ESPN’s Final #HornetsRank Has Eric Gordon on Top, Anthony Davis Third
Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis lead the way in ESPN.com ranking of NBA players.
Here’s the top four as they appear on ESPN:
The rankings close out as follows:
#224 – Greivis Vasquez (4.08)
#258 – Al-Farouq Aminu (3.70)
#261 – Jason Smith (3.62)
#272 – Hakim Warrick (3.56)
#285 – Austin Rivers (3.45)
#328 – Xavier Henry (3.08)
#425 – Darius Miller (2.36)
#452 – Lance Thomas (2.18)
You should note that Roger Mason Jr. was not part of their rankings, nor was Brian Roberts.
As far as rankings go, Jason Smith getting no love from my TrueHoopand ESPN.com brethren is probably what I’m most surprised about. But that’s a story for another day– tomorrow.9/24: Hornets247 Writers 9/25: Hornets247 and Hornets Report Readers Today: Full ESPN Results Tomorrow: Comparing and contrasting the rankings 9/28: Hornets Beat on #HornetsRank
Someone should do a team by team comparison using the ESPN rankings. For instance calculate each team's average player ranking for starting five, top 10, and complete roster. Then use this as a comparison to final standings positions last year and use it as a base for a projection this year.
I'm sure there was a ton of tweets about Anthony Davis. They one they choose wasn't very convincing. There were two other players who played in the Olympics before their career. Christian Laettner and Emeka Okafor. Clearly making the Olympics before your career is not some precursor to NBA greatness. Why they ranked the rookies at all is a mystery to me.
While I'm more optimistic about Robin Lopez than most people around here, in comparison, Jason Smith got robbed. The tweet about him on ESPN, which insults his ability, really annoys me. And I don't even recall James Jones getting much playing time in the playoffs yet he's 9 spots above JS; and don't get me started on Reggie Evans at 237. Even Goose is 214. Anyway, I'll stop ranting and wait to hear what you guys have to say about it.