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Sep 20, 2012

2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Letdown Edition

Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: Suicide Watch



From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.

NBA player rankings 30s


The top comment on ESPN's page taken from the twitter-world says, "Rudy Gay when healthy can be a top 20 player, let's see if he can last a whole season." The person who said this is ignorant but what's worse is the curators at ESPN NBA repeated it to their global audience. Rudy Gay only missed a single game last season and played 40 minutes a game in the playoffs. He followed up a potentially career-ending injury with leading a franchise best record team into the playoffs again with the first ever home-court advantage in the playoffs, and keeping his career averages the same even whilst "rehabbing".

There's no "let's see.." anymore with Rudy Gay. Rudy Gay is here and you better get with the program. You better respect the Grizzlies. We're coming for you!!!!!!!

34

Zach Randolph PF | Age: 31 | 7.26


32

Rudy Gay SF | Age: 26| 7.33


Now I can understand why ZBO slid on these rankings. Following his injury on New Year's Day, he came off the bench before assuming his starting role in the post-season. He never was the Allstar ZBO last year, and the Grizzlies had to change their whole unit on the fly to make up for that. Still when the chips fall I would rather have ZBO on my team then a lot of the guys I guarantee we will see in the top 30 on these rankings that are undeserving of that distinction. But let's just wait and see.

This is all fun and games but the real Zach Randolph is going to come with the ruckus in October. Grizzball!

Other Memphis notables in the 31-60: Kyle Lowry (51).

Go Grizz!

Sep 17, 2012

2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Starting Guards

Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: Our Starting Guards



From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.

NBA player rankings 70s


The Grizzlies finally show they have the best all-around starting five in all of the NBA as their first two starters appear in the top 8% of these rankings. Imagine you get to select from the top 8 players of each group of 100 NBA players in a fantasy draft for all 5 positions of your team. That should definitely be a winning team.

66

Tony Allen SG | Age: 30 | 6.26


65

Mike Conley, Jr. PG | Age: 24 | 6.27


Tony Allen is top5 defense in the NBA but his offense numbers bring him all the way down to sixty-six. The best you can say about Tony's scoring is that it is slightly above NBA average. The funny thing about Tony is that he actually was much more ball-hawking and disruptive on critical moments of the game in the previous season. Still the Grizzlies led the NBA in defense last year so both Conley and Allen get major credit for defense.

The thing that's scary about Mike Conley is that he's still on the upside of his career and already knows how to be an elite passer and the number two defensive point guard behind only Chris Paul last season.

Other Memphis notables in the 61-70: Tyreke Evans.

Sep 14, 2012

2012 ESPN Player Rankings - OJ MAYO

Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: OJ



From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.

NBA player rankings 70s


90

Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo G | Age: 24 | 5.60


Mayo has been a great citizen in Nation of Grizzlam. He went from runner-up Rookie of the Year to an after-thought of the 6th Man of the Year race. Last year we auditioned two rookie point guards and a washed up vet (pargo, selby, and arenas) for the backup PG role after tossing aside former Bob Cousy award winner Greivis Vasquez and Jeff Teague's protogé Ish Smith. This left the ball in OJ's hands for the 7 game sludge fest against an undermanned, overhyped, upstart Clippers team. Mayo dropped the ball... However, he's always risen to the task given to him by the Grizzlies and few pro athletes can be that flexible.

Despite this post-season failure, Mayo still has buckets of potential waiting to be spilled in Dallas this year. And for that his ranking moved up 3 spots this year. Not for what he's achieved in Memphis, but for the starting role that his ability and talent and hard work has given him with the Mavericks, which possibly could result in 20ppg this year and All-Star considerations.

Furthermore, I can't believe we're in the 60s and haven't seen Tony Allen yet!

Other Memphis notables in the 80-99: Thaddeus Young.

Sep 12, 2012

2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Part 4

Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: 100-199



From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.

NBA player rankings 101-200



Outside of the top100 and inside of the 200 best, we have the real bonafide bench guys. 30 NBA teams * 5 starters per team = 150. To be around the top 150 of NBA is to be a potential starter (especially considering the best teams have 8-10 good players that could start elsewhere). So a few notable Grizzlies backups will make their appearance below.

197

Jerryd Bayless PG | Age: 24 | 4.38


195

Marreese Speights PF | Age: 25 | 4.38


168

Darrell Arthur PF | Age: 24 | 4.63


Bayless wants to be a star in this league and has started for several lottery teams. If he helps Memphis reach the WCF or NBA Finals he will get that star status and again command his own squad someday. Speights had been an afterthought in Philadelphia but has stepped into a starting position with Memphis to supplant Zach Randolph while he was recovering from a nearly season-ending knee injury on New Year's Day. He and King Darrell Arthur provide a very powerful backup to the best front court tandem in the NBA.

Other Memphis notables in the 100s: Shane Battier, Ronnie Brewer.

Sep 11, 2012

2012 ESPN Player Rankings - Part 3

Grizzlies 2012 Roster rankings: 200-299



From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.

NBA player rankings 201-300



Now the rookies and end-of-bench guys are out of the way, we get into the middle of the road, mediocre players. Guess what? Grizzlies don't have many of these. Almost none!

298

Dante Cunningham F | Age: 25 | 3.33


275

Sam Young SF | Age: 27 | 3.55


224

Greivis Vasquez PG | Age: 25 | 4.08


All these cats are gone as you see. QPon, Speights, and Wayne Ellington replace them. Quincy Pondexter (#359) is severely underrated on here but it does look like NOLA ripped us off here on the Vasquez (#224) for QPon swap. Ellington at 344 looks like a big downgrade from Cunningham at 298, but this move was for need. Wayne Ellington has a chance to make his name now and knock down a lot of shots hopefully that O.J. Mayo sometimes made and often missed.

Other Memphis notables in the 200s: Mike Miller, Hakim Warrick, Drew Gooden, Brandan Wright, Quentin Richardson (traded for Darko then for ZBO).