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Most impressive rookie so far this pre season?

Who has been the most impressive rookie so far this preseason?

Mine is without a doubt Steven Adams for OKC. He has been a monster on the glass, especially offensively, and has shown some signs of an offensive game! He also seems to be learning from his mistakes from previous games and making adjustments because he's looking better and better as games go on.

I don't think he will win rookie of the year or anything, but he has defied expectations and thrown critics an absolute curve ball by pretty much diminishing all the criticism they had of him, and doing what they said his strengths were well.

Those were just my thoughts, now what are yours?


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Oladipo has been the best

Oladipo has been the best rookie this pre-season.

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Yeah the best is Oladipo by a

Yeah the best is Oladipo by a fair bit, but I was very impressed by Steven Adams.

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No love for McLemore ...? I

No love for McLemore ...? I thinnk even if he fell into an unsteady team (and coaching staff...) he should give some regrets to several teams who passed on him (washington ? cleveland ? phoenix ?)

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McLemore right now isn't able

McLemore right now isn't able to create his own offense, so basically at the moment he's just spot ups and fast break (you can see how rarely he went to free throw line). Luckily the Kings acquired Vasquez to create for others, so he has a chance to do good things waiting for open jumpers since Vasquez is going to provide him some, but apart from Grieves Sacramento is a terrible team in terms of execution and playmaking and they don't run much so it wouldn't surprise me if he has some bad shooting stretches and if he struggles a bit with shooting %s.

Has anyone seen Bobcats play in preseason? I've seen Zeller play some good games and struggle in others, they started him in the first few games then they had him coming out of the bench in the last ones and he looked better (stats wise) in the second unit. Is he taking mid range jumpers? I think that shot is the key for him to succeed in the Nba, if he's a threat from 15 feet and beyond he can be a very good player and a nice compliment for Al Jefferson, otherwise he's going to be just a mediocre bench player.

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McLemore can't create his own

McLemore can't create his own offense but they are running plays for him, calling single/double action for him. He looks more comfortable coming off of screens and shooting which he did have some experience doing at Kansas.
Vasquez really isn't all that good. Isaiah Thomas has looked more impressive and has looked like a better fit for the personnel. Greivis really slows down an offense and is easier to double off of because he's slow and isn't much of a threat attacking close outs. He sucks defensively too.
Sacramento also has looked pretty decent in their execution. Them under Mike Malone is like night and day compared to their play under their recent incompetent coaches. The offense actually looks like it's structured with better spacing, screens and designed cuts that the players have to read before they make their move. Looks like the Kings finally found a good coach. Playing less players who like to catch and hold or dribble the crap out of the ball helps too (ahemTyreke). The paint is all Cousins', he's surrounded by shooters and he looks amazing.

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It's not like I said he can't

It's not like I said he can't play, I just don't know if he's going to be able to put good enough numbers to be the ROY. I also want to see how many plays the Kings are running for him during regular season, but he's pretty efficient coming off screens so that might be a good option for coach Malone.

I agree with Vasquez slowing down the pace of the offense and he also tends to overdribble sometimes and he's quite an unefficient scorer, I'm not a big fan of him, but still he's an unselfish point guard and ball handler, something the Kings lacked last year, with so many players hijacking their sets. I think he'd be better as a back up PG, but imho he's their best option.

I don't like Isaiah Thomas much, it's not like he's less of a defensive liability than Vasquez and while he can play faster I don't know how much they want that, since they're building their team around Cousins and sure he doesn't want to run up and down the court a lot. I also don't really think he's that great in terms of playmaking, if he's coming off the bench bringing instant offense and energy he's good, if he's starting then you have big problems.

I kinda like McCallum and I hope he manages to find some playing time, though he has a lot to work on his offensive game.

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McLemore hit 23 points last

McLemore hit 23 points last night.

He looks a lot better than he did in summer league.

12.6 ppg 3.6 rebounds in only about 24 mpg (19.1 ppg per 36 min) on 49% from the field and 41% from 3 point land. Pretty solid pre-season for Ben thus far.

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if kcp can get his shot to

if kcp can get his shot to fall I can see him in the debate his rebounding and defense is solid.

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KCP has looked flat out

KCP has looked flat out awful!

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Kelly Olynyk looks nice. Not

Kelly Olynyk looks nice. Not a big scoring game last night, but he still played well. His defense and rebounding looks a better than advertised and he has shown off his ability to run the floor well.

Oladipo is the best and could very easily have a Russell Westbrook-esque rookie year. Lots of energy and attacking the rim mixed in with lots of turnovers and missed shots. I have high hopes for him in the long run.

I haven't seen Philly play yet,so I wonder how good MCW is looking. I saw that he was barely turning the ball over at all early in the preseason and had some really efficient outings, so I wonder if his handle looks improved or he is just benefitting from the lack of intensity sometimes present in the preseason.

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Giannis

Giannis has looked the best of all the rookies. he wasn't suppose to be able to produce at all yet and he has easily been the most impressive

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I wouldn't say he has been

I wouldn't say he has been the best, as he has had some significant struggles on both ends of the floor, but he has exceeded expectations the most. Guys like Oladipo, Olynyk, and McLemore were all expected to be able to produce, and, while Steven Adams production is more of a surprise, he has shown the ability in the summer league and college to make athletic plays.

Giannis has been inconsistent in the results, but his shot-blocking has been outstanding, he has looked very capable running the pick-and-roll, and sprints the length of the floor continuously. He clearly has the right mentality on the court. But he has struggled with TOs and absorbing contact on both ends of the floor. It will still be a while before Giannis is an efficient NBA player, but you are right that his performance has been extremely impressive. It has not, however, been the best, unless you are scaling for expectations.

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I haven't watched any of the

I haven't watched any of the games, but Nick Calathes is supposed to look very solid running the backup point guard spot. He's a good passer and has had some decent assist games, but, unfortunately, he can't shoot.

Jamal Franklin has been impressive in limited minutes, from what I have heard.

If those two get playing time, then they could perform pretty well this year. But, that's the thing with rookies. Will they get enough minutes?

Speaking of rookies, what is the timetable for Nerlens Noel's return? Will he be back soon, or will he miss most/all of the year?
If he can play this year, I think he will be one of the better rookies. I am also looking forward to seeing how he plays with the Sixers' other young players like ET, Thad Young, MCW, and Tony Wroten.

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I also want to bring up Tim

I also want to bring up Tim Hardaway Jr. who has been putting the ball in the hoop well for New York. He's dropping 13 ppg and shooting 40% from 3. I don't expect him to keep up to this pace when the season starts, but I do think Hardaway Jr. will earn a spot in the Knicks lineup and have a very solid rookie year for a late 1st round pick.

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He's a confident shooter and

He's a confident shooter and he's shooting with no conscience. He should fit right in over there. I still have reservations about his handle and floor game though. He was getting torched on defense last night.

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Oladipo

To me, Victor Oladipo has been the best rookie thus far in the preseason. He has just played amazing. He plays stellar defense, is crazy athletic, has expanded his offensive game tremendously, and has even passed the ball with effective efficiency. I have loved what I have seen out of Victor Oladipo, and coming from an Illinois man, that's quite a rare thing for me to say. I can honestly see Victor challenging Jameer Nelson for the starting point guard position right from the get go, as opposed to later on in the year like most of us predicted.

Other impressive rookies:

Kelly Olynyk
Ben McLemore
Steven Adams
Giannis Antetekounpo

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Impressive

Well he's not "the most impressive rookie" but KCP has shown to be a pretty nice defensive player. He has also shown to be a good rebounder as well. As for his offense, he has to work on his shot. If he works on his shot, and learn to stop picking up cheap fouls he could be in the starting lineup by feb. In a way he reminds me of Eddie Jones. Siva is showing he was a steal at pick 56 but he has to cut down on his TO rate. Also, his height may hurt him at the next level. However, like KCP, he is showing he can be a pesky defender. His role will be similar to the Mike James/Lindsey Hunter role in detroit in time.

As for the most impressive rookie, Ben McLemore looked like a steal for the kings. Im really not that impressed with Oladipo but he showing he can handle playing PG. Which is a good thing because now the Magic can get rid of that awful, past his prime pg Jameer Nelson

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Best player in that draft is

Best player in that draft is Oladipo.
Bank on it.

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