2009 NBA DRAFT – DALT99 SYSTEM PLAYER RANKINGS (Post #1)

(Finally) It's time for the results of my system rankings of all the players (of significance) in the 2009 NBA draft. In Post #2 I will begin analyzing some of the players. Before I get to the list, I want to briefly explain again what the system is and what it's for. (Note: Please forgive any grammar or spelling errors. This is a looong post so I'm sure I messed up somewhere)

I have been obsessed with basketball statistics ever since the Kings came to Sacramento. I was even an assistant coach and statistician for my school for two years. About six years ago in 2003, there was such a fuss as to who would be the better pro between LeBron James, Darko Milicic, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. To find out I decided to create a statistical system for the sole purpose of comparing current college basketball player's statistics to the college stats of current and former NBA players to see if I could project the NBA potential of current college (and European) players. I went back and ended up taking about a year to come up first with the system then to input all the best NBA player's college stats into the system. To my dismay I couldn't find a way to rank players like LeBron that never went to college. To rank the players, I decided to use a number scoring system from 0 to 105. (Note: Below is a brief description of what each number equates to towards a players assessed NBA potential.)

Besides the (most important) common stats such as points, rebounds, assists and FG%, the system factors in assist/turnover ratio, strength of schedule, height relative to position, athleticism and class. Basically, strength of schedule is self explanatory. For example, if two players have exactly the same stats (per 40 minutes) but one player plays for UCLA and the other for Sacramento State, guess which one has the higher potential? The Sac State player. Go Hornets!! Erm, sorry. What is interesting about the system is that some schools I have found, like Syracuse, will give the player a negative modifier because of the systems they run. Same with Duke, North Carolina and others. Some, like UCLA, Connecticut and Memphis, give a positive modifier. Height and position go together. Obviously a 6'4" point guard is fine but a 5'9" one usually has significant disadvantages. The athleticism modifier is the hardest one to gauge and is the only modifier in the system where my personal opinion comes in to play. I don't give a player a bonus for being extra athletic but he probably will get a negative modifier for being overtly non-athletic or extremely overweight. In this year's draft, Nick Calathes, Luke Harangody (who's pulled out now) and John Bryant have received this modifier. (Note: I want to emphasize that even though I may prefer certain players to others, all the scores are based solely on the player's stats and by comparing them to every other NBA player before them. I don't change or tamper with a score because of personal preferences for or against a player. In fact, there are times where I disagree with my system's findings! Like with Jason Thompson last year and Spencer Hawes before him. Oops!)

Lastly I definitely factor in class. A senior and a freshman with the exact same stats, height and level of competition are (usually) never equal. The freshman will get the bonus for his potential. Almost every player improves from his freshman to senior year. Not all, but most do and usually significantly, so yes I factor in class.

Of course there are things that I just can't factor in such as work ethic, being prone to injury, toughness, hustle, leadership, one-on-one defensive ability (besides steals and blocks), basketball IQ and good or bad personalities. That stuff I leave up to all the analysts, GMs, scouts and fans. I can't actually meet or watch any of these guys play on a regular basis so it's impossible to accurately factor these things in.

Score descriptions: Before the list, here is a description of what each player score represents based on their college stats:

100+: Superstar/MVP potential - The best players of all time. These are the franchise players that will be the ones you hear in the MVP talk at the end of the year. Shaq (105), Dr. J. (104), Olajuwon (103.5), Michael Jordan (102.5), Allen Iverson (102.5), Charles Barkley (100.5) and Chris Paul (100) are among the players to score in this group.

98-100: All-Star/Superstar potential - Players in this rank will usually become multiple all-stars and sometimes even superstars. Kevin Durant (99), Scottie Pippen (99), Chris Webber (99) and Clyde Drexler (99) are among the players to score in this group.

96-98: All-Star potential - Players in this rank will usually become multiple all-stars but rarely all-star starters. Paul Pierce (97.5), Elton Brand (97.5), Carlos Boozer (97) Brandon Roy (96.5) and Mitch Richmond (96) are among the players to score in this group.

93-96: Solid Starter/All-Star potential - A player in this rank should be a solid starter for his whole career and will usually make at least one appearance as an all-star at some point in his career. Rasheed Wallace (96), Carmelo Anthony (96), Mike Bibby (95.5), Al Horford (95.5), Rajon Rondo (93.5) and Gerald Wallace (93) are among the players to score in this group.

90-93: Solid Starter potential - The backbone of the NBA. These players usually won't make it to an all-star game but they should have solid NBA careers. Danny Granger (92.5), Ben Gordon (92), Lionel Simmons (91.5), Kevin Martin (91), Rodney Stuckey (91), Spencer Hawes (91) and Paul Millsap (90) are among the players to score in this group.

86-90: Fringe Starter/Solid Starter potential - The elite of the NBA bench players. These players will usually be the first players off the bench for good teams or solid starters on poorer teams without a star at the position they play. Troy Murphy (90), Marcus Camby (89.5), Jason Thompson (89), Ike Diogu (88.5), Marc Gasol (88.5), John Salmons (87.5), Leon Powe (87) and Francisco Garcia (86.5) are among the players to score in this group.

82-86: 6th Man/Fringe Starter potential - The lunch pail types of the NBA. These players are the backups to the starters and will usually start about 25% of the time in their career. They are usually good players with limitations or average players that excel in a specific area. They may be starters on a poor team (such as Corey Brewer, 84.5), on a team that needs that player's special skill (such as Earl Watson, 84.5) or because they are filling in for an injured starter. Carl Landry (84.5), Renaldo Balkman (84), Brandon Bass (83) and Channing Frye (82.5) are among the players to score in this group.

77-82: Career Reserve/6th Man potential - These are the energy guys of the NBA. These players almost never become solid starters in the NBA.  About half scoring in this rank will be out of the league in 3 years while the other half will be able to find a team to stick with and have a long career bringing some needed energy off the bench. Bobby Jackson (81.5), Kenny Thomas (81.5), Trevor Ariza (81), Daniel Gibson (79.5) and Eddie House (79.5) are among the players to score in this group.

72-77: Career Reserve potential - These are the specialists of the NBA. About only 5% of players from this rank go on to start more than 10% of NBA games they play in and over half never even make it to sign a contract. Most of the players who score in this rank that go on to have long careers in the NBA are specialists - players that excel in a key area that a team might look for to fill holes or to use in certain situations such as a 3-pt marksman (JJ Redick, 73.5 and Steve Novak, 72), a shot blocker (Brian Skinner, 75.5), a banger/toughman (Eduardo Najera, 75.5) or a defensive specialist such as Randy Brown (74). Lawrence Funderburke (76.5), Justin Williams (76.5), Dahntay Jones (73.5) and Mikki Moore (72) are among the players to score in this group.

67-72: 12th Man/Career Reserve potential - The bench warmers and injured reserve of the NBA. Over 90% of players ranked in this group never sign an NBA contract. Similar to the rank above, the only players that make a long NBA career are specialists or the hustle/scrappers. Mateen Cleaves (71), Maurice Evans (69.5), Ronnie Price (68.5) and Patrick Ewing Jr. (67) are among the players to score in this group.

62-67: Fringe Player/12th Man potential - Only a handful of college players that find themselves in this rank have ever played a handful of games in the NBA. Duane Causwell (64), Daniel Ewing (64.5), Ryan Hollins (64.5) and Jermareo Davidson (63.5) are among the very few in this rank that have made it onto an NBA court.

0-62: Should Go Undrafted - A player in this range should not be drafted. Any GM that does draft someone in this rank should be punished.

`2009 NBA Draft Rankings `
 Player-Class School Pos. Score 1) Blake Griffin-So Oklahoma FC 103 2) Ricky Rubio-E Spain PG 100 3) Tyreke Evans-F Memphis G 99 4) Ty Lawson-J North Carolina PG 98 5) James Harden-So Arizona State SG 94.5 6) Stephen Curry-J Davidson G 93.5 7) Jrue Holiday-F UCLA G 93 8) Hasheem Thabeet-J Connecticut C 92.5 9) DeJuan Blair-So Pittsburgh FC 92 10) Jeff Teague-So Wake Forest PG 91.5 11) Jonny Flynn-So Syracuse PG 90.5 12) James Johnson-So Wake Forest F 90.5 13) Nick Calathes-So Florida GF 90.5 14) Brandon Jennings-E Italy PG 90 15) Terrence Williams-Se Louisville GF 89.5 16) DeMarre Carroll-Se Missouri PF 89.5 17) DeMar DeRosan-F USC GF 89 18) B.J. Mullens-F Ohio State C 88 19) Jordan Hill-J Arizona PF 87.5 20) Austin Daye-(So) Gonzaga F 87.5 21) A.J. Price-(J) Connecticut PG 87.5 22) Darren Collison-Se UCLA PG 87 23) Leo Lyons-(Se) Missouri FC 86.5 24) Taj Gibson-J USC PF 86.5 25) Chase Budinger-J Arizona SF 86 26) Eric Maynor -Se VCU PG 86 27) Lee Cummard-(Se) Brigham Young GF 86 28) Tyler Hansbrough-Se North Carolina PF 85.5 29) Nando De Colo-E France G 85.5 30) Danny Green-Se North Carolina GF 85 31) Rodrigue Beaubois-E France PG 85 32) Jerel McNeal-Se Marquette G 84.5 33) Gerald Henderson-J Duke G 84.5 34) Earl Clark-J Louisville F 84.5 35) Omri Casspi-E Israel F 84 36) Jodie Meeks-J Kentucky SG 84 37) Travis Holmes-Se Virginia Military G 84 38) John Bryant-Se Santa Clara C 84 39) Wayne Ellington-J North Carolina G 83.5 40) Sam Young-Se Pittsburgh GF 83 41) Sergio Llull-E Spain PG 83 42) Aaron Jackson-Se Duquesne PG 83 43) Jeff Pendergraph-Se Arizona State PG 82.5 44) Lester Hudson-Se Tenn-Martin PF 82.5 45) Jermaine Taylor-Se Central Florida G 82 46) Ben Woodside-Se North Dakota St. SG 81.5 47) Patrick Mills-So Saint Mary's PG 81 48) Marcus Thornton-Se LSU G 81 49) Byron Eaton-Se Oklahoma State PG 81 50) Tyrese Rice-Se Boston College PG 81 51) Derrick Brown-J Xavier F 81 52) Brandon Costner-J NC State SF 81 53) Chinemelu Elonu-J Texas A&M C 81 54) Dominic James-Se Marquette PG 80.5 55) Toney Douglas-Se Florida State G 80.5 56) Dionte Christmas-Se Temple GF 80 57) Jack McClinton-Se Miami (FL) G 80 58) Dar Tucker-So DePaul SG 80 59) Jeremy Pargo-Se Gonzaga PG 80 60) Paul Harris-J Syracuse GF 80 61) Antonio Anderson-Se Memphis GF 79.5 62) Robert Dozier-Se Memphis F 79 63) Jon Brockman-(Se) Washington PF 78.5 64) Levance Fields-Se Pittsburgh PG 78 65) Cedric Jackson-(Se) Cleveland State G 78 66) Chavis Holmes-Se Virginia Military G 77.5 67) Chris Lowe-Se Massachusetts PG 77.5 68) Henk Norel-E Spain C 77.5 69) Luke Nevill-Se Utah C 77 70) Alade Aminu-Se Georgia Tech PF 77 71) Devan Downey-Se South Carolina PG 76.5 72) Wesley Matthews-Se Marquette SG 76.5 73) Curtis Jerrells-Se Baylor PG 76.5 74) Shawn Taggart-J Memphis FC 76.5 75) Ahmad Nivins-Se Saint Joseph's PF 76
 Player-Class School Pos. Score 76) Josh Shipp-Se UCLA SG 76 77) Slava Kravtsov-E Ukraine C 76 78) Justin Dentmon-Se Washington PG 75 79) Tony Gaffney-Se Massachusetts PF 75 80) Emir Preldzic-E Turkey SF 75 81) Goran Suton-(Se) Michigan St. FC 74.5 82) A.D. Vassallo-Se Virginia Tech GF 74.5 83) Milenko Tepic-E Russia G 74.5 84) Dante Cunningham-Se Villanova PF 73 85) K.C. Rivers-(Se) Clemson GF 72.5 86) Lorrenzo Wade-Se San Diego State GF 72 87) Victor Claver-E Spain F 72 88) Josh Heytvelt-Se Gonzaga FC 71.5 89) Garrett Temple-Se LSU GF 71.5 90) Daniel Hackett-J USC PG 70 91) Vitor Faverani-E Spain FC 70 92) Randall Hanke-Se Providence C 69.5 93) Kevin Goffney-Se Chattanooga GF 69 94) Brett Winkelman-(Se) North Dakota St. F 69 95) Nicchaeus Doaks-(Se) Chattanooga F 68.5 96) Jonas Jerebko-E Italy F 68.5 97) Ade Dagunduro-Se Nebraska SG 68 98) Jeff Foote-Se Cornell C 66 99) Gasper Vidmar-E Turkey C 66 100) Jimmy Baron-Se Rhode Island G 65 101) DaJuan Summers-J Georgetown SF 65 102) Jeff Adrien-Se Connecticut PF 64.5 103) Stefon Jackson-(Se) UTEP SG 64.5 104) Alfred Aboya-Se UCLA PF 64.5 105) Wink Adams-(Se) UNLV PG 64.5 106) Patrick Beverley-J Arkansas PG 64 107) C.J. Anderson-(Se) Xavier SF 63.5 108) Brandon Ewing-Se Wyoming PG 63 109) Taylor Griffin-Se Oklahoma SF 62.5 110) Eric Devendorf-J Syracuse PG 62 111) Diamon Simpson-(Se) Saint Mary's PF 61.5 112) Kevin Tiggs-Se East Tenn. St. SG 61.5 113) Chris Bethel-Se Fordham SF 60.5 114) B.J. Raymond-Se Xavier GF 60.5 115) Kahiem Seawright-Se Rhode Island PF 60 116) Jerome Tillman-Se Ohio SF 60 117) Alonzo Gee-Se Alabama F 59.5 118) Tremaine Townsend-(Se) Cal St. Northridge PF 59.5 119) Alex Barnett-Se Dartmouth GF 59.5 120) Kyle McAlarney-Se Notre Dame PG 59.5 121) Orlando Mendez-Valdez-Se Western Kentucky PG 58.5 122) Robert Vaden-(Se) UAB G 57 123) Tony Danridge-Se New Mexico G 56.5 124) Matt Lawrence-Se Missouri SG 56 125) Greg Paulus-(Se) Duke PG 55.5 126) Austin Johnson-Se Oklahoma PG 55 127) Lewis Clinch-Se Georgia Tech G 53.5 128) A.J. Abrams-(Se) Texas PG 53 129) Tyson Johnson-Se Wyoming F 53 130) Kyle Spain-Se San Diego State GF 52.5 131) Russell Hicks-(Se) Florida Int. C 52.5 132) Rob Diggs-Se GWU F 51 133) Lamont Mack-Se Charlotte F 47.5 134) Connor Atchley-(Se) Texas FC 45.5 135) Marcus Ginyard-(Se) North Carolina G 43.5 136) Josh Akognon-Se Cal St. Fullerton PG 43 137) Matt Kingsley-Se Stephen Austin FC 41.5 138) Fendi Onobun-(Se) Arizona F 41 139) Wynton Witherspoon-(Se) GWU GF 40.5 140) Charlie Coley-Se Charlotte F 37 141) J'Nathan Bullock-Se Cleveland State SF 36 142) Bobby Frasor-Se North Carolina G 34 143) Andrew Lovedale-Se Davidson FC 34 144) Steve Harley-Se Nebraska G 33.5 145) Rogers Barnes-Se Morgan State G 20.5

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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