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FOR SEPT. 18, 2017


SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's definitive ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA returns for its fifth year. The Warriors are all over our top 20, with new Rockets teammates James Harden(bottom left) and Chris Paul providing a bit of a break. Where do young talents like the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo(top left) land? What about Blake Griffin(top right), now that he's the focal point for the Clippers, or Damian Lillard(bottom right), a long-shot MVP candidate for the Trail Blazers? Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney's four-part series will be released throughout the week. Go to and join the debate.


In A Rush

Every year a few NFL players make the leap to superstardom. This week, SI's Rising Stars video series takes a look at four up-and-comers who are ready to take the next step in 2017. After racking up 18½ sacks the last two seasons, pass rusher Melvin Ingram is poised to do big things as the anchor of the Chargers' defense. For exclusive videos of Ingram and three others to keep an eye on this fall—the Jaguars' A.J. Bouye, the Redskins' Jamison Crowder and the Bears' Jordan Howard (page 30)—as well as the full Rising Stars series presented by Symetra, go to

The Amazing Races

Baseball's playoff races are heating up, with tight battles for the American League East, the National League Central and both leagues' wild cards. This season's final edition of Jonah Keri's The 30,'s power rankings, sizes up every MLB team. José Ramírez and the scorching-hot Indians take over the top spot, while the tangle of AL wild-card contenders, like the Twins and the Angels, is sorted out below. And how far have the slumping Dodgers fallen? To find out, head to