His passing ability has delighted the Kings’ coaches — his assists average is closer to Ball’s than any other rookies are close to them. In this article, we will compile the current top 5 prospects for NBA Rookie of the Year. 4 … Charlotte Hornets rookie guard LaMelo Ball. Tyrese Haliburton. Want every headline right at your fingertips? 1 spot in Sekou Smith's first ranking of Kia MVP candidates. The sense in Charlotte is that Ball is contributing plays of substance even when they’re not stylish. NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Anthony Edwards leads the pack of first-year players out of the gate ... 2021. Part of that is optics — the Bulls needed to demonstrate quickly what they liked so much about a freshman reserve to make him the No. Rebounder and deep threat sharing Detroit newbie spotlight with Isaiah Stewart. Sixth Man of the Year. Averaging 25 minutes from the bench this season, LaMelo Ball has found a way to impact the Charlotte Hornets on both ends of the floor and leads the pack for NBA Rookie of the Year. And save for a few (such as Killian Hayes, Obi Toppin, Jalen Smith) who have been sidelined by injuries or virus protocols, no one has undercut the scouting reports that got them their gigs. Big dark cloud, meet undeniable silver lining: The Class of 2020 generally seems not at all fazed or set back by the wait-and-hurry-up circumstances of their pro plunges. The Lakers' star holds the No. Share. 1. Look, lots of first-year players make mistakes that can cost a game here or there, and many don’t log enough minutes to get credit or blame either way. Haliburton showed up, fresh out of Iowa State, publicly talking about his goal to be this season’s Rookie of the Year. 2020-21 season rookie stats leaders. Devon POV Mason January 5, 2021. Maybe we should factor in that Minnesota hasn’t started him yet. Let’s rank the top 5. Pretty high rung for the lowest Draft selection (No. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. The incident occurred with 4:51 left in the third quarter of the Jan. 25 Nuggets-Mavericks game. No, the Bulls did not to select Obi Toppin in the draft. The Bulls had a slow start to … We got a special kid in Patrick Williams. The … NBA All-Star Voting 2021 will run from Jan. 28 to Feb. 16, giving fans the opportunity to vote for the NBA All-Star starters. After a month of action, franchises with the top picks are beginning to see the fruits of their selections. Unlike Edwards, I expect the #3 overall pick to be a key player for the … Markelle Fultz’s injury means more minutes, more challenges. NBA Rookie of the Year 2021: Top 5 prospects for prestigious award #1 LaMelo Ball. He fits nicely with De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield. Edwards’ shooting is shaky, he’s not using his ability to attack the rim to also earn trips to the foul line and there’s not much to note defensively. Is it too early to say that we were wrong about the 2020 NBA Draft class? Though the 2020 draft class was expected to underwhelm, we have seen several candidates burst onto the scene in contention for NBA Rookie of the Year among our Power Rankings. In what most assuredly is an unconventional season for NBA rookies, we’ll do our best to keep this Kia Rookie Ladder as reliable and traditional as possible. Ball was brought to Charlotte as third pick in the draft and has not disappointed. That would make him tops among the Class of 2020, but the 6-foot-5 point guard already ranks among the best of Sacramento’s bundle of young talent. 1 spot. Patrick Williams, Chicago. The 10 odds-on favorites to win 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year With this year's NBA Draft finally in the books, it's time to look ahead to next season, which, mind-boggling, is set to tip off Dec. 22. He’s a 3-and-D natural, it seems: Williams’ 3-point shooting has been toasty (45.8%), and even LeBron James complimented his defensive work. Jalen Green, SG, NBA G League. By clicking "Submit", you agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. In another era, the 6-foot-8 forward might have been dismissed as a “’tweener,” but today he’s one of those position-less players GMs covet. Never before in league history have a bunch of eager young prospects had to get off the court prematurely and sit around for months while dealing with COVID-19 concerns and the widespread virus shutdowns. And his 50% accuracy from the arc is eye-popping — he’s taking nearly 60% of his shots from 3-point range and hitting half of them. This especially is worth noting when you consider the view of this year’s rookie class before they were drafted, that they’re role players and projects but not necessarily a consensus No. by Adam Hushion January 18, 2021 January 18, 2021 0. [February 25] ROY is down to a two man race at the current time, with Ja Morant listed at -250 and Zion Williamson still giving chase at +170 NBA ROOKIE RANKINGS 2020-21. Shooting an effective field goal percentage of 63.7 puts him 9th overall in the league out of any player who has taken over 100 shots. 26) on our ladder, but hitting game-winners (Jan. 6 vs. Miami) will do that. No. Now, the line on him to win ROTY has dropped down a bit after being up at north of -200 last week. Murray gets $25K fine for striking Hardaway Jr. Sabonis (left knee) questionable vs. Hornets, Donovan Mitchell enters concussion protocol, ruled out vs. Mavs, NBA All-Star Voting runs from Jan. 28 - Feb. 16, Kia Rookie Ladder: Wiseman takes over No. The Pacers' All-Star walked off the court under his own power after banging knees with Kyle Lowry. And never before has a class of rookies been thrown almost immediately into the fray of veterans training camp, preseason games and actual NBA duty, all coming in a rush of barely a month. Find out here with ESPN.com's NBA season leaders, ranked by ESPN player rating systems. 3. The 6-foot-8 point guard leads Charlotte in rebounding and player efficiency rating (19.5). Rookie Wire Power Rankings: James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball lead the way. It certainly would have … And if given the chance, would swap their rooks right now. If you are having difficulty accessing any content on this website, please visit our Accessibility page. Share 0. Kia Rookie Ladder Kia Rookie Ladder: James Wiseman takes over No. 17 points | 6-9 FG | 3-5 3FG | 2 steals pic.twitter.com/sxIoFPjrSg, — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 11, 2021. Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball becomes youngest to post triple-double, Power Rankings, Week 4: Suns rise to No. Week 5 Update — We’re mid-way through the fifth week of the 2020-21 NBA season and the Rookie of the Year race remains relatively unchanged. ", – LaMelo Ball (@MELOD1P) on his basketball instincts after his first triple-double. 2, Pacers' Domantas Sabonis reaching new levels this season. NBA.com is part of Warner Media, LLC’s Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. The deeper we get into the season, the more folks will point this out: Williams came off the bench for all 29 games he played at Florida State, yet has started every game he’s played as a pro. Tweet. The Golden State Warriors, for example, have greatly benefitted from having an out-and-out center back in the starting line-up, while the Charlotte Hornets bet on LaMelo Ball's promise appears to be paying off. Which player is dominating the 2020-2021 season? Keeping him out of the No. 14 25 70 95 6.8 ball, cha. The 2020 NBA Draft didn’t feature a ton of high-end talent, but there should be a few players who will have plenty of fantasy basketball value in Year 1. You agree that your personal information will be used to send you messages about NBA related products and services, and share your personal information with NBA partners and affiliates so that they can also contact you about products and services that might be of interest to you. "NBA 2K21" got its big rookies Roster Update on Thursday, so here are all the big changes you want to know regarding Anthony Edwards, Lamelo Ball and more. 1. Check out some of James Wiseman’s best plays this season. Kurt Helin: Jordan Clarkson (Jazz) A gunner off the bench who racks … NBA rookies have gone through their first week in the league, so how have they fared? Regular season: 17.0 minutes, 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 … Evan Mobley, USC. LaMelo Ball made history as ... 2. Early NBA Rookie of the Year Candidates. The Hornets rookie starts on top in the first ranking of 2020 NBA Draft class. Whether you’re drafting for a standard league or for a keeper/dynasty format, these rookie … Players picked near the top have shown their skills. "I've been doing this ever since I was 3. Despite playing only three games in college and being off a competitive court for about a year, Wiseman has stepped into a serious operation in Golden State and provided instant value. LaMelo Ball made history as the youngest player ever to log a triple-double. It was nice to see them gathered with family and friends, all of their reactions caught on video at the moment of selection. Height: 6'5" | Weight: 180 | Age: 18. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets. But a bigger part is Williams’ versatility, his capacity to plug on a bad team a variety of notable holes. He’s giving the Timberwolves some of what they need, as in scoring punch (he leads his classmates in that category) and visions of greatness based on his explosiveness and athletic ability. Some of the most exciting players and memorable performances in this herky-jerky, masked-up and mostly vacant-seat season have come from the new guys. Sign up to receive NBA emails! Download Link There are league execs who will tell you already that, while Ball might wind up as this year’s Rookie of the Year, the guy they’d rather have five years from now is Wiseman. This NBA rookie class was heralded as a weak one, but we’re seeing breakout performances from players like LaMelo Ball and others. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports Stats: 11.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. pic.twitter.com/pHTufRMFLN. The beloved NBA journalist and ‘everyone’s best friend’ touched hundreds of lives during an illustrious career. The top two overall picks will match up on Wednesday for the second time this week. Sliding right into the Kings' rhythm, Haliburton has averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 assists along with 1.2 steals. Though hardly a consensus pick at No. He ranks right behind starter Devonte’ Graham (6.5) in assists and grabbed attention by becoming the youngest player in NBA history to post a triple-double (22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists against Atlanta last weekend). James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors. — Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 8, 2021. Best NBA Rookies so far: Immanuel Quickley’s confidence. And not just wrong, but very wrong. Big, 6-foot-11, Freshman. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. 891 3 minutes read. 3 overall pick LaMelo Ball has been electric for Charlotte to start the season. ... Jan 20, 2021, 10:07pm EST. Season stats: 12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.0 apg This video is not available in your region. Haliburton has one of the most staggering stats for an NBA rookie. Fitting in like an established player at age 20. Best scorers, rebounders and passers among the NBA first year players. NBA 2K21 Rookies Updated Cyberfaces Pack from Patch 1.07 January 12, 2021 Breaking News, NBA 2K21,. 1 spot in our NBA Rookie of the Year rankings is the fact that the Kings have started with a measly 5-10 record, though this has less to do with the rookie than the Sacramento team in general. The 2020–21 rookie class led by LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman and Tyrese Haliburton is proving a lot of doubters wrong. We rank the 2020-21 NBA draft … 4 pick. Evan Mobley was 2019’s Gatorade Player of the … Still, walking onto that stage at Barclays Center to shake the commissioner’s hand is what they dreamed about, not parking on their couch. And while his flashy passing earns him spots on the highlight reels, it’s his rebounding — instinctively blocking out bigger players and timing his leaps — that has been a consistent asset. So without further ado, here is our first installment of our weekly rankings. 2020-21 regular season nba rookie stat leaders rookie leaders / includes games of thursday, january 21, 2021 scoring average g fg ft pts avg rebounds per game g off def tot avg assists per game g ast avg edwards, min. Seizing opportunity — the way Maxey did scoring 39 points against Denver for a thin Sixers’ roster — is essential for rookies. The glimpses of greatness are getting more frequent, whether he’s facing, backing toward the basket or protecting the rim at a pace of 1.5 blocks nightly. Any talk of draft steals has to start and end with Tyrese Haliburton. Tyrese Haliburton is already coming up clutch for the Kings. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets. LaMelo Ball, Hornets. In a Hornets win, LaMelo became the NBA's youngest ever player to record a triple double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists and is part of the reason he is strongly tipped to win NBA Rookie of the Year. Ball took a huge jump last week after his triple-double and continued production off the bench. Thu, Jan 21, 2021 … While the 2019 NBA draft class was headlined by identifiable stars in Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, the 2020 NBA draft was defined by its lack of clarity at the top. Through 14 appearances, the point guard is averaging 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists. At No. Out of college, Haliburton had one of the best stat-lines of his draft class and has continued this coming off the bench for the Kings. Jazz guard sidelined after showing symptoms of a possible concussion. His all-round game has brought the Hornets some much needed threat from the bench and has helped them to an early 6-8 record. Email. NBA TSL’s NBA 2021 Rookie Meter These rookies are separating themselves from the pack very early in the 2021 season . 1 guaranteed star. See how all 30 teams rank after the first three weeks of the 2020-21 season. 5 undervalued NBA rookies already proving their worth in 2021. Haliburton has kept pace in NBA Rookie of the Year conversations and is well placed to take the trophy, especially if his efficiency from the field continues. Not so much. The sky is the limit for @MELOD1P Hornets Hive Cast with @SamFarberLive : https://t.co/mBYQptZvlH#AllFly pic.twitter.com/HCWRIzx4BU. The 19-year-old guard set the record with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over Atlanta. 1 in the Draft, Edwards has shown much of the potential that got him to that perch. The Top 5 this week in the 2020-21 Kia Rookie Ladder: One of the best things anyone can say about a rookie is that he’s affecting his team’s ability to win. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets. 13 61 17 158 12.2 ball, cha. Never before have they had to wait until November to hear their names called in the Draft, and then only in remote fashion. The big man has dominated after missing the 2019-20 season restart. A post shared by Tyrese Haliburton (@tyresehaliburton). Nothing against Ball, but there were reasons Charlotte was talked about as considering a trade up to snag Wiseman. With the experience of franchise stars Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward, Ball has every opportunity to succeed in Charlotte. Maybe it’s helpful that there is no pressure of fans at Madison Square Garden, but I’m not sure it would matter for Immanuel Quickley. The 2020 NBA draft class was dealt a tough hand being given just over a month with their teams before starting their NBA careers. Aided by a quick start to ... 2. WWE NXT Results: Winners, News And Notes On January 20, 2021. Against the Atlanta Hawks, Ball's ability was as obvious as the expectation placed on his shoulders prior to the season. James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors. Other things the Wolves crave? But Ball has had a positive impact on the Hornets’ 6-5 start, a clear step up from last season’s 23-42 mark. What typically is a relatively leisurely (and challenging enough) runway to a rookie’s season — workouts in his new town, the baptism of the Las Vegas Summer League, two more months to adjust to professional life both on and off the court, followed by a month of camp and preseason — got scrunched into 34 days, Vegas scrapped entirely. The NBA preseason kicks off on Friday, Dec. 11, so we’ll finally get a chance to watch some of the 2020 rookie class in action. 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