On Monday morning SB Nation released a thoroughly speculative list of its top 100 NBA players going into the 2017-2018 season. The list not only includes current league stars, but also college players, overseas stashes and high school prodigies.
There are more than a few reaches here, but that’s the fun of it: One eighteen-year-old college freshman makes the top ten and a 2012 lottery pick is in the top three.
There are, however, two potentially low evaluations of Knicks players. Iman Shumpert is slotted by Ricky O’Donnell as the 89th-best player in the NBA four years from now. Shumpert will only be 27 by then, and he is projected between Rudy Gay (90) and O.J. Mayo (88).
Carmelo Anthony will be 33 in 2017. Jonathan Tjarks selected him as the 33rd-best player in the league during that year, ahead of Rajon Rondo (34) and behind Deron Williams (32).
No other current Knicks made the list.
Harris DeckerAs absurd as this premise is, it’s extremely fun to dream. Four seasons down the road is an eternity in the NBA but still, this is a fun exercise in forecasting. The fact that only two Knicks make the list isn’t all that surprising. Anthony will be much closer to the end of his career and although the Knicks have a ton of talent, there isn’t a lot of long term, young talent.
The exception is Iman Shumpert. Coming in at #89 is slightly disappointing. As a big believer in the third year guard, much of the Knicks success in the next few years will depend on him developing into a player that could be much higher on this list come 2017. There’s also the chance that a player like Tim Hardaway Jr. could grow into a player that could crack the Top 1oo. It’s all speculation but why not have some fun?