Commentary

Top 190 Rankings: LeBron is King

Updated: October 23, 2008, 2:39 PM ET
By Fantasy staff | ESPN.com

The ESPN composite Top 190 (plus 2) is different than the default rankings you'll find in the ESPN game. These rankings are the aggregate of four of our fantasy basketball experts' personal rankings.

Why the difference?

We asked Keith Lipscomb, Eric Karabell, Brian McKitish and Guy Lake to rank their top 175. Between them, they ranked a total of 192* players based on their personal preferences, draft strategies and each player's upside and downside.

For our default rankings -- which you'll see also regulate the order in which players appear in our "Profiles and Projections" -- we turned to the highly-tuned value-analysis tool that is the Player Rater. We fed it our projections for the season, and it churned out a value for each player.

So, whether you like your rankings by-the-numbers or you prefer the more subjective, yet infinitely more flexible ordering of our experts, we have you covered.

Players who were not ranked by an expert were given a value of 176 for the purpose of the "average" rank.

*We updated our ranks on Oct. 22 and came up with an extra two players, and we're not ones to let round numbers confound us.

Fantasy Basketball Rankings
Rank Name Position
Lipscomb

Karabell

McKitish

Lake
Average
1 LeBron James, Cle SF 1 1 1 2 1.3
2 Chris Paul, Nor PG 2 3 2 1 2.0
3 Kobe Bryant, LAL SG 3 2 4 4 3.3
4 Amare Stoudemire, Pho PF/C 4 4 3 3 3.5
5 Dwyane Wade, Mia SG 5 7 5 5 5.5
6 Steve Nash, Pho PG 6 5 6 11 7.0
7 Dirk Nowitzki, Dal PF 8 8 9 6 7.8
8 Josh Smith, Atl PF/SF 7 9 8 7 7.8
9 Kevin Garnett, Bos PF 12 6 7 8 8.3
10 Allen Iverson, Den SG/PG 9 11 13 10 10.8
11 Elton Brand, Phi PF 10 14 12 9 11.3
12 Shawn Marion, Mia SF/PF 16 12 10 18 14.0
13 Al Jefferson, Min C/PF 19 13 17 13 15.5
14 Deron Williams, Uta PG 11 10 11 33 16.3
15 Tim Duncan, SA PF/C 18 15 21 15 17.3
16 Joe Johnson, Atl SG/SF 15 16 22 19 18.0
17 Dwight Howard, Orl C 13 23 15 23 18.5
18 Baron Davis, LAC PG 23 20 14 17 18.5
19 Danny Granger, Ind SF 22 24 18 12 19.0
20 Andre Iguodala, Phi SF/SG 25 19 16 21 20.3
21 Carmelo Anthony, Den SF 14 18 26 24 20.5
22 Rudy Gay, Mem SF/PF 20 22 20 22 21.0
23 Chris Bosh, Tor PF/C 24 21 19 29 23.3
24 Paul Pierce, Bos SF/SG 28 27 24 20 24.8
25 Marcus Camby, LAC C/PF 31 29 25 14 24.8
26 Carlos Boozer, Uta PF 17 17 30 36 25.0
27 Vince Carter, NJ SG/SF 26 26 23 27 25.5
28 Jason Richardson, Cha SG/SF 30 25 27 26 27.0
29 Yao Ming, Hou C 21 32 28 31 28.0
30 Caron Butler, Was SF 27 39 38 16 30.0
31 Pau Gasol, LAL PF/C 34 30 36 28 32.0
32 David West, Nor PF 29 34 31 35 32.3
33 Jose Calderon, Tor PG 40 31 29 32 33.0
34 Chauncey Billups, Det PG 42 33 32 25 33.0
35 Kevin Martin, Sac SG 33 36 34 34 34.3
36 Rashard Lewis, Orl SF/PF 47 28 33 30 34.5
37 Hedo Turkoglu, Orl SF/SG 36 35 39 39 37.3
38 Ron Artest, Hou SF 32 40 41 38 37.8
39 Jason Kidd, Dal PG 43 37 35 40 38.8
40 Antawn Jamison, Was PF 35 38 40 42 38.8
41 Kevin Durant, OKC SG/SF 37 43 43 37 40.0
42 Brandon Roy, Por SG 38 41 42 41 40.5
43 Gerald Wallace, Cha SF/PF 41 42 37 48 42.0
44 Mike Dunleavy, Ind SG/SF 39 49 48 43 44.8
45 Stephen Jackson, GS SG/SF 48 47 45 45 46.3
46 Lamar Odom, LAL SF/PF 44 46 49 47 46.5
47 Michael Redd, Mil SG 53 44 44 49 47.5
48 Jamal Crawford, NY SG/PG 45 61 47 46 49.8
49 Mike Miller, Min SG/SF 49 53 53 51 51.5
50 Andre Miller, Phi PG 52 48 46 65 52.8
51 Devin Harris, NJ PG 50 52 57 57 54.0
52 Andrew Bynum, LAL C 46 45 63 63 54.3
53 Mo Williams, Cle PG 54 58 55 56 55.8
54 Mehmet Okur, Uta C 64 55 56 50 56.3
55 Rasheed Wallace, Det C/PF 66 62 54 44 56.5
56 Tracy McGrady, Hou SG/SF 51 66 51 62 57.5
57 Emeka Okafor, Cha C/PF 56 67 59 52 58.5
58 Josh Howard, Dal SF 58 51 52 77 59.5
59 Al Horford, Atl C/PF 57 74 58 55 61.0
60 Andrew Bogut, Mil C 55 73 50 68 61.5
61 Ray Allen, Bos SG 80 60 61 59 65.0
62 Tony Parker, SA PG 60 57 67 76 65.0
63 LaMarcus Aldridge, Por PF/C 63 72 65 64 66.0
64 Mike Bibby, Atl PG 69 64 62 72 66.8
65 Michael Beasley, Mia PF 72 78 69 54 68.3
66 Brad Miller, Sac C 75 50 64 85 68.5
67 Corey Maggette, GS SF/SG 59 69 76 70 68.5
68 Richard Jefferson, Mil SF 67 56 79 75 69.3
69 Jermaine O'Neal, Tor C/PF 83 59 66 74 70.5
70 Andris Biedrins, GS C 79 68 78 58 70.8
71 Manu Ginobili, SA SG 65 91 75 53 71.0
72 Greg Oden, Por C 73 80 60 73 71.5
73 Luol Deng, Chi SF 61 83 72 71 71.8
74 Chris Kaman, LAC C 81 54 85 69 72.3
75 T.J. Ford, Ind PG 68 90 71 66 73.8
76 Leandro Barbosa, Pho SG/PG 87 65 73 78 75.8
77 Raymond Felton, Cha PG 62 82 70 92 76.5
78 Jason Terry, Dal SG/PG 93 70 83 67 78.3
79 Randy Foye, Min PG/SG 70 87 81 79 79.3
80 Tyson Chandler, Nor C 74 71 94 80 79.8
81 Gilbert Arenas, Was PG 78 104 80 60 80.5
82 Kirk Hinrich, Chi PG/SG 82 77 77 87 80.8
83 Monta Ellis, GS PG/SG 86 86 92 61 81.3
84 Peja Stojakovic, Nor SF 90 75 84 82 82.8
85 Rajon Rondo, Bos PG 77 85 87 84 83.3
86 Samuel Dalembert, Phi C 97 76 74 88 83.8
87 Ricky Davis, LAC SF/SG 76 79 99 81 83.8
88 John Salmons, Sac SF/SG 71 63 108 96 84.5
89 Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cle C 84 88 86 90 87.0
90 Beno Udrih, Sac PG 85 81 96 94 89.0
91 David Lee, NY PF 89 95 91 83 89.5
92 Zach Randolph, NY PF/C 88 94 95 89 91.5
93 Charlie Villanueva, Mil PF/SF 99 92 90 86 91.8
94 Richard Hamilton, Det SG 94 84 89 100 91.8
95 Andrei Kirilenko, Uta SF/PF 98 112 68 97 93.8
96 Al Harrington, GS PF/C 105 89 93 98 96.3
97 Derrick Rose, Chi PG 101 108 88 91 97.0
98 Troy Murphy, Ind PF/C 91 102 97 103 98.3
99 Ben Gordon, Chi SG 92 96 82 125 98.8
100 Al Thornton, LAC SF 95 103 104 95 99.3
101 Francisco Garcia, Sac SG/SF 96 101 117 93 101.8
102 Marvin Williams, Atl SF 102 106 103 109 105.0
103 Rafer Alston, Hou PG 100 121 106 99 106.5
104 Jameer Nelson, Orl PG 103 99 105 121 107.0
105 Thaddeus Young, Phi SF 124 98 98 110 107.5
106 Jamario Moon, Tor SF/PF 139 93 101 101 108.5
107 Drew Gooden, Chi PF 104 128 100 107 109.8
108 Joakim Noah, Chi C/PF 109 110 107 118 111.0
109 Mickael Pietrus, Orl SG/SF 116 105 102 124 111.8
110 Mike Conley, Mem PG 108 107 129 108 113.0
111 Andray Blatche, Was PF/C 123 116 124 106 117.3
112 Anthony Parker, Tor SG 148 109 109 105 117.8
113 Luke Ridnour, Mil PG 119 118 121 116 118.5
114 Kenyon Martin, Den PF 107 136 132 104 119.8
115 Chris Duhon, NY PG 129 113 120 119 120.3
116 Nick Collison, OKC PF/C 112 114 127 129 120.5
117 Louis Williams, Phi PG 127 100 118 139 121.0
118 O.J. Mayo, Mem SG 115 145 119 112 122.8
119 Marcus Williams, GS PG 120 97 122 154 123.3
120 J.R. Smith, Den SG 121 133 139 102 123.8
121 Hakim Warrick, Mem PF 106 126 142 122 124.0
122 Shaquille O'Neal, Pho C 135 142 111 113 125.3
123 Ramon Sessions, Mil PG 130 117 114 142 125.8
124 Marc Gasol, Mem C 128 122 137 120 126.8
125 Wilson Chandler, NY SF 117 131 145 114 126.8
126 Jason Maxiell, Det PF/C 122 137 125 126 127.5
127 Rudy Fernandez, Por SG 142 119 123 128 128.0
128 Boris Diaw, Pho PF/SF 114 151 116 132 128.3
129 Shane Battier, Hou SF 134 115 115 152 129.0
130 Ronnie Brewer, Uta SG 118 149 112 137 129.0
131 Tayshaun Prince, Det SF 111 120 147 141 129.8
132 Andres Nocioni, Chi SF/PF 137 125 143 115 130.0
133 Luis Scola, Hou PF/C 141 111 136 133 130.3
134 Chris Wilcox, OKC PF/C 113 127 130 155 131.3
135 Earl Watson, OKC PG 110 132 153 130 131.3
136 Kevin Love, Min PF 133 134 154 117 134.5
137 Nate Robinson, NY PG/SG 156 124 134 134 137.0
138 Rashad McCants, Min SG 159 138 141 111 137.3
139 Quentin Richardson, NY SF/SG 131 140 113 NR 140.0
140 Raja Bell, Pho SG 157 130 131 149 141.8
141 Ryan Gomes, Min SF/PF 151 123 162 136 143.0
142 Russell Westbrook, OKC PG 149 NR 126 127 144.5
143 Jarrett Jack, Ind PG 132 135 149 164 145.0
144 Tyrus Thomas, Chi PF 171 129 146 135 145.3
145 Paul Millsap, Uta PF 140 147 173 131 147.8
146 Matt Barnes, Pho SF 146 NR 150 123 148.8
147 Travis Outlaw, Por SF/PF 150 164 133 148 148.8
148 Rodney Stuckey, Det SG/PG 143 161 156 138 149.5
149 Grant Hill, Pho SF 138 141 164 157 150.0
150 Jeff Green, OKC SF 144 146 161 151 150.5
151 Ben Wallace, Cle C NR 150 110 168 151.0
152 Jerryd Bayless, Por PG/SG 154 144 155 153 151.5
153 Steve Blake, Por PG 136 159 144 174 153.3
154 Thabo Sefolosha, Chi SG/SF 166 152 151 144 153.3
155 Larry Hughes, Chi SG 168 153 135 159 153.8
156 Andrea Bargnani, Tor SF/PF 160 139 152 165 154.0
157 Josh Boone, NJ C 164 158 128 NR 156.5
158 Derek Fisher, LAL PG 167 154 159 147 156.8
159 Jeff Foster, Ind C/PF 126 168 158 NR 157.0
160 Delonte West, Cle SG/PG 161 165 160 145 157.8
161 Tony Allen, Bos SG 147 NR 172 140 158.8
162 Mario Chalmers, Mia PG 173 148 140 175 159.0
163 Cuttino Mobley, LAC SG 162 166 165 143 159.0
164 Anderson Varejao, Cle PF/C 158 163 148 NR 161.3
165 Linas Kleiza, Den PF/SF 152 NR NR 156 165.0
166 Kendrick Perkins, Bos C 153 156 NR NR 165.3
167 Udonis Haslem, Mia PF 163 155 167 NR 165.3
168 Sebastian Telfair, Min PG 170 NR NR 146 167.0
169 Brandon Bass, Dal PF 145 NR NR 171 167.0
170 Yi Jianlian, NJ SF/PF NR 157 170 167 167.5
171 Tim Thomas, LAC PF/SF NR 160 NR 160 168.0
172 Sean Williams, NJ PF/C 155 NR 169 NR 169.0
173 Antonio Daniels, Was PG 165 NR NR 161 169.5
174 Jordan Farmar, LAL PG 174 175 168 163 170.0
175 Morris Peterson, Nor SG/SF NR 169 NR 162 170.8
176 Amir Johnson, Det PF NR NR 157 NR 171.3
177 Kyle Lowry, Mem PG 172 NR 166 NR 172.5
178 Brook Lopez, NJ C NR 162 NR NR 172.5
179 Bobby Simmons, NJ SF NR NR 163 NR 172.8
180 Darko Milicic, Mem C/PF NR 170 171 NR 173.3
181 Goran Dragic, Pho PG NR NR NR 166 173.5
182 Donyell Marshall, Phi PF NR 167 NR NR 173.8
183 Anthony Carter, Den PG 169 NR NR NR 174.3
184 Roger Mason, SA SG/PG NR NR NR 169 174.3
185 Wally Szczerbiak, Cle SG/SF NR NR NR 170 174.5
186 Jamaal Tinsley, Ind PG NR 171 NR NR 174.8
187 Michael Finley, SA SG/SF NR 172 NR NR 175.0
188 D.J. Augustin, Cha PG 175 NR 174 NR 175.3
189 DeShawn Stevenson, Was SG NR NR NR 173 175.3
190 Theo Ratliff, Phi C NR 173 NR NR 175.3
191 Erick Dampier, Dal C NR 174 NR NR 175.5
192 Spencer Hawes, Sac C NR NR 175 NR 175.8