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Paul George Shoots Up In ESPN’s #NBARank

Paul George Shoots Up In ESPN’s #NBARank

By Wheat Hotchkiss

Over the past month, ESPN has been unveiling its #NBARank list, which ranks the 500 best players in the league. Several ESPN panelists were asked “to predict the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season. This includes both the quality and the quantity of his expected contributions, combined in one overall rating.” Each player got an average score from 1-10, and was then ranked according. The rankings have been unveiled via Twitter, and they’re currently unveiling players ranked 15th-11th.

Coming in at #13 was Pacers forward Paul George, coming off a spectacular 2012-13 season that saw him earn his first All-Star selection and win the league’s Most Improved Player Award. George’s rank for this year is up 62 spots from last season, when he was slotted at 75. George ranks ahead of several big names, including Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Kobe Bryant.

The 12 players who rank ahead of George (order to be revealed) are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Marc Gasol, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Dwight Howard.

This year’s rankings are a good indication of last year’s growth. All of last year’s starting five actually saw their rankings improve from last season. Lance Stephenson’s jump was the most dramatic, from 405th to 121st. George made the next biggest leap.

Danny Granger, coming back from knee surgery, fell from 39 to 69. New addition Luis Scola also dropped considerably from 68 to 129, likely because the Argentinian big man is moving from starting to a backup position, though he should still play a prominent role this season.

Check out the full rankings on ESPN’s site.

Here’s a complete list of where each player on this year’s Pacers ranked:

Pacers (Last Year’s Rank):
13. Paul George (75)
22. Roy Hibbert (35)
44. David West (56)
69. Danny Granger (39)
85. George Hill (87)
121. Lance Stephenson (405)
129. Luis Scola (68)
188. Chris Copeland (NR)
238. C.J. Watson (230)
271. Ian Mahinmi (251)
383. Solomon Hill (NR)
418. Orlando Johnson (462)
486. Donald Sloan (480)

And here’s a couple more lists, showing how all former Pacers and players with local ties stacked up across the league.

Former Pacers (Years with Indiana):
34. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio (drafted by Pacers in 2011, traded for George Hill)
115. Jarrett Jack, Cleveland (2008-09)
140. Mike Dunleavy, Chicago (2007-11)
189. Metta World Peace, New York (2002-06)
190. Darren Collison, LA Clippers (2010-12)
208. Tyler Hansbrough, Toronto (2009-13)
222. Brandon Rush, Utah (2008-11)
227. D.J. Augustin, Toronto (2012-13)
278. Al Harrington, Washington (1998-2004, 06-07)
310. Leandro Barbosa, Free Agent (2012)
312. Jermaine O’Neal, Golden State (2000-08)
317. Sam Young, Free Agent (2012-13)
324. Jeff Ayres, San Antonio (2011-13)
325. Stephen Jackson, Free Agent (2004-07)
326. Gerald Green, Phoenix (2012-13)
334. Josh McRoberts, Charlotte (2008-11)
340. Louis Amundson, LA Clippers (2011-12)
344. Marquis Daniels, Free Agent (2006-09)
367. Dahntay Jones, Free Agent (2009-12)
370. Earl Watson, Portland (2009-10)
407. A.J. Price, Minnesota (2009-12)
413. Jamaal Tinsley, Free Agent (2001-09)
414. Miles Plumlee, Phoenix (2012-13)
468. Solomon Jones, Orlando (2009-11)

Players with Local Ties (School):
32. Mike Conley, Memphis (Lawrence North)
35. Zach Randolph, Memphis (Marion)
71. Eric Gordon, New Orleans (Indiana, North Central)
74. Jeff Teague, Atlanta (Pike)
90. Gordon Hayward, Utah (Butler, Brownsburg)
114. Victor Oladipo, Orlando (Indiana)
141. Carl Landry, Sacramento (Purdue)
166. Cody Zeller, Charlotte (Indiana, Washington High)
224. Courtney Lee, Boston (Pike)
250. Tyler Zeller, Cleveland (Washington High)
252. Jordan Crawford, Boston (played one year at Indiana)
274. Marquis Teague, Chicago (Pike)
284. Greg Oden, Miami (Lawrence North)
337. E’Twaun Moore, Orlando (Purdue)
355. Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn (from Warsaw, brother of former Pacer Miles Plumlee)
374. Jared Jeffries, Washington (Indiana, Bloomington North)
416. D.J. White, Chicago (Indiana)
431. Shelvin Mack, Atlanta (Butler)
471. Luke Zeller, Free Agent (Notre Dame, Washington High)

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