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.”
Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Dennis Schroder makes ESPN’s 2013 NBA Player Rankings list at the 258 mark with a 3.82 rating.
Schroder (also spelled Schröder / Schroeder) was drafted by the Hawks 17th overall in June’s 2013 draft. He was highly regarded as the best young international point guard in Europe and has drawn comparisons to Boston’s all-star point guard Rajon Rondo.
He previously played for SG Braunschweig and Phantoms Braunschweig in his native country of Germany. He’s been a member of the German national under-18 and national under-20 teams. He also played in the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship and helped Germany earn fifth place, while averaging 6.1 points, 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game.
Schroder played 32 games for Phantoms Braunschweig last season, averaging 12.0 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game — he was later named the League’s Most Improved Player.
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. Second-year forward Mike Scott made the cut at the 394 spot. Hawks sharpshooter John Jenkins climbed up to the 301 mark, one slot above new backup small forward DeMarre Carroll at the 302 spot.
Check back soon as we continue to roll out all of the Hawks’ players rankings.