On Thursday, The Ringer released their rankings of the top 125 players in the league, and Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun cracked the list, as the 102nd player. Sengun making the list was quite a surprise, considering the fact that Bill Simmons is essentially the face of that platform and....well, we've been down this road before.
What wasn't surprising, however, was the fact that Rockets star guard Jalen Green failed to make the list. Simmons' dislike for Green was made clear during the 2021-22 season. This is because Simmons was clamoring for Herb Jones to make the All-Rookie team over Green and went so far as to say "f-k Jalen Green."
Not having Green on the list seems criminal on the surface, but maybe we can spitball potential reasons for the omission. Let's see, maybe it's because Green hasn't accomplished anything of note.
Why The Ringer lost all credibility for omission of Rockets' Jalen Green in Top 125
Well if that were the case, would Anfernee Simons (#69) have made the list? What about Franz Wagner (#73)?
Well maybe it's because Green is on a losing team. Well if that were the case, would Bojan Bogdanovic (#71), Devin Vassell (#88), and Keldon Johnson (#85) have made the list? Bogdanovic is on the Detroit Pistons and the latter two are both on the San Antonio Spurs, two teams that were both in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, alongside the Rockets this season.
Or maybe it's because Green is just too early into his career. If that was the explanation, would Cade Cunningham (#70) have made the list? Or what about Trey Murphy (#117)? Austin Reaves (#120), anyone? Each player is in their second year, like Green.
We obviously aren't going to receive any sort of explanation for Green's exclusion from the list and that's probably for the better, because there simply isn't a viable reason for a second-year 22-point scorer to not rank within the top 125 players in the league.
And especially not considering the rare company that Green has been mentioned with, from a historical standpoint.
These types of omissions seem intentional and unfortunately make The Ringer lose credibility, because there's not any consistency with this list, which I exposed earlier. The greatest way to absolve any semblance of credibility is to apply biases that only apply to one player, as this list seems to do.