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.
It’s going to be very interesting to see what Omer Asik will do in his first season with the Houston Rockets and as a starter. It’s the start of a new journey in his career and he will have to prove a lot of critics wrong and help out the people that believe in him by saying “I told you so.”
The Rockets signed Asik not long ago to a three-year $25.1 million contract. He is now getting paid elite money, although he has yet to make an elite impact in the NBA. His contract would suggest he’s one of the better centers in the league. A lot of people think the Rockets are crazy for giving out such an outrageous contract for a bench player. But Asik is on his way to becoming an elite defender and will have a chance to work on his post game with one of the best post players in NBA history in coach Kevin McHale. Who knows, maybe Asik will give Hakeem Olajuwon a call like so many other top notch NBA athletes have over the years.
Omer Asik has the starting center spot locked up for the Houston Rockets for the time being. I am not one of his critics. If Asik’s durability strengthens and he doesn’t gas out like he did with the Chicago Bulls, I think he will average at least 10 rebounds and 2 blocks a game, if not more. Asik wasn’t brought to Houston to score, but I do think he will get a lot of second chance opportunities. Newly acquired point guard Jeremy Lin has shown the tendency to find his big man down low with ease. This should help Asik greatly to get easy baskets.
Asik was ranked number 156 on ESPN’s top 500 players just a year ago. This year he tops out at number 99. I wouldn’t be surprised if Asik moves up another 20 spots next season after he shows the world his dominating defensive abilities.