No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin is the obvious, and best, pick for Rookie of the Year. The Clippers have plenty of scoring options, but his game is sophisticated enough that he'll always find ways to contribute, as he showed in the preseason.
The next-best candidates for the honor are Sacramento's Tyreke Evans and Minnesota's Jonny Flynn. Both point guards will be unwrapped as starters, and both have the athleticism and demeanor to handle the job. They're primarily playmakers, but they'll have to score to keep their teams from drowning in defeats.
The non-lottery picks most likely to surprise early are Atlanta's Jeff Teague (No. 19) and Chicago's Taj Gibson (26), both of whom will get meaningful minutes off the bench. And if DeJuan Blair's knees hold out, a lot of teams are going to have some explaining to do. He dropped to the seventh pick of the second round because of knee issues dating back to high school, not to mention the fact he's undersized and overweight for a power forward. But guess what? He was leading San Antonio in scoring and rebounding as the preseason drew to a close, and lottery-like in his production and aggression.
I have to be honest, I know last night was Teague's worst game of the pre-season, so I wouldn't want to base anything off just that game, but his jumper looks beyond broke. He went 0-15 and some of his jumpers were way off barely drawing rim. He finished the pre-season shooting just 34% and 9% on threes. I also saw him throwing some ugly airballs during a nuggets practice. But like I said, that's the only game i really saw and I wouldn't want to rip on him for just that, but is he really looking that good to you guys?
That's pretty bad but I still have high hopes on Teague ll... By the way... did you read this article? I'm surprise you didn't put forth your opinion in this...
I went to the game against the Wizards and I thought he was impressive. He has more PG skills than I thought and he's explosive. Also stronger than you'd think. His jumper is not good spotting up, but he's that weird player that shoots better off the dribble than spotting up. He doesn't have much range yet either, but he'll be a good player. Watch out for him next season if your expecting a good young player though because he's a little rough around the edges right now. Nobody on the Hawks played good from what I saw last night though so I wouldn't get too terribly worked up over that.
Even though Teague shot a decent three point percentage at Wake Forest, he's jumpshot is the weakest part of his game right now. He's improved there, but still has a long way to go. Iggy compared him to Devin Harris during one thread and I think that's a good comparison. He'll be just fine.
I agree with all the players you chose. I really hope Flynn has a good season & Sam Young is looking good.
Look out for the Lakers rookie, Toney Gaffney from UMass. Dude is sick.
(not really, but he is a laker)
i think brandon jennings might be one of the only, if the only, bright spot on the bucks this year. he averaged just under 11 ppg and his assist/turnover ratio is 2.2/1. And i havent heard of any character issues yet either. Any thoughts?
The real question is will he ever play for them?(not just blow-outs)
nope. if you stopped watching the laker games after the third quarter, then you would never know what Gaffey's jersey number is.
lol..im a laker fan and i pretty much stop watching after the third since they arent really trying to win the game but intead just tryna get everyone in game condition and work on a couple things...i think you need to add brandon jennings to that list..and he does have help in redd and bogut dont forget. also i think jeff got a taste of what the regular season will look like since orlando played there starters and main guys for a good portion of the game. i think he ha a very good future but some people on here have been overstating what hes gonna do based on preseason and not taking into account that hes a rookie and it will take him some time to get fully adjusted to not only the talent but the long nba season. on top of that mike bibby i still a factor..hes not over the hill and is a pretty good pg wit a new 3 year deal which is plenty of time for jeff to work on his pg skills and jumper. jeff is in a very good position where he can take his time learning and contribute when they need him to so he should be fine for the future. ..im not really suprised withhow taj is playing because i always felt he had a nice game just not awhole lot of up side.. i am suprised at blair though..i knew he could play but im pretty sure no one thought hed be doing what hes doing right now. blake has the most upide out of all of them but im not sure hes the leading canidate for rookie of the year because of the options the clipper have. rookie of the year pretty much goes to the guy with the higher numbers and i think that might be someone like evans since hes gonna have the ball in his hands the most, he likes to shoot alot, and hi team is very very bad so he will have many many chances( on a side note hes starting to look better at the pg position still got a ways to go by cutting down turnovers and pasing more,taking less shots, hopefully he start to figure out that he need to pass firt score second and the team has a better chance of winning)
TONEY DOUGLAS...steal of the draft
brandon jennings will be a better rookie than evans and flynn... also i wish the pistons got blair...
I think it's a toss-up between Griffin and Evans. If the Clippers make the playoffs or come really close, then Griffin gets it. If not, then it'll go to Evans.