After being traded together to Philadelphia in a trade that sent Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, Luc Mbah A Moute and Alexey Shved find themselves ranked a mere nine spots apart.
The 25-year-old Shved was ranked 264th, down a whopping 71 spots from last year's ranking. Shved played OK in his rookie season, but being ranked in the top 200 after his rookie season is a bit extreme. He's never been a great shooter by any means, he just happened to be big and ran the floor well. His ranking falling through the floor is well justified, but he has a real good shot to climb the charts in 2015.
Philadelphia is the perfect place for him to play a ton here, and The 700 Level's Andrew Unterberger astutely noted he performs better the more minutes he's given per game. Shved showed potential his rookie season, and the Sixers happen to love a good shooting project. If they can fix him, he'll rightly deserve a spot in the top 200 next year.
Mbah A Moute ranked 255th this year, plummeting nearly 100 spots after ranking 159th in 2014. LRMAM is what he is: a really good perimeter defender who doesn't have much of an offensive skill set anywhere on the floor. Typically rankings like these aren't too kind to guys like him, and I can't imagine he'll ever reclaim a spot in the top 200. His job is to help mentor Joel Embiid while playing a defensive stopper off the bench. He's only 28, but where he's ranked is about where he should be and will stay.