Looking at the top 100 more holistically, it is yet another reminder that the Warriors are no longer the all-conquering force that has ruled the NBA in recent seasons.
Golden State’s four names on the list are matched by nine teams, while six franchises have more players included.
Last year, the Warriors had six representatives, more than any other team. They also had an astounding four players in the top 22, and two in the top three.
The departure of Kevin Durant, who was not ranked this season because of his Achilles injury, indicated that Golden State is no longer light years ahead, and Sports Illustrated has reaffirmed this notion.
He and Curry occupied the second and third spots in all three editions where they were team-mates.
Although they are no longer the obvious choice for best team in the league, Warriors fans can take heart from the fact that nobody is. No roster had three players in the top 20, implying that parity has been restored in the NBA.
Golden State, then, remains clear contenders, even if they are not necessarily the team to beat.