Inside Boston’s #NBARank, Part II
Posted by Hayes Davenport on Nov 3, 2013
Trying to accurately #NBARank the entire league is, inherently, a pointless exercise. In the days since I argued that Vitor Faverani should have been ranked at 313 instead of 481, he pulled down 18 boards and generally looked like the best player on the floor. Is 313 not even close to high enough? I don’t know where Faverani should be ranked within, like, 200 spots. On to the informed guesses!
Better than: Randy Foye, Nick Young, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Worse than: Courtney Lee last year (#116)
I was victimized by Courtney Lee optimism as much as possibly anyone last season. Seemed like THE FINAL PIECE. Very stupid in retrospect. Now he’s fallen over a hundred spots in this thing.
But Lee, I think is going to do more this year. He has to. We all know his tendency to hide, but this year, there’s nothing to hide behind. As his share of the offense rises, I think his deserved #NBARank will rise as well.
Real #NBARank: 154
Better than: Courtney Lee, the players Courtney Lee is better than
Worse than: Ben Gordon, Terrence Ross, Otto Porter
As boring and uninteresting as Courtney Lee was last season, I’m still a little surprised to see MarShon Brooks ranked ahead of him at the same position on the same team. All things considered, I’d rather run out a capable shooter who doesn’t shoot that much than a terrible shooter who does nothing but shoot. Lee’s also a better defender. He’s better at just about everything other than attacking the rim and having capital letters in his first name.
Brooks’s #NBARank advantage is that Brad Stevens will probably give him some minutes to see if there’s any point to keeping him around. His disadvantage is that there may not actually be any point to keeping him around.
Real #NBARank: 297
Better than: All but seven rookies
Worse than: Only seven rookies
Whoa! The 13th-overall pick ascends five draft spots in #NBARank without having played an actual NBA game! Personally, I’m not quite as high on Olynyk as a lot of others. Beyond the novelty of a seven-foot guy who can shoot and has a few post moves, he’s dangerously flawed for a big guy. He can’t rebound or play defense, and he has foot problems. “BUT DIIIIIRK!” Dirk is the only player of his kind, ever. If Olynyk becomes anything approaching Dirk, I will eat a plate of his hair.
He’s still a pleasant surprise! Probably a nice value for that pick in a bad draft! He could EASILY be the #8 rookie this year, or better! But the hype is…it’s out of control.
Real #NBARank: 223
Better than: Darrell Arthur, Thomas Robinson, Tyler Hansbrough
Worse than: Reggie Evans, Andrew Nicholson, Jason Thompson
You may have noticed we’ve arrived in #NBARank’s Celtics Corridor: the range from about spot 150 to 250 has EIGHT Boston players posted up in it. Sullinger, in all fairness, probably belongs there. His rebounding ability is still intact, but he’s had some Glennish struggles with scoring inside and is always a risk to sit out for back problems or, you know, other stuff. Personally, I think his future in the NBA is as a very, very good third big off the bench. Basically what he is now.
Real #NBARank: 199 seems fine.
Better than: Glen Davis, Amir Johnson, Jason Terry
Worse than: Ed Davis, Chris Andersen, Andrea Bargnani
Kris Humphries! The highest-ranked player in this middle block! Got DNP’d in his second game! Cannot score or defend! This ranking doesn’t really consider that he’s on a team where he’s universally acknowledged to have no future and is mostly valued for having been overpaid a few years ago. What an insane ranking.
Real #NBARank: 303
We’re now two-thirds into the rankings and somehow still haven’t reached the median rating. And guess what? There are only four Celtics left, and two of them are below 5′s! #NBARAAAAAAAAAAAAANK!