NBA All-rookie teams
We are a bit into the season now, who do you think will make the all-rookie teams ?
I think Ross gets some minutes towards the end of the season. If Kevin Martin goes down injured I would put JLamb in there.
Others: Singler, Ezeli, Henson, Jeff Taylor, Crowder, Rivers, Sullinger. T-Rob might arise if Cousins is traded.
Thoughts / Comments ?
Good list! I don't believe the rookie teams are selected based on position tho. (?) But I think ross will make a case for himself by the end of the season.
Looked it up. Position does not matter 2009-10 rookie team had 3 point guards. However your top 5 still stands
What! No love for Shved from the Wolves, even in your others list. He is playing way better than Rivers
Had a feeling i might have missed a couple of players worthy of a mention...
i don't wanna bring this up again but where's bradley beal's shot? i thought it was gonna come around soon?? still only 30% from 3 and 36% from field.
Good list! I'd put Waiters on 1st team over Beal. Beal is just starting to warm up, but Waiters has been very good all season...
I think Andrew Nicholson will begin to get more minutes and begin to put up bigger numbers, Good scorer in the post. I bet he finishes with a better season than Zeller.
Ross and Shved are better than Beal...
and JLamb is on OKC homie
Some Rookies come in straight away and do well, others take a while to develop. Beal, Brandon Knight, T.Thompson, Harkless are just a few that will take time to develop.
Zeller played 4 years at college, Singler played 4 years, then a year in Europe. When you watch these two play, they have a good bball IQ and make less mistakes than usual rookies. On the downside their potential isn't as high as some of these one and done college stars....
Brad Beal took a while to get used to the college game, I think it will take him a while to get used to the pro format.
I would say that Waiters has to be on the 1st Team especially over Brad Beal. Waiters has to share the ball with Irving, if Waiters was playing for the Wizards he would probably be averaging closer to 18ppg, while shooting a terrible % but so is Beal.
I wouldn't be surprised if Henson sneaks in the 2nd team. He's a stud on the low.
Yeah Henson is very underrated talent. He's a terrible fit right now on the Bucks I have no idea why they drafted him with Larry Sanders, Epke Udoh, and Ersan already on their roster.
Don't forget Dalembert and Gooden. Their logjam at the PF-C positions is wild. But I guess that's a problem some teams like to have.
I think Waiters over Drummond. I do believe Drummond deserves to be though. I just think the people who decide won't put him on the first team, because he doesn't play as many minutes.
I think there's 5 guys at the moment who are locks to make the first team- no one has even got close production-wise:
Second team is a bit more fluid- I guess, especially with rookies, it depends what you want to reward- good stats, no shot selection? Good numbers in limited minutes? Actually helping a team win? Anyways, here's my 5:
Barnes- closest to the first team- putting up good numbers and playing good basketball, starting for a winning team
Valanciunas- has looked shaky but not a disastrous first season, with a lot of expectation (and minutes) on his shoulders
Singler- has really helped Detroit to improve, addressing their main needs (shooting, control, IQ)
Beal- Shot hasn't been there, but nigh on everything else has. Will improve.
Waiters- To be honest, I hate his game, and I wish he wasn't on this team. But at the moment, he is, purely by his production in the minutes he's getting. Hopefully Chris Copeland will get some burn and overtake him.
Honourable mention to Jeff Taylor, who I hope will pick up his early season form, when he looked like a steal. Added defense and shooting to a Bobcats squad that desparately needed it. I think he'll stick around in this league.
You gotta have Shved first team, right now he is a better plalyer then Waiters and Beal. Once his shot becomes more consistent (which it will) and you match it with his playmaking ability and impresive basketball IQ he could turn out to be one of the best players out of this rookie class (best part is he was undrafted).
Andrew Nicholson has yet to be mentioned and has been averaging 7.6 ppg 3.2 rpg on 54% and 80% from the line, in only 15 minutes per game. Since December he's been averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds in the same 15 minute span. The dude is super effecient experienced and as his minutes increase down the stretch of the season, I think he'll be a 10 ppg guy by the end of the season.
In games he's played over 20 minutes per game ( 7 and never over 27 minutes ) he's averaged 14.8 ppg 6.6 rpg. Nicholson has been producing at a pretty stellar clip all season, but has yet to get the consistant minutes or press to really gain much attention. Orlando will not make the playoffs, so I think he'll really see a spike in minutes in March and April and will finish the year at around 11 ppg and 5 rpg. I think he'll be a 1st or 2nd teamer.
Beal is averaging 18-4-3 on 44% and 55% on 3's for the month of January
May be shooting myself in the foot here, but one guy who (when given play time) has impressed me is Chris Copeland. Yeah he plays behind Melo and is probably not worthy or a 1st or 2nd team honor but if an injury occurs, you never know. In the 6 games this year that he has played 20+ minutes, the dude has averaged close to 17 points a game. Shooting about 39% from 3 and 49% from the field while shooting 79% from the line, he has shown some true offensive talent. Just throwing it out there.