Not sure why you think there is resistance. And I never implied that people with a high paragon would be at the top. My point was simply that I don't know how useful this information would be. If rank was a result of paragon level then sure. But I imagine both are a result of time played. I would be more interested in seeing time played vs paragon vs rank. Also played with groups (2, 3 & 4) vs paragon vs rank.
Having information is always interesting. But if somebody would have to collect this then I would like something a little more telling than paragon vs rank.
The point is that if there really is little correlation between main stat inflation from paragon and board placement, one would expect to see a wide distribution of player levels that is not proportional to rank. And since we know that paragon level itself is not necessarily a substantial determinant of skill, we shouldn't see a very tight correlation between level and rank unless something else significant is going on, namely artificial power creep due to main stat inflation. But I agree with you that time played is an important part of the equation as well, and that can also be extracted from people's leaderboard profiles.
We know that paragon level is not necessarily and perhaps not even often a result of time played, skill level, or relevant experience, because it has been increasingly easy to obtain paragon levels through the current season. I think what you will find is that rank is highly correlated to paragon level, though, which therefore means that the competition is not based only on time played, skill level, and/or relevant experience, as it should be. (This is assuming gear is relatively consistent in the comparison, which it generally will be for anyone placing on the boards. If not, the stat inflation from paragon must be even more pronounced to compensate.)