Monday, April 8, 2013
D-Will, Lopez ranked in NBA's Top 30
By Mike Mazzeo
Two Brooklyn Nets are in ESPN's #NBArank: Top 30.
Deron Williams was ranked the 17th-best player in the league, while Brook Lopez was ranked 26th.
Williams (7.95 out of 10) dropped seven spots from his 2012 ranking; Lopez (7.53 out of 10) moved up 34.
Since the All-Star break, Williams has been playing like one of the best players in the league, averaging 23 points on 48 percent shooting. But you can’t forget about his first 50 games, when he averaged just 16.7 points and shot 41.3 percent from the field.
Lopez, on the other hand, has been Brooklyn’s most consistent player this season. The 25-year-old center played just five games last season due to a foot injury, and there were questions about his rebounding and defense.
Lopez has responded with his first All-Star appearance. He’s averaging 19.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, while shooting 52.1 percent from the field.
Currently, Lopez ranks fifth in the league in PER, behind only LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. Pretty good company ...
Players are rated in #NBARank on a 1-10 scale.
Where would you have ranked D-Will and Lopez? Let us know in the comments section below.