravich only played nine years, but was one of the better scorers, averaging 24.2 points per game. Names like Dave Cowens and Bill Walton are also honorable mentions, but this was more of a top heavy decade.

The 1980s were built around Larry Bird and Magic Johnson’s rivalry. Both started their career in 1980, and are two of the best at their position throughout all of history. Bird averaged 24-10-6, while Johnson averaged 19-7-11. The two went back and forth all decade long. Julius Irving played most of his career in the 90s, as did Moses Malone and Robert Parish. All three posted stellar numbers and are widely considered some of the best to play the game. Kevin McHale was a big part of those Celtics teams, who were absolutely loaded. You also saw Isiah Thomas, James Worthy, and Clyde Drexler kick off their careers. A lot of names started in 1985, but you could say their careers were established in the 90s era.

The era of the 90s was dominated by Michael Jordan and the Bulls. But this overall had a lot of star talent before things dropped off a bit in the next decade. John Stockton averaged 10.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game in his career. You had Clyde Drexler dominating throughout the 90s, and averaged 20 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Hakeem Olajuwon was an exciting player to watch, averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds per game. He also averaged a whopping 3.1 blocks per game. Karl Malone and Charlies Barkley were two dominant bigs, averaging a double-double throughout their careers. David Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal came in the early 90s draft classes and were strong bigs. Shaq would go onto dominate really two decades.

Looking into the early 2000s, there was a lot of Kobe Bryant and Shaq domination. They won multiple titles together, before Shaq took off and played for multiple teams. Dwayne Wade was also starting off his impressive career, and won a championship before the big three was formed. Kevin Garnett was one of the most consistent players in the game during his time in Minnesota, but the move to Boston with Ray Allen made him a champion. Tim Duncan is one of the best players of all-time, and he led his Spurs to multiple championships. You also have honorable mentions like Allen Iverson in this era, as well as Steve Nash winning multiple MVP awards on a Suns team that deserved more than what they finished with. Dirk Nowitzki started his Hall of Fame career in the 2000s, and ended up leaving a champion. He will go down as one of the best walking buckets in the game today.

Hard to believe that the 2010s are already wrapped up, and LeBron James is still dominating in categories. However you had Kevin Durant establish himself as one of the best shooters, and his length makes him such a tough guard. Chris Paul continues to move up in steals and assists as far as the leaderboards go. Stephen Curry put together a strong stretch not only of winning multiple championships, but he has elevated what we think of a strong shooter. Kawhi Leonard dealt with some injury issues, but he has established himself as one of the best two-way players in the game today. Giannis Antetokounmpo has also developed into one of the better two-way players, and with his size and athleticism, there isn’t anyone like him today. James Harden, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook are also other mentions that have been at the top of the league for multiple seasons.

NBA Player Ratings Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Lineups NBA Player Ratings?

Our unique player ratings are created by a formula based on numerous stats to create individual a player specific rating. Each position is broken down with a unique set of weighted stats, so a center is going to have more rebounding worth than a shooting guard.

Who Is The Best NBA Player Right Now?

Coming off an MVP season, and on his way to another one, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best overall player in the NBA right now. His athleticism and size is unmatched, and he is a force on both sides of the ball.

Who Is The Best NBA Player Of All Time?

While some have closed in on Michael Jordan, he has averaged 30.1 points per game in his career, and is also one of the better defenders we have seen as well. His clutch factors and his will to win pushed him to the top.

Who Is The Best Point Guard Of All Time?

Magic Johnson’s size was unique for the position at the time, but he was a dynamic point guard who could push the pace in an era that wasn’t fast paced. He averaged 19 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds, and nearly two steals per game in his career.

Who Is The Best Shooting Guard Of All Time?

No surprise here, as Michael Jordan is the best shooting guard of all-time. His ability to score, averaging 30 points per game, but also locking down opposing players was unmatched. Jordan’s playoff numbers are also absurd, averaging 33 in the playoffs.

Who Is The Best Small Forward Of All Time?

There are a lot of names in consideration, but LeBron James has established himself as the best small forward in the game. His passing ability allows him to be a primary ball-handler, but his ability to get to the rim is tough to match.

Who Is The Best Power Forward Of All Time?

Tim Duncan is a five-time NBA champion, and averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in his career. He also averaged over two blocks per game. Duncan was one of the smoothest players in the league and while he didn’t fill the spotlight, his play spoke for itself.

Who Is The Best Center Of All Time?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had six total championships, and averaged 24 points per game, 11 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. He had a dominant skyhook, was solid from the free throw line, and also excellent on the defensive side. He was strong from start to finish.

Who Is The Most Famous Basketball Player Today?

LeBron James has been the face of the league for a long time, and that will be the case until he retires. Now that he is with the Lakers, you just took the most famous player worldwide, and added him to the most popular team in the world.

Who Is The Highest Paid Basketball Player In 2020?

Stephen Curry is currently making the most money in the league at the moment, sitting at $40.2 million in the 2019-20 season. He is set to make the most money in the NBA over the next two seasons as well.

Who Is The Highest Paid Basketball Player Of All Time?

The NBA is more profitable now more than ever, and the amount of money teams are able to spend on players have skyrocketed. LeBron James has come in at the right time, and has made over $300 million off of his NBA salary alone.

Which NBA Player Has Longest Career?

Vince Carter is still playing in the NBA, and is currently on 22 regular seasons in the NBA. This surpassed names like Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki for the most seasons by a player in NBA history. We will see if he adds to it.

Which NBA Player Has The Most NBA Titles?

Bill Russell leads all NBA players with 11 total championships won, all with the Boston Celtics. A few other Celtics members came close, also on the same teams, but Russell won a championship in 11 of his 13 seasons played.

Who Is The Tallest NBA Player?

Newly drafted, Tacko Fall, stands at 7’5, which makes him the tallest player in the NBA currently. Boban Marjanovic comes in at 7’4, who ranks second in the league. The tallest player ever is Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan who came in at 7’7.

Who Is The Shortest NBA Player?

The shortest NBA player in history was Muggsy Bogues, who is most noted for being the size of 5’3. Currently, Isiah Thomas continues to float around the league, playing for various teams, but he is 5’9, and currently the shortest player in the NBA.

Who Is The Best Offensive Player In 2020?

James Harden continues to lead the league in offensive rating and win shares over the past few seasons, and his numbers have been at another level. His ability to get to the rim, but also his shot from the field are well above average.

Who Is The Best Defensive Player In 2020?

Rudy Gobert continues to be one of the best defensive players in the game, and is a dominant center option for the Utah Jazz. He is tops in defensive win shares and rating, and also has two defensive player of the year awards, and three all-defensive teams.