With less and less to talk about in the dog days of summer in the midst of an ugly NBA lockout, ESPN provides us with a meaningless yet entertaining enough list, ranking NBA players from 1-500.
Only numbers 500-391 have been revealed thus far, but as you can imagine with a 60-loss team like Toronto, Raptors are popping up on the list already…three times to be exact.
What’s important to note about the list is that players who have signed overseas were not included, nor were 2011 draft picks who aren’t expected to play if there is a 2011-2012 season.
For the Raps, that eliminates the possibility of seeing Sonny Weems or fan-favourite Jonas “Rambo” Valanciunas on the list.
According to ESPN, 91 experts rated every player on a scale of 0-to-10, based on what they refer to as “the current quality of each player,” whatever that means.
Anyways, the worst of the worst Raptors, in 91 “experts’” opinions, are Solomon Alabi (497th), Alexis Ajinca (416th) and Joey Dorsey (406th).
It’s hard to argue with any of these Raptors rankings, and I was pleased to see that Dorsey was ranked ahead of Ajinca and amused to see that according to experts, Solomon Alabi is only three players worse than Eddy Curry.
While it seems awful to have three eligible players in the bottom 100, it’s really not that bad. Many other teams have at least three players in the bottom 100 as well, with seven teams, including the Blazers, Hawks, Thunder and Magic, actually having more than three players appear on the current list.
The NBA, where amazing happens.
The Toronto Raptors, where “our worst players can compete with your worst players” happens.