NBA Preseason: Ten Rookies To Watch

The Rookie Of The Year Won't Be As Easy To Pick This Year

10/27/08 in NBA   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Rookies in the NBA always make the biggest impact of any of the major professional sports. This year’s crop of rookies is one of the deepest and star studded classes of rookies in recent years. From Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose, and OJ Mayo to International stars like Rudy Fernandez. With tipoff tomorrow night, FanIQ continues to give our NBA previews.

Here are the 10 rookies that you need to know about who will make an impact this season:
 
  •   Greg Oden - You might be thinking, "How can Oden be a rookie, this is his second NBA season." Well, since Oden didn't play a single minute last year, he qualifies as a rookie this season. Oden is coming back from the Micro fracture surgery that he had before last season, and so far this preseason he has looked OK. I look for Oden to average around 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block a game and begin to make a real impact around early January.
  • Michael Beasley - Beasley had no problem scoring last season, and look for that to continue this season. Beasley is also a tremendous rebounder. Beasley will step in as the third option in Miami behind Dwayne Wade and Shawn Marion, but the Heat are trying to move Marion this season so Beasley will step in as Wade's sidekick.
  •   OJ Mayo - Mayo was a beast in the Vegas Summer League and should step right in as the starting two guard for the young Grizzles. The Grizzles are one of the younger teams in the league this season and should be looking to play small ball and run, run, run. That should give Mayo plenty of chances to shine. Mayo can rely on his jump shot too much at times which will mean several explosive games when he is on but also some lower scoring and poor shooting nights when his settles solely for the jumper.
  • Derrick Rose - This year's number one pick will be stepping in on day one as the Bulls starting point guard. Rookie starting point guards usually have a tough time adjusting to the speed of the NBA so Rose will be good but not great this season. The Bulls have a solid group of role players which should help Rose get adjusted sooner rather than later.
  • Rudy Fernandez - Fernandez has been a proven player in Spain the past two years and he really came onto the American scene this Olympics when he introduced himself to Dwight Howard. Fernandez is yet another young player in Portland that has NBA fans abuzz about the Blazers. Fernandez should have no problem adjusting to the NBA as he was able to show in the Olympics that he has the range for the NBA plus the dribble attack that is necessary.
  • Jerred Bayless - Bayless was the MVP of the Vegas Summer League where he showed that he was able to dominate rookies and other guys that probably didn't make an NBA roster this season. Bayless will have to move from being a shoot first point guard to an actual point guard since the Portland roster is loaded with young talent.
  • Kevin Love - The Timberwolves made a draft night deal to pick up Love from the Grizzles and Love shouldn't disappoint. Love was solid and very consistent in his one year at UCLA. Love will have a tough time adjusting and fitting in for that matter, since the Timberwolves already have Al Jefferson playing down low.
  • Eric Gordon - Gordon is a scoring machine and the Clippers are hoping to tap into that scoring ability and use Gordon in the same way the Bulls use Ben Gordon as an instant offense guy off the bench. If Gordon is able to find his niche in that role, he could have a 6th man of the year in his future, just not Rookie of the Year this season.
  • Donte Greene - Greene was a scoring machine this summer in the Vegas Summer league for the Rockets. He dropped a league high 40 points in his final Summer League game. A few weeks later, Green was shipped out to Sacramento in the Ron Artest trade. Since the Kings are in all out rebuild mode, Greene should get plenty of opportunities this season. Greene has a tendency to rely too much on his jumper so that should mean a lot of up and down scoring games for him.
  • Bill Walker - The Celtics picked up Walker in a draft night deal from the Wizards who drafted the lottery talent worthy Walker with the 47th pick. Walker had minor knee surgery earlier this summer but has been playing this preseason, and playing well actually. Walker seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder, as evident from this video of him basically picking a fight in a preseason game. Walker is a tremendous talent and with an aging Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, Walkers energy off the bench could be key in getting the Celtics back to where they want to be.
These are just 10 of the rookies that will surely be making an impact this upcoming season. As for prediction from me as to who I think will be Rooke of the Year, I think this will be one of the most competitve races for Rookie of the Year in recent memory. I am going to go with OJ Mayo to narrowly edge out Michael Beasley, Greg Oden, and Rudy Fernandez.
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10/27/08   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

russel westbrook is my choice

10/27/08   |   TheRealScore

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Really? I thought it was once you were on an official roster. Scola wasn't on a real NBA roster until last year. Damn, now I want to find out for sure.

Also, too bad Love got traded. Would have loved to have seen the Gay/Love era in Memphis.

Memphis would've still sucked. Don't worry about it much. They were still going over easy.

10/27/08   |   TheRealScore

uptown7010 wrote:
I want all of you to know that BROOK LOPEZ is no joke. This kid can flatout play and with all the other talented players around DON'T be suprised if this guy pushes everyone into believing in him. He may be a starter for The New Jersey Nets.

The Lopez kid is a hustler. He's gonna make the Nets better than worst.

10/27/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
The Gay/Love era would have given me material all season. Just got to wait for that first Gay/Love match up when Memphis plays Minnesota.

I also remember Nick Collison sat out his first season due to injury and he was a rookie the next year I believe. I just know that everywhere I have read things, Greg Oden is included in the Rookie of the Year discussion. Maybe no one really knows and they are just too embarrassed to admit it.

You're probably right. If Oden's a rookie then no way anyone else wins it.

Also, any other great name tandems we can use? Like Gay/Hammer or something?

10/27/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Really? I thought it was once you were on an official roster. Scola wasn't on a real NBA roster until last year. Damn, now I want to find out for sure.

Also, too bad Love got traded. Would have loved to have seen the Gay/Love era in Memphis.
(Edited by Jubanator14)

The Gay/Love era would have given me material all season. Just got to wait for that first Gay/Love match up when Memphis plays Minnesota.

I also remember Nick Collison sat out his first season due to injury and he was a rookie the next year I believe. I just know that everywhere I have read things, Greg Oden is included in the Rookie of the Year discussion. Maybe no one really knows and they are just too embarrassed to admit it.

10/27/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
Well I know that Luis Scola was a rookie last season even though he was drafted 2002. I am about 100% sure that the first minute you play in the NBA makes that your rookie season.

Really? I thought it was once you were on an official roster. Scola wasn't on a real NBA roster until last year. Damn, now I want to find out for sure.

Also, too bad Love got traded. Would have loved to have seen the Gay/Love era in Memphis.

10/27/08   |   uptown7010

I want all of you to know that BROOK LOPEZ is no joke. This kid can flatout play and with all the other talented players around DON'T be suprised if this guy pushes everyone into believing in him. He may be a starter for The New Jersey Nets.

10/27/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

tpowell25 wrote:
What's the ruling on rookie eligibility for NBA players?  I know baseball players can stay under 'x' amount of at-bats or innings pitched and still be considered rookies the following year.  Is there a rule for NBA players, or is it one minute played = official rookie season?

I didn't totally take this thread off subject.  100% started it.

Well I know that Luis Scola was a rookie last season even though he was drafted 2002. I am about 100% sure that the first minute you play in the NBA makes that your rookie season.

10/27/08   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
He actually can win it. Since he didn't play a single minute last season, this season is his first NBA season so he is still technically a rookie even though he was drafted a year ago.

What's the ruling on rookie eligibility for NBA players?  I know baseball players can stay under 'x' amount of at-bats or innings pitched and still be considered rookies the following year.  Is there a rule for NBA players, or is it one minute played = official rookie season?

I didn't totally take this thread off subject.  100% started it.

10/27/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Actually, I have a question. Because Oden didn't play at all last year can he win Rookie of the Year this year? I would assume no, but I have no idea.

He actually can win it. Since he didn't play a single minute last season, this season is his first NBA season so he is still technically a rookie even though he was drafted a year ago.

10/27/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Actually, I have a question. Because Oden didn't play at all last year can he win Rookie of the Year this year? I would assume no, but I have no idea.