ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player — and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from number 500 to number 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them on ESPN.com. ESPN asked 104 experts to rate each player on a 0-10 scale.
Carlos Delfino was ranked number 200 on the list last season, but made a fifteen spot jump into number 175. He had another nice season for the Milwaukee Bucks last season, averaging 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 28 minutes a game. The last three seasons he has shown he can start in the NBA if needed. The Houston Rockets could use Delfino in multiple roles off the bench next season or even have him start if a trade occurs or someone goes down with an injury.
The Rockets are going to be a very young team next year. Delfino definitely has the most experience on the roster and could become the new leader of this team if he’s up for it. He’s been on a lot of struggling teams in the NBA, but has found success in the Olympics with Team Argentina. Delfino was one of the leaders on that squad and helped his team win a Bronze Medal in the 2012 Olympics.
Delfino is a very good shooter. He shoots 40% from the field and 36% from downtown for his career. He’s a streaky shooter, but can light it up wants he gets it going. He’s also a solid defender with quick hands. If the Rockets end up trading Kevin Martin, which it looks like they will, Delfino’s role will become even more important. The Rockets will need Carlos to have another solid season along with everyone else if they have any shot of making the playoffs.