ESPN.com has been ranking every NBA player in their NBA rank series of posts form 1-500. They recently released 121-140 and one San Antonio Spurs player made that list.
Spurs forward Richard Jefferson was ranked 130 with a score of 5.12, which was the average based on ESPN's 91 panelists that were asked to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale.
Jefferson is in interesting company, with Kirk Hinrich, Chuck Hayes, and Thabo Sefolosha in the same group. One thing that is apparent in this group is that sometimes you don't get what you pay for.
Of the 20 players listed, Jefferson is the fourth-highest paid player, coming up just short of Vince Carter, Rip Hamilton and Mehemt Okur. But in terms of production, Jefferson is eighth in scoring and is tied for 12th in rebounds
I'm not sure I completely agree with the list, especially seeing players like Chuck Hayes, Greg Monroe, Darrell Arthur, Brandon Bass and Derrick Favors below Jefferson.
For the full list, head over to ESPN.com.
rj is a good player and i think the main reason he's not producing is because both he is not actively aggressive enough but also the play makers arent getting him involved..you look at the start of the year when it seemed the plan was 'get the ball to rj' when he was leading point scorer..we just didnt see any of those alley oop or slashing plays for him in the second half of the year or playoffs, all we saw were drive and kicks where he was a top 5 shooter..i think him worthy of that not so high position
@scottmer.. You're right. RJ's speciality needs a pass-first point guard to make him effective, not a one-man Headless fast breaker. Sadly the PG he was running with is TP. He is still a good player offensively, but his value/stock now is pretty low regarding his performance as a Spur as well as his lousy contract.(Player-option for the final year) One fact is that the Nuggets lost a lot of players, especially on the wing position, in the upcoming season. They might in urgent need that spot so I guess we could negotiate a deal with them?
@shawnthefreak@scottmer.. I would love to get a deal along the lines of RJ and DB for Kosta Koufos and Arron Afflalo and a first round pick. Koufos can straight up play, and with PT, he could be huge for the Spurs as a role player. I like Arron Afflalo because of his good defensive mentality (which the Spurs need to bring back) and his new-found scoring ability.
Opinions from these ESPN "Insiders" can be ignored. Chuck Hayes is so valuable to his team. A tireless hard-worker, great defender and great rebounder for his size. He is probably the ONLY guy not naming Kyle Lowry who know how to defend. Greg Monroe is simple the BEAST. As a rookie, he nearly put averaged double-double show every night, he is the future and ONLY bright spot for the collapsing Pistons. Derrick Favors has skyhigh potential as well. Just don't know how they aren't better players than RJ.