ESPN is back with their third annual NBA player rankings, and the list is littered with Atlanta Hawks players.
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player for the third straight year — and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA), from No. 500 to No. 1.
This year, we asked our ESPN Forecast panel to predict the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season. This includes both the quality and the quantity of his expected contributions, combined in one overall rating.
We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of “the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season.”
Hawks third-string point guard Shelvin Mack makes the list at the 431 slot with a 2.29 rating. Mack’s 2013 ranking dropped 35 spots from his 2012 ranking of 396.
The 6’3” Butler product spent majority of last season (20 games) in Atlanta after serving brief stints in Washington (7 games) and Philadelphia (4 games) earlier in the year. Mack averaged 4.6 points, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 rebounds per game collectively, while posting a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 11.37 (league avg is 15.00)
Mack was drafted in 2011 by the Wizards with the 34th overall pick. He averaged 3.6 ppg, 2.0 apg, and 1.4 rpg in 60 appearances during his rookie campaign. He is currently with Atlanta on a non-guaranteed contract.
The first Hawk to make ESPN’s list was newly signed Macedonian big man Pero Antic. Antic is ranked 465 out of 500 players, despite never suiting up for an NBA team in his pro career. The 6’11″ PF/C was signed by the Hawks on July 25.