Best Rookie


Carmelo Anthony • Denver Nuggets
One of the more heralded rookies in recent years, Anthony entered the NBA with an NCAA title under his belt. He has proven to be nothing short of spectacular in his first season. The No. 1 offensive option on the Nuggets, the No. 3 overall draft pick, is second among rookies in scoring (18.2 ppg) and third in rebounds (6.2 rpg). He's a big reason the Nuggets are well-positioned to make their first playoff appearance in nine seasons.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
44
35.4
.406
.320
.745
6.3
2.8
1.27
0.68
18.2



Chris Bosh • Toronto Raptors
Long (6-10) and lanky (210 pounds), the No. 4 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft has proven to be a durable (played in 36 of Toronto's 40 games) and dependable option in the paint for the post-poor Raptors. Leads all rookies in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and is fourth in scoring at 10.9 points. With a solid, veteran group around him, Bosh has been able to play without any added pressure of having to carry a team.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
36
33.1
.457
.375
.636
7.2
1.0
0.64
1.56
10.9



T.J. Ford • Milwaukee Bucks
Too small, too slight and too inexperienced were the knocks against Bucks rookie point guard T.J. Ford. What people didn't see was that Ford is too fast for most opposing guards and too tenacious as well. The 5-10, 165-pound point guard has helped the Bucks to a 23-19 record. Though only averaging 27.2 minutes per game, Ford leads all rookies with 6.3 assists per contest and has a 2.41:1 assists-to-turnovers ratio, best among rookies and 26th in the league.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
41
27.2
.378
.222
.827
3.5
6.3
1.29
0.07
7.3



Kirk Hinrich • Chicago Bulls
Has flourished since new coach Scott Skiles made the rookie out of Kansas the Bulls' starting point guard. The 6-3 point guard has handled the transition well, as he is third among rookies in assists per game (5.8) and is third in assists-to-turnovers ratio (1.99:1). Hinrich can also get it done on the defensive end as he's averaging 1.08 spg, good for sixth among rookies.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
37
33.7
.401
.373
.726
2.8
5.8
1.08
0.27
10.4



LeBron James • Cleveland Cavaliers
Entered the NBA with more hype than any rookie since Shaquille O'Neal. James has been able to live up to that hype and he's handled it all with great maturity. He leads all rookies in scoring (20.4 ppg) , fifth in rebounding (5.9 rpg), second in assists (6.2 apg) and first in steals (1.55 spg). Off the court, James has been a phenomenon as well as his No. 23 Cavaliers jersey is the No. 1 seller in the NBA.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
40
40.3
.417
.273
.765
5.9
6.2
1.55
0.65
20.4



Dwyane Wade • Miami Heat
Having a fine rookie season, but has been derailed by injury. When healthy, Wade is one of the more explosive young players in the game. Wade is third among rookies in scoring (16.2 ppg), ninth in rebounding (4.2) and fourth in steals (1.28). Wade injured his right wrist and just had the splint removed this past Wednesday.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
29
36.5
.453
.310
.727
4.2
4.4
1.28
0.72
16.2

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