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Celtics dominate Sporting News list

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  December 2, 2010 01:06 PM

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300sportingnews.jpgThe Celtics didn't have any player crack the Top 10 of Sporting News' list of the Top 50 NBA players, which appears in the latest issue (that's Packers LB Clay Matthews on the cover).

But the Celtics did have the most players of any team appear on the list, which was chosen by a panel of 76 current and former players, coaches and general managers.

Paul Pierce is the highest at No. 14. Rajon Rondo is 16, Kevin Garnett is 20, Ray Allen is 25 and Shaquille O'Neal is 35. Rondo made the biggest leap, as he was 38th a year ago but moved up 22 spots. Memphis' Zach Randolph was the next-biggest improvement, going from unranked to 29th.

For the second straight year, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant topped the list, with the Heat's LeBron James second.

The Heat and Lakers, along with the Bulls, Hawks and Spurs, all had three representatives. The complete list (previous rank in parentheses):

Sporting News’ top 50 NBA players
1. Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers (1)
2. LeBron James, SF, Heat (2)
3. Dwyane Wade, SG, Heat (3)
4. Kevin Durant, SF, Thunder (21)
5. Dwight Howard, C, Magic (4)
6. Carmelo Anthony, SF, Nuggets (9)
7. Dirk Nowitzki, SF, Mavericks (8)
8. Deron Williams, PG, Jazz (12)
9. Steve Nash, PG, Suns (11)
10. Pau Gasol, PF, Lakers (17)
11. Tim Duncan, PF, Spurs (5)
12. Amare Stoudemire, PF, Knicks (19)
13. Chris Paul, PG, Hornets (6)
14. Paul Pierce, SF, Celtics (10)
15. Chris Bosh, PF, Heat (18)
16. Rajon Rondo, PG, Celtics (38)
17. Brandon Roy, SG, Trail Blazers (14)
18. Joe Johnson, SG, Hawks (25)
19. Derrick Rose, PG, Bulls (26)
20. Kevin Garnett, PF, Celtics (7)
21. Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (22)
22. Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (NR)
23. Chauncey Billups, PG, Nuggets (20)
24. Tony Parker, PG, Spurs (13)
25. Ray Allen, SG, Celtics (27)
26. Rudy Gay, SF, Grizzlies (41)
27. Danny Granger, SF, Pacers (31)
28. Jason Kidd, PG, Mavericks (23)
29. Zach Randolph, PF, Grizzlies (NR)
30. Russell Westbrook, PG, Thunder (NR)
31. David Lee, PF, Warriors (NR)
32. Joakim Noah, C, Bulls (NR)
33. Al Horford, C, Hawks (35)
34. Stephen Curry, PG, Warriors (NR)
35. Shaquille O'Neal, C, Celtics (16)
36. Carlos Boozer, PF, Bulls (36)
37. Al Jefferson, PF, Jazz (NR)
38. Vince Carter, SG, Magic (30)
39. Lamarcus Aldridge, PF, Trail Blazers (NR)
40. Brook Lopez, C, Nets (NR)
41. Andrew Bynum, C, Lakers (50)
42. Josh Smith, PF, Hawks (40)
43. Gilbert Arenas, PG, Wizards (28)
44. David West, PF, Hornets (NR)
45. Kevin Martin, SG, Rockets (NR)
46. Hedo Turkoglu, SF, Suns (42)
47. Antawn Jamison, SF, Cavaliers (NR)
48. Yao Ming, C, Rockets (15)
49. Gerald Wallace, SF, Bobcats (NR)
50. John Wall, PG, Wizards (NR)

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