For the second straight year, The Athletic’s Seth Partnow has attempted to identify the top 125 players in the NBA. However, rather than placing them in a traditional ranking system, he has grouped players into tiers based on similarity and overall value. Just as they did in 2020, Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons rated among the best ballers in the Association.

One of them inched closer to the very top tier of NBA superstars, while the other took a predictable hit on the list.

Simmons’ Slight Drop

After landing in the A-group of tier three ahead of the 2020-21 season, Simmons now finds himself in tier 3C. He was joined in that grouping by the likes of Draymond Green, Jaylen Brown, Pascal Siakam, Russell Westbrook and Zach LaVine.