Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fantasy Basketball 2012 - Rookie Rankings

Rookie RankNamePositionTeam
1Derrick WilliamsSFMINStill believe he was a better option for Cleveland in the Draft, but he ended up in Minny. Even though they have a ton on guys that play out of position, adding Rubio will instantly create scoring opportunites for everybody. Plus if they really want to get better, Michael Beasley will be traded at some point this season.
2Ricky RubioPGMINI am very surprised he came to play for the T'Wolves but the NBA and its fans are glad he did. He wont help much in the scoring department compared to other rookie PGs, but he has a ton of players to dish the ball to and put up nice assist numbers.
3Kyrie IrvingPGCLEA super talent, but way to much pressure to put the team on his back this season.
4Jimmer Fredette SGSACHe may not get all the minutes we hope for, with Tyreke and Marcus Thorton in the mix, but Fredette will dish the ball as well as create his own scoring opportunites.
5Enes KanterCUTAHAnother rookie in a log jam at his position, Kanter has to split time with Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap and Derrick Favors. You can expect one of them to be traded at some point this season.
6Brandon KnightPGDETMuch like Irving, a lot of pressure to succeed right away. I see Knight scoring some points, but not much in the assist department, unless Ben Gordon finds his stroke again.
7Alec BurksSGUTAHA sweet stroke will lead to plenty of points, but not much else.
8Klay ThompsonSGGSLots of offensive possesions will lead to a lot of shot opportunities. It looks like Curry or Ellis will be traded at some point, which would create more playing time.

Coach Jackson says Thompson will play right away!
9Kemba WalkerPGCHAMight not be the starter on opening day but will take over those duties eventually. I just see him having trouble scoring in the NBA, but a huge upside.
10Jan VeselySFWASAny one playing next to John Wall will find easy baskets. Plus his leaping ability should create some highlight reel plays.




Rookie RankNamePositionTeam
11Jordan HamiltonSFDENThe best thing that happened to Hamilton was Wilson Chandler/J.R. Smith going to China. That opened up the back up SF slot for him to showcase his talents in one of the top offenses in the league.  Now we need to hope that Corey Brewer and Rudy Fernandez dont see time ahead of Hamilton.
12Kawhi LeonardSFSALeonard will be a nice player on your team for some rebounds and defensive statistics.
13Marshon BrooksSGNJPretty hit or miss here, but he will either average 20 points or 6 points.
14Marcus MorrisPFHOUIf he can find playing time he will produce
15Tristan ThompsonPFCLEWas a reach in the draft and will take more than this season to understand what type of player he will be in the NBA
16Nikola VucevicCPHIIf Spencer Hawes signs elsewhere, Vucevic could move up a couple slots.  Hawes returned, but Vucevic is a talented player and Hawes only played 21 minutes a game last year.
17Jordan WilliamsCNJShould see some playing time in a rotation with Lopez and who ever ends up playing PF Shelden Williams Kris Humprhies. The Williams'(Shelden and Jordan) and Johan Petro are the bench rotation, but expect more minutes to land on Shelden's shoulders.  And just like that, Jordan Williams' playing time has returned.  Brook Lopez will miss significant time after foot surgery.
18Markieff MorrisPFPHOTon of players making a ton of money playing his postions. But he is probably better than all of them(Maybe not Gortat, yet)
19Kenneeth FariedPFDENIf Nene returns to Denver, Faried's value is significantly decreased. Nene has returned..
20JaJuan JohnsonPFBOSShould see time behind O'Neal but not much of a scoring threat in the NBA.  With Jeff Green out for the season, Johnson should see more minutes.
21Bismack BiyomobPFCHAThink Serge Ibaka for multiple reasons.  Officially coming to the NBA
22Iman ShumpertPGNYIf Billups misses some time this year Shumpert will be able to step right in and do a little bit of everything.  Billups is gone, but Mike Bibby has replaced him.  Still Shumpert will get his chances, but probably later on in the season.
23Trey ThompkinsPFLACNeeds Kaman to be traded before having any real value, CP3 to the Clippers?? Kaman is gone and it looks like Thompkins is the only backup big man on the roster.  Not sure its Ryan Gomes will see some PF play, but you can expect the Clippers to go find another big. 
24Cory JosephPGSATony Parker is playing just under 69 games on average over the last 4 seasons.  TJ Ford signed with the Spurs and that moves Joseph to the #3 spot on the PG Depth Chart.
25Chandler ParsonsSFHOUI think Terrance Williams is a better basketball player, but his attitude is terrible and Parsons see time for being a team player
26Reggie JacksonPGOKCIf Eric Maynor is traded as been rumoured for a while, Jackson will see some time
27Chris SingletonSFWASDefensive specialist, could see a good amount of minutes in rotations
28Charles JenkinsPGGSIf Ellis/Curry gets traded, Jenkins will be one of the few ball handlers on the squad.
29Nolan SmithPGPORCould be a sleeper if Felton misses some games with an injury
30Jimmy ButlerSFCHIShould get some playing time behind Luol Deng but not that much

Last years rookie stats
  • 26 rookies played in more than 50 regular season games last season
  • 16 rookies averaged more than 20 minutes a game
  • 4 rookies averaged more than 10 points a game
  • Blake Griffin was the only rookie to average 10+ rebounds/game
    • Only 5 others averaged at least 5 rebounds/game
  •  John Wall was the only rookie to average more than 4 assists/game
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