Sports Illustrated has an ongoing series ranking the top 100 NBA players currently in the league and former Wildcat, Tayshaun Prince, checks in at #61. SI had this to say about their decision:
We’ve apparently entered the aging wing section of the list. While Butler and Richardson are evolving, Prince really just needs to keep doing what he has always done in order to maintain his status in the league. He has been remarkably consistent, posting a Player Efficiency Rating between 15.0 and 16.2 in each of the last seven seasons, averaging about 14 points and five boards per game in each one.
If we’re searching for versatile players, Prince fits the bill. He has long been a very good defender, and even last year, amid that mess in Detroit, only 57 players allowed their individual opponents to score fewer points per possession than Prince. He was especially tough in isolation situations (opponents shot just 40-of-122), and his long arms allow him to contest shots well on the perimeter.
Prince has never been a scoring star, but he can do a bit of everything on offense – isolation work, post-ups, spot-up threes and even the occasional pick-and-roll. That’s a nice kind of player to have, especially when the shot clock is running down and someone has to do something. He gets the nod over Marion, by a hair, because of his superior shooting range.
All in all, 61 is not a bad spot for the the 31-year-old. In addition, John Wall checked in at #72 and DeMarcus Cousins barely missed the cut. The Dominicans are probably shaking in their boots.