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Preview of Player Preview Series

Training camp and Pre-season are a few weeks away. The regular season starts in about a month and a half. It's time to start busting out player and team previews at a furious pace. We've already started previewing teams in the Not a Podcast series, and we'll be previewing the seasons of all 14 Sixers starting tomorrow with Jrue Holiday.

Since these types of previews are running rampant this time of year I usually attempt to be creative. This year I'm integrating a grading system into my previews, much like they do with prospects in baseball. First I'll grade each player on a scale of 1-10 based on their current skill level. Then I'll grade their potential on the same scale.  The grades won't be based on any system in particular. I'll use a combination of advanced stats, conventional stats and personal observation. In other words, the grades you see will be completely and 100% my opinion. That said, I assure you a significant amount of thought will go into each grade. Here's the grading scale:

(P.S. I got the idea from one of my favorite baseball blogs, Crawfish Boxes.)

Grade Description Example
10 All-time Great LeBron James
9 Superstar
Deron Williams
8 All-Star Caliber Joe Johnson
7 Above Average Starter LaMarcus Aldridge
6 Starter Raymond Felton
5 Above Average Bench Player Jared Dudley
4 Bench Player Craig Smith
3 One-dimensional Bench player Reggie Evans
2 Project Earl Clark 
1 Roster Filler Primoz Brezec


(Mike Edit: Primoz Brezec is a God.)

The system will be a work in progress, so let me know if you have any suggestions. If nothing else, it'll put a cool twist on the normally redundant player previews. 

Up Next: Jrue Holiday

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