According the ESPN’s website, “ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player — and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1.” Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love was just ranked as the 16th best player in the league according to their system. Love is coming off a season which he averaged 20.2 pppg, 15.2 rpg, and hit over 40% of his 3-pointers. Love is quickly becoming one of the league’s most marketable players, and I’m sure he’ll give at least some credit to his beard trimmer.
ESPN’s site says, “We asked 91 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of the current quality of each player.”
Other notables include Timberwolves players Michael Beasley (ranked #109), Luke Ridnour (#182), and rookies Derrick Williams (#196) & Ricky Rubio (#204). Former Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett was ranked #22. Luke Ridnour ranking above Derrick Williams is a total mind-blower. Williams will most likely surpass Beasley as the Timberwolves’ second best player, and I believe may soon be the team’s best player. They must have given Ridnour credit for his sharp hair cut, stop-n-pop 3′s, and erractic turnovers.
One Timberwolves player who could really emerge if things go his way is Anthony Randolph (#220). Over the final 5 games of last season, Randolph averaged 19.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, and shot 53% from the field. He’s tall enough to play center, but has the ball handling skills of a guard. He kind of reminds me of a taller Lamar Odom. The league is becoming smaller and more fast-paced so this could work out well potentially for the Timberwolves. Let’s take a look at Randolph’s Top 5 plays as a Timberwolf.