Battle For New York: NY Basketball Power Rankings

Dwight Howard, Deron Williams

Ah, yes. Here we are again. Nets vs. Knicks. Brooklyn vs. Manhattan. Fort Greene vs. Times Square. Spike Lee vs. Spike Lee. After the delayed November 26th game ended in a 96-89 overtime victory for Brooklyn, the teams face off once again at Barclays Center tonight.

In honor of tonight’s BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS OF EVERYTHING, The Brooklyn Game has compiled a power ranking of the top 20 basketball players in New York, put together by good man Will Rausch.

Stick around to #1…


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NY Power Rankings, 20-16:

MarShon Brooks, Brooklyn Nets20) Marshon Brooks: MarSwag makes it onto the list off his promising 14-point night in limited minutes in the Milwaukee debacle (also, I wanted to say MarSwag). With apologies to Keith Bogans, hopefully this marks the end of Bogans’ significant playing time.

Kurt Thomas, New York Knicks19) Kurt Thomas: Yet another “that guy is still in the league?!” player on the Knicks roster. Thomas beats out Grant Hill as the oldest player in the NBA by one day, so there’s that.

C.J. Watson, Brooklyn Nets18) C. J. Watson: When the Nets signed C.J. Watson, everyone praised the signing of one of the best backup point guards in the league for the veteran’s minimum. He’s still a value at the league minimum, but hasn’t produced at the same level after a strong start.

Pablo Prigioni, New York Knicks17) Pablo Prigioni: Mirza Teletovic probably should have been the highest international import on this list, but since he doesn’t play, the 35-year-old Argentinian rookie makes the list for his awesome accent, South American hustle, and yeoman’s job as a backup point guard for the Knicks.

Rasheed Wallace16) Rasheed Wallace: The orange sphere doth not tell tales, and what it tells me is that Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA. Back in the NBA and effective… sometimes. Some nights, Wallace hits his patented stretch-four threes as a valuable cog in the Knicks’ Eastern Conference-leading wheel. Other nights, he has hoisted up ill-advised shots (like against the Nets!) and shown that two-year hiatuses have consequences.

Still, no one yells at free throw shooters quite like Sheed.
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