We are more than halfway through ESPN’s 2013-14 NBA rank, which is probably a good time to update you on the Atlanta players that have already been released.
181. Elton Brand
246. Gustavo Ayon
258. Dennis Schröder
301. John Jenkins
302. DeMarre Carroll
394. Mike Scott
408. Jared Cunningham
431. Shelvin Mack
465. Pero Antic
Just my quick thoughts on this: Antic is probably close to the right spot considering we have no idea what to expect from him as an NBA player. It’s also hard to say Shelvin and Jared should be higher when I think that Shelvin won’t make the roster and that Jared wouldn’t either if he didn’t have guaranteed money attached to him. (he still might not make it anyways)
Jenkins still has promise and has shown to be a great three-point shooter, but 301 might actually be a bit too high for him. However, he could end up seeing a lot of playing time this year due to Lou Williams’ ACL tear, so he could easily prove me wrong here.
Carroll is really underrated at 302. Cole Patty did a great job of extrapolating Carroll’s value on offense, plus Carroll could prove to be an important defender in Budenholzer’s system.
I really like Ayon and think he will be valuable for the Hawks this season, but 246 is probably too high for a guy that was cut from two teams last year. Gustavo has his impressive rookie season and his recent FIBA Americas play to hang his hat on, but I’m not completely sold that he should be higher than…
Of course you knew I was going to talk about Schröder. There’s a lot of people saying that Dennis could be the steal of the draft, so I have a hard time thinking that 258 is the right spot for him. Yes, the Hawks still have Jeff Teague, but Dennis will still get plenty of playing time and has definitely impressed the team and the front office with his defensive abilities. By comparison, former Hawks Zaza Pachulia and Marvin Williams haven’t been named yet in NBA rank – meaning they’ll be over 30 spots higher than Schröder – and I personally don’t think either of them will have as much impact as Dennis will this year.
Hawks that still haven’t been named: Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, and Lou Williams.
Based on the last NBA rank done at the end of last season, Horford should be in the top 20. Him falling from his 20th spot would be rather odd… (considering he only averaged 20 points, 11 boards, and three dimes on 56% shooting for the last half of the 2012-13 season)
Now, going off of SI’s top 100, which Millsap, Teague, Korver, and Lou all finished in, we might five Hawks in the top 100 of NBA rank. I could see Korver possibly dipping into the triple digits, especially considering his rank last season was 186. At the very least, he should see a considerable rise.