NBA Rookie Rankings: 2009-2010 Season

The NBA rookies this year came into the league with labels such as “a weak draft class” or “a draft that will produce no stars”, it was supposed to be one of the worst drafts in a couple of years.  Instead we saw a class that could be as deep as the 2003 NBA Draft, we have the superstars and we have the solid contributers. This draft features players such as : the monster in Tyreke Evans, the silky smooth Stephen Curry, and the lightning bug that we know as Brandon Jennings. These three head this draft but don’t make it up, this draft goes really deep, all the way down to the 44th pick in Chase Budinger. In my opinion this is one of the deepest drafts I can remember, this is my top five rookies this year.

1. Stephen Curry

Curry- the next Nash?

G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
80 77 36.2 0.462 0.437 0.885 0.6 3.9 4.5 5.9 1.9 0.2 3.0 3.2 17.5

This is one of my favorite players in the whole NBA, he reminds me of Steve Nash with his vision, ability to get his teammates involve, and his beautiful shooting stroke. He also was the first rookie to shoot 45 percent from the field, 40 percent on 3-pointers and 85 percent from the free-throw line.  Is that not Nash-like numbers? He showed he could play defense, which many thought he would be a liability. He proved everyone wrong and only got better as the season wore on. Tyreke might have been voted ROY, but Curry is the one who deserved it.

2) Tyreke Evans

The LeBron of PG's??

G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
72 72 37.2 0.458 0.255 0.748 0.9 4.4 5.3 5.8 1.5 0.4 3.0 2.8 20.1

Tyreke Evans is a monster, at 6-6 and 220lbs he is a force to be reckoned with, with the Kings he ran the point and then the two. He is the LeBron James of the point guard position, I mean he is in elite company with LeBron, MJ, and the Big O, as the only people to average 20, 5, and 5 as a rookie.  He can only get better as his career goes on, he has to learn how to shoot but he can do everything else very very well.  He deserves to be the ROY.

3) Brandon Jennings

The next AI.

G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
82 82 32.6 0.371 0.374 0.817 0.6 2.8 3.4 5.7 1.3 0.2 2.4 2.3 15.5

Brandon Jennings the guy from over the seas, I don’t know how so many people passed up on a talent like him. He does it all and is just a winner, he led the “fear the deer” Bucks to the playoffs without their All-Star Center Andrew Bogut. He exploded on the scene by dropping 55 points in only his 7th pro game, but then cooled off greatly because he wanted to show everyone that he was more then a scorer. Boy, did he. Jennings showed he can be unselfish and is a big reason why Bogut got so good, so fast. Jennings is a monster and future All-Star, everyone knows this. He is just a flat-out winner and leader.

4) Marcus Thornton

Marcus Thornton- 2010-2011 6th man of the year.

G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
73 17 25.6 0.451 0.374 0.814 1.0 1.9 2.9 1.6 0.8 0.2 1.0 1.7 14.5

Thornton was an unknown coming into the NBA draft, a second round pick that wouldn’t be anything for a couple of years. Not the case with Marcus, he came in with a chip on his shoulder, and he let that motivate him to be a proven NBA ready contributer. As a starter this guy put on all-star scoring numbers, off the bench he could drop an easy 20 points a game. He has a great shooting touch, and is going to be in the running for 6th Man of the Year running for many years.

5) Darren Collison

DC2 over CP3?

G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
76 37 27.8 0.477 0.400 0.851 0.5 2.0 2.5 5.7 1.0 0.0 2.7 1.2 12.4

Collison exploded on the scene when Chris Paul blew out his knee, he is the reason why everyone is starting to question if Chris Paul is really the face of this franchise or not. Collison is a big PG, that can shoot and pass extremely well, and he can also be a lock down defender at times.  Now is it DC2 time or is it CP3 time? New Orleans we need an answer.

Honorable Mention:  James Harden, Dejaun Blair, Ty Lawson, Chase Budinger, Jonas Jerebko , and Omari Casspi. They were all the great this season along with many other rookies.

Below is the official NBA all-rookie team:

2009-10 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team
Player Team
Tyreke Evans Sacramento
Brandon Jennings Milwaukee
Stephen Curry Golden State
Darren Collison New Orleans
Taj Gibson Chicago
2009-10 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Player Team
Marcus Thornton New Orleans
DeJuan Blair San Antonio
James Harden Oklahoma City
Jonny Flynn Minnesota
Jonas Jerebko Detroit


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No Regretting On Spurs’ George Hill

In a series where we should’ve seen the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker seize control, it was the 3rd-year player from IUPUIGeorge Hill, who did the damage for the Spurs against their in-state-rival, the Dallas Mavericks.

George Hill averaged 14.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, appearing in all 6 games. He also made 32 out of 64 shots, thus scoring 86 points in the 1st-Round. Incredible performance for a 3rd-year player. Hill finished in the Top 5 of Most Improved Player Voting in the NBA too, which is very special.

Many now call him the X-Factor for the Spurs, and they are right about that. Why? In that series, Jason Kidd defended him quite well, but he managed to use his quickness and agility on the court in order to take advantage of Kidd. Dirk also defended him in the perimeter, but hey he made three-pointer in the face of the German. The only problem is that he’s kinda inconsistent, but it’s never too late. He can still work on that.  I do believe he is the future of this team, I can see a DeJuan Blair-George Hill tandem coming up in a few years already.

Let me end by saying this, the Spurs have a bright future with George Hill around. Remember, he has started for Tony Parker, when TP was out with injuries this season. Now that he has the starting role for himself, he has gained the keys to that Spurs’ offense. Not to mention, that he’s getting the tricks of the trade with Tony Parker, since they play on the same backcourt. This player has a bright-future in the NBA, that’s true.

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The Rematch: Boston vs. Cleveland

Another postseason match-up that, Basketball heads, should’nt miss.

Once in a while, I have been thinking about the best rivalry in the NBA today. So, something went into my mind, it was the Celtics and the Cavaliers of the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Ever since the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals started, both of the teams have shown deep hatred toward each other.

Let’s start with the Cavaliers.

First off, this team is arguably the best team in the NBA today. After capturing the 1st-seed status in the NBA, they battled with the Bulls (Well, I thought it’s a sweep, but i’ll take a Game 5 conclusion.) Now that they get to meet with the Celtics in the Semifinals again. They will not worry since they have alot.. and I mean alot of acquisitions in the offseason,which gave them length and size for defense yet performs well in offense. The players that they added were key additions, players like Shaq, Anthony Parker, JJ Hickson to name a few. I almost forgot, Antawn Jamison is one of the them (acquired via Trade Deadline). He also has contributed a lot to this Cavalier team, since he has averaged 19.4 against the Bulls in their 1st-round match-up.

But, at the end of the day, Lebron James is still Lebron James. He is the Cavs’ key to win this rematch (R-I-V-A-L-R-Y!). If he puts up numbers similar to his regular season statistics, then the Cavs can just cruise against the Celtics.

Let’s now concentrate with the Celtics.

To be honest, I, myself, am a Celtics fan. The C’s might be playing well this postseason. But they’ve struggled against the Cavs the whole year, winning only 1 game out of 3-4 outings. That’s the problem for them, the only thing I can say is that “They should’nt think about the Cavs’ great play and focus to what is more important, is TO WIN 4 GAMES IN THE SERIES. If everyone plays well and no one misses a beat, then the C’s might see a Conference Finals outing in the East.

The keys for this series are Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Why? KG is the one responsible for Shaquille O’Neal’s size in the paint since Kendrick Perkins is a bit undersized. He needs to defend like it was 2008 (where he won his only Defensive Player of the Year), since he has not shown any of that in the season. For Paul Pierce, well, he’ll be like Lebron too. He’s the captain of this team, he has to take more shots in a nightly-basis and make them. If both of these players don’t come up big, then Cavaliers get the date in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Sure, home-court advantage is nice, but it’s not all about the fans or the refs, it’s about the players. If each player makes the most of his minutes and everyone thrives in his role then it’ll be an easy transition to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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