NBA Draft Kit: Expert Composite Rankings

NBA Draft Kit: Expert Composite Rankings

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

With the 2021-22 regular season rapidly approaching, the RotoWire NBA crew presents their Expert Composite Rankings.

Some notes about the project:

  • These are the individual and average rankings of Nick Whalen, Alex Barutha, James Anderson, Ken Crites and Gabe Allen.
  • The process was different than in previous seasons. Rankings were not organized by hand, but rather through a program that had the user choose between two presented players -- which one would you rather draft? The process was completed enough times to generate rankings. Participants were also encouraged not to look at statistical projections while completing the task.
    • Why was this method chosen? In theory, it better represents the standard draft process. You can do plenty of preparation before the season -- and maybe you have time to check projections during the draft -- but when you're on the clock, the decision often comes down to a gut feeling.
  • Some participants went through a list of 150 players, and some went through a list of 200, resulting in some players going unranked for individuals. However, those players still end up in the average rankings.
  • The project started in mid-September, meaning some rankings would presumably change if it were re-done today. For example, less was known about Kyrie Irving's vaccination status, and Caris LeVert's back injury wasn't revealed.
  • Rankings are based on eight-category leagues.

Note: Column headers are sortable

PlayerBaruthaAndersonWhalenAllenCritesAVG RK
Nikola Jokic111111
James Harden22

With the 2021-22 regular season rapidly approaching, the RotoWire NBA crew presents their Expert Composite Rankings.

Some notes about the project:

  • These are the individual and average rankings of Nick Whalen, Alex Barutha, James Anderson, Ken Crites and Gabe Allen.
  • The process was different than in previous seasons. Rankings were not organized by hand, but rather through a program that had the user choose between two presented players -- which one would you rather draft? The process was completed enough times to generate rankings. Participants were also encouraged not to look at statistical projections while completing the task.
    • Why was this method chosen? In theory, it better represents the standard draft process. You can do plenty of preparation before the season -- and maybe you have time to check projections during the draft -- but when you're on the clock, the decision often comes down to a gut feeling.
  • Some participants went through a list of 150 players, and some went through a list of 200, resulting in some players going unranked for individuals. However, those players still end up in the average rankings.
  • The project started in mid-September, meaning some rankings would presumably change if it were re-done today. For example, less was known about Kyrie Irving's vaccination status, and Caris LeVert's back injury wasn't revealed.
  • Rankings are based on eight-category leagues.

Note: Column headers are sortable

PlayerBaruthaAndersonWhalenAllenCritesAVG RK
Nikola Jokic111111
James Harden222232.2
Stephen Curry343323
Luka Doncic654865.8
Damian Lillard51155107.2
Karl-Anthony Towns466796.4
Kevin Durant10107457.2
Giannis Antetokounmpo838645.8
Paul George78910159.8
Jayson Tatum91210979.4
Trae Young15711111411.6
Joel Embiid122012121113.4
Anthony Davis14913141813.6
Bradley Beal111514161213.6
LeBron James13131513812.4
Bam Adebayo192216152118.6
Domantas Sabonis163317201720.6
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander301618242222
Zach LaVine171419352421.8
Fred VanVleet291820181319.6
Jimmy Butler283221212926.2
Brandon Ingram323422232026.2
LaMelo Ball241723194625.8
Devin Booker222124332725.4
Zion Williamson262325173825.8
Julius Randle205626251628.6
Michael Porter391927303429.8
Nikola Vucevic462828311930.4
De'Aaron Fox312929322529.2
Jaylen Brown183030222324.6
Donovan Mitchell272531294030.4
Kyrie Irving (pre-vaccine concerns)232632377037.6
Jrue Holiday332733364234.2
Dejounte Murray363634346841.6
Pascal Siakam453535273635.6
Khris Middleton483736264738.8
Tobias Harris413137284837
CJ McCollum345238434943.2
Christian Wood474239453040.6
Myles Turner504140492641.2
Rudy Gobert213841502835.6
John Collins422442383536.2
Russell Westbrook254943476145
Chris Paul374444423239.8
Deandre Ayton405545403342.6
Tyrese Haliburton775446483952.8
OG Anunoby804047417957.4
Clint Capela496148513148
Draymond Green586049448559.2
Ja Morant355150394343.6
Lonzo Ball573951706756.8
Robert Covington6181526610973.8
Richaun Holmes564553584451.2
Malcolm Brogdon525354563750.4
Ben Simmons53106555711076.2
Darius Garland665856676662.6
Jaren Jackson444657466551.6
Anthony Edwards626258695060.2
Mikal Bridges824759539266.6
Buddy Hield6710860785673.8
Collin Sexton658061715766.8
Terry Rozier556762645260
Jusuf Nurkic8157636510474
Kyle Lowry384364524548.4
Jonas Valanciunas595965615559.8
Gordon Hayward796366738873.8
Jerami Grant726867685866.6
DeMar DeRozan515068626058.2
Kristaps Porzingis644869557462
Chris Boucher1029370845480.6
P.J. Washington1057871639582.4
Jarrett Allen887172607372.8
Dillon Brooks85947310010290.8
Mike Conley548674745368.2
Cade Cunningham686575547266.8
Robert Williams697276774167
Caris LeVert437777876469.6
Norman Powell8385789911191.2
Kevin Porter926679985177.2
Bogdan Bogdanovic767680867578.6
Andrew Wiggins937081808080.8
Nerlens Noel12113382115105111.2
Harrison Barnes1008783906985.8
De'Andre Hunter60107841369696.6
Keldon Johnson867585726376.2
Chuma Okeke12911186142146122.8
Miles Bridges824787539272.2
Nickeil Alexander-Walker13014288101101112.4
Jonathan Isaac8717689598298.6
D'Angelo Russell8973907610686.8
Wendell Carter1031049110994100.2
Spencer Dinwiddie786492828379.8
Devonte' Graham709893797182.2
Dennis Schroder11011094123112109.8
Tim HardawayNR12195NRNR108
Jordan Clarkson1141229611281105
Isaiah Stewart908297758986.6
Mitchell Robinson10414398118142121
Brook Lopez968399889892.8
RJ Barrett1119010011690101.4
Aaron Gordon12099101119118111.4
Khem Birch14514712894115125.8
Jakob Poeltl9789103104122103
Derrick White6374104818681.6
Kyle Anderson10891105117120108.2
Jalen Green91691061075986.4
Will Barton9910010712093103.8
Kemba Walker9411310885107101.4
Malik Beasley75112109125119108
Bojan Bogdanovic84129110128103110.8
Dorian Finney-Smith149114111110141125
Marcus Smart7392112836284.4
Thomas Bryant142163113150148143.2
Evan Mobley1131411149584109.4
Kelly Olynyk1011571159191111
Larry Nance107105116126113113.4
Kelly Oubre12484117127123115
Reggie Jackson74124118144144120.8
Tyler HerroNR101119NRNR110
Jaden McDaniels140109132145137132.6
Aleksej Pokusevski137183121135117138.6
Gary TrentNR139134NRNR136.5
Saddiq Bey12613012313487120
Royce O'Neale146170124111143138.8
Josh HartNR162125NRNR143.5
Daniel Gafford13615212613899130.2
Kevin Huerter12311912796116116.2
Jalen Suggs9510310210697100.6
Seth Curry1279612992133115.4
Nicolas Batum144153130129136138.4
Ivica Zubac13188131108126116.8
Thaddeus Young112115120105131116.6
Joe HarrisNR140133NRNR136.5
Luguentz DortNR97122NRNR109.5
Duncan RobinsonNR145135NRNR140
Isaiah Roby150189136148149154.4
Al Horford9812313789130115.4
Coby WhiteNR178138NRNR158
Maxi Kleber14795139139129129.8
Daniel Theis12213814013176121.4
Doug McDermottNR150141NRNR145.5
T.J. Warren117102142149135129
Steven Adams118167143146145143.8
Evan Fournier109144144133108127.6
Andre Drummond143155145130138142.2
Jae'Sean Tate13916014611377127
Cole AnthonyNR172147NRNR159.5
Klay ThompsonNR131148NRNR139.5
Eric BledsoeNR144149NRNR146.5
Derrick Rose125134150132125133.2
Darius BazleyNR187151NRNR169
Kyle KuzmaNR135152NRNR143.5
Talen Horton-Tucker133168153122140143.2
Matisse ThybulleNR180154NRNR167
Patrick Williams11912515593132124.8
Goran DragicNR132156NRNR144
De'Anthony MeltonNR174157NRNR165.5
Mason PlumleeNR146158NRNR152
Blake GriffinNR151159NRNR155
Lauri Markkanen106118160143139133.2
Marcus MorrisNR137161NRNR149
Cameron JohnsonNR120162NRNR141
Cam ReddishNR127163NRNR145
Davis BertansNR166164NRNR165
Markelle Fultz135179165140128149.4
Kawhi Leonard13419816610378135.8
Josh RichardsonNR161167NRNR164
Kira LewisNR188168NRNR178
Derrick JonesNR190169NRNR179.5
Terrence Ross116154170124121137
Danuel HouseNR173171NRNR172
Killian HayesNR196172NRNR184
Mo BambaNR184173NRNR178.5
John WallNR164174NRNR169
Monte Morris13211717597134131
Malachi FlynnNR181176NRNR178.5
Rui HachimuraNR126177NRNR151.5
T.J. McConnellNR199178NRNR188.5
Brandon ClarkeNR158179NRNR168.5
Jalen BrunsonNR159180NRNR169.5
Donte DiVincenzoNR128181NRNR154.5
Scottie BarnesNR169182NRNR175.5
Marvin BagleyNR192183NRNR187.5
Kenyon MartinNR148184NRNR166
Devin VassellNR171185NRNR178
Joe Ingles115136186102124132.6
Justin HolidayNR175187NRNR181
Otto PorterNR182188NRNR185
Nemanja BjelicaNR191189NRNR190
Victor OladipoNR200190NRNR195
Bobby PortisNR185191NRNR188
Kevin Love138186192144150162
Jamal MurrayNR197193NRNR195
Rudy GayNR197194NRNR195.5
Danny GreenNR193195NRNR194
Danilo GallinariNR149196NRNR172.5
Ricky RubioNR165197NRNR181
Jae Crowder141156198147127153.8
Isaac Okoro148177199141147162.4
Franz WagnerNR194200NRNR197

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Gabriel Allen
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James Anderson
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Alex Barutha
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