Here is the first installment of my top 200 rankings. I will be starting from the bottom of the list and working my way up to number 1 over the next few days.
151. Wesley Johnson – SG/SF, Minnesota
152. Carl Landry – PF, Sacramento
153. Marreese Speights – C, Philadelphia
154. Brandon Rush – SG, Indiana
155. Anthony Tolliver – PF/C, Minnesota
156. Kenyon Martin – PF, Denver
157. Jonas Jerebko – SF/PF, Detroit
158. Ronnie Brewer – SG, Chicago
159. Shaun Livingston – PG, Charlotte
160. Demar Derozan – SG, Toronto
161. Ramon Sessions – PG, Cleveland
162. Taj Gibson – PF, Chicago
163. Wesley Matthews – SG/SF, Utah
164. Kirk Hinrich – PG, Washington
165. Dorell Wright – SF, Golden State
166. Tracy McGrady – SG/SF, Detroit
167. Mario Chalmers – PG, Miami
168. Jermaine O’Neal – C/PF, Boston
169. Shane Battier - SF, Houston
170. Reggie Williams – SF, Golden State
171. Luke Ridnour – PG, Minnesota
172. Shaquille O’Neal – C, Boston
173. Grant Hill – SF, Phoenix
174. Brad Miller – C, Houston
175. Dejuan Blair – PF, San Antonio
176. Goran Drajic – PG, Phoenix
177. Rodrique Beaubois – PG, Dallas
178. Anthony Parker – SG, Cleveland
179. Glen Davis – PF, Boston
180. Derrick Favors – PF, New Jersey
181. Ty Lawson – PG, Denver
182. Ryan Gomes – SF, Los Angeles Clippers
183. Udonis Haslem – PF, Miami
184. Martell Webster – SF, Minnesota
185. Linas Kleiza – SF, Toronto
186. Derek Fisher – PG, Los Angeles Lakers
187. Hakim Warrick – PF, Phoenix
188. Greg Monroe – PF/C, Detroit
189. Omri Casspi – PF, Sacramento
190. Mickeal Pietrus – SF, Orlando
191. Jamario Moon – SF, Cleveland
192. Mike Dunleavy – SG/SF, Indiana
193. Will Bynum – PG, Detroit
194. Ersan Ilyasova – SF, Milwaukee
195. Ronny Turiaf – C, New York
196. Kyle Lowry – PG, Houston
197. Courtney Lee – SG, New Jersey
198. T.J. Ford – PG, Indiana
199. Ed Davis – PF/C, Toronto
200.Al Thornton – SF, Washington
- It’s still not been decided if Wesley Johnson will start or come off the bench. And if he does start whether it will be at the 2 or 3. Regardless of if he starts or where he starts he should log 25 – 30 minutes a game for a team looking for someone to step up. He won’t be the number one scoring option, but if gets 30 minutes a game he should be able to log double digit points with some nice extras including 5 – 6 rebounds a game. He has the potential to finish the year in the top 100.
- Brandon Rush is a wildcard. The Pacers are in need of a number two scorer to go with Danny Granger and they don’t want it to have to be Darren Collison from the point. Rush is the guy most capable of filling that spot, but he needs to keep his head straight and get more consistent. He currently sits behind Mike Dunleavy on the depth chart, but it won’t stay that way if he puts his potential together. His upside as far as point scoring is somewhere around 16 a game for this year, though it’s hard to predict more than 12 or 13.
- Demar Derozan is another sleeper who could blossom this year. He’s going to be competing for playing time along with Leandro Barbosa, who you’ll see I like more, but Derozan still has upside and can switch over to the 3 spot when Barbosa is in the game too. I think 10 points, 5 boards and a steal per game is a good expectation, though his ceiling is higher.
- A lot of people are higher on Rodrique Beaubois than I am, and based on potential alone I can see why. I just don’t think he’ll get the playing time to blossom into a must own in fantasy systems this season. If you are in a keeper league, bump him up about 10 spots or so, but with Kidd, Butler and Terry not showing signs of slowing down I think he’s still a year away from significant contribution.
- Ronny Turiaf has the potential to go for 8 points and 8 boards per game with at least 1.5 blocks a game this year. Those aren’t dominant center stats, but if he puts those numbers up he’ll outplay this ranking and he’ll outplay where he is being drafted in most leagues as well.
I have included notes on a few of the guys in this list, but if you have questions about any of the other guys and where I ranked them please feel free to ask and I will get back to you quickly with my thoughts. Also, if you want a more in depth look at any of these guys let me know and I will try and work something in during the coming weeks.