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7 NBA Players Who Had the Best Rookie Seasons of All Time

It was Ben Simmons, followed by Luka Doncic.

Now it could be Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, or RJ Barrett. 

NBA fans have seen rookies, and here are the best rookies of all time.

The best NBA rookies of all time

7) Hakeem Olajuwon

Olajuwon would not be The Dream if not for bringing the Houston Rockets to the finals and eventually winning the championships on his second NBA season. He played for 35.5 minutes in 82 games during the 1984-85 season—the year he was drafted. His average score was 20.6 points and 12 rebounds.

At only 22, Olajuwon became one of Twin Towers – the other one being Ralph Sampson. He stayed with the Rockets for 17 years. Olajuwon had one MVP award.

6) LeBron James

James was the No.1 overall draft pick in 2003, at only 19 years old. No one was more hyped than he was, coming into the NBA.

During his rookie season, he played for almost 40 minutes per game. His averages included 21 points, six assists, and 1.6 steals. Cleveland Cavaliers won 35 games on James’ rookie season.

5) Tim Duncan

Duncan was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1997. He was known for his old school game that eventually made him one of the greatest, if not the greatest, power forward in NBA history. 

He went on to play with San Antonio Spurs, bringing them 56 wins on his rookie season, averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds. In his sophomore season, the Spurs won the championship.

4) Allen Iverson

Iverson was the No. 1 overall draft pick for 2006-07 when the Philadelphia 76ers were struggling. 

Iverson did bring the changes that the franchise and the fans were looking for—he was their beacon of hope. He played for 40 minutes per game, bringing in 22 wins for the Sixers. He averaged 23.5 points and 7.5 assists. It was also his career second highest. And two after that, he led the team to its finals appearance.

3) Larry Bird

Bird turned the debilitating Boston Celtics around when he arrived in the team in 1979-80 season. He also helped in bringing the team’s first three championships after his draft in 1981.

He averaged 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 4.5 assists while also giving Celtics a 32-win improvement.

2) David Robinson

Robinson was 1987’s first overall pick. However, he played after two years with the Spurs. Robinson was then committed to serving the Navy.

When he was able to play, he scored 24.3 points and 12 rebounds. Robinson gave the Spurs the most significant leap from 21 to 56 wins. He led the team for seven consecutive playoffs appearance and eventually won two championships. He changed the franchise long before Duncan played with the team.

1) Oscar Robertson

Robertson has the greatest rookie season, becoming a rookie in 1960. He averaged 30.5 points, ten rebounds, and 9.7 assists. He also averaged triple-double in his sophomore year.

Robertson, as he was paired with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, gave his team (Cincinnati Royals, which later became known as Kansas City then Sacramento Kings) their seven consecutive playoff appearances.

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Among Williamson, Morant, and Barrett, who do you think has the best rookie season yet? Let us know!

3 Best Performing NBA #1 Draft Picks of the Last 10 Seasons

The NBA Draft season culminated recently with Zion Williamson as the 2019 first overall pick. The New Orleans Pelicans selected Williamson.

Hopes and expectations. These are the words that describe the selection process. And whoever can prove that he is worthy of the spot gets drafted.

It’s time we look back some of the best NBA #1 overall draft picks in the last ten years. Note: not all NBA draft picks performed what was expected of them. But these three people delivered!

1) Kyrie Irving

NBA Draft: 2011

Picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving was one of the best players of the 2010-11 basketball season. He played with the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball. Irving averaged 17.4 points in the first eight games, but an injury puts his performance to a halt.

It did not stop the NCAA to include Irving in the roster of the Freshman of the Year. He was the strongest contender then. On his last game with the Duke, Irving scored 28 points.

He forwent the last three seasons of his eligibility and went ahead with the NBA draft.

In 2012, he was chosen as part of the Rising Stars Challenge where he scored 34 points. His three-point shooting expertise showed with 8-of-8 baskets. Irving was given Most Valuable Player (MVP) honours.

Irving became the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year. He appeared on his first NBA finals in 2014-15 and first NBA championship in the next year. He played one more season with the Cavaliers before signing up with the Boston Celtics. 

In 2019, he became a free agent and signed with Brooklyn Nets.

2) Anthony Davis

NBA Draft: 2012

Davis was selected by New Orleans Hornets and stayed with the team for the next seven seasons until he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

His #1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was a basketball forecast of 2011. Davis was also predicted to be a college basketball Grand Slam awardee, winning National Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year.

Davis led the Kentucky Wildcats’ eighth NCAA championship.

On the same year, he became a part of the Team USA and competed at the 2012 Olympics. He was the first American player who played at the Olympics without prior NBA experience.

Davis was declared for the draft and the rest of the champion team’s starting five. He signed a three-year contract with the Hornets valued at $16 million. 

He appeared at the First All-Star in 2013-14 and had his first playoff the following season. In 2016-17, he recorded 50 points in a season opener game. He holds the second-highest scoring next to Michael Jordan who scored a whopping 54 points in 1989.

3) Ben Simmons

NBA Draft: 2016

The Philadelphia 76ers chose Simmons, and he stayed with the team until now. 

He played for the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. Simmons was named first-team All-American as well as the National Freshman of the Year. LSU Tigers did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Simmons moved forward by entering the NBA Draft. And he became the third Australian who became #1 overall pick. (Irving was one of these three players).

Simmons was the first player to become #1 pick without prior NCAA Tournament experience.

He wasn’t able to play on his first year with the 76ers because of an injury. In 2018-19, however, he proved the media analysts (and those who doubt his shooting capabilities by becoming the Rookie of the Year. He was also included in the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

In 2019, Simmons was named to the NBA All-Star.

 

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5 Big 3s to Watch Out For in the 2019-20 NBA Season

Triangle offence.

While it is a simple yet perplexing offence strategy, it works. It worked for Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, among NBA teams whose championships were founded on the triangle offence.

Scott Cacciola explains in Three Sides to This Story what a triangle offence is and how it looks like. It “revolves around seven guiding principles that include maintaining proper spacing, penetration bypassing and the interchangeability of positions. Every player ought to be able to score and from different angles.” And yes, it involves three to four players – the post, wing, and corner players – to form a triangle.

It is about proper spacing, moving the ball, and reading and breaking the opponent’s defence.

Much has been said about the death of the Big 3. And yet the importance of such cannot be dismissed at this point.

Here are the NBA Big 3s who will dominate the 2019-20 season.

5) Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Eric Bledsoe

Milwaukee Bucks became the 2018-19 season’s best team thanks to these three. 

Antetokounmpo is one of the best defensive players in the NBA but lacks in shooting section. Middleton is the three-point shooter that knows how to play the dynamics of the court to his advantage. Middleton can guarantee the shooting while Bledsoe is for defending the perimeter.

4) Houston Rockets: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Erik Gordon

Harden and Westbrook, who are both MVPs, make the Big Two. Add up sharpshooting Gordon, and this Big 3 will be unstoppable.

Harden’s capabilities are comparable with Michael Jordan’s at the 1986-87 NBA season, scoring 36.1 points per game versus Jordan’s 37.1 points. Westbrook, on his part, is the only player who averaged triple-double in the 2016-17 season. He may not have the most reliable defensive plays, but Harden and Gordon can cover up for him.

3) Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris

Embiid and Simmons are two big men who can play defensively and offensively at every position on the court. Both have exceptional abilities to space out the floor while opposing the other team’s big men. There are not many issues with Embiid other than his fitness. With Simmons, however, his outside jump shots still lack the efficiency to convert to points.

This is where Harris comes in who can shoot spot-up and off-the-dribble. His jumper skills are dependable too.

2) Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins

James, according to sports analysts, has shown signs of slowing down in the past season despite his 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists average per game stats. 

Davis and Cousins, on the other hand, are at their prime. Davis can dominate the floor, on both ends while Cousins always has a workaround for an easy basket.

1) Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams

Kawhi Leonard made NBA history by switching offseason after winning a championship and Finals MVP. He is now with the Clippers along with Paul George, who Leonard encouraged to request a trade as him so they can be in the same team.

Leonard and George are a defensive dynamo that Lou Williams, a scorer himself, shall complement. Williams is also a reliable defence player.

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