Well, this one is bound to spark some debate in the comments, so I’ll just present these rankings and allow you guys to take it away. Rip Hamilton ranked 126 and Greg Monroe ranked 132 in ESPN’s rankings of the top 500 players/incoming rookies in the league.
As for Hamilton, I think it’s pretty clear what happened. People either gave him credit for his career body of work or chalked his statistical decline up to poor coaching/misuse over the last three seasons. It’s a pretty common debate that has occurred here for a long time now — some feel Hamilton’s production has declined because he hasn’t been used in the right role, some believe he’s declined simply because he’s hitting an age when many guards begin to naturally decline. So feel free to debate that one away again.
As for Monroe, all I will say is that there is not a single Piston who should rank ahead of him on this list. He was their best player last year, although a case can be made for Rodney Stuckey (I still give the edge to Monroe). But ranking at No. 132 isn’t bad at all and many expect Monroe to climb more than 100 spots on these types of lists over the next few seasons.
Other Pistons unveiled in the rankings are: Tracy McGrady (178), Will Bynum (188), Charlie Villanueva (191), Jonas Jerebko (206), Austin Daye (217), Ben Wallace (227), Jason Maxiell (239), Brandon Knight (267), Chris Wilcox (330), Kyle Singler (446), Terrico White (472) and Vernon Macklin (498).
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