Throughout the course of the NBA season, I've decided to do Rookie Rankings, where I rank the top ten rookies in the NBA. I really have no comments on the rankings, seeing as they have not played yet. However, I will add comments as the season progresses.
So here is the preseason edition:
- Derrick Rose, PG, Chicago Bulls
I will be surprised if Rose does not maintain a top three spot throughout the season. He is a great scorer, solid defender, tenacious competitior, and so much more. The Bulls made the right choice with this pick.
- O.J. Mayo, SG, Memphis Grizzlies
Mayo is solid on both sides of the ball. Not much else to say. The Timberwovles were stupid to trade him. The Grizzlies were lucky to get him. I think the Grizzlies made a very, very good trade, and I highly doubt they will regret it.
- Michael Beasley, SF, Miami Heat
With a little improvement on defense, I think Beasley can be one of the elite forwards in the NBA in a couple of years. His ability to score and rebound as well as he does is phenomenal.
- Brook Lopez, C, New Jersey Nets
Another guy who needs to work on defense, but if he does, he should be a threat to watch out for. You have to love his offensive game. If the Nets had kept Richard Jefferson, they would've been serious contenders.
- Greg Oden, C, Portland Trailblazers
Seeing as he missed all of last season, Oden is still considered a rookie. All teams should beware of a fit, healthy Oden. I think he has a big chance to catch some other teams off guard with his dominant play. He won't disappoint.
- Jerryd Bayless, PG, Portland Trailblazers
Whether he plays the point or the two-guard, he'll find ways to score. Playing alongisde youngsters such as Greg Oden and Brandon Roy can't hurt... I think Portland made a good trade by getting Bayless, although Rush is no fake.
- Russell Westbrook, SG, Seattle SuperSonics
A solid defender, good scorer, he is a well-balanced player. Although the Sonics could have traded down to get him, I don't think the pick was bad at all. Only time will tell...
- Eric Gordon, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
Another high scoring guard. He was a huge threat for Indiana in college, and I see him having a successful career in the NBA as well. However, I think he would play better at a different team than the Clippers.
- Brandon Rush, SG, Indiana Pacers
After watching him at Kansas, I can tell you that Rush is going to be a great role player in the NBA. He won't put up many points, but his presence will benefit the Pacers tremendously. He is very balanced, and can play the two or three.
- Anthony Randolph, SF, Golden State Warriors
I didn't watch much of Randolph in college, but when I did watch him, I was impressed. On a team already loaded with talent, I can only imagine that Randolph's game will continue to improve.
(I realize that there is a number one next to every player, and I'm not sure why that is... I'll try to fix it.)