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I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

Posted on: January 21, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: January 25, 2010 11:25 am
Rookie Rankings! 
- as of 1/21/10
1. Tyreke Evans - Wowza. After a slow start he has exploded to the tune of 20-5-5. Those are all-star numbers in case you’re wondering. It'll be interesting to see if he maintains that pace now that Kevin Martin is back. What if Memphis had taken him, which is a plausible scenario given his Tennessee roots? They'd have passed OKC and Portland as the hottest young team in the league.
2. Brandon Jennings - Dude has cooled off a ton after a totally psychotic (and unrealistic) start, just as the Bucks have as a whole. That being said, he's still playing monster minutes and being allowed to shoot at will. At this point he's looking like the SOD at #10. The most criminal offense of all: the Knicks passed on him. The same team that coveted PG Ricky Rubio and scorer Stephen Curry, both because of their respective games and ability to fill seats, let the guy who could have filled all three roles go...for another guy who you won't see anywhere on this list.
3. Jonny Flynn - Flashes of brilliance followed up with flashes of stupidity, par for the rookie course. The talent, attitude and top flight athletic ability are there just waiting to be harnessed. His 14 pts and 4 assists, though solid, is inferior to Jennings' 18-6 but consider this: Jennings is averaging 5 more minutes a game and has taken a stunning 141 more shots! Pro-rate that out and their stats are virtually identical. Now dream big and imagine that the Wolves have a couple of wings who can hit a mid-range jumpshot and his numbers really skyrocket.
4. Stephen Curry - Like everyone else in a Don Nelson offense, his numbers are inflated beyond their actual performance level. Curry has been ok, definitely solid for a rook, but he's pretty much looking like the limited ceiling pick he was projected to be. In any other system it would be really hard to see how he would survive defensively as either a 2-guard or a point guard. Good thing he's not in any other system.
5. Omri Casspi - There's a lot of buzz around this guy and I admit he has been good, but I'm not sold yet. He has played 35+ minutes thirteen times already this year. He's played 40+ minutes five times. It's impressive and rare that a rook would yield such a heavy dose of minutes, but it also tempers the excitement around his moderately large stat outputs. Any 6'9" NBA player, when given 40 minutes a game, should be able to average 12 points and 5 rebs. 

6. DeJuan Blair - He had no business falling as far as he did in the draft, bad knees or no. His play has exceeded his statistical output in every way. He's been able to contribute big minutes for a top team in the mighty Western Conference and smoothly bridge the gaps in which Tim Duncan is not on the floor. That's hard enough for a veteran to do, let alone an apparently broken down rookie. 
7. James Harden - He's been pretty ho-hum so far. 9 points, 3 rebs and 2 assists is hardly what you expect out of the #3 overall pick. He's getting pretty good minutes, too. The problem is he isn't getting a lot of shots, which is largely due to the fact that Russell Westbrook is a shooting guard trapped in a point guard's body. At Arizona State, Harden showed he needs a high volume of shots to be effective, which he isn't going to get behind Durant and Westbrook. Consequently, I wouldn’t be surprised to see trade-happy OKC GM, Sam Presti, move Harden as soon as this year while his stock is still high. 
8. Jonas Jerebko - I almost forgot the Pistons were playing this year given how little coverage they’ve received. Apparently, Ben Gordon and Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer don't do much for national audiences. Even still, this dude has been a good bit player for them. Averaging 9 points and 5 rebs, he's basically on pace with what Rudy Fernandez did as a rook, minus all the publicity.
9. DeMar DeRozan - DeRozan makes this list by default because basically there aren't any more rookies consistently doing anything productive. We all sort of knew this slow start would happen. DeRozan is so talented, yet so unrefined that it will take a couple of years before this guy does or does not materialize into what he is capable. He will, however, compete in this year's dunk contest. Reminds me a bit of Gerald Green in that regard. Here's hoping DeRozan turns out nothing like Gerald Green!
10. Ty Lawson - In a short (no pun initially intended, then I realized it was a pun, then I decided to leave it in. Lawson is short) amount of time Lawson has proved three things. 1) He will never be an All-Star. 2) He will have a long career as an effective backup PG. 3) He was a great value pick at #18. Good job,  Denver!
And now, individual honors for the excluded…
Close But No Cigars - Tyler Hansbrough, Taj Gibson, Sam Young, Chase Budinger, Wayne Ellington. If these guys were just a little better they would have made the list. But they're not, so they must endure the humiliation of the Honorable Mention designation.
Too Bad, So Sad - Blake Griffin. What a buzzkill? With Greg Oden and now Griffin, Derrick Rose is all that stands between a #1 overall pick curse theory.
What The Fudge? - Jordan Hill. Seriously, what the fudge New York?
I Sorta Get It, But Seriously, What The Fudge - Hasheem Thabeet. I mean, I sorta get, but seriously Memphis, what the fudge?
I Was Drafted In The Lottery And You've Already Forgotten I Exist - Gerald Henderson. I'm sorry, who?
Given The Disastrous State Of My Team I Should Be Putting Up Some Pretty Good Numbers Because I Was A Lottery Pick Which Implies I Am Talented And Really, What Better Options Do They Have? But Inspite Of All Of That I'm Not Doing Shiz - Terrence Williams. This guy is a little inexplicable. And the Nets owe him millions.

Have a good life.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2010 5:53 pm

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

i too, am highly fucking offended by your fucking use of fucking profanity.  however, i fucking think those fucking douchebags are fucking pussies too.  blog on blogster

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2010 11:30 am

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

Wow. Two people complain about the use of some casual profanity. Stunning. You read an entire blog about rookies and then you run across the F-word and lose all sensibility. Simply stunning. Then you call for me to be banned? Seriously stunning.

I wonder, is it tough only watching G rated movies?

Is it difficult going through life with ear muffs permanently on?

Is it a challenge to be such an overly sensitive pussy?

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2010 11:26 am

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

Personally I see Tyreke as an interesting study in NBA players.  I think he has a less complete game than Jennings or Flynn (or Blair for that matter) but what he does he does at an all star level right now.  Thus I agree with the rankings but I would like to put a caveat that I still think that Jennings or Flynn might turn out to be better pros in 10-15 years.  Evans has otherwordly slashing/finishing skills and top shelf defense.  I actaully see him as an evolution of Scottie Pippen not as a true point-gaurd but a point-forward.  However with that said Pippen developed a very servicable midrange game and played with Micheal Jordan.  For Evans to maintain his allstar trajectory I think he is going to need to work on his outside game.

Flynn/Jennings is another great comparision, I agree with Jennings ahead of Flynn but I think it is incredibly close.  Which I suppose is a huge compliment to Milawaukee considering they drafted him five spots later. The reason I think it is closer than the stats indicate is the situation.  Jennings absolutely has the keys to the car.  If you watch a lot of Bucks games, which I do, Jennings can really hurt them if his shot isn't falling.  I also would like to make the argument that Jennings was more pro-ready but in the long run Flynn will turn out to be a much better player.  I think you're seeing some evidence of that with Jennings drastically coming back to earth over the last month.
Flynn is on a bit of a leash and is running the trianlge which requires the point to dump it into the post run around somewhat pointlessly until it ultimately breaks down and then hope you can create a shot off the dribble int he last 3 seconds of the shot clock, at least that is how the Wolves run it.   Which is why I think Flynn's assist numbers is so much lower than Jennings.

But you are what you've accomplished so even though my gut is down the road Flynn will prove better than Jennings for various reasons BJ has gotten it done more than Flynn.

Blair is ridiculous.  He is in the top 12 of power forwards right now. I don't think his game will develop much more but a top third player from the 37th pick.  That is why a small market of SA can stay competitive.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2010 9:54 pm

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

He had one 55 point game, but after that he sustained his scoring and started spreading the ball around, and becomnig a better "point" guard. I know tyreke is number one but don't hate on the man, hes got his tema in a playoff chase in a weak eastern conference(besides the big 3). 

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2010 8:20 pm

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

CBS, you idiots, you highlight a dude that says "what the f---"? yet you ban people that say much less. You freakin hypocrites. I'm ashamed of you. Take this guy off your site!

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2010 3:17 pm

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

Check out the doc that Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys did called "gunnin for that number 1 spot" it follows evans,jennings,beasley,bayless,love,singler,donte greene and lance stephenson who might be the most talented of the group as they prepare for a high school all US game at Rucker park in New York. Its amazing to see all these guys before they were making $, just kids with immense potential and a love for the game. Not sure if Evans cousin in it is the one that was convicted in a driveby that evans was involved in

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2010 10:44 am

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

Two points that I completely agree with.  First, every one in Memphis, except for Wallace and Heisley, knew that drafting Hasheen Thabett was a horrible mistake.  Well the two guys mentioned before get to make the decisions so we see how it turned out.  I agree that if you put Tyreke Evans on this team than we are talking about serious contenders in the West.  Mike Conley is horrible so it would have been a huge upgrade at the PG position.  Second, it gives you the insurance policy if you can not sign Rudy Gay next year.  Right know the Grizzlies have no leverage when it comes to Gay.  If we had a rookie who was averaging 20 you then control the negotiations.  I think the Grizzlies are a great story this year, but if it were not for the idiots drafting this team their is no telling where they could be today.  
I also agree with the evaluation of Stephen Curry.  This guy can be a solid role player, however, if he played on a team that expected any defense he would not see the floor.  To small to play the two and not athletic enough to play most ones in the league.  Rarely, do undersized two guards last a real long time in the NBA.  THey either learn to play the point or they have to play elsewhere.    

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2010 2:48 pm

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

I may be wrong, but Im pretty sure in a span of a few sentences that this nous17 guy has shown himself to be a total idiot.

Does the use of the word "fuck" offend your child-like ears? My deepest and most sincere fake apologies for that.

In what way did I say I was giving up on Blake Griffin? In fact what I said was that it is a buzzkill he is hurt. If you've read this blog before you know that I am a huge Blake Griffin fan. Please, in the future, read the words I type before responding to them.

I have seen Stephen Curry play quite a few times this year. he's had some nice game, especially over the past two weeks in which he's averaged something ridiculous like 45 minutes a game. I never said he hasn't been good, but if you watch him play I really think it's hard to envision him as anything more than an effective roleplayer. Hence the term, limited ceiling. Don't be such a sensitive pussy.

And to the guy who said Jennings at #2 is a joke, I recommend you stop smoking crack at once. It's clearly causing you type without thinking. Who else would you recommend be in that spot? Jennings is #2 in rookie scoring, #1 in assists, he's averaging over a steal a game and nearly two three pointers a game. He's also #2 in minutes played behind only the guy who I ranked #1. So who should be there? Please, humor me.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2010 8:26 am

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

Brandon Jennings at #2 in rookie rankings is a joke. He has had one good game and thats it. Tonight he has 2 points in the first quarter. Nowhere near as good as everyone thought he would be just from watching him play the first week of the season. He will be a total flop for the Bucks as all there so called stars have been.

  Brandon has had more than one good game. What he has to put up 30 every night to please you. He started off hot then cooled off maybe because other teams unlike you noticed how good he was and are actually putting a hand in his face to slow him down. Do you watch basketball at all. Oh and as far as the bucks having total flops on their team. I don't think they have alot of duke players so that statment can not be true.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2010 6:59 am

I Should Probably Upload Some Rookie Rankings

Really, four F-Bombs in one poorly thought out rant?

I don't know if you've seen any recent Warriors games, but I'm pretty sure you're wrong about the "ceilling" on Curry. And why are you already giving up on Blake Griffin? Maybe your vocabulary skills will land you a job in the Knicks front office someday.

You have a good life as well.

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