Rookie Impact: Golden State’s Success Hinges on Barnes, Green, and Ezeli

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.

The Warriors' rookies played big the other night; now it's time for them to take over (www.nba.com)

The Warriors’ rookies played big the other night; now it’s time for them to take over (www.nba.com)

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

Rookie Recap: Pablo Prigioni Helps New York Knicks Rout Indiana Pacers

Don't Laugh.  Prigioni may not be the youngest rookie, but he's played great lately. (latino.foxnews.com)

Don’t Laugh. Prigioni may not be the youngest rookie, but he’s played great lately. (latino.foxnews.com)

While most will look to Carmelo Anthony’s efficient all-around performance from Tuesday night’s mauling of the Indiana Pacers, many others will need to look past the “Top Performers” to see where the focus at NBA Rookie Class lies.

Pablo Prigioni, the 36-year-old undrafted rookie from Argentina, had quite the night for the New York Knicks, as he scored 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3PT), grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and didn’t Continue reading

Rookie Impact: Barnes Fills Void, Helps Warriors Tie Series

Dubs rookie Harrison Barnes stepped up in David Lee's abscence, but he'll have to keep it going. (cleveland.com)

Dubs rookie Harrison Barnes stepped up in David Lee’s abscence, but he’ll have to keep it going. (cleveland.com)

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

Rookie Impact: Bucks’ Henson Not Given His Due

This one is already in the bag.

After last night’s resounding 12-point victory in favor of the champs, this one is in the bag.

Heck, this one was in the bag after Game 1.

Even worse, this series was over before the first round best-of-seven matchup even began.

Maybe it's time to let Milwaukee's young buck John Henson throwdown (jsonline.com)

Maybe it’s time to let Milwaukee’s young buck John Henson throwdown (jsonline.com)

With that in mind, why is Milwaukee continuing to start the struggling veteran Luc Mbah a Moute over the suddenly-hot rookie John Henson?Henson, the 14th overall pick out of the University of North Carolina in the 2012 Draft, has faced his share of trials and tribulations throughout his rookie campaign. Only playing in 63 of the Bucks’ regular-season contests, Henson averaged 6.0 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 13.1 minutes per contest. Per 36 minutes, Henson’s numbers would inflate to 16.5 ppg and 12.9 rpg, along with 1.9 bpg.

Yet, for whatever reason, the Milwaukee brass Continue reading

Rookies Reassigned: Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III Back With OKC Thunder

 

Well, look who's back in town; the Thunder recalled Lamb and Jones III one day after sending them to Tulsa(thelostogle.com)

Well, look who’s back in town; the Thunder recalled Lamb and Jones III one day after sending them to Tulsa(thelostogle.com)

While NBA Rookie Class may have been on top of the ball with the breaking news of Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III getting assigned to the Tulsa 66ers for the semifinals of the D-League playoffs, we completely air-balled the two rookies getting recalled to the Thunder a day later.

After a one game appearance, Lamb and Jones III –who were assigned to Tulsa on April 19 –were reassigned to the Thunder, joining them as they began their playoff run against the Houston Rockets April 21. While Lamb was not a member of the rotation in Oklahoma City’s 120-91 throwdown Continue reading

Rookie Recap: Trail Blazers’ Future On Display, John Jenkins Struggles

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

Conclusion of NBA Regular Season Provides Opportunities for Rookies

Houston's Terrence Jones drives against Detroit's Greg Monroe.  Jones has played well as of late, which could lead to more playing time in the postseason (kentuckysportsradio.com)

Houston’s Terrence Jones drives against Detroit’s Greg Monroe. Jones has played well as of late, which could lead to more playing time in the postseason (kentuckysportsradio.com)

The National Basketball Association is days away from concluding its regular season in fine fashion, with plenty still left to play for in these final hours. Teams are still jockeying for position in the postseason field, the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are still both desperately trying to make the postseason, and the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats will be duking it out (in separate games) to see who claims the title of Most Futile Franchise for the 2012-2013 season.

With so much taking place in the seasons’ final days, it’s easy to forget that there is still plenty more at stake for the NBA’s rookies. Continue reading