ESPN is nearing the end of their now yearly NBARank project, but the Bobcats have been finished for a while now. Here’s a consolidated listing of the Bobcats and their ranking, along with a note on each from Spencer and myself. Enjoy. (And a link to the first posting of the NBARank on ESPN.com)
|Bismack Biyombo||222||Brett: Went from 301 to 222 and will still be just 20 this season
Spencer: Very young and a very high ceiling. This ranking should continue to drastically improve.
|Matt Carroll||446||B: Seems high
S: Last season was dreadful- no question he’s a better shooter than what he displayed. As far as the rank…whatever.
|Gana Diop||440||B: Shouldn’t be above The Hammer
S: Definitely should be ranked lowest on this roster. Carrol and Diop should be flipped.
|Ben Gordon||154||B: With the potentially expanded role on the Bobcats, he could go back up next year
S: His usage in Charlotte will be interesting, but as Brett said, this ranking could certainly rise.
|Brendan Haywood||260||B: The Bobcats best option at center at 260 – yay
S: No question this ranking will rise and it’s probably a little too low.
|Gerald Henderson||184||B: Would be a lot better if there wasn’t a three point line
S: With Taylor and MKG, it’s starting to look like Hendo may not be in the future plans. He’s been improving every year and I expect that to continue this season.
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||128||B: We have our winner
S: I understand he was the #2 pick in the draft, but MKG is not the best player on this roster.
|Byron Mullens||317||B: A big jump, from 462 to 317 (if the season had ended after a month, it would have been much higher)
S: Big jump in rank and well deserved. Playing time this season will depend on improved effort and decision making.
|Ramon Sessions||146||B: Of the Bobcats top 5 players, 3 are imports
S: Could end up leading this team in scoring and be team’s starting PG by season’s end. That would be a good scenario for Bobcats, but just saying.
|Jeff Taylor||416||B: An old rookie – I expect a jump in his rank next year, and then it steadying off
S: Really excited about this kid.
|Tyrus Thomas||253||B: Down from 123 (and 253 seems high after watching him play last year)
S: Could drop 100 more spots, or could gain 100 back. Impossible to predict with this headcase.
|Kemba Walker||199||B: The Bobcats starting point guard is slotted as about a 7th man by NBARank
S: More scoring weapons surround him on this roster now and I expect a huge improvement as a PG this season. He’ll crack the top 125 next season.
|Reggie Williams||283||B: One of a handful of players who did not move in rank – fitting, considering his brief time on court due to injuries and conditioning
S: Got to get into playing shape. Considering half of his tweets consist of where his next meal will be isn’t encouraging.