An alternative way to rank players: Hollinger’s PER

by on Oct.06, 2009, under Other, Rankings

Ranking players is an essential step in preparing for your fantasy basketball drafts. There are tons of ways to do this, some easy and quick, others more involved and time-consuming.

Bynum at #8? I wouldn't touch that either. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Bynum at #8? I wouldn't touch that either. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

If you’re up for a different way to rank players for your drafts, take a look at John Hollinger’s projected player rankings based on his Player Efficiency Rating (PER) at ESPN.

This is not meant for fantasy purposes, so you probably shouldn’t take his exact rankings and use them for your fantasy drafts, but at the very least it might tickle your mindgrapes and get you thinking about other ways to look at players.

According to Hollinger’s projections, here are the top 15 players of the 2009-10 season:

  1. Chris Paul
  2. Dwyane Wade
  3. LeBron James
  4. Dwight Howard
  5. Kevin Durant
  6. Al Jefferson
  7. Dirk Nowitzki
  8. Andrew Bynum
  9. Chris Bosh
  10. Kobe Bryant
  11. Brandon Roy
  12. Tim Duncan
  13. Tony Parker
  14. Manu Ginobili
  15. Pau Gasol

Clearly, if you pick Andrew Bynum at #8 you’re borderline nuts. But the rest of the list is at least somewhat defensible from a fantasy perspective.

Peruse Hollinger’s rankings if you want to have some of your assumptions about certain players’ values challenged. Again, this is just something to stimulate some thinking about your fantasy drafts.

Let us know how helpful you think these PER rankings are to your fantasy strategies.

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