ESPN Rookie Rankings


First edition of these from ESPN.  You need insider to see 11-50, so if anybody wants to know what David Thorpe has to say on any rookies not in the top 10 (not everybody has a blurb but about half do), write a comment, and I can do the appropriate copying and pasting.  Obviously it's early, but here are my quick takeaways:

-Where the hell did this kid Landry Fields come from?

-James Anderson is apparently playing good defense, which was the question mark with him going into the draft.  Makes me wish we had him.

- Gordon Hayward's sucking as I thought he would (3.28 PER).  But, deservedly or not, he's carving out a reputation as a solid fundamental player.  Thorpe says:

Get used to lofty praise for Hayward, despite somewhat pedestrian numbers. He does all the little things that don't show up on stat sheets -- smart help on defense, toughness in digging out loose balls inside and great awareness of whom to move the ball to in their offense.

- Paul George and Xavier Henry, the two SGs I really hoped would somehow fall in the Bulls lap before we traded our pick aren't playing too well so far.

-Omer Asik is only 31st on the list, which is kind of screwy considering he's one of the very few rookies who have made a significant positive contribution thus far.  Two other notable Euro bigs, Nikola Pekovic and Timofey Mozgov, are ranked ahead of him at 12 and 29, respectively, and Asik's outplayed both of them thus far if you ask me.

-Tiago Splitter's also down on the list at 33.  He hasn't come close to having the impact many thought he would, logging only 25 minutes and 2 DNPs in the Spurs first 4 games.

-Greg Monroe's sucked so far. A lot.  So has Al-Farouq Aminu.

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