Many new young, explosives guards and forwards in the league have begun to show sparks of their true potential (Paul George, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, James Harden). James Ennis, a 6’7″ senior out of Long Beach State, is hoping to channel some of that potential in his own game, reflective of the previously mentioned cast of characters. It might come surprising to some, but he’s actually working with some 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
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
When Warriors forward David Lee went down with a torn right hip flexor Saturday night in Golden State’s first playoff game of the postseason against the Denver Nuggets, many was unknown about the Dubs immediate future.Would David Lee be able to return? And if not, who would step up to fill the void he left behind?Answers to both of those questions now seem pretty obvious.
Harrison Barnes played a huge role in helping Golden State to Continue reading
The two most outstanding rookies of April –and possibly the two biggest surprises of the 2012 NBA Draft –were awarded the Kia Rookie of the Month Award on Friday. The winners, Chris Copeland of the New York Knicks and Eastern Conference recipient and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Western Conference recipient, were by far the most dominant rookies of the month of April. Both players posted multiple career-highs during the month (Copeland for points and minutes played, and Lillard for points and blocks) and gained plenty of experience that should carry over into next season.
Copeland, an undrafted rookie from Colorado who’s traveled far and wide to make it to the NBA, was not expected to deliver much off the bench when the season began; however, due to a combination of timely shooting, injuries, and sudden retirements, Copeland has made his presence in New York felt, and should be a key contributor for the Knicks in their first-round playoff matchup with the Boston Celtics. Continue reading
Team Shaq is going home sad tonight. For the second time in as many years, Team Chuck came out on top, overcoming the lack of the first overall draft pick for the second year in a row, and not having the opportunity to have Kyrie Irving play for him again this year.
Regardless of which Team you were rooting for tonight, everyone came out a winner. Both squads featured the best young talent in the league, and it showed tonight…on the offensive side of the ball. In terms of statistics, this night was fantastic: Team Chuck 163-Team Shaq 135 with both teams shooting at least 62% from the field. Numbers aside, it was a great way for the nation to see just how much the League’s rookies have grown in their short time in the season. Here’s a running commentary/breakdown of tonight’s first-half action that can only make us salivate about what’s to come throughout the rest of this weekend: Continue reading
For quite awhile now, we here at NBA Rookie Class have tried to secure an interview with some of your favorite NBA rookies in the hopes of getting them to share some of their early career experiences with you, the readers.
Unfortunately, we don’t have enough pull yet to land ourselves that breakthrough interview. Thankfully, though, our good friends over at Sound Cloud have!
With that in mind, we bring you a recent interview with Golden State Warriors’ rookie Harrison Barnes. Barnes has been enjoying a solid start to his career, having already recorded three double-doubles and career highs of 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Barnes also had himself the posterizing play of the month of November.
In his interview, Barnes talks about his ferocious slam, playing alongside of fellow rookies Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green, and much more.