ESPN has renewed its popular NBA Rank feature, with a few Hawks being among those revealed so far at 376-500. Of those we’ve seen, Mike Scott’s rank at 394 might be the most controversial… or at least Mike thinks it is.
— Mike Scott (@mikescott) September 17, 2013
So the question is, where should Mike be ranked?
Let’s start with Mike’s credentials. He only played in 40 games last year, but he had some moderate success. He had a PER of 16.1 (above the league average of 15), per-36 minute averages of 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, and a true-shooting of 53.3%, which is around the league average. Not bad for a rookie.
We also have Mike’s very promising Summer League performance. In the five games he played in Vegas, he averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 27.4 minutes. Yes, that was against lesser competition, but there were promising signs from watching Scott’s play. He looked more aggressive around the basket and appears to have worked on his three ball. If he can work on his quickness a bit, we could see Mike at small forward this year, where he could get a lot of minutes when you consider Atlanta’s depth at that position.
When saying that Mike should be higher, we have to look at those ahead of him to confirm that he should be moved up. Of those released, some ahead of him have no business being there. Josh Harrellson? He played six games last year and has a career TS% barely above 50%. (which is bad)
Mike James is old and terrible. Ditto, Derek Fisher.
Janerro Pargo is ahead of Scott, too. You know, the guy that played for three different teams last year and can’t play offense or defense… but hey, he had one good game for the Hawks!
Ryan Gomes had a PER of 4 and negative win shares last year.
Will Barton’s biggest accomplishment is that his name rhymes with “trill”.
Joel Pryzbilla hasn’t been relevant for the past two seasons.
Terrence Williams is still a free agent.
You also have some second round rookies ahead of Scott. Ricky Ledo (#25DollarsOfFaith!), Jamaal Franklin, and Jeff Withey all have potential, but there is also the likelihood they could get buried on their respective teams. Considering NBA Rank is based on how much the voters think the player will contribute next season, it seems like these players being ahead of Scott is bit ridiculous.
The point being that it seems like Mike’s credentials should get him a few spots higher than where the voters put him. Of course, only time will tell if he deserves to be higher.