Sports Illustrated have been going through their annual top 100 NBA players list throughout the week, and as we approach the top 10, the debate has heated up.
Last night, they released their rankings from 30-11 and there were some surprises, to say the least.
Derrick Rose was the biggest name to miss out on the top 100 completely, but there was little debate about his position as many agreed his best days are behind him.
The biggest surprise in their latest release was the position of San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who came in just outside the top ten in 11th.
That ranking put him ahead of a number of players who could have made a strong case to finish above the former Portland Trail Blazers man.
DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard are all players who came in the top 30 and could stake a claim for being ahead of Aldridge.
Other players who came below him include Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Paul Millsap and Al Horford.
SI listed Aldridge's two biggest plus points as his contribution to a legendary defence as the Spurs recorded a franchise-best finish, and his game is suited to either isolation or team play.