ESPN has been ranking players and started with #500 going through #1. Currently they have gotten to #140. They get their rankings by asking 104 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of the current quality of each player. So far, between #140 and
#500, there are 7 Celtics. Let's take a look at the players listed so far.
#467 is Kris Joseph with a score of 1.99
#391 is Jason Collins with a score 2.62. His ranking is down from #383 in 2011.
#389 is Fab Melo with a score of 2.62
#340 is Chris Wilcox with a score of 2.94. His rank is down from #330 in 2011.
#300 is Keyon Dooling with a score of 3.32. He's up from #328 in 2011.
#247 is Jared Sullinger with a score of 3.81. They include a comment saying that he is a lotto talent taken late in the draft and it will play off for the Celtics.
#172 is Jeff Green with a score of 4.59. He is down from #124 in 2011. Jeff commented that it was a good ranking after a year out, but he promised that he will be higher soon.
This leaves 8 Celtics - Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo,Paul Pierce, Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Jason Terry, and Dionte Christmas. I don't see them ranking this high, but it's possible. It's more likely that they forgot about him. That still leaves 7 Celtics in the top 140, which is a very solid core.
Here are a few other rankings that might be of interest to Celtics fans:
#141 is Glen Davis with a score of 4.90. He is down from #117 last year.
#148 is MarShon Brooks with a score of 4.84. He is up from #347 last year. Some Celtics fans like to keep an eye on Brooks since Danny drafted him and traded him for JaJuan Johnson.
#159 is Delonte West with a score of 4.72. He is up from #212 last year. Delonte is a tough gritty player and he'll always be a Celtic in our hearts.
#210 is Mickael Pietrus with a score of 4.25, down from 166 last year. He's still waiting for a team willing to give him more than the minimum. Rumor is that Toronto may be interested.
#246 is Gerald Green with a score of 3.82. He wasn't rated last year. It's nice to see him finally getting it and getting a nice contract from the Pacers.
#270 is Greg Stiemsma with a score of 3.58. He was unrated the previous year. I was sorry to lose him, but hope he does well with Minny.
#276 is Nate Robinson with a score of 3.54 down from #249 last year. He'll be filling in for Derrick Rose until he gets back this season.
#285 is Austin Rivers with a 3.45 score. Celtics fans will be keeping an eye on Doc's kid.
#291 is Marquis Daniels with a score of 3.40, up from 293 last season. He's still waiting for a team to call with an offer.
#326 is Ryan Gomes with a score of 3.10, down from #234 last season. I've always like Ryan and hope he gets a contract somewhere this season.
#372 is Greg Oden with a score of 2.76, down from #184 last season. Oden is still a free agent but hasn't been mentioned in a lot of conversations. If he could ever get healthy, he'd be quite a pick up for some team, but that's a big if.
#388 is JaJuan Johnson with a score of 2.63, up from 407 in 2011.
#500 is Eddy Curry with a score of 1.21. I know you were dying to know who was ranked last.