Every year, a panel of ESPN NBA columnists vote on the top 500 players in the NBA. In this list, there are always players that significantly rise from the previous year and also players that fall significantly.
This year, some notable players that improved by 150 or more spots are: Kenneth Faried (from 331 to 71), Jeremy Lin (from 467 to 78), and Ersan Ilyasova (from 235 to 72). Some notable players that dropped by a significant amount are: Gilbert Arenas (172 to 320), Greg Oden (184 to 372), Tyrus Thomas (from 123 to 253), and Amare Stoudemire (from 13 to 43).
So who are candidates to be next year's Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire? Here are eight candidates for having a significant rise or fall in next year's ESPN NBA rank.