NBA Player Rankings 2022: Stephen Curry of the Warriors remains at the top; Grizzlies’ Ja Morant climbs the ladder

In October, The Sporting News took on the task of ranking 30 starting NBA quarterbacks, which is a big challenge given the amount of talent in this position.

Now, around the middle of the 2021-22 season, compiling the list is somehow even more difficult.

Where do you put Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook, who both fought but restored the Hall of Fame? How high should youngsters like Ja Morant and LaMelo Ball climb?

Of course, the ranking below took into account the performance of the season, but the overall track record still matters. The 2021-22 campaign offered only a small sample size, and each team in the league encountered injury problems and players entering health and safety protocols. There is no perfect formula, so you can (respectfully) disagree.

With all that said, here is an updated review of The Sporting News, starting with the simplest decision on this list.

(All statistics up to January 11)

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NBA 2021-22 quarterback: Top 10

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1. Stephen Curry, Warriors

By Curry’s standards, the two-time NBA MVP is experiencing a bad shooting season. It fell from the field to 42.2 percent and from a three-point spread of 38.7 percent. Both of these numbers would be the lowest in his career (except for the 2019-20 season, in which he played only five matches).

And yet Curry is still probably the most impressive offensive weapon in the league. His mere presence shifts his defenses and makes life easier for everyone around him. He is the sun in the solar system Warriors, the reason why everything works for the Golden State. At number one is an easy choice.

2. Luka Doncic, Mavericks

The Slovenian star has an average of 24.8 points, 9.0 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game, but he was in the line-up and out, and 15 of Dallas’s first 40 games were missing. Dončič also admitted in early December that he needed to get in better shape.

However, it seems premature to drop Dončič after the “rough” section, because he still has an average triple double. The boys behind him attack hard, but he stays behind Curry for now.

3. Trae Young, Hawks

After a surprise advance to the Eastern Conference finals in 2021, Atlanta opened the season with a bang. If the Hawks continue to perform at this level, they will risk not only losing to the playoffs, but also the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.

However, their shortcomings should not be attributed to Young. The 23-year-old was amazing, averaging 28.0 points, 9.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, shooting at a career high of 45.5 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from behind the arc. The fact that it blossomed into a star cannot be debated.

4. Chris Paul, Suns

Which player is at the top of the leaderboard? That would be “The Point God” himself, who would be giving away 10.0 helpers per game, his highest mark since the 2015-16 season with the Clippers.

He may not be in his athletic best years anymore, but Paul is as reliable as ever for the Suns team, which are trying to reach the NBA Finals in back-to-back seasons.

5. And Morant, Grizzlies

Morant was just outside the top 10 in The Sporting News’s pre-season charts, so it may seem like too much of a leap.

But consider this: The former rookie of the year is currently recording career highs – take a deep breath – points, rebounds, thefts, blocks, field goals, 3 percentage points and free throws. He has emerged as a legitimate MVP candidate and is leading the Grizzlies to the top four of the Western Conference table.

Yeah, and maybe he already locked the prize for the most amazing peak. (That’s not the real thing, but it should be.)

6. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers

Yuck. This was not a fun season for Lillard, who could miss a long time due to a stomach injury. Before the Trail Blazers decided to put him on the bench, he didn’t look like him, as he scored 24.0 points per game in inefficient shooting. (His actual shooting percentage of 55.0 would be the second lowest number in his career.)

Should Lillard be on this list below? Maybe, but we give him the benefit of his doubts because of his health problems and general dysfunction in Portland.

7. Jrue Holiday, Bucks

Hey, Holiday is slipping under the radar again. The 31-year-old has 18.4 points, 6.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 gains per game. After an ugly shooting season at the start of the season, Holiday is up 49.9 percent off the field and 38.2 percent off 3 points.

Holiday, just after the NBA Championship, continued to bring its bilateral brilliance to the court and helped Milwaukee keep up with the East elite.

8. LaMelo Ball, Hornets

Ball showed off his court’s stellar vision and offensive creativity as a rookie, but he did increase his shooting this season. He saw jumps from the three-point line (35.2 percent to 37.9 percent) and the free throw line (75.8 percent to 87.3 percent). If these changes are real so early in his career, his ceiling needs to be pushed even higher.

Yes, defense is still evolving, but in just 20 years, Ball has entered a debate about the top 10 quarterbacks.

9. Fred VanVleet, Raptors

VanVleet is no longer just a great “Bet on yourself” story. He gets All-Star recognition and definitely deserves it.

He has average career highs in points, assists and rebounds and shoots over 40 percent from depth on more than nine attempts per game. He was also his usual annoying self in defense. Let’s give “Steady Freddy” a little respect.

10. Mike Conley, Jazz

Conley, who is no longer “the best player to ever make it to the All-Star team,” has been incredibly consistent for a jazz team that is tailored to win during the base season. It does not publish stunning numbers, but is the definition of a winning player. Tops the top 10.

NBA 2022 quarterback: Best of the rest

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11. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder

12. Kyle Lowry, Heat

13. Russell Westbrook, Lakers

14. Malcolm Brogdon, Pacers

15. Kyrie Irving / Patty Mills, Nets

16. Dejounte Murray, Spurs

17. Lonzo Ball, Bulls

18. Darius Garland, Cavaliers

19. De’Aaron Fox, Kings

20. Marcus Smart, Celtics

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21. Monte Morris, Nuggets

22. Maxey tire, 76ers

23. Kemba Walker, Knicks

24. Reggie Jackson, Clippers

25. D’Angelo Russell, Timberwolves

26. Spencer Dinwiddie, The Wizards

27. Kevin Porter Jr., Rockets

28. Devonte ‘Graham, Pelicans

29. Jalen Suggs, Magie

30. Killian Hayes, Pistons

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