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2013 NBA Player Rankings 11-15

Posted By David Gaulman On October 23, 2013 @ 4:40 PM In Insider - Magic,NBA | No Comments

#15 Kevin Love
Minnesota Timberwolves|PF| Age: 25
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
18 18.3 14.0 2.3 .352 .704 17.97

Love may be the most talented forward in the NBA but his issue has been staying healthy. The former UCLA standout missed 64 games last season due to injury. He has the ability to rebound with the best of them, in 2010-11 Love lead the NBA with 15.2 rebounds per game. If he and Ricky Rubio can stay on the floor together this year look for the Timbewolves to make the playoffs.
FACT: Love and Larry Bird are the only players in NBA history to average at least 15 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting at least 35 percent on 3-point attempts in their career.

#14 LaMarcus Aldridge
Portland Trail Blazers|C| Age: 28
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
74 21.1 9.1 2.6 .484 .818 20.45

Aldridge is looking to lead the Trail Blazers to their first playoff appearance since 2011. His ability to score the ball from 15 to 17 feet out gives the defense match-up issues. Aldridge has averaged 17 or more points per game six of his seven years in the league.
FACT: Aldridge is the only player to average at least 21 points and eight rebounds per game each of the past three seasons. No other player has done so more than once in that span.

#13 Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers|PG| Age: 21
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
59 22.5 3.7 5.9 .452 .855 21.51

Irving may be the most exciting young player in the NBA. His ability to break down defenders and score the while getting his team involved is second to none. With the addition of Jarrett Jack from the Golden State Warriors, Irving will have another scorer who can stretch the floor allowing him to get to the basket.
FACT: Irving, Grant Hill, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson are the only players in NBA history to average at least 18 points and five assists per game while shooting at least 45 percent from the field in each of their first two NBA seasons.

#12 Rajon Rondo
Boston Celtics|PG| Age: 27
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
38 13.7 5.6 11.1 .484 .645 18.12

This will be by far the toughest season to date for Rajon Rondo. With Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett now in Brooklyn, Rondo will find out how hard it is to carry a young team with no go-to veterans. Look for Rondo to score a little more while still leading the league in assists.
FACT: Rajon Rondo has 10 career postseason triple-doubles, one behind LeBron James for the most among active players.

#11 Carmelo Anthony
New York Knicks|SF| Age: 29
2012-13 Stats
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT% PER
67 28.7 6.9 2.6 .449 .830 24.83

With Carmelo making it clear he will test free-agency at the end of this season, he has now put more pressure on himself to deliver a title to New York. Im not sure why the reigning NBA scoring champ gets such a pass on his lack of playoff success but if he wants to be considered elite he will have to win when it counts. Winning a first round series is no longer progress for the All-Star
FACT: Anthony is one of four players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, four rebounds and two assists per game in each of his first 10 seasons.


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