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.)
|10||All-time Great||LeBron James|
|8||All-Star Caliber||Joe Johnson|
|7||Above Average Starter||LaMarcus Aldridge|
|5||Above Average Bench Player||Jared Dudley|
|4||Bench Player||Craig Smith|
|3||One-dimensional Bench player||Reggie Evans|
|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