clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Memphis Grizzlies and the ESPN NBA Player Rankings

New, comments

Higher than Kobe Bryant, that's where.

Jamie Squire

ESPN continues to dribble out their Top 500 player rankings for 2014-2015, and today featured a double dose of Griz:

Check out the post on ESPN right HERE.

A day after sending half of Los Angeles County and every poseur on Twitter into convulsions by (rightfully) ranking a certain 36-year-old shooting guard who played in 6 games last year for likely the worst team in the West at #40, the Mothership dropped a couple Grizzlies on their list this afternoon in Mike Conley and Zach Randolph. They both moved up from where they were ranked last year - Z-Bo from 35 to 33 and Conley from 32 to 31 - and, in the words of our own Chris Vernon, SHOUTOUT BABY. I thought they put them right around where they ought to be.*

*If pressed, I'd probably put Mike closer to 25, and Z-Bo at 39 because that's one spot ahead of Kobe

Plus, it's pretty cool that we'll feature 3 out of the top 33 because #math (Marc Gasol's placement hasn't been announced yet, but he was tenth last year). The Commercial Appeal's Michael Cohen did a breakdown of how the Grizzlies stack up against the rest of last year's Western Conference playoff teams (plus Phoenix) with respect to ESPN's rankings HERE ($), and it shows the almost shocking degree of parity in our conference. Seven of the 9 teams Cohen looked at had 3 top-50 players (Houston and Phoenix had two).

Just for kicks and with apologies to our resident over/under-ologist, Matthew Bishop, here's where all of our roster ranks and whether they're OVER, UNDER, or PROPERLY ranked, IMHO.

PLAYER

RANK

O/U/P

Marc Gasol

TBD

UNDER*

Mike Conley

31

UNDER

Zach Randolph

33

OVER

Tony Allen

94

PROPERLY

Vince Carter

121

UNDER

Kosta Koufos

161

UNDER

Courtney Lee

183

PROPERLY

Quincy Pondexter

257

OVER

Tayshaun Prince

275

UNDER

Nick Calathes

283

OVER

Beno Udrih

291

UNDER

Jon Leuer

317

UNDER

Jordan Adams

367

PROPERLY

Jarnell Stokes

422

PROPERLY

*Faulkner and I think he's going to be ranked somewhere around 13th, but I'm with Mullinax and think he works his way into the all-NBA or even MVP discussion. That would make him a tad underrated.

Hey! Let's argue in the comments about where you think everyone should be rated!