OTRBasketball Top 50: The Bottom 10
Thirteen staff members from OTRBasketball.com have come together to bring you their very own NBA Top 50 list.
Each member was asked to put the 50 best current NBA players in order, and the results would be calculated based on average ranking.
All ties were broken by determining which player obtained the highest individual ranking.
To kick things off, we''ve decided to bring you players 41-50.
50. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, G (profile)
Averages through April 2: 11.9 PPG on 50.4 percent FG, 5.2 RPG, 8.5 APG in 33.5 minutes
Average Ranking: 47.62
Rajon may not possess the star qualities that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen do, but he is considered the glue of the Boston Celtics.
Considered one of the better defensive point guards in the NBA, Rondo's ability to slash to the rim and feed his talented teammates only solidifies his value on the defending world champion Boston Celtics.
Even more impressive is his shooting percentage.
49. Stephen Jackson, Golden State Warriors, F/G (profile)
Averages through April 2: 20.7 PPG on 41.4% FG, 5.1 RPG, 6.5 APG in 39.6 minutes
Average Ranking: 47.15
A second-round pick in 1997, Jackson had trouble adjusting to professional basketball. These days, he has transformed into the Warriors' franchise player and a hard-nosed defender, not to mention one that wants the ball when the game is on the line.
If his shooting percentages were higher, and the Warriors were a better team, it's obvious that his ranking could be higher as well.
48. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland Cavaliers, C (profile)
Averages through April 2: 13.4 PPG on 47.7% FG, 7.3 RPG, 1.0 APG in 27.1 minutes
Average Ranking: 46.69
Years ago, Zydrunas was uncertain of his NBA future, needing pins in his ankle and feeling useless for the Cleveland franchise that drafted him in 1996. However, his ankle is healed, and Ilgauskas is part of one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
While "Big Z" isn't known for his defense, his offensive game extends out to his mid-range jumper, and his basketball IQ is greatly valued by coach Mike Brown and the Cavaliers.
47. Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers, C (profile)
Averages through April 2nd: 14.0 PPG on 55.8% FG, 8.2 RPG, 1.5 APG in 29.1 minutes
Average Ranking: 46.69
After averaging a monster 26.2 PPG and 13.8 RPG in his last five games, including 65.3 percent from the field, Bynum's knee troubles resurfaced yet again. While the Lakers continue to roll, Bynum's defensive presence is missed.
Already considered the future of the Lakers once Kobe Bryant hangs it up, Bynum may be the missing piece to a successful championship run this season.
46. Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies, F (profile)
Averages through April 2: 18.7 PPG on 44.5% FG, 5.6 RPG, 1.7 APG in 37.1 minutes
Average Ranking: 46.62
The Grizzlies are struggling this season, but it's difficult to point fingers at Rudy Gay. After a few seasons of adjusting to the league, Rudy's offensive game is improving, while he is working much harder to boost his defensive skills as well.
It's true that Gay is an average defensive player, despite what the critics say, but his athleticism and length, combined with hard work, will benefit him most heading the better part of his career.
45. OJ Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies, G (profile)
Averages through April 2: 18.3 PPG on 43.4% FG, 3.8 RPG, 3.2 APG in 37.8 minutes
Average Ranking: 45.54
Despite putting up the lesser numbers, Mayo is widely considered the future franchise player for the Memphis Grizzlies, over star teammate Rudy Gay.
A combo guard out of USC, Mayo is a top candidate for this year's Rookie of the Year award, producing well for the Grizzlies on offense, while playing good defense and displaying the athleticism and playmaking that handed him the top three pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
44. Shawn Marion, Toronto Raptors, F (profile)
Averages through April 2: 12.5 PPG on 48.0% FG, 8.5 RPG, 2.0 APG in 35.6 minutes
Average Ranking: 44.77
His shot may be awkward, but the rest of his game isn't. After spending almost a decade with the Phoenix Suns, Marion's numbers have taken a tumble, mainly because he belongs in a particular system of basketball.
Nevertheless, Shawn is still an excellent defender, an underrated rebounder, and his ability to get up and down the court all game long is a sure positive for any run-and-gun team looking into the free agent market after this season.
43. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, G (profile)
Averages through April 2: 16.6 PPG on 47.0% FG, 3.9 RPG, 6.2 APG in 36.8 minutes
Average Ranking: 44.77
If you were to bet on any one player from this year's draft class to become a superstar, you should put your money on Derrick Rose. He may not be the leading scorer among rookies, but he produces in almost every aspect of the game.
His athleticism is off the charts, as well as his unselfish play and the quickness he possesses to snap a defender's ankles, as you have seen multiple times this season. His jumper and defense is still a work in progress, but this may be the guard Chicago has been looking for since Michael Jordan's departure in 1998.
42. Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards, F (profile)
Averages through April 2: 22.4 PPG on 46.6% FG, 9.0 RPG, 1.9 APG in 38.5 minutes
Average Ranking: 42.62
The Washington Wizards are a bad team. Don't hang that on Jamison, though.
Antawn's offensive game is quite unique, in fact. His versatility may not rival that of a Kevin Garnett, but Jamison can hit shots from nearly anywhere on the floor, and he crashes the boards very well.
The downside to his game is indeed his defense and selfishness, but the brother-in-law of New Jersey Nets forward Vince Carter has been a true leader in the Wizards' offense since 2004.
41. Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors, C (profile)
Averages through April 2: 12.4 PPG on 57.5% FG, 11.5 RPG, 2.0 APG in 30.2 minutes
Average Ranking: 42.46
Andris Biedrins is like your local police officer—you know he's around, but you're not always looking for him. He doesn't have the best offensive skillset, but Biedrins is a decent shot-blocker who beats quite a few slashing guards to the rim. He also posts a quiet 11.5 rebounds per game, all in just 30 minutes of play.
Where Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis run the Warriors' offense, Biedrins may be the glue holding the team together.
Be sure to keep an eye out for players 31-40 sometime this weekend.
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