We are now officially half-way through the season. I figured that this would be a good time to assess the team. I graded the players based upon their roles on the team. How would you guys grade our players so far?
Isaiah Thomas: B+
IT has done a really good job in the starting role. He has been great offensively, his numbers our on par with some of the better PGs in the league Ė particularly since he entered the starting line-up. His defense still has a way go.
Marcus Thornton: F
At this point Thornton is arguably the worst starting SG in the league. For a guy who hangs his hat on his scoring ability, 7.4ppg on 36% shooting and 29% from three isnít really cutting it.
Rudy Gay: A
For all the talk coming in about Rudy being selfish and inefficient on offense, he has been the exact opposite. Gay is scoring at a high clip while shooting over 50%. He has been a key part in our recent surge. Hopefully his injury isnít too bad.
Jason Thompson: C-
I like JT, but heís just not a very good starting PF. Heís a decent rebounder and shoots a high field goal percentage, but he doesnít bring much to the table after that. If we can get a good starting PF, JT would make a good big coming off the bench.
DeMarcus Cousins: A
The guy is a legit all-star and maybe the best center in the league.
Derrick Williams: B-
Itís been rough on D-Will this season. He gets traded to a new team and begins to play well in his new role, then we get Rudy Gay and he has to adjust to a new role again. Consistency hasnít really been there, but he still usually provides a good spark off the bench.
Ben McLemore: C-
Ben looks like he hit the rookie wall after the first month of the season. I think heís going to be good in the long run, but he has really struggled lately.
Jimmer Fredette: C
Since Jimmer started getting consistent minutes, he has actually been a competent back-up PG. Jimmerís game definitely has its flaws, but he also shows the occasional flash of brilliance on offense. Heís still not a great back-up PG, but he has been a lot better recently.
Quincy Acy: B-
I really like Acy. The guy is all energy. Heís a good player to have coming off the bench, he has helped change the game on several occasions. I like the fact that he has a decent jumper. If he keeps working on his jumper, heís going to be a nice rotational player in the future. He's the type of player every team needs.
Aaron Gray: B-
I also really like Gray. He brings some old-school toughness to the team. He knows his limitations and plays really physical ball. He also sets some of the hardest screens Iíve ever seen. Heís a solid 4th or 5th big.
Travis Outlaw: C-
After starting the season fairly strong, Outlaw has reverted to the player that we saw last year.
Carl Landry: Inc.
No grade for Carl due to his injury, but hopefully he is able to solidify the starting PF position for the second half of the year.
Ray McCallum: Inc.
No grade for McCallum due to lack of PT. He looked good in summer league, the pre-season, and in the D-League; I hope thatís a sign of things to come.
Michael Malone: B-
Despite our record, I think Malone has done a solid job with the team. Cousins, Gay, and IT are all playing the best ball of their careers. The defense that he promised hasnít been there, but we have looked a little better recently.