Rookie Notes and Mail -- The New Class
Posted Jul 5 2007 4:29PM
SECAUCUS, NJ, July 5, 2007 -- Another season at the Rookie Report has begun. On Monday, we projected what the final Rookie Rankings might look like, and on Tuesday, we gave you a list of 10 second rounders who could make an impact right away.
And of course, you disagreed with us. Which is great. The Report loves a good basketball discussion. And obviously, since we haven't seen these guys play on the NBA level, we're all just speculating at this point.
Of course, we'll see most of them in Summer League action starting tomorrow. There are three leagues in which these guys will play: Las Vegas (July 6-15), Orlando (July 9-13) and Utah (July 13-20). So keep it locked on NBA.com and the Rookie Report for full Summer League coverage. At the end of the Rocky Mountain Revue, we'll have another batch of Rookie Rankings.
Before we get to the mail, here's a few rookie-related links to check out:
T-Mobile Rookie Report: The Report saw Navarro last year when the Sixers were in Barcelona, and of course, we've seen him play for the Spanish National Team numerous times. So, if he is indeed coming over to play this season (here's the latest), he'll definitely be on our radar, and we can certainly see him finding his way into the rankings. The guy can fill it up.
And that reminds us that there's one other guy we should have mentioned in our rankings: Theo Papaloukas. But now there's a report out there that Papaloukas may be staying in Europe, so we'll keep an eye out for anything concrete.
RR: The Report likes Law a lot, RJ. And he'll get plenty of burn and could start by the end of the season, but Claxton will probably still be the starter when the season starts.
RR: Dear Hasan and everyone else who wrote about the stats posted in the Rankings... There's a sentence in italics above the rankings that reads, "Stats are from the player's last season in college."
Thanks for writing. Stay classy. Love, the Rookie Report.
RR: The Report likes Young, but he's a little ... ummm ... young. He just turned 19 (Happy belated birthday, Thaddeus!) and he was looked at as one of the lottery guys who had more potential than NBA-readiness (if that makes sense). Couple that with all the wings (Iguodala, Korver, Carney and Willie Green) that the Sixers have already, and Young may not see regular burn in his rookie season.
RR: Yi certainly has the potential to crack the top 10, or even the top five, but the Report put him in the second group because, at this point, he hasn't said that he's willing to play for the Bucks. Hopefully, he'll change his mind, but until he does, we can't put him ahead of rookies who we know will perform.
RR: Hawes was a solid pick at 10, but like Thaddeus Young, he's probably a year or two from being ready to play a significant role in the NBA. While his skill set is something the Kings need, the Report is not sure he jumps ahead of Kenny Thomas in the Sacramento big man rotation right away.
RR: If Giorgos Printezis stays in Greece another year and the Raps don't sign an undrafted rookie, Toronto fans will be sorely missed around these parts. With no Raptor rookies, the Report will neither laugh or cry as much as we have the last two seasons.
Perhaps y'all can adopt Marco Belinelli (he's Italian like Il Mago and Mr. Gherardini) as one of your own and write exorbitant amounts of mail panegyrizing him and his play in Golden State.
RR: But if all of those guys get enough playing time to finish in the top five, how are Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge going to finish 1-2 for MVP?
And nevermind, Toronto. With Blazer fans like this, the Report might not miss you guys.
RR: The Report was going to skip over this e-mail until we read the guarantee. When you write a guarantee like that, you get yourself published. Someone take note and remind the Report of Philemon in Diamond Bar, Cal. at the end of the year, so he/she can be properly ridiculed at that time.
And can McRoberts really play the three?
The Report agrees that he was a nice pick at 37, but we just don't see him getting regular burn for the Blazers in his rookie year, let alone average nine boards.
RR: As we wrote in the Brandan Wright item, we're not sure how or if Don Nelson will play his rookies. And of course, you have to take into account that Belinelli will probably need more time to adjust to the NBA than other rookies. Still, we're looking forward to seeing him play in that system and it's certainly not out of the question that he could crack the top 10 at some point during the season.
RR: Hill doesn't have a shot at ROY, and he might not crack the top 10, but he has a real chance to get more playing time than half of the guys drafted before him. And that's why he's on our list.
RR: Durant: 20.5 points per game. Oden: 2.75 blocks. Conley: 5.8 assists. Your turn, Rich.
RR: Back-to-back ROYs for one team has happened four times.
Walt Bellamy (1961-62) and Terry Dischinger ('62-63) first did it for Chicago (Packers in '61-62, Zephyrs in '62'-63, and now the Wizards).
Then Earl Monroe ('67-68) and Wes Unseld ('68-69) did it for Baltimore (also now the Wizards).
Then Geoff Petrie (who tied for the award with Dave Cowens in '70-71) and Sidney Wicks ('71-72) did it for Portland.
And right after that, Bob McAdoo ('72-73) and Ernie DiGregorio ('73-74) won back-to-back ROYs for Buffalo (now the Clippers).
Obviously, it was more likely to happen back then because there were less teams in the league. Here's the full list of Rookie of the Year winners.
And if you look at that list closely, you'll see that the Blazers already have two ROY winners on their roster, while the Grizzlies currently have three, the Nets have two, and the Suns will be adding a second soon.
RR: The Report doesn't know too much about Newley. He's one guy we'll be trying to watch closely in Vegas. It's hard to imagine him getting major burn for the Rockets this season though.
RR: If Navarro comes over, then it's more likely that Stevenson will go elsewhere, but then you've probably got Navarro likely playing ahead of Young. And you've still got Gilbert and Antonio Daniels there, so while Young should certainly be a regular in the rotation, he may not see as much time as you think.
RR: The Report really liked the Dudley pick at 22 and had him penciled into our "10 More Who Should be Rotation Regulars" list, but then we realized that the Bobcats still have Adam Morrison, Matt Carroll and Walter Herrmann at the wings, plus Gerald Wallace if he comes back. So, we're not sure there's a lot of playing time left over for Dudley this season.
RR: And then traded to the Sixers. Try to keep up, Ross!