ESPN.com and their TrueHoop Network have ranked the players of the NBA and releasing their rankings on twitter ( @NBAonESPN), from number 500 to number 1. They have finally broke into the top 100 players and have ranked Ty Lawson, starting point guard for the Denver Nuggets, at #48.
Last year, Lawson was ranked at #64 and climbed 16 spots to his current ranking; given the roller coaster season the Nuggets had, it’s an acceptable ranking despite being ranked below Ricky Rubio. Lawson is still one of the most underrated point guards in the league and he remains one of the swiftest as well.
He averaged 16.4 points per game on 48.8% scoring, 3.7 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and a PER of 19.43.
He can slice up a defense like swiss cheese when aggressive, gets to the basket, and is an underrated three-point shooter.
Not to mention, his FG and 3-point percentage actually increased after the All-Star break in 2012, before the break his numbers were 47.3% and 30.5% respectively. Then, after the All-Star break, his FG% improved to 50.1% and his 3-point percentage skyrocketed to 40.7.
Also, Lawson was phenomenal during the Nuggets-Lakers series, in which Lawson scored 25 points on 47% shooting in Game3; hit a career-high with 32 points on an amazing 72% shooting during Game 6. Needless to say, when Lawson is on, he’s ONNNNN.
Next season, he will average 18-20 points per game, while his assists will stay around the 6-7 mark, and could possibly earn his first All-Star game bid.