How are your guys favorite rookies playing?
My three favorites are Barnes, Drummond and Wroten.
Barnes has been really good as of late, as he finally has gotten consistent playing time. His last three games he's averaging 16.3 ppg 7.7 rpg and shooting over 50% from the floor. He deep ball hasn't really been falling too much, but he's still producing and doing so really efficiently for a rookie.
Season averages: 27 mpg 10.7 ppg 4 rpg 1.4 apg 48.2 FG% 30 3pt% 76 FT%
While Barnes has been heating up due to getting good minutes, Drummond is seeing the opposite happen to him. He has played less then 20 minutes in each of his last four games, but despite this is still having a fairly productive year. He's showing a lot of promise and when he eventually does get the minutes he needs I think he's going to thrive. He's also showing improvement at the free throw line (50% still sucks but it's way up from the 29% he shot last season), and he hasn't fouled at a ridiculous rate like most raw athletic big men do so frequently.
Season averages: 15.4 mpg 6.5 ppg 4.7 rpg 1 bpg 69.8 FG% 50 FT%
Wroten has played 3 games and has yet to score a point. Looks he won't be doing anything significant for awhile.
Also a shoutout to JoeWolf1 for this predictions accuracy so far. He said Waiters would average 13 ppg and 38 FG%, Waiters right now is at 13.7 ppg and 38.8 FG%, so that's a hell of a call.
Still waitin on Terrence Ross to steal Landry fields minutes..., other than that my hometown bobcats got a great player in MKG. He'd been better than advertised and is really looking like a lockdown defender already as a rookie, Jeff Taylor looks good also. Wasn't a fan of Bradley Beal and now he's showings why. For the third pick you want more than a complementary player especially in this loaded class; he has no ISO moves and his shooting is not as good as advertised hope he gets it together than John Wall comes back. Festus Ezili is looking really good for the warriors
If I had to pick a 4th favorite player it would've been MKG. I'm glad he's doing well, and Charlotte isn't even a joke anymore due to his play as well as the rise of Kemba and a few others.
Mike Dunlap did a great job developing St. Johns last year and is doing a solid job developing his nba players this year. I don't think he is the type of coach that draws up great plays or a great motivator but he can simply make players better, I think he will be a nba coach for a long time.
I agree Drummond has looked alot better then I was expecting. I thought he looked awful in summer league and has made huge strides since then, very promising for a 19 year old. Dion Waiters is looking like a stud though. Shooting 46% from deep and putting up close to 15 a night. Cleveland is about to be very good in a couple years.
Alexey Shved has been much better than expected.
He hasnt shot the ball well this year, but he was a good shooter overseas and it is supposed to be a strength so his percentages will improve as the season moves along. He is driving and attacking the hoop very well and is finishing at the rim. His basketball awareness is fantastic. He is like Rubio where he creates plays for others and gets them open shots. Him and Kirilenko have great chemistry. His defense has also been a pleasant surprise. He has already earned Adelman's trust and has been running the offense in the 4th quarter and leads the team in 4th quarter scoring. It is going to be very fun to watch him and Rubio in the backcourt together.
Well he is a rookie so even if the percentages don't go up this year, they almost certainly will as his career goes on. His numbers per 36 min are really good: 16.1 ppg 4.8 rpg 6.5 apg, which are great starter numbers. Those will obviously drop quite a bit when Rubio and Love come back, but he's made a really nice transition to the NBA.
MKG, Davis, White, JLamb, Acy, Crowder and John Jenkins were my favs.
MKG, Crowder and Davis have exceeded my expetations. Disappointed with Royce White - not sure if he will have an NBA career now. I still think the others will have an NBA career and I still have faith in JLamb beiing a good SG in this league.
I also said Waiters, Barnes, PJones and Drummond will not be all-stars like alot of ppl on here were going on about, I still stand by that prediction....
My favorite rookies, of the 2012 class, are Thomas Robinson, Anthony Davis, and Jeremy Lamb.
Everyone knows how Davis is doing, he's showing even more offensive production than I thought he would get as a rookie. He's looking like a true franchise guy IMO.
Robinson has struggled a little, but I thought he might. His Junior season in college was the first time, since high school, he had played more than 14 mpg. I figured he'd take a while to adjust, and this is very evident by his elbow throw on Jonas Jerebko. The fouls are his obvious downside, and reason why he's only on the court about 17 mpg. The upside is that he's shooting 50% and 5th on the team in rebounds and steals. Since his suspension, he's avearging 6.7 ppg 3.3 rpg on 64% shooting. I really do think his numbers will resemble Kenneth Faried's rookie production, by years end, but he's adjusting as of now.
Jeremy Lamb, well, despite my wishful thinking on my rookie predictions, he still plays for OKC and OKC traditionally doesn't play rookies. He's barely seen the floor.
Y2G, thanks for the shoutout, it's a long season, but I did get a lot of hate for predicting those numbers for him, despite a hot start. He started hot, and has really been playing poor lately to bring him down there, but I honestly do think that is where he'll level out for the season.
random question, when you thought of those numbers where you thinking about Dajuan Wagner? They are kinda (I said kinda) similar players and I believe Wagner was somewhere around their his rookie year.
Honestly, he was a guy I looked at when making those predictions just due to the fact he shot a lot, had an opportunity to play a lot and didn't do much for rebounding and assists. I normally think of a few guys that a player reminds me of, look at how they adjusted to the NBA as rookies, and make my predicition.
Good call, he was one of the guys I looked at when making a prediction for Waiters.
Crowder was my favorite player last year and he's done exactly what i anticipated thus far, come off the bench and provide offense and 3 point shooting for the 2nd unit...he can do a lot of things at a high level
Based on his limited minutes so far this season he looks like he's going to be a special player. He can block shots with the best of them and he gets a ton of offensive rebounds which is a good sign for the future.
MKG - roughly as expected so far so good.
Jonas V - same.
Terrence Jones - Just starting playing (funnily enough as soon as McHale is absent). Had a sick dunk WITH HIS RIGHT HAND against the Lakers last night. He's going to be good.
Woulda had Perry Jones and/or Royce White in here but they're not getting the minutes.