St. Louis Cardinals sluggerAlbert Pujols tops
’list of the 50 greatest players inbaseball today, as selected by apanel of 100 Hall of Famers, majoraward winners and other baseballpersonalities.Pujols, who appears on thecover of the latest
magazine, was a runaway winner,picking up 55 first-place votesfrom our panel, which includes 13Hall of Famers, 13 Cy Young Awardwinners and 12 league MVPs.Among the MLB legends who filledout ballots for
: Willie McCovey,Stan Musial, Brooks Robinson, TonyGwynn, Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingersand Greg Maddux.
The top 10:
1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals2. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees3. Johan Santana, SP, Mets4. Manny Ramirez, LF, Dodgers5. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins6. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies7. Roy Halladay, SP, Blue Jays8. Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees9. Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees10. Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
— Jeff D’Alessio
With Wall, Cats new No. 1
Recruit JohnWall’s pick of Kentucky vaultsthe Wildcats tothe top in MikeDeCourcy’searly Top 5 for2009-10.
1. Kentucky2. Kansas3. Michigan State4. North Carolina5. Texas DeCourcy’s Top 10,
Kentucky’s No. 1 class,
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The 50 bestMLB players
The full list,
TeamPlayerPos.School1. Clippers Blake GriffinPFOklahoma
They’ll need to make room for him (so long,Chris Kaman?), but the Clips won’t pass him up.
2. GrizzliesRicky RubioPGSpain
The Grizzlies might shop PG Mike Conley thissummer in order to make Rubio their man—orthey could move down.
3. ThunderJordan HillPFArizona
It will come down to Hasheem Thabeet or Hill,and Hill has the athleticism advantage.
The Kings may put together a package to shakeRubio from Memphis. If not, big is the way to go.
5. WizardsBrandonJenningsPGUnited States
The Wizards could use a backup point guard or abig man, but they’ll probably trade this pick.
6. T’wolvesStephen CurryGDavidson
Many are assuming he’ll be there for the takingwhen the Knicks pick. Not so fast.
7. WarriorsTyreke EvansGMemphis
In the second half of last season, Evans showedsome promise as a point guard, though he’sprobably not ready for that role just yet.
8. KnicksDeMar DeRozanSGUSC
DeRozan is still developing, but he is an excel-lent athlete, and Mike D’Antoni likes athletes.
9. RaptorsChase BudingerG/FArizona
His combination of shooting ability and athleti-cism sets him apart, and the Raptors are lookingfor wing players.
10. BucksTy LawsonPGN. Carolina
He’s a tough, experienced point man whowould be the ideal guy for coach Scott Skiles.
11. NetsJames HardenSGArizona St.
Harden will fit here because the Nets will,eventually, move Vince Carter.
12. BobcatsEarl ClarkSFLouisville
A 6-9 small forward who can handle the ball andbe a playmaker—Clark is just Larry Brown’s type.
By closing the season strong and showing off anice jumper, Henderson laid to rest any doubtabout his NBA ability.
His shooting in the NCAA Tournament was a bigsurprise and, considering his defensive talent, abig boost for his stock.
Clippers win Griffin lottery
BY SEAN DEVENEY
If only the Clippers could have known they’dwin this year’s draft lottery
they dealt forthe albatross contract of power forward Zach Ran-dolph. L.A. will wind up choosing Blake Griffin, but Randolph’s deal isn’t going anywhere—mean-ing we’re likely headed for a draft night of trades.
The jersey held by Clippers president Andy Roeser, above, likelyis reserved for Blake Griffin.
Complete first-round mock draft,
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