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 backup big man Gustavo Ayon makes ESPN’s 2013 NBA Player Rankings list at the 246 mark with a 3.91 rating. His 2013 ranking dropped 32 spots from his 214 ranking last season.
Ayon, 28, spent the majority of last season with Orlando, until he was packaged with J.J. Redick and shipped out to Milwaukee on the trade deadline. After the season ended, the Bucks released him on July 25 — he was claimed off waivers by the Hawks four days later.
The 6’10” PF/C broke into the NBA in December of 2011 when he signed with the New Orleans Hornets after playing for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spain. After his rookie season in New Orleans, Ayon was traded to Orlando in a sign-and-trade deal for Ryan Anderson.
Ayon has been a member of the Mexico national basketball team since 2007. He recently led Mexico to a gold medal game victory against Puerto Rico at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, and was named MVP of the tournament.
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. Rookie point guard Dennis Schroeder was the latest Hawk to make the list at the 258 mark.
Check back soon as we continue to roll out all of the Hawks’ players rankings.