Today, ESPN is wrapping up their epic ranking of the top 500 players in the NBA by unveiling the top 10. Naturally, there are no Pistons on the list as Detroit's best player, Greg Monroe, came in at No. 49.
That is a respectable 83-spot jump from last year's 132nd ranking. But it still means that in the judgement of the bigwigs over in Bristol there are 48 players in the NBA better than Greg Monroe. Let's judge for ourselves by taking a look at the list of people ahead of Monroe from 48 on up (with some guesses among the names not released as of the writing of this article. Bonus question: Which of the following players will Greg Monroe leap ahead of following this season?:
Ty Lawson, Ricky Rubio, Monta Ellis, Andrew Bogut, Al Jefferson, Amare Stoudemire, DeMarcus Cousins, Serge Ibaka, Stephen Curry, Danny Granger.
Eric Gordon, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Zach Randolph, Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay, Josh Smith, Al Horford, Paul Pierce.
Andre Iguodala, Tim Duncan, James Harden, Manu Ginobli, Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Garnett, LeMarcus Aldridge, Steve Nash.
Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Tony Parker, Pau Gasol, Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum, Rajon Rondo, Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook.
Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, LeBron James.
Also, if you're curious here is where the rest of the Pistons landed on the chart here is the list with the number of spots they either jumped or fell in parentheses:
Rodney Stuckey -- 103 (+5), Tayshaun Prince -- 144 (-39), Brandon Knight -- 177 (+90), Jonas Jerebko -- 206 (+0), Corey Maggette -- 221 (-59), Jason Maxiell -- 241 (-2), Will Bynum -- 244 (-56), Austin Daye -- 245 (-28), Charlie Villanueva -- 262 (-71), Andre Drummond -- 277 (-), Ben Wallace -- 303 (-76), Kyle Singler -- 407 (+39), Kim English -- 441 (-), Khris Middleton -- 485 (-), Vyacheslav Kravtsov -- Unranked (-).