FOR SEPT. 22, 2014
TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2015
BY BEN GOLLIVER AND ROB MAHONEY
With NBA training camps set to open in two weeks—the season tips off on Oct. 28—SI.com ranks the top 100 players for the 2014--15 season. Will LeBron reclaim the title of the league's best player? Is Derrick Rose healthy enough to lead the Bulls on a title run? Did Carmelo make the right decision by staying in New York? Can Blake Griffin get Clippers fans focused on basketball again? Does Kobe have enough left in his tank to get the Lakers back on track? Writers Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney answer these questions and more, including a look at the most notable players not on the list, to prepare you for the upcoming season. Go to SI.com/nba
SI DIGITAL BONUS
From the SI Vault
June 10, 2008
At 22, he was brash, fearless and had no hesitancy about broadcasting his self-confidence and flair. Anthony Kim, the most phenomenal phenom since you-know-who, was finally serious about the game, and he was poised for takeoff.
By Damon Hack
A Change at the Top?
Should Roger Goodell resign? 120 Sports hosts Tyler Jacobs and Rick Strom weigh in on the NFL commissioner's future. "From an owner's perspective, Goodell should absolutely not resign," says Jacobs. "He's being everything that the owners hired him to be." Strom disagrees, saying, "Goodell is the absolute epitome of what we do not want in professional sports. He should resign immediately. The way he dealt with this entire [Ray Rice] situation was incredibly flawed." For more of Jacobs and Strom's Point/Counterpoint, plus 24-hour access to video highlights and analysis, go to 120sports.com
PLAY DAILY. WIN BIG
No, it's not just a fantasy. Football Throwdown on the new FanNation fantasy sports app lets you select a set of players each week and challenge your friends for cash prizes or just for bragging rights. Go to fannation.com to pick a quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end, and see who beats their projections. Week 2's top TE was the Chargers' Antonio Gates, who had seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns in a 30--21 win over the Seahawks.
Check out SI.com's new digital video feature, SI Wire, sponsored by John Hancock, for the latest news from the world of sports. Starting at 6 a.m. and running through the completion of the day's sports events, you can watch dozens of 30-to 60-second videos about the latest topics in sports. For more, go to SI.com/wire
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