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33 pt method – Evaluating the “Bs”, from Balkman to Bynum

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For an explanation of the 33 pt method, read this.

A list of my scores for players with the last name:

A

Here is my scores for players with the last name B. My explanations for my scores are somewhat dry. For many players it seems more straight forward to rank them than explain well.

Remember that this is an attempted evaluation of talent, NOT production. A player’s talent level doesn’t necessarily match his production. Age also is irrelevant in these rankings for this reason, all players are evaluated on what they can/will be capable of at their peak. My scores for players are meant to be a subjective process that can be scored differently than others, I only aim to create a system that consistently evaluates a player’s talent, regardless of differing opinion on said player’s talent.

Bs

Renaldo Balkman

Physical: 5 – Brought some energy for a wing, but not that athletically imposing

Skill: 1 – Extremely lacking in skills for a wing player

Feel for the Game: 6 – A decent understanding of the game and the court

Total score: 12

Marcus Banks

Physical: 8 – A very impressive mix of speed and size for a point

Skill: 1 – Very lacking in shooting or passing skills

Feel for the Game: 3 – Unspectacular vision or decision making

Total score: 12

Leandro Barbosa

Physical: 4 – Very decent speed for a SG, but undersized and overall a perimeter orientated/jumpshot orientated guard

Skill: 7 – A good shooter and ballhandler

Feel for the Game: 4 – Always played as if in a rush, a sign of weak feel

Total score: 15

J.J. Barea

Physical: 3 – Fast and strong at getting into the paint, but extremely undersized

Skill: 5 – A reasonable but not great shooter, not a true PG

Feel for the Game: 8 – An excellent pound for pound feel for the court

Total score: 16

Andrea Bargnani

Physical: 1 – One of the worst physical scoring bigs, with no rebounding or shotblocking presence and a perimeter only game

Skill: 10 – An extremely skilled PF, with essentially a SG’s shooting/scoring game

Feel for the Game (Off. 9, Def. 1): 5 – A strong understanding of the court offensively, with no defensive instincts.

Total score: 16

Matt Barnes

Physical: 2 – A very perimeter/jumpshooting orientated SF

Skill: 5 – Hits open shots, but lacks on ball ability

Feel for the Game: 6 – A reasonable feel for the game and a high IQ defender

Total score: 13

Brandon Bass

Physical: 6 – Undersized, but athletic enough to attack the rim

Skill: 6 – Has developed a knockdown midrange shooting game

Feel for the Game: 4 – Has never had a spectacular feel

Total score: 16

Shane Battier

Physical: 2 – An extremely jumpshooting orientated wing, though uses his body well defensively and has some size

Skill: 5 – Very good at hitting open shots

Feel for the Game: 11 – One of the most intelligent players in the league

Total score: 18

Nicolas Batum

Physical: 2 – Extremely jumpshooting orientated for a SF

Skill: 7 – One of the better shooting 3s in the league, decent ballhandler

Feel for the Game: 8 – A very strong basketball IQ and smoothness level

Total score: 17

Jerryd Bayless

Physical: 6 – Fast, but lacks power finishing at the rim

Skill: 6 – Has improved his outside shot, but not a consistent scorer

Feel for the Game: 1 – Plays very out of control. One of the better examples of a guard with a very poor feel for the game.

Total score: 13

Michael Beasley

Physical: 3 – A jumpshot orientated SF/PF who lacks defensive/rebounding presence

Skill: 8 – A very skilled player for his size

Feel for the Game: 3 – Never had it instincts or feel wise.

Total score: 14

Rodrigue Beaubois

Physical: 7 – A great mix of speed and strength

Skill: 2 – Very unpolished

Feel for the Game: 2 – A raw player mentally, plays the game at a very fast, out of control level

Total score: 11

Marco Bellinelli

Physical: 2 – An almost strictly jumpshot orientated SG

Skill: 6 – A reasonable shooter

Feel for the Game: 5 – An average basketball IQ

Total score: 13

Raja Bell

Physical: 2 – Limited to jumpshots in his prime

Skill: 5 – Hit open shots, but lacked on ball ability

Feel for the Game: 8 – A high IQ player and defender

Total score: 15

Mike Bibby

Physical: 2 – Primarily a jumpshooter in his time

Skill: 8 – A very strong shooter in his time. Not the most natural passer.

Feel for the Game: 7 – Had a pretty good understanding for the game

Total score: 17

Andris Biedrins – Physical: 6 – Had strong athleticism to roll to the rim but a skinny frame. Not a noted shotblocker

Skill: 2 – Could finish shots around the rim, but overall lacked any range, ability to hit FTs, or skill in general

Feel for the Game (Off. 5, Def. 3): 4 – Showed a flawed understanding of the court and game on both ends

Total score: 12

Chauncey Billups

Physical – 6 – Billups showed solid size for a guard, but lacked elite explosiveness

Skill: 7 – Billups had a strong outside shooting, post and ballhandling game

Feel for the Game: 10 – Billups always had a supreme sense of timing and craftiness to his game

Total score: 23

Bismack Biyombo

Physical: 9 – Extremely impressive physical specimen, blocks shots, can rebound, roll to the basket. Can get stronger.

Skill: 2 – Showing very little in the way of polished skills or touch

Feel for the Game (Off. 2, Def. 8): 5 – Biyombo seems to be a natural on the defensive end but shows little in the way of offensive instincts\

Total score: 16

Dejaun Blair

Physical: 3 – Blair is undersized and not a freakish specimen defensively, but is strong.

Skill: 5 – Blair can finish shots around the rim, but doesn’t have elite range

Feel for the Game (Off. 10, Def. 7): 8.5 – Blair’s strength, he has always had a tremendous IQ and sense of angles around the rim on the offensive end, and shows decent defensive smarts

Total score: 16.5

Steve Blake

Physical: 1 – The definition of a perimeter player who’s physical tools do nothing for him, either driving to the rim or defensively

Skill: 6 – Has very good spot up 3pt shooting ability

Feel for the Game: 6 – A decent feel for scoring and passing, but nothing exceptional

Total score: 13

Andray Blatche

Physical: 3 – Blatche has some athleticism, but is as a whole a perimeter orientated big man

Skill: 8 – An extremely skilled inside and outside threat

Feel for the Game (Off. 6, Def. 2): 4 – Blatche shows very solid offensive instincts, but lacks defensive IQ and misses rotations.

Total score: 15

Eric Bledsoe

Physical: 9 – A supreme mix of explosiveness and size for a PG

Skill: 2 – Bledsoe’s shooting game is quite raw

Feel for the Game: 2 – Bledsoe always plays like the game moves too fast for him, rather than in control or being crafty

Total score: 13

Andrew Bogut

Physical: 8 – Has a great mix of size and shotblocking

Skill: 5 – Has good hands and a developing jumpshot but lacks great post moves.

Feel for the Game: 9 – Bogut has a great basketball IQ and is a very smooth player on both ends

Total score: 22

Matt Bonner

Physical: 1 – One of the most perimeter orientated big men in the league

Skill: 8 – Has a very good skill level for a big man, due to his outside shooting ability

Feel for the Game (Off. 8, Def. 6) – 7: Bonner has a very good off the ball IQ offensively, while has decent smarts defensively

Total score: 16

Trevor Booker

Physical: 6 – Undersized, but athletic enough to attack the rim well

Skill: 4 – Has a developing outside jumpshot but does not have noted offensive polish

Feel for the Game (Off. 5, Def. 5): 5 – Has an average instincts level on both ends

Total: 15

Carlos Boozer

Physical: 4 – Has strength and toughness, but lacks great size or power around the rim and tends to be a perimeter shooting big

Skill: 7 – Boozer has a very solid outside shooting game and touch around the rim

Feel for the Game (Off. 9, Def. 2): 5.5 – Boozer has terrific sense of angles and craftiness offensively, however his defensive recognition on help defense has always been very poor.

Total: 16.5

Chris Bosh

Physical: 6 – Has an elite first step which allows him to attack the basket, but does not have a ton of power physically in general, and not a shotblocking presence

Skill level: 9 – One of the best midrange shooting big men in the league and a terrific ballhandler for a big

Feel for the Game (Off. 10, Def. 7): 8.5 – Bosh’s offensive feel for the game is one of the best in the game as he simply has a tremendous ease and smoothness to his scoring. Defensively he is a stable, smart defender, though not spectacular.

Total score: 23.5

Bruce Bowen

Physical: 2 – A jumpshooter only offensively and not a terrific athlete defensively, but long

Skill level: 4 – Had the ability to hit open shots but lacked any on ball ability

Feel for the Game: 9 – A very smart player, elite awareness on the defensive end and could play off the ball offensively well

Total score: 15

Earl Boykins

Physical: 3 – Fast, but lacking any size or power

Skill level: 5 – Could handle but not a noted outside shooter or passer

Feel for the Game: 6 – Seemed like he was playing fast most of the time, but overall a decently crafty player

Total score: 14

Avery Bradley

Physical: 6 – Mostly a jumpshooter offensively rather than an on ball driver, good physical impact defensively

Skill: 5 – Shoots the ball, not an on ball threat for a guard or noted passer

Feel for the Game: 8 – An extremely high defensive IQ, still learning the offensive game but strong at finding himself open for cuts, etc.

Total score: 19

Elton Brand

Physical: 6 – Relied a lot on his perimeter game, but strong and blocked shots

Skill: 7 – A strong shooter for a big man

Feel for the Game (Off. 9, Def. 8): 8.5 – A very high IQ player on both ends

Total score: 21.5

Corey Brewer

Physical: 3 – Very good length defensively, but a perimeter player offensively and skinny for a wing

Skill: 2 – An inconsistent shooter and an unpolished game overall

Feel for the Game: 6 – A decent IQ player, especially on the defensive end

Total score: 11

Ronnie Brewer

Physical: 6 – Solid size for a guard, offensive game relies on attacking the basket, strong defensive strength

Skill: 1 – A very poor jumpshot form

Feel for the Game: 8 – Always been a high IQ player on both ends

Total score: 15

Aaron Brooks

Physical: 5 – Extremely fast, but undersized

Skill: 6 – Had an elite shooting season once, but inconsistent

Feel for the Game: 6 – A decent IQ offensively

Total score: 17

Marshon Brooks

Physical: 2 – A very perimeter orientated wing

Skill: 8 – A strong skill level shooting and on the ball

Feel for the Game: 7 – A smooth player

Total score: 17

Kwame Brown

Physical: 7 – Very decent strength, solid rebounding and post defense

Skill: 1 – Notoriously poor hands and polish

Feel for the Game (Off. 2, Def. 6): 4 – A decent understanding of defense, but lacking on the offensive end in feel

Total score: 12

Shannon Brown

Physical: 7 – A very solid mix of speed and strength

Skill: 3 – An inconsistent shooting game

Feel for the Game: 2 – Plays the game at a fast, out of control level

Total score: 12

Kobe Bryant

Physical: 9 – An elite athlete, a bit more perimeter orientated than some superstar wings

Skill: 11 – Arguably the most skilled SG of all time

Feel for the Game: 10 – A tremendous smoothness and feel to offense that he was showing even back in high school

Total score: 30

Chase Budinger

Physical: 1 – An extremely perimeter orientated SF

Skill: 6 – A decent outside shooter for a wing

Feel for the Game: 8 – His strength, Budinger has always had an advanced basketball IQ and feel or the court

Total score: 15

Alec Burks

Physical: 9 – An extremely impressive mix of explosiveness attacking the rim and size for a SG

Skill: 3 – Very much needs to improve his shooting game

Feel for the Game: 7 – A smooth and crafty player

Total score: 19

Caron Butler

Physical: 3 – In his prime, still an jumpshooting orientated scorer

Skill: 7 – A very decent shooter and passer for a wing

Feel for the Game: 7 – A relatively smooth player, seeing the floor well enough to playmake

Total score: 17

Andrew Bynum

Physical: 10 – Extremely impressive size and rebounding/shotblocking. Could exert himself more.

Skill: 7 – A skilled post player

Feel for the Game (Off. 6, Def. 5) 5.5 – Somewhat robotic on both ends, but nothing terrible

Total score: 22.5

Relevant retired players:

Larry Bird

Physical: 5 – Not a dominating force physically and relied on his jumper, but managed to impose his size solidly for a SF in the post and on the boards

Skill: 11 – Arguably the most skilled basketball player of all time

Feel for the Game: 11 – A true perfect feel for the game and instinctual base

Total score: 27

Charles Barkley

Physical: 9 – An extremely imposing mix of strength and power on the offensive end, albeit undersized defensively for a PF

Skill: 9 – A strong mix of shooting, passing, post skill for a PF

Feel for the Game (Off. 10, Def. 7): 8.5 – An superb offensive feel for the court and a smart defender, his issues on that end were related to his height and effort moreso than intelligence

Total score: 26.5

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Written by jr.

August 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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