ESPN is spending the rest of the summer ranking every player in the NBA. They gathered together 104 basketball experts to rank players from 0-10 and have been releasing the results on twitter @NBAonESPN. Let’s take a few entries in the 300s rank.
389: Fab Melo:
The Boston Celtics took Melo with the 24th pick of the first round in this year’s draft. The kid is 7 feet tall, weights about 260 lbs and is only 22 years old. The Celtics may have hit a home run with this pick, and that’s not even mentioning how fantastic his name is: Fab Melo, it just rolls off the tongue.
372: Greg Oden:
We all know the tale of Greg Oden. For a basketball fan, it is sad to see a kid with so much talent never get to put it to use. Greg has averaged 9.4 Points, 7.3 Rebounds and 1.4 Blocks per game over his five year career. But perhaps the most telling number in this ranking would be Kevin Durant’s rank in the top ten. Portland taking Oden over Durant will live in infamy as one of the worst draft choices of all time. Here’s hoping Oden can finally get healthy and become a productive player in the league.
352: Darko Milicic:
Speaking of horrible drafts missteps, the Detroit Pistons taking Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony is another choice that will live in infamy. Just in case you forgot here are the first 7 picks in that years draft:
1) Lebron James
2) Dark Milicic
3) Carmelo Anthony
4) Chris Bosh
5) Dwyane Wade
6) Chris Kaman
7) Kirk Hinrich
Darko has averaged 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds per game over the course of his career and to his credit is still playing the league.
332: Kwame Brown:
Kwame Brown is another draft bust in the 300s rank of this list and is also the biggest blunder on Michael Jordan’s basketball resume.
Brown has averaged 6.8 points 5.6 rebounds per game for 6 different teams over his 11 year career and is currently playing for the 76ers.
320: Gilbert Arenas:
Gilber Arenas is only 30 years old but has gone from superstar to laughing stock in a 4 year span. If Gilberts knees finally heal up and he is ready to put in some work he could be a productive player in the league again. His superstar days are gone, but Arenas still has the talent to be a top 100 player in the league.
305: Jimmer Fredette:
Jimmer didn’t get much playing time during his rookie season with the Kings. He did average a respectable 7.6 points per game with a PER of 10.84. Jimmer has a lot of room for improvement and can only go up on this list.
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