Here is how we ranked them: 1. Gordon (1.31) 2. Davis (2.24) 2. Anderson (2.42) 4. Smith (4.86) 4. Vasquez (5.07) 6. Rivers (6.45) 6. Lopez (6.77) 8. Aminu (7.05) 9. Mason Jr. (10.02) 9. Henry (10.30) 9. Warrick (10.63) 12. Thomas (11.55) 12. Miller (11.98) 14. Roberts (13.36)
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Joe, Is the spreadsheet locked yet? (I made two small changes in my column last night and they worked.)
What I get out of the cumulative ranking to date. We think... 1. Bigs (PF and C) are a strength. They are 3 of top 4, 4 of top 7, etc. 2. Swings (SF) are very weak. The best, Aminu, is only ranked 8th. I will add my opinion that Guards (PG andd SG) are a huge question mark. Gordon is an injury question mark; Vasquez is questionable as a starting PG; and Rivers is a question mark as a 19 year old rookie and a player without a true position. (Is Rivers a PG, an SG, neither? The rest of the guards are basically band-aids.) I believe how the guards go will have a huge affect on the team. I hope we rank the players again at the end of the season, to see how accurate we were with this ranking.
I love this site! I've been reading for a few months now and finally wanted to post, since I keep wanted Hornets info and you guys keep caring! I'm also the guy that ranked Aminu 4th.. haha.. break out year. I really see him and Vasquez taking a step and this team competing for the 8th spot!
Oh man the end of the roster is brutal. I really wanted my official ranks to include a tie for last.
As much of an impact that Ryno will hold on this team the one true marker on this season that will hold the biggest difference will be the health of Eric Gordon. Why? Because he is the best scorer on this team at this moment and has proven with his ball handling and moves through the paint to draw fouls, he will be the player that keeps this team in games all season long.
It's tough to do this without an established criteria. However, of our Big 3 (Davis, Gordon, and Anderson), I gave Anderson the #1 spot. Over 82 games, I expect him to be the most productive for us. Gordon is obviously the most offensively talented player, but… injuries. As for Davis, he can't get the #1 or #2 spot over proven NBA players. He has to earn it.
My rankings were pretty similar to Joe's. I'm not sure how many people are with me that Anderson (and not Gordon) will be the best Hornet this year but hopefully McNamara agrees lol. But I had Lopez behind Smith, Vasquez and Aminu; Rivers at 8 instead of 13 (c'mon he's not the 13th best player on this team), Mason down at 12 behind Warrick, Henry and Miller; and Thomas and Roberts rounding out the list, if nothing else bcuz I think they will be on the inactive list most of the season (barring injury). It kind of freaked me out that I had Jason Smith as our 4th BEST PLAYER, but I actually really like Smitty and our depth isn't completely horrible. And to be honest I have no issues at all with how anybody ranks our Top 3, I just happen to think it will go Anderson, Gordon, then Davis. At least in 2012-13.