by Will Overton
This will be the first of four parts where I unveil my top 100 rankings for this season. We will be starting with the bottom 25 of the list and work our way up in future postings. You’ll notice in the bottom quarter...
by Will Overton
This will be the first of four parts where I unveil my top 100 rankings for this season. We will be starting with the bottom 25 of the list and work our way up in future postings. You’ll notice in the bottom quarter of the top 100 a theme of again big men who might be in for a bit of a down year this year.
Here is how I have things from 76 – 100:
76. Nikola Pekovic – C, Minnesota Timberwolves
77. Gordon Hayward – SG/SF, Utah Jazz
78. Enes Kanter – C, Utah Jazz
79. Tyreke Evans – SG, New Orleans Pelicans
80. Jimmy Butler – SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
81. Klay Thompson – SG, Golden State Warriors
82. Zach Randolph – PF, Memphis Grizzlies
83. David West – PF, Indiana Pacers
84. Joe Johnson – SG, Brooklyn Nets
85. Tristan Thompson – PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
86. J.R. Smith – SG. New York Knicks
87. Eric Gordon – SG, New Orleans Pelicans
88. Gerald Henderson – SG, Charlotte Bobcats
89. Jose Calderon – PG, Dallas Mavericks
90. Dion Waiters – SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
91. Carlos Boozer – PF, Chicago Bulls
92. Kevin Garnett – PF/C, Brooklyn Nets
93. Raymond Felton – PG, New York Knicks
94. Eric Bledsoe – PG, Phoenix Suns
95. George Hill – PG, Indiana Pacers
96. Maurice Harkless – SF, Orlando Magic
97. Danny Green – SG, San Antonio Spurs
98. Harrison Barnes – SF, Golden State Warriors
99. Kevin Martin – SG, Minnesota Timberwolves
100. Victor Oladipo – SG, Orlando Magic
Last season Gordon Hayward went back and forth between starting and coming off the bench. He was actually a little more effective numbers wise coming off the bench, but this year he’ll be back to starting as the Jazz lack in the depth department. I think the transition should be fine though and Hayward could have big numbers as he is theoretically the best, or at least move proven, scorer on this team.
After a down year in 2011 – 2012 David West bounced back very nicely last season for the Pacers with a solid 17.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.0 SPG and 0.9 BPG. I don’t anticipate quite those numbers this season though. West is aging and the Pacers brought Luis Scola in to help ease the load for him. Not only that, but Roy Hibbert is progressing as an inside scorer and Danny Granger is back to handle the second scorer duties. Obviously I like West since he’s #83, I just don’t know if a repeat is going to happen.
You want to see Eric Gordon play a whole year. You want to see the top 50 player he could be if he could play a full year. He played 78 games as a rookie, but he’s missed at least 20 games in each of the next four seasons and he’s missed at least 40 each of the last two years. It looks like he’ll be at 100% by the time the season starts, but we can’t guarantee how long that will last. Draft him at your own risk, but not until at least round seven.
One of my favorite offseason moves of the year was Jose Calderon going to Dallas where I really think he can thrive. Calderon has eight assists or more in four of his last six seasons and I’m a believer he’ll do that again in Dallas. Calderon played with the talent depraves Raptors and Pistons last season so feeding Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis will be a welcome relief for him. There is some thought that the ball hungry Ellis will take away from his value, but I don’t think there is any wondering who the point guard of this team is.
If you’re looking at this list as though I’m ranking the best players in basketball you’re probably wondering why Kevin Garnett is almost outside of the top 100. This is fantasy basketball though, not real basketball, and I don’t know what to expect from Garnett. The Nets are stacked and they’re deep and they can and will rest Garnett plenty, maybe not with games off, but he won’t average 30 minutes per game I don’t think. He’s also playing with four other very competent scorers who could take points away from him.
The big question with Raymond Felton is which Felton do you believe in? In the first half Felton looked like a top 75 guy. In the second half though he averaged just 12.7 PPG