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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