OTRBasketball Top 50: 31-40
Thirteen staff members from OTRBasketball.com have come together to bring you their very own NBA Top 50 list.
Each member was asked to put the 50 best current NBA players in order, and the results would be calculated based on average ranking.
All ties were broken by determining which player obtained the highest individual ranking.
Last week, players 41-50 were named, and you can find that by clicking here.
Starting off this week, we'll give you No. 31-40:
40. Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic, F (profile)
Averages through April 5: 16.7 PPG on 40.9 percent FG, 5.3 RPG, 4.9 APG in 36.6 minutes
Average Ranking: 42.08
Much like Lamar Odom in regards to his versatility, Hedo can play up to four positions on the floor, including point guard, which he proved immediately after Jameer Nelson's injury. Unfortunately, Turkoglu's shooting has taken a hit this season after a solid performance last year, which led to his Most Improved Player award.
With unlimited range in an offense that allows him to launch from three at any time, Hedo has been clutch from beyond the arc in many situations throughout his career.
39. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, F (profile)
Averages through April 5th: 18.5 PPG on 48.6% FG, 7.5 RPG, 1.9 APG in 37.1 minutes
Average Ranking: 42.08
Aldridge's consistent play has boosted the Portland Trail Blazers into the playoffs this year (minus a complete breakdown in their final six games). He may not be Portland's most valuable player, but his mobility is a plus on both sides of the court, and LaMarcus' scoring ability takes quite a load off of Brandon Roy's shoulders.
Aldridge still needs to hit the gym and work more on his low-post game, but his presence is already being felt in just three NBA seasons.
38. David Lee, New York Knicks, F (profile)
Averages through April 5: 16.1 PPG on 55.2 percent FG, 11.8 RPG, 2.1 APG in 35.3 minutes
Average Ranking: 41.08
Posting career highs in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes, it's difficult to believe that Lee was the 30th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Lee is the current leader in double-doubles among all players, including Dwight Howard.
David's leaping ability is exceptional, and it may be one of the bigger reasons for his high rebounding numbers, as Lee is tied for second with Troy Murphy in rebounds per game.
37. Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic, F (profile)
Averages through April 5: 17.9 PPG on 44.0 percent FG, 5.7 RPG, 2.6 APG in 36.3 minutes
Average Ranking: 38.92
Lewis, like Hedo, excels in Orlando's system. However, Rashard is in an even better position: Orlando's defense creates shots for him, while other teams find it frustrating to defend a team like the Magic back down the court.
Additionally, a low-post threat such as Howard gives Lewis more room to work, to create his own shot against his opponent or to hit a three on a catch-and-shoot. Shard's rebounding doesn't leave much to be desired in relation to his size, but his defense has been improving since signing with Orlando.
36. Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks, G (profile)
Averages through April 5: 9.2 PPG on 42.3 percent FG, 6.1 RPG, 8.6 APG in 35.6 minutes
Average Ranking: 37.08
The triple-double machine is still creating for teammates, and Kidd doesn't look like he'll stop anytime soon. For a point guard, Kidd's rebounding is off the charts, and his defensive skill level is still among the top of a list of guards when he's not focused completely on offense.
The Mavericks aren't the same 55-60 win team since getting Kidd, but the sudden decline of Josh Howard could be the biggest reason for that. Kidd's only problem is his shooting percentage, and he only takes around eight shots per game.
35. Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets, G (profile)
Averages through April 5: 20.8 PPG on 43.6 FG, 5.1 RPG, 4.6 APG in 36.8 minutes
Average Ranking: 36.77
Following former Hawks superstar Dominique Wilkins as the NBA's human highlight reel, Vince Carter is still providing ESPN with 360 layups and spectacular dunks, but with declining numbers. Vince hasn't averaged 20 points per game since 2003. His overall shooting percentage has dropped as well.
Despite the troubles, Vince is shooting better from downtown and has been clutch for the Nets this season. If defense was a part of Vince's game, he would possibly make our next list of ten.
34. Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks, G (profile)
Averages through April 5: 21.2 PPG on 45.5 percent FG, 3.2 RPG, 2.7 APG in 36.5 minutes
Average Ranking: 36.46
The Milwaukee Bucks are pushing to make the playoffs this season, and even though Redd has been plagued with an injury during the most important time of the year, it shouldn't hurt his value one bit. Redd is still a threat from beyond the arc, as well as a player that can give you 30 on any given night.
Michael doesn't seem like the player he was in 2004, when he earned his spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, and his defense and passing ability will always be criticized, but Redd's offensive production will always be appreciated.
33. Caron Butler, Washington Wizards, F (profile)
Averages through April 5: 20.5 PPG on 44.8 percent FG, 6.2 RPG, 4.4 APG in 38.6 minutes
Average Ranking: 36.15
Despite not making his third all-star game appearance, Caron Butler has been playing like an all-star forward all season for Washington. You wouldn't be able to tell by the Wizards' record, but Washington has been banged up since November, and Butler has turned into a consistent offensive player without Gilbert Arenas in the lineup.
Butler is a solid rebounder for his height, has an impressive mid-range game, and can drive the lane very well, something he has improved on over the course of seven NBA seasons.
32. Maurice Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, G (profile)
Averages through April 5: 17.9 PPG on 46.6 percent FG, 3.4 RPG, 4.0 APG in 35.1 minutes
Average Ranking: 35.77
Maurice Williams' assists numbers have dropped to his lowest since becoming a starter in Milwaukee, but his scoring is at a career-high, at nearly 18 points per game. Williams is an excellent shooter, hitting over 91 percent of his free throws and 43 percent from three.
Many fans questioned his defensive abilities as a member of the Bucks, but much of his so-called improvements on that end of the court may be due to Cleveland's extremely-gifted help defense. Nevertheless, with Williams snagging an all-star jersey this season, Cleveland is having their best year in franchise history.
31. David West, New Orleans Hornets, F (profile)
Averages through April 5: 20.7 PPG on 46.7 percent FG, 8.4 RPG, 2.3 APG in 39.0 minutes
Average Ranking: 35.38
Playing in his second All-Star game this season, David West has been Chris Paul's Robin in a rugged five months of ups and downs for New Orleans. It's certain that the Hornets won't match their 56-win season from last year, but West didn't have a problem playing nearly as good.
David West isn't the best athlete on the roster, but he has an advanced set of skills on offense, and he's close to automatic if left open from mid-range.
Look for our next ten players, 21-30, by the end of the week!
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