Spurs get little love from ESPN in NBA player ranking

If ESPN’s new ranking of NBA players is any indication, San Antonio Spurs fans might want to pray for the lockout to continue.

The same network that made a mockery out of itself and LeBron James in July 2010, choosing to air a live show dedicated to the over-hyped hoopster and his announcement declaring a move from Cleveland to Miami, has now named the Heat forward as the NBA’s No. 1 overall best player.

Yes, the same James who has guided his teams to a grand total of zero NBA championships.

Where do the Spurs’ best players rank?

Manu Ginobili is listed 18th — one spot below the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo and just ahead of another Spur, Tim Duncan, who is ranked 19th.

What about Tony Parker, you ask?

Well, Parker, named as the Finals MVP the last time the Spurs won a title, is ranked 28th.

The four-letter network says it asked a panel of 91 voters from a variety of ESPN-branded properties in addition to TrueHoop Network and TrueHoop TV to rank NBA players on a scale of 1-10 based on the “current quality” of each individual.

If the voters’ scoring can be trusted (and that’s unclear given James’ No. 1 ranking), then Spurs fans should expect even less moving forward from a team that was bounced from the first round of the 2011 playoffs back in April.

The Spurs used their lone first-round draft pick this summer to select Cory Joseph, who played for the Longhorns.

Of the 500 players ranked by ESPN, Joseph is at No. 434.


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