April 26, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick Byars (34) is fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Chris Wright (33) while attempting a shot in the second quarter at ORACLE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
ESPN has officially embarked on their quest to rank the top 500 NBA players for the upcoming season. As each Spur is listed — or kinda, sorta, maybe Spurs in this instance — I will provide a synopsis and a brief take on why they deserve (or don’t) this ranking.
Derrick Byars, who appeared in two games and 37 minutes for San Antonio at the tail end of last season, slots in at No. 488 ahead of some legitimate basketball players like Darryl Watkins, Robert Sacre, Tadija Dragicevic and the immortal Mikki Moore.
My take. Considering his resume — to his credit, Byars has played well with the Bakersfield Jam, appearing in 104 games through three seasons with averages of 17.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 46% shooting — this is a fair mark for Byars. I don’t have the dearth of knowledge to ascertain whether he should be higher, at this point it’s a crap shoot, but Byars certainly isn’t remarkable in any facet. At best, he’s a fringe NBA player who has ample amount of skills to play well against inferior competition.
Which means something, I guess.