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Isaiah Thomas Calls Sports Illustrated's NBA Top 100 A "JOKE"

Sports Illustrated dropped its NBA top 100 player rankings this week.

Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney say they used a combination of subjective opinion and objective data to compile their NBA's Top 100 Players of 2017 list.

Given the wide variety of candidates involved and the deep analytical resources available, no single, definitive criterion was used to form this list. Instead, rankings were assigned based on a fluid combination of subjective assessment and objective data, including: per-game and per-minute statistics, splits, advanced metrics, play-type data and more. This list is an earnest attempt to evaluate each player in a vacuum. As a result, future prospects beyond this season did not play a part in the ranking process. Our sole concern was how players are likely to perform in the coming season alone.

At least one notable NBA player is not a fan of the rankings.

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, an All-Star last season, comes in at No. 45.

"SI rankings are a JOKE!!" he tweeted today.

Here's what SI said about Thomas:

Hats off to Isaiah Thomas, who took to Twitter to express disappointment about his ranking in SI’s Top 100 last year and then went out and proved that he was, in fact, underrated. A first-time All-Star in 2016, the 27-year-old Thomas (22.2 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3 RPG) answered a host of questions. Yes, he was capable of being the lead guard on a playoff team. Yes, he could step comfortably into a closer’s role, ranking fifth league-wide with 144 points in clutch situations. Yes, he was able to get buckets and get to the free-throw line like an alpha scorer while also making the right reads when defenses collapsed on his drives. Yes, he could log big minutes for an excellent defense despite his undersized stature. And, yes, he could hold up for 82 games while playing starter’s minutes and bearing a heavy usage burden. Now the bar has been raised, both for Thomas and his Celtics. With Al Horford in the mix, a third straight early exit in the postseason will no longer cut it. Thomas, in particular, must now prove that he can be a consistent, efficient scoring threat in the postseason when the defensive intensity ramps up and when he’s more likely to face intelligent schemes designed to limited his effectiveness. If the next step in Thomas’s journey is as entertaining as the last one, the 2016-17 season should be a thrill ride.

As SI pointed out, Thomas also thought the rankings were a joke last year, when he was ranked No. 88.

Thomas backed up what he said last year. It won't be surprising if he does it again this year.

You can view SI's full top 100 here.