Regular Season

PivotFade Top 25 Intro

In the fifth year and seventh iteration of our Top 25 list, it is time we finally laid out what constitutes our rankings, as we have several factors that weigh heavily. But before we rank anyone, we throw way too many players we consider to have at least mentioned in our shared Google Doc. We both know that about half of these 60-something players in our trademarked "bucket" have no chance of making it to the top 25. Still, we list them anyway for peace of mind —Shout out to Nic Claxton for getting thrown into the bucket only to be thrown out in the ensuing moments of the bucket's completion!
So here are the rules that we factor into the Top 25:
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Nikola Jokic1st | Nuggets C
Giannis Antetokounmpo2nd | Bucks F
Stephen Curry3rd | Warriors G
Luka Doncic4th | Mavericks F-G
Joel Embiid5th | 76ers C-F
LeBron James6th | Lakers F
Kevin Durant7th | Suns F
Anthony Davis8th | Lakers F-C
Kawhi Leonard9th | Clippers F
Jimmy Butler10th | Heat F
Jayson Tatum11th | Celtics F-G
Devin Booker12th | Suns G
Damian Lillard13th | Trail Blazers G
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander14th | Thunder G
Bam Adebayo15th | Heat C-F
Kyrie Irving16th | Mavericks G
Ja Morant17th | Grizzlies G
Donovan Mitchell18th | Cavaliers G
Jamal Murray19th | Nuggets G
Tyrese Haliburton20th | Pacers G
De'Aaron Fox21st | Kings G
Pascal Siakam22nd | Raptors F
Brandon Ingram23rd | Pelicans F
Jrue Holiday24th | Bucks G
Jalen Brunson25th | Knicks G