This time last year, Jeremy Lin was No. 467 in ESPN's #NBArank standings. Tom Haberstroh identifies five candidates from the bottom 100 of this year's rankings who could potentially have a Lin-like rise during the 2012-13 season.
David Thorpe writes that while LeBron James is currently the best player in the NBA (and No. 1 in ESPN's player rankings), his Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade is capable of stealing that title from him by the end of next season.
Kevin Pelton and David Thorpe dig into the top 40 of ESPN.com's player rankings and identify Joakim Noah as a player who could rise up the list next season, and Ray Allen as a player whose production is likely to drop off.
Tom Haberstroh and David Thorpe pour over the top 50 of ESPN.com's player rankings and identify Stephen Curry as a player who could climb the list this season, and Lamar Odom as a player who could slip.