Rankings of all the Nuggets players in the ESPN #NBArank series

We briefly interrupt Roundball Mining Company’s #NuggetsRank series to present our final installment on the ESPN/Truehoop 2012 NBA player rankings (which you can follow at @NBAonESPN using the #NBArank hashtag). The three remaining Nuggets players have now appeared in the rankings, with Danilo Gallinari coming in at 54, Ty Lawson at 48, and Andre Iguodala rounding out the list at 28.

Here is the complete list of Nuggets players in the ESPN rankings:

  • 28 Andre Iguodala (up 6 from previous rank of 34)
  • 48 Ty Lawson (up 16 from previous rank of 64)
  • 54 Danilo Gallinari (up 14 from previous rank of 68)
  • 71 Kenneth Faried (up 260 from previous rank of 331)
  • 77 JaVale McGee (up 22 from previous rank of 99)
  • 93 Wilson Chandler (down 18 from previous rank of 75)
  • 94 Andre Miller (down 5 from previous rank of 89)
  • 203 Corey Brewer (up 5 from previous rank of 208)
  • 220 Timofey Mozgov (up 86 from previous rank of 306)
  • 269 Anthony Randolph (down 49 from previous rank of 220)
  • 274 Kosta Koufos (up 74 from previous rank of 348)
  • 337 Jordan Hamilton (up 43 from previous rank of 380)
  • 395 Quincy Miller
  • 410 Evan Fournier
  • 473 Julyan Stone

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on whether you think the Nuggets players were ranked appropriately compared with the other players in the league (all the rankings can be found by checking the links in the right hand column of this page at ESPN).

Also, as mentioned above, right here at Roundball Mining Company we have voted on our very own rankings of the Denver Nuggets players, and are featuring the players one by one every couple of days. So please check back regularly for updates to our #NuggetsRank series, and join the discussion in the comments.

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Joel is a long time Denver Nuggets (and Broncos) fan from Colorado who's been living in Japan since the mid-90s, and blogging about the Nuggets since 2008. You can contact and follow him on Twitter: @denbutsu.
  • Landry

    So now that the Denver Nuggets have been ranked by ESPN.com I can start to see how our team is viewed through the scope of the rest of the league. Kenneth Faried was the biggest surprise ranking ahead of Javale the Freak McGeezie at #77. So all of our starting 5 is within the top 80’s of the league and our top 7 are top 100. So if we are to contend for a championship, I ideally want the starting 5 next year to be in the top 50. So Andre Miller and Wilson Chandler will lead the bench unit with their starting capability.

    So we have at the moment 2 players in the top 50. So then we must remake the list of who must step up in the starting line-up. #2 Priority: Javale McGee Lowest rank starter at #77. So that means he has to make a 22 player jump which is feasible with his freakish ability.

    Next is Kenneth Faried who made the largest jump ever recorded of 260 at #71. Now if Faried can remain our rock, then I don’t give a shit if he is underrated. Keep it up Manimal. Not a priority.

    Finally we come to Danilo Gallinari… seriously #54. Are you kidding me? You just need to combine the FT line ability and the 3 ability to combine for one season man. Your defense is stand up but right now you need to become our go-to option in the half court. If Danilo can become our rock in the late play-clock situations, then I will no longer be so doubtful of him. So this is the year Gallo. You have officially upstaged Javale as the main man on campus… Priority #1

    • Evan Woodruff

      So, so, so, so, so…

  • Daniel

    Has any player not named Jeremy Lin move up so much as the Manimal? 260 spots is crazy progress.

  • Mike

    Manimal may be underrated at 71. Im not sure there is really a good comparison to him in terms of a player in the league. He is longer and more athletic than Paul Millsap and it is yet to be seen if he can develop the outside game of millsap. He has similar rebounding and height though and both give max effort consistently. His offensive skill is much higher RIGHT now than Ben Wallace ever was. I don’t think he is quite as tall or long as him either so I doubt he can have anywhere near the same effect on defense. Josh Smith is taller and has better dribbling and passing skills. A less skilled Charles Barkley may be his best comparison, but it is difficult to define what that looks like.

    I couldn’t find a rookie who came into the league putting up similar efficiency numbers he put up in the amount of time he played that didn’t become an all-star. He will be an interesting case study because of his weird height and skill profile.

    • Peter

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Faried did a really good job last season of playing to his strengths. If he can improve his perimeter game, passing and individual defense. I don’t see how they can keep him out of the all-star game. If his minutes go up, as they should, his numbers will get even better. He put up solid numbers last season and that he was not even a focus on offense. He gets almost all of his points running the floor on putbacks. It will be great to see how he has worked on his game this summer.

      • dynamo.joe

        Perimeter game? I assume you mean defense on stretch 4’s.

      • https://twitter.com/denbutsu denbutsu

        I think it was Jeremy who pointed out during last season that Faried didn’t really have great hands. When receiving passes down low he sometimes tended to fumble the ball a bit, resulting in some turnovers. To me, efficiency is the key with Faried, that he basically won’t waste possessions in situations like that or when he passes.

        Developing his passing would be so great. When the Rodman comparisons started bubbling up last season I went back to watch some old Bulls games. Passing was such a huge part of Rodman’s games. It wasn’t just that he was an elite rebounder, it was that he was so proficient in creating fast break opportunities for his teammates after coming down with the ball. If Faried could cultivate more skill and reliability with his transition game passing, that would be a big deal for this team.

    • JDan

      The comparison you are looking for is Dennis Rodman. An undersized power forward with great hussle and an insane ability to rebound.

  • doktarr

    Simple way to look at the depth of the team:

    Only 2 players who are #4 on their team (Ibaka and Nash) are ranked more than 7 spots higher than Faried.

    Only 1 team’s #5 player (the Grizz’s Tony Allen) is ranked higher than McGee.

    No team has a #6 or #7 player ranked higher than Chandler and Miller.

  • Peter

    My biggest beef with this list so far is Ty Lawson being ranked 8 spots lower than Steph Curry…Just silly.

    • ryanvdonk

      i didnt like ricky rubio being ranked ahead of ty, that was pretty bad. all aboard the 4 letter hype train!!epsn

      • Ryan

        People with 1 arm can shoot better than Rubio…

    • Ryan

      Agreed. People fell in love with him from his March Madness days, then neglect the fact that he doesn’t do anything except pad his numbers in the wasteland of the NBA (Golden State). Oh yeah, he misses (at least) half of the season every year with ankle injuries. Top 40 NBA player? Please…

    • emie

      With 100 votes being cast, the percentages for many positions are very close.

      It doesn’t really matter who is ranked ahead of whom if they’re nearly the same.

  • Jeff

    OKC has 3 of the top 30 players, one of the most respected coaches, and a crazy fanbase, but no title (yet)… man they’re almost turning out to be underachievers.

    • Peter

      This I think is a make or break year for them, as I think this will be Harden’s last season in OKC. Although I could see Presti pulling off a Hardern for a top 3 pick in next years draft with a desperate team in the east like Orlando or Charlotte and end up with someone like Shabazz Muhamed or something.

  • Ban Johnson

    Nuggets seem ranked pretty fairly. If anything, a little high. I think the NBA intelligentsia has Nugget fever.

    No way I’d rank Horford behind Iguodala, but that’s a small quibble — wouldn’t have happened if Horford were healthy last year.

    Gallo ahead of John Wall and David West shocked me a little. Gallo has the potential, but has never had 1 season as good as any of West’s 5 best. And John Wall has more potential.

    In my opinion, Faried has a lot to live up to. Yeah, he was great toward the end of last season, but that’s a very small sample. Let’s see him do it over 82 games. 71 was surprisingly optimistic.

    I expect Ty and McGee to climb next year. (No way should Monta Ellis be ranked ahead of Ty.) If both do, should be a great season.

  • jake

    I’m disappointed with Ty’s ranking. The things he does when it’s crunch time and feels control of the scenario…. amazing. He lit the Lakers up alongside JaVale. The Lakers have NO response for those two. I desperately hope both teams end up healthy and meet in the second or third round of the playoffs… to crush Goliath enroute to a golden ball would be sweet. I think we match up really favorably against the Heat. We kicked their asses and sent DWade home crying last year. I am a homer. But I believe we have an amazing core.

    Corey Brewer minutes are gonna be really important this year. He was at time liability and at times the heart and soul on the floor. How he’s played is really gonna make a difference this year.

    • mitchell

      pretty sure dwight howard is an answer to javale… i mean i hate the lakers but your smoking crack if you think mcgee is better than d12

  • Tom

    D12 is recovering from back surgery this year, and the chemistry might not be there with Kobe et al. When healthy and motivated, the Lakers are scary good on paper. But a team with better health and chemistry, like the Nuggets, could knock them off. I could see it happening. I actually think the Spurs match up the best with the Nuggets, since they also have great depth, better shooters, better coach, better stars, better chemistry, etc. The Nuggets are more athletic than the Spurs, sure, but the Spurs play too smart to let that be a huge advantage for the Nuggets.

  • magster

    Which team has the best combined score (like golf, the lower the better)? Which team has the best top 10 score? Which team has the best starting 5?

  • Ranchman

    There are 30 teams with a maximum of 15 players each. That’s 450 players. Not sure how Julyan Stone gets ranked 473, but that seems right to me.

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