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NBA Top 5 Rookies To Watch Out For

The 2014 NBA Draft is officially in the books and now, teams are preparing for the upcoming season. We already know which prospects are the ones who stand the biggest chances to make their impact felt next season. Let’s examine the top 5, and try to predict their production and overall performance in their rookie season.

Andrew Wiggins

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected the player they had been targeting for months now at the top overall spot of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins. The 19 – year old prospect is considered to have the highest ceiling amongst his class, he is the best athlete to enter the league this year but of course, he needs to work on his offensive game. There is no doubt that he will make his presence felt next season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Luol Deng will be a goner, unless a major surprise occurs and this means Wiggins will be assigned with the starting role. Due to the presence of Kyrie Irving, Wiggins’s numbers will most probably drop from the 17.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game he put up last season with Kansas. Still, he can record around 12.0 – 13.0 points and five rebounds in his rookie season.

Jabari Parker

Parker is the No.1 rookie to watch for next season, although he got drafted as the second overall pick. Parker is a ready – made start and he will be playing for a team which doesn’t have a superstar onboard. So, he will most probably be the star of the team even though he is just 19 years old. Parker put up 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season and in fact, he is capable of putting up similar numbers next season.

Julius Randle

The Los Angeles Lakers will either be a very powerful team next season, if they manage to land a superstar like Melo or LeBron or they will be a mediocre one, if they fail to do so. In either case, Julius Randle will be a main piece in their rotation. The 6’9” forward is now in a situation where the team will need his services at the full scale right from the start. And Randle is eligible to respond to the urgency call. Last season he averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. His scoring will dip a bit, due to the presence of Kobe Bryant but his rebounding numbers may go up. In short words, Randle is one of those rookies to watch next season.

Dante Exum

The 6’6” versatile point guard Dante Exum is one of the biggest wild cards of the 2014 draft class. There are some big questions about him and his ability to compete at an NBA level. However, the signs show that he can be a very productive player for the Utah Jazz next season. Utah has a young team and it’s currently rebuilding so Exum should have a chance to make his presence felt. Expect numbers lower than the 18.9 points and 3.8 assists he put up last season.

Doug McDermott

The Chicago Bulls traded for McDermott on draft night and the truth is they really needed a player like him. They needed a sharpshooter who can greatly upgrade their offensive firepower. McDermott averaged 26.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds. He is one of the top scorers in college history and he will definitely have a big role in Chicago. He is also one of those rookies you have to keep under your scope next season.

This is a guest post from Ron of
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