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.”
New Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll makes ESPN’s 2013 NBA Player Rankings list at the 302 mark with a 3.27 rating. His 2013 ranking moved up 78 spots from last years ranking of 380.
Carroll was acquired by the Hawks via free agency on July 2, signing a two-year, $5 million deal with Atlanta. The 6’9″ forward has already played for four different teams during his first four years in the NBA — the Hawks will be five teams in five years.
Carroll was picked 27th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 NBA Draft and had a mediocre rookie season, playing in 71 games (1 start) and averaging 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in a limited 11.2 minutes per game. The following two seasons were tougher as Carroll only appeared in 12 games in the 2010-11 season and 24 games in the 2011-12 campaign. However, he had a breakout year last season with the Utah Jazz, putting up career marks in basically every category including points (6.0), rebounds (2.8), assists (0.9), steals (0.9), blocks (0.4) and minutes (16.8).
With the Hawks this season, Carroll might set new career numbers as he will see significant playing time as the backup small forward to Kyle Korver, and will also be heavily relied upon to be a defensive stopper and lock-up the opponents best perimeter player. He will also get more starts than usual when Atlanta decides to go with a bigger lineup and move the sharpshooting Korver to shooting guard.
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. Third-string point guard Shelvin Mack made the list at the 431 slot. New backup shooting guard Jared Cunningham cracked the list at the 408 mark, and second-year forward Mike Scott made the cut at the 394 spot.
Check back soon as we continue to roll out all of the Hawks’ players rankings.