After a rousing week of more player profiles and Draft related conversations, Nate and Connor decided to take another stab at a mock draft. Once again, the mock only covers the first round, yet there have been many changes from the week before, including one of the guys’ first overall selections: Continue reading
Here at NBA Rookie Class, it’s about time a bit of a rivalry began. Both fortunately and unfortunately, the staff gets along pretty well, and has no qualms with one another. Yet, when it comes to mock draft’s, everyone thinks Continue reading
For many basketball fans, yesterday seemed most likely seemed like the end of a long and trying journey. Fourteen teams now ready themselves for May 21st, when they hope that they can call themselves winners in one of the wackiest annual games of ping-pong known to mankind; sixteen more will continue to battle for league supremacy and the NBA Championship.
Meanwhile, here at NBA Rookie Class, our season is neither ending nor our postseason beginning; instead, we’re simply savoring the continued excellence of so much new talent in the league, and the bright future so many individuals have –whether they are playing for a ring or not.Yesterday’s regular season finale offered the average viewer minimal opportunities to watch their team’s stars play, as many squads took the time to let their veterans rest. And while the veterans are away, the rookies will come to play. Continue reading
By now, most franchises have a general understanding of whether or not their team has made the playoffs (unless you’re Utah –which always seems to have every game and season decided in the 11th hour –and Los Angeles –which has a flair for the dramatics).
For some, it is a time to rest the stars and let the kids go out and play, as was the case for the Atlanta Hawks last night. Continue reading
It’s been quite the All-Star Weekend for our NBA rookies. After an impressive Friday night of BBVA action, the League’s newst talent took center stage during Saturday night’s line-up of events.
Out of the four events that took place in Houston last night (Shooting Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, and the Dunk Contest), two of the events were won by rookies. Continue reading
It’s a sad day when reality sets in. For some of our rookies, that day has already come.
Three rookies from around the league were recently sent down to their organizations’ respective D-League teams in the hopes of getting the players more playing time and experience.
Several first-round draft picks from this years NBA Draft, including 12th overall pick Jeremy Lamb, 13th overall pick Kendall Marshall, and 23rd overall pick John Jenkins, all Continue reading
How’d the rookies perform last night? Here’s a recap of the best and worst from October 18th.
Yesterday was the first taste of many for the incoming rookie class. The top three draft picks all saw playing time, and faced much more serious competition than they’ve previously seen in college and the Summer League. Here’s a breakdown of the rookies’ performances from yesterday’s games:
Boston Celtics 105 — Emporio Armani Milano 75
Washington Wizards 88 — Charlotte Bobcats 100
Miami Heat 79 — Atlanta Hawks 92
Orlando Magic 80 — New Orleans Hornets 85
Golden State Warriors 110 — Los Angeles Lakers 83
All four Celtics rookies saw action against their European opponent yesterday. Jared Sullinger, who got the start, led the way with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block in 18 minutes of play, as he tries to work his way into a permanent role as a starter. Kris Joseph and Fab Melo only scored a combined 2 points in 12 minutes, as the starters and other bench players ahead of them on the depth chart (i.e., Jeff Green and Darko Milicic) had much more productive afternoons, giving the rooks little time to show their stuff. Also, super-rookie Dionte Christmas saw some solid action coming off of the end of the C’s very deep bench; he recorded 9 points and 4 rebounds in only nine minutes of play.
Charlotte’s second overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist squared off against third overall pick Bradley Beal’s Wizards, with the upstart Cats getting the win, thanks in part to MKG’s effort on the defensive end. This steal led to an easy two points, en route to Kidd-Gilchrist finishing the day with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Fellow rookie Jeffrey Taylor scored a single point in a mere two minutes of action. Beal, however, had the most impressive numbers on the day, as he led all scorers with 18 points off of the bench.
The returning champion Heat feature no incoming rookies on this years roster, and all those on the Hawks roster were healthy scratches in yesterday’s lineup. First round pick John Jenkins, second round pick Mike Scott, and super-rookie Keith Benson all observed yesterdays matchup, in what one assumes is a ploy by head coach Larry Drew to have the players watch and learn before hitting the hardwood.
First overall pick Anthony Davis made his preseason debut with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes as a starter as he and fellow rookie Austin Rivers (10 points, 1 assist) helped contribute to a late comback by NO. Darius Miller also added 5 efficient points off the bench in a quick eight minutes of work. The Magic’s incoming rookies Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O’Quinn didn’t experience as much success, as the two combined for 4 points off the bench in 24 minutes of work. Fifteenth overall pick Maurice Harkless (received in the Dwight Howard trade) is recovering from a sports hernia and did not play.
Two of Golden State’s three rookies played high-efficiency games in the teams win over the Dwight-less Lakers. Festus Ezeli recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block and a plus/minus of (+20) on the day, while Harrison Barnes scored 13 points off the bench and finished with a plus/minus of (+22). The Warriors’ other rookie Draymond Green sat out the game with left knee inflamation. In Dwight’s place, the 2012 Draft’s Mr. Irrelevant Robert Sacre got the start in Superman’s place and finished the day with 6 points and 4 rebounds, but also 4 fouls in only 18 minutes. Sacre did, however, score off a beautiful highlight reel pass from Steve Nash. Other Lakers rookie Darius Johnson-Odom played a brief six minutes, recording only 2 points.