JNixon-Iggy9's Rookie of the Year List
To me, there are 7 guys (in order) who have legit shots at it. Here they are, with in depth reasons:
1. John Wall- Wall is a freak athletically and with his speed. He can score and slash very well from the PG spot, has fantastic size and physical tools, is an above average playmaker for others, and even though him and Gilbert Arenas have both functioned as PG's, I think there situation can work. Wall has both the size and length to defend SG's while Arenas can match up with PG's. Wall is a good defender too, and he'll chip in his share of blocks steals too. I think the Wizards will sneak in the backend of the playoffs and Wall will be ultra-productive as a rookie (I expect 17 ppg, 6 apg, 1.8-2 spg, 4 rpg). He'll get around 3 TO a game too, but I think his impact will be great.
2. Blake Griffin- Griffin is also a freak of nature. He should be genuinely ready to start and have an immediate impact for the Clippers, even after returning from injury. Griffin has an incredible motor, great size at 6'9 251, a decent skill-level down low (and a promising face-up game), scary athleticism, and strong rebounding ability. He's not a very good defender yet, but he has time to develop that more. I think he should be a 14 or 15 ppg and 8 rpg guy by the end of the season.
3. Demarcus Cousins- Playing with Tyreke Evans and having the ability that he does will get Cousins the production and time he'll need to make a case for the R.O.Y. At 6'10 285-290, Cousins already has industrial-sized physical ability, and he has NBA 3-point range and a developed arsenal down low. Cousins' ability to be versatile as a picking option (he can roll or pop for mid-range shots) will immediately be valuable, as will his ability to have offense run through him at such a young age. His rebounding ability will be top notch immediately too. He's not good on D really right now though. Still, 14 ppg and 8 rpg will probably be right there for him. Even with established guys like Jason Thompson and Carl Landry beside him.
4. Evan Turner- People are writing him off because of his SL play, but Turner will play well. He can score some, will rebound and defend, and he'll have plays run for him too. With Jrue Holiday and Speights emerging, Iguodala in the fold, and Lou Williams looking like a bet to contribute too, Turner won't put up gaudy numbers, but he should still be in the thick of things in the Rookie of the Year race. I expect 13 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 or 4 apg, and a spg from Turner.
5. Greg Monroe- Monroe's skill level is high. He can pass extremely well, can score facing up and with his back to the basket, and he'll get the rotation time to put everything together on a Detroit team looking for a direction. He'll be able to play through mistakes and he won't be fed as slowly as most rookies. He needs to get more aggressive, but he isn't as soft as some suggest, and he needs to rebound better, but he'll get better after every game. I expect Monroe to start the season slow, but to pick up the pace and be playing at a pretty nice level by the end of the season. I expect 12 ppg, 6 rpg, and 3 apg from Monroe as a rookie.
6. James Anderson- I personally think James Anderson will prove to be the best SG in this draft class by the end of his career. Anderson's shooting/scoring ability is phenomenal. He can score at all 3 levels, and figures to get the minutes Roger Mason left behind (19) and some more time chipped in. I think he should get around 12 ppg in an instant offense role, Marcus Thornton-style.
7. Wesley Johnson- Johnson is a 6'7 SF who figures to get time immediately, as he brings well-defined skills to the table. He can shoot the ball, will make plays without the ball, and he'll rebound and make plays in transition. I'm not a fan of his D, and I think he needs more strength, but I expect 10 ppg and 5 from Johnson in a small role.
Wesley Johnson is sooooooooooo overrated...Playing in that Syracuse system made him look good..
he looked soooooooo lost in the 1 summer league game he played in..he just hung out by the 3 point line waiting for the ball...
he often let his man blow by him..People who were there are still talking about how Wesley pissed off the coach....
Rumor has it that he wasn't that injured ..he only had a bruised ego after the coach let him have it...
Wall has the talent to be a 20 point scorer in his rookie year..I hope the Wizards trade Arenas becuz Hinrich's maturity,outside shooting and defensive skills will help out Wall so much...
If Paul George gets the minutes he could be in the Rookie of the Year running...
Surprised you didn't put Turner at the top Iggy lol
Monroe is a good passer for a big man, but I think the only reason why he was known as a good passer in college was because of the system he played in. The Princeton-offense requires a lot of ball movement and you need to pass the ball a lot, therefore, I think he is an overrated passer.
But Paul George won't get the minutes.
Sucks, but it's true.
Give me Cousins for ROY unless Arenas gets traded. If he does end up getting moved, I'll take me some Wall please.
Johnson will prove to be better than you're giving him credit for being. He's ready to play right now and figures to get 10 ppg as a rookie. He brings well-defined traits to the game. He also is a good fit for the triangle the T'Wolves will run, so he won't have to create for himself off the dribble, which is clearly not his strength.
How can you say Wesley Johnson is overrated and say "if Paul George gets minutes" he will be in the Rookie of the Year running? All Paul George is right now is a less polished version of Wesley Johnson
I agree with iggy wes johnson is better than paul george and think wes will get minutes and produce, I don't really get or agree how syracuse's system make him look better than he is?..and I like rookie of the year talk just wish their were more darkhorse possiblities
"Monroe is a good passer for a big man, but I think the only reason why he was known as a good passer in college was because of the system he played in. The Princeton-offense requires a lot of ball movement and you need to pass the ball a lot, therefore, I think he is an overrated passer."
You still have to be a good passer to have offense run through you like he did, no matter what offense you play in. The Princeton offense allows you to pass the ball MORE than most offenses, but that doesn't mean it makes you appear to be a better passer than you actually are. If you watch Monroe's passing skills it's obvious he is a naturally gifted passer from the big man position.
Good list but Demarcus Cousins will be the best player in the draft 5 years every team will regret not picking him. He has skills that just cant be matched with his great touch, skills, rebounding, toughness, and outside shot. With the lack of quality of big men in the NBA nowadays it shocked me when he dropped all the way down to the 5th pick. Those so called character issues are blown out of porpotion and he will be a great player the only problem is that Sacremento is deep in their frontcourt with Landry and Thompson
I'm on the Cousins' Rookie of the Year bandwagon. I think it will be Cousins, Wall, and Griffin as the top 3. Everyone else is just a list filler.
On an unrelated note, hopefully this forum doesn't blow up when you hit 10,000 posts. System overload.
LOL..OK..OK....We should Save this Post and look at it when the season is over...When you guys will be saying Minnesota wasted that high pick on Wesley Johnson....WJ will fail to make a 1st or 2nd - All Rookie Team next year...
I was called crazy by some of you guys when i said in November of last year..
that Cousins will be a top 5 pick...
Whoever said D.cousins would be the best player in the draft must not know who Jonathon Wall is.
lol I know whom John Wall is i just think that Cousins will be better and that having Arenas there will stunt Wall's growth but Wall will still be a beast
lmao at Arenas stunting Wall's growth....didn't know Arenas was a human blunt that Wall will continuously smoke
I guess having a SG who can score and knock down open 3's is detrimental to a PG....
No but having a guard who has the ball in his hand most of the time and is ball dominant and has a big ego will Arenas is not a sg hes a combo guard and is used to having the offense run through him
"industrial-sized physical ability" - Great metaphor!!!