10 Best NBA Analysts on TV: From Chuck to Skip


From classic names like Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to new blood like JJ Redick, Kendrick Perkins and Candace Parker, NBA personalities have been at the forefront of coverage and analysis of the NBA. You can despise them for their basketball moves or adore them for the entertainment they bring to the table, but just like NBA players, they’re on TV to perform on a level.

And just like NBA players, these members of the media have had some defining moments. More recently, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst had this “Flu Game” game a few weeks ago. while prefiguring the profession of Rudy Gobert and the ultimate Utah Jazz rebuild. JJ Redick had his Game 7 masterclass when he cooked Chris “Mad Dog” Russo for his comments on Draymond Green.

While the media has made a living criticizing players and sports organizations, we thought it was time to assess and rank some of the media outlets that have dominated the NBA space in recent years. We limited this list specifically to analysts and studio personalities, so by default TV hosts like Ernie Johnson and Malika Andrews were excluded from the list despite their impact on the industry. Although the theme lately has been “new media” in basketball, we also dropped Draymond Green as he doesn’t make enough TV appearances besides Patrick Beverley and CJ McCollum. The rating system for each individual is divided into four categories: entertainment value, NBA knowledge, memorability, and fan hate. Fan Hate is scored on a scale of 1-5, while all other categories are 1-10. The Fan Hate score will be deducted from the total of the first three categories. That being said, here is our ranking of NBA personalities.

Honorable Mention: Jalen Rose, Chiney Ogwumike, Tim Legler, Mike Wilbon, Chris Broussard

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