When producing these rankings, I first went through each team's rosters (keeping in mind the necessary requirements for eligibility) and compiled a list of all the players I thought had a chance of working their way into the top 50.
Without a designated number in mind, I wrote down 71 names. These are the 21 that didn't make the final cut, and the five featured directly below—in alphabetical order by last name—were the last ones left out of the ranked portion.
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, Boston Celtics
No player exerts as much effort on the defensive end of the court as Avery Bradley seems to. He treats all 94 feet of the court in exactly the same manner.
Vince Carter, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks
The aging swingman may not have the energy to consistently elevate like he used to, but he's not afraid to crank it up every once in a while.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings
No disrespect meant to Boogie, but his attitude on the court keeps me from finding him too thrilling. Until he develops into a consistently dominant player who's in control of his emotions, it's hard to move him too much higher.
Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets
This one play against Paul Pierce almost earned Joe Johnson a spot in the top 50, but he hasn't been the same player since he left the Atlanta Hawks.
Steve Nash, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
Speaking of not being the same player, how about Steve Nash on the Los Angeles Lakers. The Canadian floor general still has insane court vision and passing skills, but his role and comfort level haven't allowed him to shine as brightly as he did in the desert.
Nash was the last player cut from the top 50.
Others considered: J.J. Barea, Bradley Beal, Shannon Brown, Wilson Chandler, Luol Deng, Tyreke Evans, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Andrei Kirilenko, Kawhi Leonard, Chandler Parsons, Nikola Pekovic, Amar'e Stoudemire, Isaiah Thomas, Kemba Walker, Derrick Williams, Nick Young