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
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
After career games in the season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, Oklahoma City’s rookies Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III found themselves in transit to Tulsa for the first round of the D-League Playoffs, as the 66ers take on the Rio Grande Vipers. While it’s unfortunate that the rooks won’t be in attendance for OKC’s first round matchup with the Houston Rockets -where they could have witnessed the playoffs first hand and possibly play some off the bench -it will be better for both players to gain some postseason experience, regardless of the level of competition. 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
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
Yesterday was a great day to be big. Young bigs all around the league found themselves contributing to their teams in preseason action yesterday, as we creep steadily closer towards the regular season opener on October 30th. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of some of the rookies’ performances from yesterday:
Player(s) of the Game:
This award goes to three rookies who played well yesterday in the limited time they saw: 28th overall pick Perry Jones III of the Oklahoma City Thunder, 54th overall pick Tornike Shengelia of the Brooklyn Nets, and 9th overall pick Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons. Jones III had 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting with 5 assists of the bench for OKC. Shengelia led the way with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 26 minutes of play. Drummond also played well off the bench, scoring 9 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Drummond’s most impressive stat of the night, however, might have been his 4 blocks; Drummond was also foul free for the evening.
Jones III has increased his scoring output in all three games with an improved shooting percentage each game. Jones III also flashed a bit of his all-around game yesterday with the assists, to go along with 4 rebounds, a steal and a block. Jones, who was sometimes criticized going into the Draft for not putting in the effort at the collegiate level, has been pleasantly surprising this preseason. Much of his work, however, has been during the abscence of key players, meaning that his minutes (and, therefore, his numbers) will probably drop when certain players return.
Very little has been said about Shengelia this offseason, as the Nets clearly have a set starting rotation with several key backups (MarShon Brooks, Andray Blatche) already in place. Yet Shengelia showed as to why he should be left on the roster as a possible 11th or 12th man to provide depth and a scoring spark at multiple forward positions.
Drummond’s impressive night has also helped to quiet doubters who have said he’s not ready for the next level. Drummond’s plus-minus on the night was +24, a sign that he worked well with everyone he stepped on the court with last night, and that his 4 blocks truly made a difference.
End of the Bench, Rook:
Charlotte rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a rough outing last night with only 3 points on 0-of-4 shooting in 18 minutes of starter’s play last night. While Kidd-Gilchrist grabbed 5 rebounds, it was all-for-naught in helping Charlotte’s cause, as they fell hard to the Oklahoma City Thunder. MKG will continue to get the starts as he is the best available option for the Bobcats, but it seems he’s now reaching the inevitable “struggle-bus” of being a rookie.
Keep an Eye On:
Robert Sacre of the Los Angeles Lakers recorded another start for the Purple and Gold. With Dwight Howard and Jordan Hill both out with injuries, Sacre is gaining valuable experience with some of the best in the league, including Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and Paul Gasol. Sacre was also a very efficient 2-of-3 from the floor last night with 4 rebounds and a block.
Kyle O’Quinn of the Orlando Magic also showed off his intangibles side last night. While O’Quinn struggled from the floor shooting only 2-of-7, he did record 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, further cementing his value to the team, even as the 49th overall draft pick.Also, John Henson of the Milwaukee Bucks suffered a knee injury during yesterday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls, when he collided with teammate Mike Dunleavy going for a rebound at the end of the 3rd quarter. The terms of the injury were undisclosed, but Henson did not return to the game.
A big day for the big men. What will they do next?