As much as the NBA is shrinking in stature, size still trumps all. Otherwise, the average fan would have heard Trey Burke’s name many more times by now in regards to who should be selected first overall in next month’s Draft. Burke –who won just about every award this year aside from the Academy Award for Best Actor –even led the Michigan Wolverines back to the National Championship game, something that Continue reading
In the time since C.J. Leslie’s arrival in Raleigh, the Wolfpack (no Hangover pun intended) have been completely revitalized as a competitive collegiate basketball program. It’s no surprise, though, that most of N.C. State’s success has also hinged on the play of one of the nation’s more premier passers, Lorenzo Brown. Brown –who over his time at N.C. State helped to Continue reading
The only thing that’s arguably as good as a dominant guard, is one who can stop them. Bring up the ability to guard more than one position and athleticism and you’ll be speaking Vander Blue’s language, but add talks of offensive consistency and you’ll probably lose him. The 6’5″, 197 lb junior out of Marquette does have his high points, hoping to sell his rising stock Continue reading
The pure power forward position seems to be somewhat of a dying breed in the NBA today. Many teams are utilizing forwards that specialize in a single area like primarily rebounding, blocking, or scoring, but the combination of the all-around pure power forward hasn’t been seen as often as past eras. UNLV big man Anthony Bennett is bringing some love for the less often seen position back to the league, proving to be the best pure power forward in the draft class and drawing comparisons to the Cavaliers’ Continue reading
Not much is known about the interesting prospect from Greece –very few even know how to properly pronounce his name –but what we do know is that he’s an extremely interesting and intriguing player that will most likely hear his name called on Draft night. There must be something, though, that has “the Greek Freak” on everyone’s draft board, even while being labeled as one of the biggest Continue reading
In a league where wingspan and athleticism are becoming more prevalent, St. Joseph’s junior small forward C.J. Aiken is certainly bringing potential to the table. In fact, his fluid game and natural knack on the Continue reading
He may not be the most heralded big man in the draft, but Steven Adams sure knows how to make his presence known. Adams, the 7-foot freshman out of Pitt, is entering the NBA Draft at a time that some might say is too premature for the young New Zealander. After only one collegiate season during which he averaged 7.2 ppg and 6.3 rpg, though, it seems that Adams may be entering the league at just the right Continue reading
Thirteen other fan bases around the league can fume as much as they please, but the fact remains that the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night for the second time in three years. Also, as much as those other fan bases say, the Lottery is –in fact –not rigged (see below).
Yet the order is now set, and every draft prospect who’s hoping to hear their name called on June 27 will probably Continue reading
Every superhero is only as good as his sidekick. Well, even if it’s not true, I’d like to think that’s how Nate Brown (founder of Rookie Class) and myself operate when it comes to the NBA. As the newest member of the Class, consider these my first playing minutes off the bench where you can get a taste of what I’m all about.
My name is Connor Getz, and I am currently a senior at Springfield College majoring in Communications/Sports Journalism. Along with my love of basketball I have a natural knack and passion for the world of entertainment. I write TV show and movie reviews for MassLive.com’s Entertainment section and for the campus newspaper, The Springfield Student. My campus endeavors also include directing and producing the SCTV3 live weekly news show. My favorite TV show is Lost, and my favorite movie is Silence of the Lambs, but let’s get back to ball.
Growing up in a family with extremely little sports interest (especially NBA) gave me the blank slate I needed to choose my own teams and favorite player, however, that loss of influence prolonged my love of sports and basketball until I was 10. For Christmas I got a PlayStation 2 and it didn’t take long to get my hands on NBA Live 2003 with Jason Kidd on the cover in a (then New Jersey) Nets jersey. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with basketball in a time when the NBA Live franchise was much stronger than it is now.Rather quickly, my passion for the Cleveland Cavaliers grew exponentially fueled by the athletic Darius Miles. Despite his short career and problems both on and off the court, he was my hero and is responsible for my extreme loyalty to the wine and gold.
The question I receive most often is: “Are you still a Cavs fan without LeBron?”, to which my answer is: “I was a Cavs fan before LeBron, I’ll be one long after”.
It’s especially fitting my first post is today as Cleveland has won the first overall pick in the draft for the second time in the last three years. I love what they’ve been doing to rebuild. Drafting Kyrie Irving was huge, Dion Waiters has provided the necessary firepower, Anderson Varejao was starting to make huge changes in his all-around game before his season-ending injury, the trade with the Grizzlies gave them Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington who are excellent relief from the bench, and role players like Tristan Thompson and C.J. Miles are beginning to get comfortable in their roles as well.
The player talent is obviously there and the young guns are beginning to blossom, but the head coaching position has left me scratching my head for a few reasons. First of all, Mike Brown was fired the year that LeBron took his sorry keister to Miami which is understandable because Cleveland wanted to do a lot of cleaning of the James-era to start over fresh. Cue Byron Scott, a phenomenal talent during his players years and two-time Coach of the Year.
Over his short two-year stint with the Cavs, Scott seemed to be responsible for the increasing talent of the players as individuals and as a team, that’s why there’s no surprise that fans as well as Scott himself were shocked to hear that he was fired just last month. But, for who? Mike Brown is back and it’s by no means a move that I’m upset with, but genuinely confused by. Give Scott the reigns of a young, up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference and then strip it away for the return of the man you fired only two years ago. The formula is mind-boggling, but all I know is that as long as Kyrie is still the general, Cleveland is in good hands.
I’m excited to be a part of NBA Rookie Class, and am thankful Nate has brought me on! It’s going to be fun bringing you guys all the latest on the great young talent in the league. Don’t forget to follow me individually on Twitter @C_G_FOE and NBA Rookie Class on Facebook and Twitter @NBARookieClass.
For continued coverage of the NBA’s rookies, keep visiting NBA Rookie Class. Also, stay tuned as we begin to look towards the next year of rookies and the 2013 NBA Draft!
It’s difficult to ask for a rookie to help carry an NBA team in the postseason. Yet instead of just one rookie, Golden State will need the help of three.
Harrison Barnes, the 7th overall draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, along with Draymond Green (35th overall) and Festus Ezeli (30th overall) will be expected to contribute beyond their years if the Warriors hope to advance past their Conference Semifinal matchup with the well experienced San Antonio Spurs.
Aside from the Zen-like sorcery-type comeback that the Spurs pulled off in Game 1 (where they came back from a double-digit deficit to win 129-127 in double overtime), the rookies seem more than up for the task at hand.
Barnes finished Game 1 with an impressive Continue reading