The NBA Rookies of 2014 is considered as one of the better draft classes of the past decade.
They were also expected to make an impact on their respective teams.
Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, the top two overall picks were able to achieve that.
In the latest rookie review, Basketball Insiders had Wiggins climbing up to no.2, upstaging Elfrid Payton of the Orlando Magic: “Wiggins jumps to number two this week after putting up two solid performances in his last three games. His best performance came against the Pelicans, where he scored 20 points, hit both of his three-point attempts and pulled in five rebounds. The Timberwolves were thrashed by the Pelicans, but Wiggins’ performance was the lone bright spot for a Timberwolves team that is quickly losing any hope of competing for the playoffs this season.
Expect Wiggins to get more minutes as the Timberwolves fall further out of playoff contention (and with rumors that the Timberwolves are shopping Chase Budinger and Corey Brewer).” The Minnesota Timberwolves are sold on their Kevin Love trade haul.
Andrew Wiggins and even Anthony Bennett are showing signed that they can develop to become the pillars of the team.
Now, the trade rumors show that they are ‘clearing the way’ for them.
Jabari Parker has predictably been the most consistent rookie getting the top spot in all the three weeks of NBA play: “We all knew Parker would be able to score the ball at the pro level, and so far he is one of just two rookies to average double-digits in scoring (the other being Bojan Bogdanovic). Through eight games, Parkier is averaging 10.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, one assist and 1.1 steals, while shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond-the-arc in 28.8 minutes per game.” Collectively, the rookies are not shaking the entire league the way they were projected to be, To be fair though, even some veterans are struggling.
Other Top 5 candidates are the Brooklyn Nets’ pleasant surprise Bojan Bogdanovic and the pair from the winless 76ers, KJ McDaniels and Nerlens Noel who have been carrying their team by themselves.
Elfrid Payton slips to no.6.