Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Is This The Worst NBA Rookie Class Of All Time?

Every night I go through the NBA box scores, I specifically look for rookies to see if they are making any impact with their new teams. It's very rare, this season, that I see a rookie getting big minutes or providing anything offensively.

Only 3 rookies are dropping double digits points a night
Lets look at the top 10 draft picks:

Anthony Bennett - The number 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, might be the worst rookie in the entire league. Bennett the 6'8 forward out of UNLV pretty much played himself out of the rotation after the first 4 games of the season. Bennett went 0-15 in the first 4 games, scoring just 2 points. He's averaging 10 minutes, 2.4 points, 2.3 rebounds a night as he shoots 26% from the field and has been a DNP - Coaches Decision in 6 of the last 7 games.

Victor Oladipo - It's unfortunate that Oladipo has to be part of this group as he's been giving the Orlando Magic a lot of production, working his way into the starting lineup. Oladipo is averaging 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals a night.

Otto Porter Jr. - At 20 years old, Otto Porter might need some maturing and experience down in the D-League at some point this year. He missed the beginning of the season due to an injury but in 21 games he is shooting just 29.6% from the field and averaging less than 2 points a game.

Cody Zeller - When you are 7 feet tall, there is no reason to be shooting 37% from the field. In his 17 minutes a night, Zeller is averaging just 5 points and 4 rebounds. He's also not even averaging half a block a night. Not sure what he's providing the Bobcats if he's not blocking shots or shooting at a high percentage.

Alex Len - Len has only seen action in 15 games this season and is averaging 7 minutes in those games. He's another 7 footer and is only shooting 44% in limited action. The Suns have yet to show that they trust Len getting big minutes.

Nerlens Noel - Noel has not played in an NBA game yet as he tore his ACL last February when he was playing for the University of Kentucky. The 76ers are expected to sit him out the entire season.

Ben McLemore - Sacramento desperately wants to give McLemore big minutes. The rookie has had some good games scoring 15-20 points but he has been very inconsistent. Over a stretch of 5 games in mid December, McLemore shot a combined 5 for 35. In 24 minutes a night McLemore is shooting 36% and is averaging 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Caldwell-Pope is in the Pistons starting lineup but he continues to be an after thought in their offense. He's averaging 25 minutes a night but only 7.4 points on 40% shooting and 32% from downtown. If he's not scoring then he's not providing much to the team. He doesn't rebound or rack up assists, but he does average over 1 steal a game.

Trey Burke - Burke is one of the bright spots in this disappointing draft class. When you play for arguably the worst team in the Western Conference, you are going to benefit from a lot of playing time. Burke is in the Jazz starting lineup getting 31 minutes a night. He's averaging 13.3 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.1 rebounds a night. He takes 12 shots a night but is shooting just 38%.

C.J. McCollum - Unfortunately for McCollum he plays for the Portland Trail Blazers who already have guards Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews and Mo Williams. After giving minutes out to those 3 guys, there aren't many minutes left to give to C.J. In his 14 minutes a night, McCollum is averaging 6 points on 43% shooting.

Is Michael Carter-William still the lead dog in the Rookie of the Year race?

So we ask all of you NBA fans, is this the worst draft class of all time? If not, what year do you think produced the worst NBA players?

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