ESPN and the Truehoop basketball network are at it again- they have started their second annual NBA twitter rankings of every player in the NBA. They asked 104 NBA experts to rate every player on a scale of 0-10, and will spend the rest of the summer counting down from 500 to 1 on @NBAonESPN.
Last years top 10 included: 1) Lebron James (2) Dwight Howard (3) Dwyane Wade (4) Chris Paul (5) Dirk Nowitzki (6) Kevin Durant (7) Kobe Bryant (8) Derrick Rose (9) Deron Williams (10) Blake Griffin.
Deciding this year’s top 10 players may be a bit trickier than last year. Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose were hurt for most of last season and will both probably drop a few spots. But there are also questions surrounding many of the other players in last year’s top 10.
Dirk had a solid season last year but was it top 10 worthy?
Is D-Wade still a top 10 player after last season’s poor playoff performances?
Did Kevin Durant’s spectacular play last season help him leap frog into the number 2 spot?
Is Kobe still a top 10 player?
We are going to have to wait a few months to find out the answers. But let’s take a look at the 500-400 rankings that have already been released.
500: Eddy Curry:
Curry averaged 2.1 PPG and 0.9 RBPG in the 14 games he played for the Miami Heat last season. He may be considered the worst player in the league, but at least he won a title. He’s going to get a ring right? Or does Lebron just get two?
487: Brian Scalabrine:
Brain Scalabrine constantly getting yelled at by KG during 08’ season was my favorite part of their championship run. Scalabrine was…. Wait he has a championship too? So two of the 13 worst players in the NBA have a title?
476: Juwan Howard
Juwan was my favorite member of the Fab Five back in 92’. I just have no idea how he is still playing in the NBA. He average 1.5 PPG and 1.6 RBPPG last season with the Heat and is another guy in the bottom 100 with a title. Do they just give those things away?
472: Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby was a spectacular basketball player in the early 00’s. It was tough to see him roam around like a zombie in a Knicks uniform last season. Let’s hope he retires soon.
433: Hasheem Thabet
There is always talk about who had the biggest draft day misfire in the history of the NBA, and of course we remember the big ones: Bowie over Jordan, Darko over Carmelo, Oden over Durant, but how about Thabet over Harden, Rubio and Curry. Thabet has averaged 2.2 PPG in his first five seasons in the league.
418: Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse has averaged 17 PPG for his career and almost averaged 30 during his 2001 season with Detroit. Stackhouse is in his 19th season in the league and averaged 3.6 PPG with the Hawks. It may be time to call it a career Jerry.
You can see a full list on rankings on ESPN.com
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