Grizzlies 2014 Roster rankings
From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com is once again ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.
Here's a look at the guys on our squad today (including training camp invites). These guys are the bottom half of the league. Technically that would make them all "below average" but I believe these guys will pull their weight. Plus we have a few interesting prospects in Adams, Leuer, Stokes, and former #2 draft pick Michael Beasely. Either of these guys could step it up this season or next. It will be interesting to see how high our big dogs get this year. Will Michael Conley get the recognition he deserves? Will Gasol still be a top20? Not bloody likely! But will be fun to follow along.
Quincy Pondexter drew a tweet from Memphis's Chris Vernon, "@QuincyPondexter 257? Quincy is gonna quit ESPN. Didn't eat McDonalds for years after not makin All-American." Quincy was not at the top of his game last year then went out with a bad injury. Look for a bounce back season from him as long as he can outplay Vince Carter, Tony Allen, and Jordan Adams in a very crowded Grizz back court.
Tayshaun Prince slipped quite far from his 2013 rank: #192. And I think 275 is actually a bit overrated at this point. I think he's only going to get spot minutes. His numbers are way off career averages; for Mr. Prince the beginning of the end has already started.
Would Calathes be ranked a little higher if he wasn't suspended during the playoffs? We'll never know. But its doubtful since the voters did not reward Beno Udrih for his masterful play in his absence at the backup point guard position. Although I suspect the drop is mostly due to his listless tenure in NYC last year, while voters likely failed to watch him soar in his brief time with Memphis.
Shocked to see Jon Leuer ranked above Darrell Arthur! Did not realize he was doing so bad in Denver. I suppose his best days may be behind him in (here in Memphis). His injuries kept him out too much but he was pure energy when healthy. Leuer on the other hand is intriguing. Will he break out this season? There is a large gap right now behind ZBO in the big man rotation...
Other Memphis notables: James Johnson at #248, Xavier Henry #262, Tony Wroten #289, Dante Cunningham #299, Darrell Arthur #323, Will Barton #329, Jeff Adrien #333 (former training camp invite), Drew Gooden #348, Austin Daye #349, CDR #358, Shawne Williams #408, Elliot Williams #439, Darius Morris #447, Joey Dorsey #495, Adonis Thomas #490, .