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Top 10 NBA Rookies

by james on December 12th, 2007

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

From ESPN Insider David Thorpe, he gives you his top 10 rookies in the NBA.

My comments will follow some of the rookies.

Here are my Top 10 rookies six weeks into the season:

(Previous rank in parentheses)

1. Kevin Durant, Sonics (2)
Finally takes over the top spot on the strength of blocking at least one shot in five straight games. That’s the stuff we’ve been waiting for. He’ll always put up scoring numbers because of his role in the offense and his talent, but engaging in the “effort” categories is most critical to his growth.

Kevin is awesome. Too bad he is on the Sonics. Saw him play my Spartys in college. The Spartans prevailed with mostly Ramar Morgan, current star of the MSU Spartans guarding Kevin. Kevin was a load. Shooting 3’s and driving to the hoop. MSU was lucky that it was early in Kevin’s career. He will be a special player his entire career.

2. Al Horford, Hawks (1)
Fouls kept him from playing much versus Dwight Howard, but he’s grabbed 10-plus boards in every other game in December. The play with T.J. Ford should not reflect poorly on this classy young man — no one will be happier upon Ford’s return than Horford.

Al played high school ball just down the road from MSU at Grand Ledge High School. His father was Tito Horford, a 7′ pro player in his own right. Al first decided to go to UM in Ann Arbor. MSU was busy pursuing Goran Sutan from Lansing Everett. Al then decommitted from UM and went to Florida.

3. Jamario Moon, Raptors (4)
Moon seems to be riding the rookie roller coaster down for a spell, with just six points and eight boards in his past two games. But he still plays good D.

4. Corey Brewer, Wolves (NR)
Anyone who records 18 boards, five assists and four steals in one game deserves a top-five ranking. Plus, Brewer has added rebounding totals of 11 and nine since then … from the small forward position.

5. Glen Davis, Celtics (NR)
He’s now the rookie PER leader and a solid option off the bench for the mighty Green.

6. Juan Carlos Navarro, Grizzlies (3)
Riding the same coaster as Moon, Navarro has four points in his past two games after a streak of seven double-figure scoring outputs.

7. Yi Jianlian, Bucks (9)
His numbers are down, but he’s still a steady producer most nights.

This guy is the Yao of the future. There is no doubt.

8. Jeff Green, Sonics (10)
Playing OK in limited minutes; seems ready for more PT.

9. Joakim Noah, Bulls (8)
“Noah does as Noah is,” which means you get the same thing from him every night — he goes full speed ahead and is totally invested in the team’s success.

What you call a plus player. Always working.

10. Sean Williams, Nets (5)
Has lost some time in the rotation. He has to understand that his opponents know his game a bit now, so he has to bring more.

There you have it the top 10 NBA Rookies.

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2 opinions for Top 10 NBA Rookies

  • todd carter
    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    How do you leave off Daequan Cook?
    The guy has a sweet stroke and averages 9ppg And cracked Par Rileys rotation.

  • james
    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    hey, not my list. That would be Cook from Ohio State? He torched my Sparties more than once. He does have one fine shot and must be tough if he plays for Riley!

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