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NBA Rookies Have it Rough

The transition into the NBA is tough enough, but many rookies have suffered a variety of injuries, making the process even more difficult.  Joel Embiid was drafted knowing that he probably can't play this season, Julius Randle broke his leg in his 1st NBA game, Marcus Smart was injured in the beginning of November and Aaron Gordon fractured a bone in foot in recent days.  

Other Notable Injured Rookies:

There are other rookies who had to delay the start to the season or missed a game or two due to nagging injuries.  But even those that are healthy are off to a rough start.

Of the 14 rookies to appear in 10+ games

Kostas Papanikolaou is not afraid to shoot the 3 ball, but he isn't necessarily good at it

Kostas  Papanikolaou Shot Chart Rockets

The Minnesota Timberwolves have now played 4 games without Ricky Rubio, and Zach LaVine has started all four games.  At just 19 years old, this is a tough task for LaVine, and veteran Mo Williams played 10 more minutes than him in the Twolves last contest.  He has averaged just 7.5 ppg, 3.8 reb and 3.5 ast in 27.5 min as the starter.  Minnesota lost all 4 games.  In all fairness, Williams has been just as terrible.

The season is nearly as young as most of these rookies, and there is plenty of time to develop, but don't expect much as far as fantasy basketball goes.  Last season, just Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 10+ points per game on the season.  MCW, Kelly Olynyk & Gorgui Dieng were the only rookies to average 5+ rebounds per game and MCW & Burke were the only rookies to average 5+ assists per game.

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