|Posted on December 5, 2009 at 8:46 AM|
In the first month of the season, there have been some very surprising and very disappointing rookie performances. The best performance so far has been by the #10 overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks, Brandon Jennings. How did the Knicks pass on him? He is averaging 21.5 points per game this season which leads all rookies. In his short career, he's already had a 55 point outburst where he showed blazing speed, and a nice stop and pop jump shot.
I repeat, how did the Knicks pass on him? He also leads all rookies in assists and is 8th in rebounds! He may even be a top 10 MVP candidate. If not, he is the obvious Rookie of the Year because, as I predicted, Hasheem Thabeet is a bust and Blake Griffin hasn't played a game yet due to an injury. (Maybe I am psychic!)
Speaking of my predictions, Jonny Flynn is having himself a very nice rookie season. He is averaging around 14 points per game and has an effective shooting percentage of 50%. He's saying "Goodbye Rickey Rubio, go home to Europe. We don't need you in our continent and we certainly don't need you on our team since I am playing pretty well." Actually the Timberwolves could use some help currently sitting in last place in the Western Conference and their only win was on a wild buzzer-beater to the 0-18 Nets.
Tyreke Evans is also playing well averaging over 19 points per game. He really should have gone third in the draft because James Harden, the thrid pick, is not playing quite up to standards.
Jordan Hill, the Knicks first rounder, is not very good. While he is young and energetic, his skill-set is far from complete. Besides, the Knicks don't need big men with David Lee, the double-double machine, and Eddy Curry, who claims to be in shape but still looks pretty chunky to me.
Even not including Hill, the Knicks' season, besides one outstanding game vs. the Suns, has been bleak. Jared Jeffries is playing poorly offensively, despite his hustle. Jeffries's statline is summed up by the following inequality. Turnovers + fouls > points. That's pretty awful. The Knicks need a point guard better than someone who dribbles around but can't put the ball in the basket (aka. Chris Duhon). Despite the disastrous situation of the Knicks, their 29th overall pick, Toney Douglas, has shown good speed and solid 1-on-1 skills on both sides of the ball. However, Knicks coach Mike D'antoni refuses to play him even though he's averaging 17.3 points per game when he's played over 16 minutes.
Some other rookies playing good ball are:
a) Ty Lawson who is an amazing athlete and has an effective shooting percentage of over 60%.
b) Dejuan Blair who has been a nice addition to the Spurs with Duncan getting old. I can't believe Blair dropped to the second round of the draft because he's a pretty solid backup forward.
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