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ESPN’s #nbarank chugs on, and in the past few releases, we see a couple more familiar faces.

Kyle Korver moves up 69 spots from his ranking last season, up to 117. Fresh off of a four-year, $24 million contract, Kyle has solidified himself as a key member of the Atlanta Hawks and of the vision that Danny Ferry has for a contender. Korver’s shooting gives the Hawks a huge spacing advantage over a lot of teams, and his +8.0 on/off differential last year – 2nd on the team – is a reflection of that. I think he could have been harder, but 117 is a spot that fits him. (It’s divisible by three!)

Teague’s spot at 74 isn’t bad, but I have a bit of an problem with the person directly ahead of him. I love Bradley Beal, but him being this high seems extremely optimistic at this point. He did have a strong finish to the season when he finally got to play some games with John Wall, but his overall season was pretty “meh” at times.

Back to Teague, he jumps 35 spots from last year, with his 16 point/8 assist per 36 minute averages being a stat that really sticks out. He is the first of three Hawks that are cracking the top 100. Al Horford and Paul Millsap are the others.

NBA rank’s for the Hawks up to now:
74. Jeff Teague
117. Kyle Korver
120. Lou Williams
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

NBA Rank Update: 181-500 Released

Bo Churney —  September 30, 2013

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)

I have already given my thoughts on Mike Scott.

Jenkins still has promise and has shown Continue Reading…

Mike Scott Too Low at 394?

Bo Churney —  September 17, 2013

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.

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. Continue Reading…