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Old 01-30-2014, 09:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by TORaptor4Ever View Post
In light of a fantastic start to 2014 by DD I figured I'd throw this out there to hear some opinions.

Here are the top 25 scorers in the league at the SG position right now. Yes, I realize that not everything is about scoring but it's an easy way to compile the best players at the position for the most part.

1. Harden
2. Derozan
3. Afflalo
4. Ellis
5. Dragic (not sure why he's listed as a SG)
6. Martin
7. Thompson
8. Crawford (Jamal)
9. Hayward
10. Matthews
11. Gordon
12. Johnson
13. Henderson
14. Meeks
15. Waiters
16. Stephenson
17. Oladipo
18. Green
19. Crawford (Jordan)
20. Mayo
21. Manu
22. Korver
23. VC
24. Bellinelli
25. Foye

+ Butler, Kobe & Wade (missing from the list due to injuries)

IMO Kobe, Wade and Harden (and a totally healthy Manu) are obviously at the head of the class... but after those 3... I'm not sure that there's another guy on that list that I'd want over DD (fine, so maybe I'm a homer). Stephenson, Hayward and Afflalo would be his direct competition for spots #4 and #5 I think....

Thoughts? Where do you think he ranks?
PPG is certainly an easy way to rank players. So is MPG, or fouls per game. Doesn't mean there's any validity to it.

DD ranks 6th in SG PER (which rewards volume shooters), 37th is TS%, 22nd in rebound rate, and 45th in assist rate.

I agree with Stephenson Afflalo and Hayward over DD. That's probably roughly where I'd place him, 7th (although frankly I'd rather have T Ross at the 2 considering his contract situation). Purely in terms of ability, DD's probably top 10 SG in the league. The issue is fit, role, and the overall weakness of the position league wide - top 10 doesn't mean that much any more, looking at that list.
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