ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are currently ranking every player in the NBA – a tradition that began just this past season. The rankings are being counted down (from 500 to 1) on ESPN’s NBA Twitter page; and were determined by a panel of 104 experts who gave each player a rating between 0 and 10.
The five year pro enters the list at 165th – a drop of nineteen spots from the previous year (dropped from 4.93 [out of 10] to 4.66). Young is positioned slightly better than Mike Dunleavy, and, slightly worse than Landry Fields (quickly to help fans feel better about that last statement: Raymond Felton’s ranking is 173rd this season).
In terms of Philadelphia’s rankings from the previous year, Nick Young’s current rank is higher than that of both Lou Williams and Evan Turner; however, both of those two will be ranked better than Young this season.
The ranking of 165th pans out to be the fifteenth best possible sixth man for an NBA team – a projection that may not sit well in Philadelphia as the squad’s sixth man of last year led the team in scoring, left town, and has yet to be named in the rankings. On the bright-side, there are still six 76ers that have yet to be named (surprisingly, Jason Richardson makes that list).
The 76ers only have Young signed for one season, which certainly can lead to a bolster in production. There is a possibility that he cracks the starting line-up; however, he could very well fill the role formally held by Lou Williams (while giving Doug Collins the option of playing him at the small forward position, as well).
Look for Nick Young to spark the offense, shoot (way) too much, and hopefully, help maintain that lethal Philadelphia second team of last season.
– Dave Hilts