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Player of the Year Power Rankings: Marcus Smart leads the way

Nov 20, 2013, 2:39 PM EST

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The 2013-2014 season is sure to be a thrilling Player of the Year race, so to keep track of it, we will be posting weekly Player of the Year Power Rankings for your reading goodness.

Who’d we miss? Who’s ranked too high? We love to overlook your team’s best player and overrate your rival’s superstar.

1. Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State): Smart had three good-but-not-great games against overmatched competition to start the season, but he turned in one of the most dominant performances on both ends in a blowout win over Memphis on Tuesday.

2. Jabari Parker (Duke): Parker is averaging 22.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 2.0 bpg, becoming the first Duke freshmen to hit for 20 in his first five games.

3. Shabazz Napier (UConn): Napier is quietly having a dominant season, averaging 13.5 points, 9.8 boards and 7.5 assists in four games with one triple-double under his belt already.

4. Doug McDermott (Creighton): Dougie McBuckets has been as awesome as we expected. He’s averaging 25.7 points with one game-winner on his resume already.

5. Jahii Carson (Arizona State): Carson, like Smart, had three good games against cupcakes before going off for 40 points and seven assists in a win over UNLV.

6. Julius Randle (Kentucky): The numbers — 20.8 points, 13.4 boards, five double-doubles — speak for themselves. The turnovers — 17 in five games, eight against Michigan State — need to get cut down.

7. Perry Ellis (Kansas): With all the talk about Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, it’s Ellis and his 19.0 points and 8.0 boards that is leading the Jayhawks.

8. Joseph Young (Oregon): Young is averaging 26.7 points in three games, including a 24 point performance in a win over Georgetown in South Korea.

9. Tyler Haws (BYU): Haws is averaging 29.5 points and 10.5 boards in wins over Weber State and at Stanford. He hasn’t played in more than a week due to an abdominal strain.

10. Keith Appling (Michigan State): Appling has been terrific this season, averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 assists and 4.0 boards. Is he (gasp!) a point guard?

Others: Aaron Craft, Aaron Gordon, Rodney Hood, Nick Johnson, Roberto Nelson, Russ Smith, Noah Vonleh, Andrew Wiggins,

  1. knicksukcats - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    This list is total garbage. The only players on this list who have played any decent competition are Randle, Parker, Appling & Ellis. That should factor in first and foremost. Smart has played all scrubs and so have the rest of the guys. I hate Duke and I still got Parker at 1. Randle/Appling are a toss up at 2 and Ellis is easily 4. Smart & the rest of the guys fall in behind the first 4 by anyone with a brain. Hell if we go off this B.S. thinking Jack Taylor is number 1. He did shoot 50% from 3 in one game going 24/48 and that is impressive in and of itself. Lets get someone who knows basketball making this poll and not a fan of certain players next time.

    • bigmeechy74 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      memphis was ranked pretty high ya know

  2. kavika6 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Parker should be #1.

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