NBA Draft Kit: Expert Composite Rankings

NBA Draft Kit: Expert Composite Rankings

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

With the 2021-22 regular season rapidly approaching, the RotoWire NBA crew presents their Expert Composite Rankings.

Some notes about the project:

  • These are the individual and average rankings of Nick Whalen, Alex Barutha, James Anderson, Ken Crites and Gabe Allen.
  • The process was different than in previous seasons. Rankings were not organized by hand, but rather through a program that had the user choose between two presented players – which one would you rather draft? The process was completed enough times to generate rankings. Participants were also encouraged not to look at statistical projections while completing the task.
    • Why was this method chosen? In theory, it better represents the standard draft process. You can do plenty of preparation before the season – and maybe you have time to check projections during the draft – but when you're on the clock, the decision often comes down to a gut feeling.
  • Some participants went through a list of 150 players, and some went through a list of 200, resulting in some players going unranked for individuals. However, those players still end up in the average rankings.
  • The project started in mid-September, meaning some rankings would presumably change if it were re-done today. For example, less was known about Kyrie Irving's vaccination status, and Caris LeVert's back injury wasn't revealed.
  • Rankings are based on eight-category leagues.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Gabriel Allen
Gabriel Allen is a tennis professional and freelance journalist whose work has been published in the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated, among other places.
James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast.
Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
Ken
An early RotoWire contributor from the 90's, K-Train returns with the grace of Gheorghe Muresan and the wisdom of Joe Gibbs. Tweet @KenCrites or e-mail at ken@rotowire.com. Ken won the FSWA 2014 Humor Article Of The Year award. He's also the 2016 Champion of the prestigious RW NBA Keeper League and the 2019 Champion of the RW NFL Ottonue Keeper League. Ken still owns a RotoNews shirt.
Nick Whalen
RotoWire's NBA Editor and host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick was awarded the FSWA Best Podcast -- All Sports award in 2017 and 2018. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.
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