Skip to main content

Awful NBA Rookies Update

Back in January I wrote about how the 2013 rookie draft class could go down in history as one of the worst draft classes of all time. It's been another two months and I don't think we've seen an improvement from the rookies. If anything I've seen them regress.

NBA Rookies GIF

There are four players who stand out in this draft class.

  • Michael Carter-Williams
    • MCW is posting some very good rookie numbers. However he plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, a team who has lost 24 straight games and haven't won since January 29th. Since the team is terrible, Carter-Williams plays 35 minutes a night and does whatever he wants. He's averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.1 rebounds a night. He takes over 15 shots a night and is shooting just 39% from the field, 26% from behind the arch and 69% from the foul line.
  • Victor Oladipo
    • Oladipo has bounced around from the starting lineup and the bench for most of the season as the Magic players have suffered a number of injuries. Oladipo has posted impressive numbers in his 32 minutes a night. On the year he is averaging 14 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals. He's shooting 41% from the field, 31% from behind the arch and 78% from the charity stripe.
  • Trey Burke
    • Burke provides a point guard for the Jazz and he's one of the few players on the team who can score at a high rate. Burke is getting 31.5 minutes a night and is averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 assists and 3 rebounds a night. He's shooting 38% from the field, 35% from downtown and 90% from the foul line.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
    • Hardaway Jr. might be the most explosive rookie in the entire draft. He provides the Knicks with a spark off the bench and is a deadly shooter from behind the arch and can throw it down with the best of them. In his 23 minutes a night, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 10 points and is shooting 43% from the field, 36% from behind the arch and 82% from the foul line.
Aside from those four guys, not one rookie is averaging double digit points.

Ben McLemore is 5th among rookies at 7.9 points a game and in his 25 minutes a night somehow manages to not even average 1 assist. He's also only shooting 36% from the field.

The number 1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett has not improved as he's only averaging 4.1 points, and 2.9 rebounds a game. He's shooting 35% from the field, 24% from downtown and 62% from the foul line.

Only 1 rookie is shooting over 47% and that is Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee. He's shooting a ridiculous 62%. For the year he's averaging 6.7 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Nick Calathes, Hollis Thompson, Ryan Kelly, Kelly Olynyk, Nate Wolters, Pero Antic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Victor Oladipo, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Matthew Dellavedova are the only rookies aside from Plumlee shooting 40% or better.

No rookie is shooting better than 37% from downtown. Ryan Kelly leads the pack and C.J. McCollum is right behind him at 36%.

Only 7 rookies are shooting better than 78% from the foul line.

Besides Carter-Williams, Burke and Oladipo only Nate Wolters and Nick Calathes average at least 3 assists a night.

No rookie is averaging a full block a game and Rudy Gobert leads all rookies with .97 per game.

Only Carter-Williams, Oladipo, Burke, Plumlee and Gorgui Dieng have more than two double doubles on the year.