WASHINGTON — SI has released its list of the top 100 players in the NBA, and four Wizards make appearances.
That’s not much of a surprise. John Wall is the highest-ranked Wizard, which is not also not surprising. The Golden State Warriors have three players ahead of Wall, and a fourth player just two spots behind him — again, not a big shock.
However, some eyebrows might rise at Bradley Beal coming in three spots behind Marcin Gortat. It’s also somewhat surprising that newly-acquired backup center Ian Mahinmi made the list (No. 76) while Markieff Morris, who the Wizards traded a first-round pick for, did not.
The four players who made the list for Washington are:
Ian Mahinmi: #76
Bradley Beal: #58
Marcin Gortat: #55
John Wall: #17
Mahinmi, who played for the Indiana Pacers last season, made the biggest leap from a year ago, as he was unranked in 2015’s list. Beal moved up four spots, from No. 62, and Gortat moved up eight spots, from No. 63. Wall actually took four steps in the wrong direction, according to SI, from No. 13 last year.
Perhaps such minimal growth (on the list), or regression in Wall’s case, should be expected after a 41-41 season in which the Wizards missed the playoffs. Three players inside the top 60 certainly isn’t an insult for a team that missed the postseason, nor is four players inside the top 80.
But Morris not making the list is a bit surprising, especially when Cody Zeller and J.R. Smith made it, and Marvin Williams is rated No. 65. George Hill being two spots ahead of Beal is surprising. Tristan Thompson being three spots ahead of Gortat isn’t ideal.
Winning speaks, apparently.