Originally written on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 10/19/13
I don't know why people care about it so much, but the controversial ESPN NBA Player Rankings for the upcoming season are out. People's knickers get twisted in a bunch over this every year, and they have this year as well, mostly with Kobe being ranked at 25 and Carmelo Anthony ranked at 15, etc.  I don't care about those guys. And besides, it's not an exact science. A whole bunch of ESPN staffers score players from 1-10 based on overall performance for the upcoming season (using vague considerations such as quality and quantity of expected contributions), and the score is then averaged out into a single score. Naturally the rankings will be all over the place in some instances. Take Kobe for example. Some people still think he is one of the top 5 or even top 3 players in the NBA, but he's recovering from a torn Achilles and nobody knows when he will actually play again, how effective he will be, and so forth. So you see how opinions will vary. As for the Pacers, most of...
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