ESPN 2013 NBA Player Rankings #301-375: Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes & Others

Andy Lyons

ESPN is releasing their 2013 NBA Player Rankings and we'll take a look at where the Grizzlies (and other relevant players) show up on the list.

Nick Calathes - #321

The good news? We've made it through 200 NBA players without touching much of the Grizzlies' roster. Calathes is the only player listed so far that will see significant minutes this season, (Leuer will play, but I don't foresee him playing as much as Calathes) and I don't see how you could rate him much higher, seeing as how he's yet to play in an NBA game.

Other notables on the list:

  • Hasheem Thabeet - #347
  • Tony Wroten - #341
  • Josh McRoberts #334 (who always came up in OJ Mayo trade rumors, including actually being traded but having the deal nixed because the Grizzlies didn't get the paperwork done in time)
  • Drew Gooden - #331 (who, if you'll remember, was essentially traded for Mike Miller for his initial Griz tenure ... waaay back when)
  • Sam Young - #317
  • DeMarre Carroll - #302

What can we take away from this? Well, even though I'm passive-aggressively making it known that I think these rankings are subjectively ridiculous to some degree, there are a few things I can take away, reiterate or speculate:

  • The Grizzlies upgraded their backup point guard position.
  • Even though Calathes has never played a minute in the NBA, he's a better option than Wroten.
  • Any realistic trade options for OJ Mayo were underwhelming, and it's just as well they didn't pull the trigger.
  • I never liked Drew Gooden, at all.
  • Mike Miller is still better than Drew Gooden.
  • Sam Young is worthy of being included in Keith's ex-Grizzly harangue yesterday, falling 42 spots from last year.
  • Could it be that DeMarre Carroll is actually getting better?
  • The Grizzlies totally blew the #2 pick in the 2009 draft.
  • Hasheem Thabeet is better than Hamed Haddadi?
  • According to the point ranking average (out of 10), Thabeet is only 0.55 points better than Haddadi.
  • The Grizzlies really, really totally blew the #2 pick in the 2009 draft.

(Please note this is primarily for entertainment value)

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