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.”
Second-year forward Mike Scott makes the cut at the 394 spot with a 2.55 rating. His 2013 ranking jumped up 87 slots from his 2012 ranking of 481.
Here is Scott’s response to the ranking:
It’s good to know Mike has a nice sense of humor.
Scott was drafted by Atlanta in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft with the 43rd overall selection. He appeared in 40 games (1 start) with the Hawks and put up pretty nice numbers in his rookie campaign, averaging 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in a limited 9.4 minutes per game, while posting a 47.6 field-goal percentage and a 76.8 free-throw percentage. Scott’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER) also surpassed the 15.00 leave average with a 16.34 mark.
Frankly, Scott’s ranking should be a lot higher. I agree with Mike’s tweets. lol. Let’s not forget about how he capped off his rookie season with a career night at Madison Square Garden, a.k.a. The Mecca, when he dropped 23 points and 14 rebounds on the Knicks in the regular-season finale. Pretty sweet.
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.
Hawks third-string point guard Shelvin Mack made the list at the 431 slot with a 2.29 rating. Mack’s 2013 ranking dropped 35 spots from his 2012 ranking of 396.
New backup shooting guard Jared Cunningham cracked the list at the 408 mark. His 2013 ranking shot up 55 spots from his 2012 ranking of 463.
Check back soon as we continue to roll out all of the Hawks’ players rankings.