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Vernon Macklin: Not worst NBA player

ESPN is ranking all 500 NBA players, and Patrick and I both voted. Here’s how the process works:

We asked 91 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale.

Here is the full list of voters from ESPN.com, the TrueHoop Network, TrueHoop TV, Daily Dime Live, ESPN TV, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, espnW, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, ESPN Fantasy, ESPN Games, ESPN Dallas, ESPN Los Angeles, ESPN Chicago, ESPN New York, ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN Topics and ESPN Analytics.

To decide which players to rank, we started with every player who played in the league last season, and then eliminated players who had signed overseas contracts that made them ineligible for the 2011-12 NBA season. Then we added the 60 members of the 2011 draft class, eliminating those not likely to play in the NBA by 2012. That left 500 players, according to our best information as of August 15.

We’re not far into the countdown, and the first Piston has made an appearance: Vernon Macklin at 498. Take that, Robert Vaden and Lavoy Allen.

Which Piston do you think will be next? I say Terrico White if he’s eligible. If ESPN didn’t count White, I’ll go with Jason Maxiell, because DaJuan Summers signed overseas.


  • Aug 15, 20114:16 pm
    by Jacob


    Since there are only 450 total roster spots available in the NBA, that doesn’t bode well for players 451-500, does it?

  • Aug 15, 20114:36 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    I’m actually going to make the bold prediction that because of Detroit’s thin froncourt, Macklin will get way more playing time than anyone else in that bottom 10 or 20 range.

    • Aug 15, 20114:55 pm
      by Jacob


      Don’t know much about him, but if he shows toughness and can play solid D then he deserves more PT than some of the frontcourt right now.

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