Telep's Top 10: Frontcourt players
February, 27, 2013
By Dave Telep | ESPN Insider
The basketball world is flush with comparisons these days. Is Michael Jordan the greatest? Where is LeBron James in the conversation? Comparing players from different eras is tough. For this week’s Top 10 I set out to compare and rank frontcourt prospects from different classes and found it equally vexing.
Last weekend, I spent a few days watching freshman Harry Giles (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian). This kid is special, and it got me thinking: On a list of best frontcourt players in the country, just how special would he be? And that’s where it got tough.
Kelly Kline/Under ArmourHarry Giles, the No. 1 player in the ESPN 25, could miss the upcoming season with a knee injury.
You have to reward the stud seniors for their ability to play at a high level over a long period of time while taking into account the talent of the next wave of prospects. So that’s what I did. The following is a mashup of classes and positions culminating in a list of the 10 (actually 11; I cheated at No. 10) best frontcourt players in the country regardless of class.
Score a player from list and you’ve entered rarified air in the paint and, in some cases, beyond.
Editor’s note: This top 10 list of frontcourt players is comprised solely of power forwards and centers as we considered small forwards to be wing players for purposes of this comparison.