Rookies

An Incredible Pace

If you are not familiar with the man who I am speaking of, you probably are not an NBA fan. Blake Griffin has developed as a player at an incredible pace and established himself amongst the NBA’s elite all in his rookie season. Griffin has shown that he was born to play basketball professionally and that all the hype and expectations that came along with him were legitimate. This tale is not perfect though, after being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers and being named Summer League MVP Blake suffered a painful injury while landing on his kneecap after a dunk. Griffin was able to overcome this but at a huge cost. He was forced to sit out his entire rookie season due to his injury and rumors circulated as they were expected to. People said that he would be injury prone for the rest of his career, that the injury would have a significant impact on his game and make him a below average player and a disappointing first round draft pick. These rumors and injury served no purpose but to motivate Griffin to use the year off to properly recover and polish his already outstanding game.

When Griffin was in college, every basketball fan, player, and coach acknowledged his talent and knew that one day he would be a great NBA player. It was also obvious that injuries would be an issue in this remarkable young players career due to his size and physical game. Griffin’s tendency to acquire injuries first made its debut in his freshmen year when he sprained the MCL in his left knee playing for the University of Oklahoma. Two months after he recovered, Griffin tore his cartilage and required a minor surgery that put him on the sidelines for one week. Griffin’s talent came a high cost as his health was jeopardized with painful injuries. Regardless, he still had an outstanding college career and put himself in a position in which every NBA team would willingly add him to their roster. He was the first pick of the 2009 NBA draft and landed himself a slot playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. The drama didn’t end there though. In the last game of the preseason, Griffin landed awkwardly after a dunk and had a stress fracture in his left knee. This would postpone his NBA debut for a projected 7 weeks. After those 7 weeks were over though, it was apparent that Griffin was not recovering properly and would have to have knee surgery that would land him on the bench for his entire rookie season. Questions loomed whether he would be injury prone for the rest of his career and not play to his full potential when healthy like Greg Oden another player who was in a similar situation. Griffin entered his second NBA season full of uncertainty whether he would live up to the expectations placed upon him a year ago.

Not only did Blake live up to the enormous expectations placed upon him, he exceeded them. Griffin is already one of the best power forwards in the NBA and still possesses the ability to score at will as he averages 23 ppg. His size combined with his physical game allows to rebound exceptionally well as he averages a whopping 12.7 a game. Not only is Griffin a great player, he is also an efficient one with an amazing 23.3 PER that is among the league’s best. Blake Griffin is also a phenomenal scorer with an above average offensive rating of 113. Words cannot describe the level that Griffin is playing at so early in his career.

Griffin is already an all star and many more appearances are expected of him. Unless John Wall plays some of the best basketball in history for the remainder of the season, Griffin will win rookie of the year. Although injury prone, the reward of having Griffin outweigh the few cons. Expect great things from this young player.

Rookies On The Rise

Each year roughly 60 new players make it into the NBA. However, only a handful of rookies have success let alone potential. Here is an analysis of rookies to look out for this season

Blake Griffin- Without a doubt Blake Griffin is the most dominant rookie in the league today. So far this season Blake Griffin has a staggering 30 double-doubles. To perform such a feat is mind-boggling, yet Griffin is able to do this as a rookie. The talent and potential that lies within Blake Griffin is limitless. Not only does Griffin has the strength to overpower some of the most formidable defenders but is also extremely agile and elusive. When a big man such as Griffin can run up and down the court and maneuver smoothly through opposition it is nearly impossible to stop. His astounding ability to be as quick as a guard and as powerful as a big man allows him to play at an all-star caliber day in and day out. Griffin currently averages 22 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per game, however; Griffin averages a minuscule .7 blocks per game as well as .7 steals per game. If Griffin continues to improve and work on all aspects of his game, Griffin could be an all-time great.

John Wall- After John Wall was selected 1st in this season’s draft, he quickly lived up to the expectations. During his first few weeks of playing with the Wizards, John Wall was succeeding tremendously. Wall was among the league leaders in steals and averaged over 10 assists per game during his first seven games. During the early stages of the season Wall was phenomenal and was in the midst of becoming an all-star. This streak however ended to abruptly. Wall’s success was instantly hindered by an injury. Once Wall recovered from injury he failed to put up the numbers he had at the beginning of the season. Although John Wall hit a minor setback his game is gradually progressing back to the way he was. Hopefully Wall will continue to progress throughout the duration of the season and even surpass what he had done earlier in the season.

Landry Fields- Fields can rebound, shoot, pass, block, steal, but there is something he will never be able to do. He will never be a first round pick. Although Fields was a second round pick in the NBA draft he has had an immense impact on the Knicks this season. The rookie Fields shocked us all when he started for the Knicks on opening game. A second round pick had somehow cracked his way into a starting lineup. Although it may seem unfathomable it is all true. So far this season Fields has shot over 50 percent from the field, has averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and scores 10 points per game. Fields however has more than just stellar stats. Landry Fields is the type of player that makes big plays without being asked. This rookie hustles on offense and defense and is prominent to Knick fans for his follow-up dunks. Landry Fields has proven himself among the top rookies and continues to elevate his game.

Rookies On The Rise

Each year roughly 60 new players make it into the NBA. However, only a handful of rookies have success let alone potential. Here is an analysis of rookies to look out for this season

Blake Griffin- Without a doubt Blake Griffin is the most dominant rookie in the league today. So far this season Blake Griffin has a staggering 30 double-doubles. To perform such a feat is mind-boggling, yet Griffin is able to do this as a rookie. The talent and potential that lies within Blake Griffin is limitless. Not only does Griffin has the strength to overpower some of the most formidable defenders but is also extremely agile and elusive. When a big man such as Griffin can run up and down the court and maneuver smoothly through opposition it is nearly impossible to stop. His astounding ability to be as quick as a guard and as powerful as a big man allows him to play at an all-star caliber day in and day out. Griffin currently averages 22 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per game, however; Griffin averages a minuscule .7 blocks per game as well as .7 steals per game. If Griffin continues to improve and work on all aspects of his game, Griffin could be an all-time great.

John Wall- After John Wall was selected 1st in this season’s draft, he quickly lived up to the expectations. During his first few weeks of playing with the Wizards, John Wall was succeeding tremendously. Wall was among the league leaders in steals and averaged over 10 assists per game during his first seven games. During the early stages of the season Wall was phenomenal and was in the midst of becoming an all-star. This streak however ended to abruptly. Wall’s success was instantly hindered by an injury. Once Wall recovered from injury he failed to put up the numbers he had at the beginning of the season. Although John Wall hit a minor setback his game is gradually progressing back to the way he was. Hopefully Wall will continue to progress throughout the duration of the season and even surpass what he had done earlier in the season.

Landry Fields- Fields can rebound, shoot, pass, block, steal, but there is something he will never be able to do. He will never be a first round pick. Although Fields was a second round pick in the NBA draft he has had an immense impact on the Knicks this season. The rookie Fields shocked us all when he started for the Knicks on opening game. A second round pick had somehow cracked his way into a starting lineup. Although it may seem unfathomable it is all true. So far this season Fields has shot over 50 percent from the field, has averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and scores 10 points per game. Fields however has more than just stellar stats. Landry Fields is the type of player that makes big plays without being asked. This rookie hustles on offense and defense and is prominent to Knick fans for his follow-up dunks. Landry Fields has proven himself among the top rookies and continues to elevate his game.