Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated compiled an extensive ranking of the "Top 100 NBA Players for 2016," with numbers 100-51 released today. Isaiah Thomas checks in at No. 88, and Amir Johnson is right behind him at No. 89.
They are the only two Celtics players on the list. Let's think about that for a quick second--barring the astonishing revelation that somebody like David Lee, Marcus Smart or Jonas Jerebko (why not?) is somehow in the top 50, how ridiculous is it that Boston is projected to be in the middle of the pack of a 30-team league (if not better: Examples A and B) without a single player among the top 87? What does that say about the coaching abilities of Brad Stevens? How high might he rank on a "Top 30 NBA Head Coaches for 2016" list?
Regardless, Isaiah clearly disagrees with his position:
Sports illustrated Rankings are a JOKE lol. Feels like back in HS when those POLITICAL rankings would come out & we would just laugh it off— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) August 31, 2015
Thomas occupied the 90th spot on SI's list a year ago, so at least he can be pleased about moving up a couple places. Johnson, on the other hand, fell all the way down from No. 71.
It's also funny to note that Rajon Rondo was the lone Celtic in the 2015 rankings, at No. 40 (and I was pissed). Rondo no longer resides in the top 100.
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