We did it! YES WE CAN!! Make rankings great again! Oh man, I’m ready for election season to be over… But I’m even more ready to have my top 200 out into the world!
So I don’t really have a sound philosophy for these final ranks… We do all of our rankings for 12-team, 9-cat H2H, since that’s how we play our Razzball Commenter Leagues. Shameless promo time! We need more RCL Players out there in Razzball Nation! Just follow that link and either start up or join an open league today! Anywho, in a 12-team RCL league (13 roster spots), you’re only drafting 156 players, so most of these ranks are guys you’re not drafting. Do I rank guys all as sleepers for your final pick? I’m not sure that really helps anyone. So the final ranks here are a blend of sleeper potential, and possible last-roster-spot-usability for a specific build. Is Arron Afflalo REALLY going to be your last pick? Meh, probably not, but maybe he has a hot month and it could be the first month! You never know… If you’re still catching up, check out all our ranks in the Top-10, Top-25, Top-50, Top-75, Top-100 & Top 150 which you can also find linked above in the 2016-17 Ranks menu. Here’s our final big rankings post, the Top 200 for the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season:
151. Tim Frazier, New Orleans Pelicans
This rank is a little more procedural than anything, as I think I’ll move him into about the 120 range. If you haven’t seen the awful news regarding Jrue Holiday, all I can say is that I’ve been a pretty big fan of his game since going to Nawleans and I’m a bigger fan now. But it’s rough on us for fantasy. For these backend guys, I get extremely short-sighted if there’s immediate upside: Frazier is penciled in as your PG starter for opening night, and was must-own to end last year going 13.1/4.4/7.5/1.4/0.1 over the final 16 games. Even if he’s only like 12/3/6, it’ll be must own while he’s starting. Then when Jrue seems to be consistently back, you cut and move on.
152. Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets
Sure, you take out a usable Al Jefferson as the backup and replace him with a worthless Roy Hibbert, and I can see the argument for upside. But I still don’t think we quite see 30 MPG, and even though he finished 103 in per-game last year, I feel like he’s so low volume and steady that he didn’t feel close to must-own most of that time. 0.8 STL and 0.9 BLK is nice and all going 8.7/6.2 a night, but bleh. Feels stream-worthy or a nice deep league guy.
153. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
You could do worse with your last pick, but I’m not much of a buyer any higher than that. It remains a mystery why the Celtics continually force him to only shoot 3s, when it was his slashing game that made him elite in college. Not surprisingly, his career FG% thus far is 35.7%. Ouch! The FT did get better last year in % and volume, and the 1.5 STL in the bank is what you draft him for, but I don’t see a ton of upside.
154. Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings
It’s looking more and more likely that Gay is out (talked more in depth in the SAC preview), and even I initially forgot about Casspi. The Israelli just feels like a Joerger guy, doesn’t he?! From 11/06-01/02 last season before an injury cost him a few games, Casspi was a “meh” 13.7/6.8/1.6/0.8/0.3, but hit 2.1 treys and shot 52.5%! He somehow only made 61.4% of FT in that span too, despite low volume… FT punt superstar! Either way, he’s a last round target of mine, with upside to go up a few rounds if Gay is gone and it looks like he’s starting.
155. John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks
Fool me once, shame on you… Fool me twice, shame on me…
FOOL ME EIGHT F***ING TIMES, and you’re the Bucks management! Look, I know we’re not going to get that dream Henson season I envisioned back in the day, when I saw him playing 30 MPG and going 15/10 with 2.5 blocks. But he still finished 166th in per-game last year, playing under 17 MPG. Albeit in extremely low volume, he had a career best in FT% and per-minute stats all went up last year. Hard to believe he averaged 1.9 BLK in only 16:50! So you get the blocks, and maybe you luck into 22-23 MPG this year if Greg Monroe is shipped off sooner than later.
156. JaMychal Green, Memphis Grizzlies
I think this one will surprise a lot of people – I bet he’s outside most rankers top-200 if he makes anyone’s ranks at all. But I look at this roster, and I see Marc Gasol missing time either by missing the beginning of the season or sitting on back to backs, Brandon Wright can’t stay healthy either and can’t play big minutes either way, and T Bone playing starting PF at age 73. Then it’s… Second rounder Deyonta Davis?! I actually like Davis for deep dyno upside, but he ain’t ready for the show. So all this thrown in a blender, and you get a pretty big gap of PT that could be there for the taking. During all the injuries last year, he had a 16 game stretch in March of 12.6/7.4/2.3/0.9/0.8. The %s weren’t great, but that’s some gnarly D stats, bruh! He did that damage in under 29 MPG, so even a 25 MPG role if everyone is healthy might turn into something, with some upside early if Gasol misses opening night.
157. Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets
Ultimate ThrAGNOF! Bobo is such a clown with all the other stats, but he hit 1.6 treys and scored 11.2 Pts last year in a wildly inconsistent 26:46 MPG role. Until Caris LeVert is playing a ton – which might be never this upcoming season – there is absolutely NOTHING on the Brooklyn wing for the perimeter. Easily should get 30+ MPG and maybe you sneak into a backend roster ThrAGNOF who can nab 5 boards and be usable enough to hold.
158. Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls
Shooting for the stars here! After an enticing skillset he showed in 15-16’s Summer League, Portis mostly disappointed last year, but it was mainly due to PT inconsistency. We got a decent taste to end last year with a 5-game run of 9.2/9.8/1.2/0.4/0.4 closing out 15-16 (meh), but the purdyness is 85.7% FT and 0.4 treys in that stretch. Robin Lopez isn’t exactly a 40 MPG guy, Taj isn’t either and can’t stay healthy, and all that’s left is Mirotic, who has his own issues being a defensive liability. Maybe Portis can surprise with the playing time even when there’s the full house.
159. Dragan Bender, Phoenix Suns
Let’s just clear the air: Summer League was a disaster. Bender shot 27.5% (!!!!!) in 5 games, hit only half his FT, only nabbed 5.6 REB in 32 MPG despite being 7’1, and he averaged 3.8 TO. Buzz’s girlfriend, WOOF! And the Suns have no reason to rush the Futurama of their franchise, so it might be a few months before we start seeing more and more Bender. He’s a very unique player with his size and ball handling ability, I’m not going to say he’s Giannis out there, but he could surprise down the stretch and maybe, just maybe, he surprises earlier than not. They’ve already talked about playing him at SF, and with PJ Tucker missing at least a month of the regular season with back surgery, the door just got cracked open a little wider. With the ability to hit treys, get boards and blocks, and sneak in a few dimes, there might be enough here.
160. Arron Afflalo, Sacramento Kings
A-R-Ron! I have to drum up this blurb with SOME sort of excitement! Afflalo is super blah, but scored 12.8 PPG last year, shot 44.3% with 1.3 treys, and doesn’t turn it over. Maybe a smidge of upside could have him scoring 14 points a game with the Kings, and he’s definitely getting his run as a wing defender on a Joerger team.
161. Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons
I don’t really have what you would call “stats” to “back this up”, but there is still upside here. StanJo was horrific as a rookie – I also may have bought a little too much into the hype – shooting 37.5% and turning it over an obscene 1.6/game in only 23 minutes. As a D-first wing, he should be protecting the ball, and doing better than 0.8/0.2 STL/BLK. I guess the steals are OK… But with StanVan saying he wants to limit KCP and Marcus’s minutes, it could mean a nice uptick for StanJo, who can conceivably play the 2-4. We’ll just need to see a big FG% boost and better ball control.
162. Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings
A lot of pieces moving around up front for the Kings, giving WCS a nice kick in the SAC. 0.7/1.0 STL/BLK was AWESOME in 21:23 MPG last year, but 5.3 REB? 7.0 PTS? It’s just all so low volume, that it’s hard to place him above the streaming class, especially without a clear expansion of role. There’s upside if Gay is moved and Matt Barnes plays some SF, but it’s murky.
163. Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans
Do me a favor, and don’t look up where we had him ranked last year… Wait, why’d I call myself out?! Former Razzball lovechild, T-Jones now moves to the Pels on a one-year deal to hopefully put together a breakout season and get dat cash monay! The move reunites Jones and Brow from their Kentucky title days, and even though the Pels are shielding Brow from the C position due to his health, a Brow/Tjones front line is way sexier than Brow/Asik. Jones has to get minutes and stay healthy though, two giant caveats keeping him only a last-round flier pick.
164. Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
In a 12-team sense, I would rather a rolling stream spot than setting and forgetting Thompson in my line-up. He’s much more valuable for his reliability in deeper leagues. His inability to hit FT or provide nearly anything defensively is laughable, but he did give you 9.0 REB and 58.8% FG shooting, albeit in a low volume. Bleh. He has played all 82 4 in a row though!
165. Matthew Dellavedova, Milwaukee Bucks
I mean, he’s a starting PG, right?! In 24:34 MPG last year, Della D hit 1.3 treys and had a surprising 4.4 dimes. That’s about all he did though, but in 30 MPG if they stick him at “PG” while Giannis runs the team, maybe he can surprise and get to 1.7-1.8 treys with 3 dimes and a steal. Meh…
166. Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder
If not for a broken foot this Summer, I would be all about some Payne as my final pick! Lanky and rangy, Payne could fit next to either OKC pillar G in a combo set. But I hate drafting injured guys going into the season, and if you put Jones fracture and OKC in the same sentence, it evokes a horrific reaction kinda like when the Android freaks out in Alien.
167. Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz
Lyles absolutely killed it in Summer Ball, scoring 29.0 PPG in 2 games in Vegas to lead scoring in that league, overall scoring 23.8 PTS a game in 5 total Summer contests. He nabbed 9.0 boards, and most impressively, shot 89.4% at the FT line on an absurd 43 attempts. Unfortunately, that’s where the magic really ends, with anemic 1.4/0.4/0.2 AST/STL/BLK in that run. Even in 33 games a starter last year, 1.1/0.5/0.3 AST/STL/BLK, so the upshot here is really only instant O off the bench. He did hit 15 treys for 3/per in Summer Ball, so maybe you get a Teletovic-ish output if he gets enough run, and he gets boosted to this rank with my fears on Favors’ back.
168. Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
Hey, he got 1.7 steals last year! But he took a step back in FG%, couldn’t make his FT, and is otherwise a very blah piece. A staple in my streaming game on weekends though!
169. Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers
I just don’t think he’s ready, and as I mentioned in my 2016 NBA Draft Recap, I think his perimeter game needs work. Unsurprisingly, he shot 25% from downtown in Summer Ball. And well, everything was a mess for him there, until a nice finale against the Jazz going 22/5/4. While there’s no question he will be in the rotation, I just don’t see a great role until the Lakers tank. Even then, I think his weakness on 3s, low volume of D stats and TO will make him iffy even if he was starting. No Chapel Hill bias here!
170. Michael Beasley, Houston Rockets
I know, I know, this one is a little weird. But without looking, guess how old he is?! Answer at the end of this blurb, I don’t want you skimming! In only 18 MPG, Beasley went 12.8/4.9 with a usable-enough 0.6/0.5 STL/BLK and found his way to 138th in per-game stats. The Rockets brought him back, and besides the injury-proneness of Ryan Anderson, nothing else is set in stone at PF. Apparently Donatas Motiejunas is the last restricted free agent on the market and no lock to make it back, especially after back issues the past two seasons. And I could see the Houston D’Antonis going small at times as well, playing Ryno at the 5 and giving Beasley some PF run. If there’s a system for a pure-scorer to be fantasy-relevant off the bench, it’s a D’Antoni system… Oh, and he’s only twenty seven!
171. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
To pretend to have any sort of expectation here would be ridiculous. I have no clue what’s going to happen! Although, I can guarantee he won’t play 25 MPG, so at least there’s that… It’s been so long since we’ve seen him on the court that it feels meaningless to pull in stats, but we know he was a great low scorer – especially efficiency wise – with a ton of blocks in college. Maybe enough swats to have 12-team league relevance if he gets enough run.
172. Dion Waiters, Miami Heat
With the recent offseason injury to Josh Richardson, which sounds like it will almost positively cost him opening night, Waiters is your new starting SG, hate it or not. He doesn’t hit a ton of 3s given his bad FG%, and his FT% isn’t what it should be, but he could easily find his was to say 13 PPG and 1.2 STL. Look, we’re dragging the lake here, but I could see some early-season value until J-Rich is back to full strength.
173. Mario Hezonja, Orlando Magic
I get to bang my chest on this one! After Rotoworld shot their wad on Hezonja in Summer League, he was barely ownable in even the deepest of leagues most of the season. He did end 15-16 with a little something, but it was yawnstipating wing stats in huge minutes. The only reason he gets a usable rank is the Magic have NOTHING at SG behind Fournier, and even less at SF behind Aaron Gordon. If Gordon filters in some stretch-PF minutes as well, there’s a huge gap for wing playing time for the sophomore. Playing time is a big factor for making this stretch of the ranks!
174. Brandon Jennings, New York Knicks
Backup to D-Rose, need I say more?! Last year, he did his usual Jennings-thangs by shooting well under 40%, making 3s, and having a great AST:TO. Good thing bad shots don’t count as TO! With not much at SG behind yawnfest Courtney Lee, maybe we even see some combo guard sets while Rose is healthy. But I’m not investing much in a NY BJ…
175. Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers
Another Sixers toolsy prospect, where we just don’t know what we’re going to get. I think Forrest Gump might be their GM… In Euro ball, it looks like he was an efficient scorer that can mix in some treys, he boards really well, and can get to the stripe. His AST:TO ratio is awful though – more TO than AST – so I’m not as sold as him being a major ball handler at the NBA level. But maybe he can find his way into 25 MPG and give you wing stats + REB, but there would have to be some Philly moving parts.
176. Solomon Hill, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans remain a DNP-abyss, with Tyreke out a good bit into the season as he recovers from knee issues. Welcome in your shiny new SF starter! Yup, Solomon Hill time… Over the final 5 games of 15-16, Hill went 15/7.2/2.2/2.0/0.2 on the Pacers, hitting 2.6 treys. I don’t think we can expect anything like THAT, but he could be a gem of a find in deep leagues until Evans is back. I would rank him a little higher, if he didn’t have to fend off Nawleans favorite The Lone Ranger for the job…
177. Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks
Of course ON TOP of flip-flopping the Powells pretty much every time they come up in comments, I have both the Powells mad close in my ranks. Someone go to Ellis Island and change their name! But I’m leaning Dwight first since he’s playing behind the Ol’ German vs. Norman Powell fighting for PT behind prime wings. Anyway, the comp between the two is merely coincidental… Dwight had a very solid showing in his first major run of his career, going 14.5/9.9/1.6/1.3/0.9 in per-36 minutes, with only 1.5 TO and shooting 49.3% last season. Fresh off a new contract, Rick Carlisle said Powell will play big minutes as a backup 4 and 5. He had a Summer League outburst last year where he hit treys, but that didn’t happen in the NBA last year… So that stifles a little upside – even though it would change this year – but otherwise I’m intrigued.
178. Trevor Booker, Brooklyn Nets
One of the most enigmatic positions to figure out this year will be the Nets starting PF spot. Right now my money would actually be on Luis Scola starting, but playing only like 15-18 MPG. Then you have Chris McCullough and if you can milk anything out of Anthony Bennett in the mix… But the Bookworm got the most skrilla coming his way at $18 mil over two years, and I think they try to milk him for what he’s got in the udders. If he got to 28-29 MPG, he could easily get to 10/7 and 0.8/0.8 STL/BLK, but I’m not sure he gets unleashed quite like that. I could see him getting some sleeper appeal, but for me it’s only for deeper leagues.
179. Ed Davis, Portland Trailblazers
If I wasn’t a fan of Mason Plumlee, I’d probably vault a little higher for Big Ed, another popular streamer of mine during weekend pushes in H2H leagues. He came out all the way at 129th in per-game last year, bolstered by 0.7/0.9 STL/BLK and 7.4 boards. Plumlee’s MPG actually went down after playing a ton in Nov. last season, then vaulted way back up in the playoffs. So I think they get Plumlee out there enough to feature him a little more, and get Davis closer to the 18 MPG mark (20:47 last year).
180. Gerald Henderson, Philadelphia 76ers
Hey, he’s starting! The balded wonder also set a career mark in 3PTM with the Curry-esque mark of 0.7 a game last year! But seriously, he did reach that feat playing sub-20 MPG after being 30+ MPG over the previous 4-year span. So maybe those Blazer shooters helped him a tad, and we know minutes are coming. Is anything else about his game exciting? Of course not!
181. Brandan Wright, Memphis Grizzlies
Ew, he played only 12 games last year?! Yeesh, those knee injuries… Only reason Wright makes the ranks is for some PT opportunities while Marky Marc’s footy foot gets better. Wright is like a mini-Henson, with elite FG% in a small volume and blocks in bunches. But who knows how much he’ll be able to play….
182. Ty Lawson, Sacramento Kings
I know, I know, I bet a lot of commenters think he should be much higher. I might move him up a little depending on the final Collison suspension verdict, but for now, I’m not paying for a few spot starts with a vet who was a DISASTER last year. The Rockets gave him a shot, and to say he fell flat on his face would be a massive insult to both his face and the floor. Shot 37% as a starter in 13 games, 5.5:2.7 AST:TO in a whopping 35:20 MPG, 1.1 steals is meh, and 67.6% from the stripe. 13 games of that, then lost on the bench?! Yeah, I ain’t investing there. And call me crazy, but Joerger has crazy loyalty to “his guys” and they just brought in Jordan Farmar, who went 9.2/2.1/3.1/1.3/0.2 in 12 games with the Grizz in 15-16 with Joergens, with 1.3 treys and a 3.1:1.5 AST:TO & 1.3 steals in only 24:16 MPG. They might split time sans-Collison more than you’d think.
183. Ian Mahinmi, Washington Wizards
A nice streamer/back-end guy for long stretches last year with the Pacers, Ian gets paid, and Ian gets to sit! Sure Marcin Gortat isn’t exactly a spring chicken out there anymore, but The Ten Foot Pole can still ball, and still go 30ish MPG. So that leave 18-20 minutes for Mahinmi while Gortat is healthy – which is pretty poopy – but he gets to go against second units which should bolster his D-stats on a per-minute basis. Deep league swattage!
184. Norman Powell, Toronto Raptors
The other Powell! Welcome to the party! Surely becoming a sleeper darling after his HUGE finish to last season, going 14.8/4.5/2.2/1.2/0.3 with 2.2 treys in 12 games. But with DeMarre Carroll back and “theoretically” at full strength, it’s just impossible to project much in the ways of minutes. That stretch was in 31.6 MPG, so a lot of it seems minutes-based; nothing screams off the page if you dilute that down to 15 or even 20 minutes. I could see some streaming value if he plays ALL the wing backup minutes and they really limit the failed experiment of Terrence Ross, but we’ll see how much run they actually give these two guys.
185. Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
Like I said with Beasley, if there was ever a team that could have usable backup behind an elite SG like James Harden, it would be a D’Antoni team. But I don’t think Gordon will be locked into pure SG run, as Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he’ll be a “super sub”. Mmmmmm, I could go for a super sub right now from Jersey Mike’s! The Rockets really do lack PG depth, so maybe we see more Harden/Gordon combos than you’d think. I’m not looking for much here, but he did score 15.2 a game last year with 2.5 treys. Some sneaky deep ThrAGNOF.
186. Jerami Grant, Philadelphia 76ers
Yuck, another player I ranked in the Sixers big man mess… But hey, I’m going for some shot in the dark upside here, and Grant put up 0.7/1.6 STL/BLK in only 26:50 last year. There were stretches where he was ABOSLUTELY must-own, and if either Embiid has another setback or they move Okafor, a similar MPG role should open up. I’m not totally forgetting about him.
187. CJ Miles, Indiana Pacers
This one blew my mind… Miles averaged 2.2 treys last year. 2.2!!! In only 22:52 MPG… Instant ThrAGNOF offense off the bench! He doesn’t really do much else though, and maybe I should rank him a little higher given we know the one thing he brings to the table… But I don’t see him getting to even 20 minutes this year, as the Pacers played Paul George a ton as the stretch-4 in 15-16. With Thaddeus Young now your PF, it squeezes out Miles’ run.
188. Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets
There were some stretches where Lamb actually had some standard league usability in 15-16, and his metrics-friendly stats ranked out at 179th per-game. With Jeremy Lin going back to the Boroughs, there might be some backup SG run available depending on how Marco Belinelli works out and if there’s any MKG issues with his shoulder. They signed Lamb for a few years, so I assume he’ll be in the rotation, and he averaged 0.8/0.6/0.5 3s/STL/BLK in only 18:35 MPG in 15-16. He could repeat that with some nice outbursts here and there.
189. Lou Williams, Los Angeles Lakers
Sweet Lou still has a sweet $14 mil coming his way the next two seasons, so I think the Lakers still plan on playing him a good bit behind the young guards. He’s not going to score 15.3 Pts or play 28:27 MPG like he did last season I don’t think, but in whatever run he gets, Lou brings a very unique skillset to the table – 3s and heavy FT volume. 5.3-6.3 was a career mark for him last year at the stripe, and I could see him going at least 4-4.5 in 16-17 in a reserve role.
190. Joe Johnson, Utah Jazz
Ewwww, I know Joe Johnson isn’t exactly the sleeper we were hoping for in the 190s… But I think he can provide the Jazz second unit a spark, and have some fantasy utility in the deeper leagues. Their subs will be lead by Dante Exum at the point, who didn’t really show much playmaking or facilitating in his rookie season. So I could see the O running a lot through Johnson, who could pick up minutes both at SG and SF, really only contending with Alec Burks for PT in those backup roles.
191. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
Wooooo, sexy upside time! After not showing a ton in a disappointing college season, the 1-and-doner didn’t project to do much defensively with only 0.8/0.6 STL/BLK in college… But in Summer Ball, give him first-team defensive honors! 2.3 STL and 0.8 BLK in 6 games, and he took 61 FT! AVERAGED over 10 FT attempts a game! Unfortunately he shot only 30.7% from the field, but showed a lot more potential upside than I thought. He could easily slot in at backup SF or even PF minutes if they go small, so I might take a gamble in the deep leagues.
192. Meyers Leonard, Portland Trailblazers
Another commenter favorite I squashed in my ranks last year, and got right! Yeah that’s right, I care just as much about the Meyers Leonard calls as the MCW calls… It’s all even to me! Haha. Some nagging injuries cost him some run and effectiveness, but in a reserve role, he’s like a stretch version of Enes Kanter. 1.5/0.1/0.3 AST/STL/BLK last year… Ugh! 1.4 treys going 8.4/5.1 is fine, but I don’t see enough upside for minutes for the big fellah.
193. Langston Galloway, New Orleans Pelicans
Oh man, I’m bummed! The Harlem Renaissance moved away from New York! No more Langston Hughes literary nickname quips… Well, we’ll think of something if he can emerge into a sizable role in Nawleans… I love his defensive-minded, low-TO game for fantasy, as he had 0.9 STL and only 0.7 TO as a backup in New York last season, playing all 82 games. With all the injuries, there might be a nice combo guard role out of the gate; it’ll be boring, but with such low TO, he could be a staple in the deepest of leagues, especially in Roto.
194. Shaun Livingston, Golden State Warriors
The backup to the NBA’s best player shouldn’t be getting much street cred, but the Warriors are actually REALLY light on backup guards, especially if you count Andre Iguodala as a SF. Livingston can obviously play both the 1 and the 2, and has such a fantasy-friendly game – high FG%, low TO, and can ship in dimes, steals, and a rogue block or two.
195. Allen Crabbe, Portland Trailblazers
…Or as Slim would say, “Crabby”! Fresh off a preposterous deal (dude, I’ve talked about liking Crabbe since being impressed with him at Cal – but is he really worth $78+ mil?!), the Blazers then rewarded him with a bench spot by bringing in Evan Turner. Wow, thanks Blazers! I’m not quite sure I buy his 45.9 FG%, and everything else is just very bleh. His stats last year in 26 MPG probably correlate down to a 22 MPG role…
196. Jarrett Jack, Atlanta Hawks
When I told him he wasn’t going to be ranked, he was like, “But wahhhhhhh! I’m Jarrett Jack!
He’s come out and said he’ll be ready to go by opening night off his ACL last year, and a vet behind a newly-starting Dennis Schroder could get some run when the youngun makes dumb plays. Plus I could see a few combo guard sets. Pretty low upside, but maybe some minutes and cheap dimes come his way.
197. E’Twuan Moore, New Orleans Pelicans
Another Pel I’m ranking due to all the minutes uncertainty, Moore has a chance to play both the PG and SG spots if given the chance. He showed some big improvements last year with the Bulls, going 12/3.0/3.0/0.9/0.6 in 22 starts, hitting 1.4 treys on an overall 48.5% FG clip. Dem fighting numbers! But I have a tough time seeing him get the 31:04 MPG he needed for that stretch, even with an opportunity there.
198. Mirza Teletovic, Milwaukee Bucks
Wow, the Bucks were last in the NBA in 3PTM last year… I guess that’s not too surprising, with no real shooters except The Duchess. The Bucks are fairly blah at backup SF (I know Teletovic is more a PF), and he’ll only have to fend off the overdrafted Thon Maker for backup 4 run. I think he gets it – especially out of the gate – and he only needed 21:20 MPG to get 2.3 treys last season. He’s useless everywhere else, and if the Bucks don’t catch fire quick, I could see them dump Telet or just phase him out for The Baby Maker (Thon’s new nickname, no one better take that!).
199. Wesley Johnson, Los Angeles Clippers
The tools are there! And by “tools” I don’t mean Blake Griffin and “there” I don’t mean also on the Clippers… But WesJo went 0.7/1.1 STL/BLK last year, after going 1.1/0.8 in 14-15. He did it in a lot less run last season too, while also chipping in 1.3 treys. It’s a low-end Swiss Army Knife, but the Clip brought him back on a $18 mil deal, with only the ghost of Paul Pierce really looming over the playing time. Well, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute just got signed too… What a black hole, that Clippers SF position! It’s been this way too long!
200. Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors
Mr. Irrelevant! Hahahaha, I just had to end this on PitPat. An even lower end Swiss Army knife, at least PitPat hits all the cats with low volume, while also never turning it over. He’s going to lose further run to Jared Sullinger, but 1.3 treys with half a block and a steal and some boards can be usable to someone? Right?! RIGHT?!?!?
Drop the confetti! Wooooo! Ranks are done! Quibbles on anyone I may have left out?
Of course these just complete our baseline ranks, next week we’ll be putting these all together in the Master Rankings post, make a few tweaks, include Slim’s projections in there, and start putting together our Positional Tiers and Auction Values. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and happy offseason prep, Razzball Nation!