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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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Luka Doncic: What Other NBA Players and Coaches Think of Him

Only in his sophomore year, Luka Doncic is already described as phenomenal, unstoppable. This year, Doncic is on the elite list of NBA 2019-20 season MVP candidates. 

Ryan Carlisle,  Dallas Mavericks head coach, maximized the player’s MVP potential, without actually changing the game.

Who is Luka Doncic?

A Slovenian professional player, Luka Doncic was drafted to the NBA in 2018. He was the third overall pick, initially selected by Atlanta Hawks and was later traded to Dallas Mavericks for draft rights over Trae Young.

He played for the Mavericks since then as a point guard/small forward. In 2018-19 seasons, Doncic was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year.

He also plays for the Slovenia national basketball team.

Even during draft night, Carlisle has already spoken greatly about the draftee, saying, “He’s just too good. We get a guy we think is franchise foundation piece.”

There is no denying his presence in the league. Other NBA coaches and players agree.

“Luka’s playing out of this world. … He was so phenomenal last year with all the triple-doubles. I thought people were just going to really hone in on him, but he’s even gotten better. … To average a triple-double over a whole month is unbelievable – and that at 20.” ~ Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks former power forward

“Anything is a possibility with him.” ~ Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks guard

He’s a “one-in-a-whatever talent.” ~ Maxi Kleber, Dallas Mavericks power forward

“He’s a gamer. … He’s one of those guys who;’s born with it.” ~ J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks guard

“But what the guy is doing at 20 years old is incredible. … He’s a keeper.” ~ Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner 

“Obviously he’s a great young talent. I love his game, his ability to not only create shots for himself; but you guys know I love the fact that he can get great looks for his teammates.” ~ LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers forward

“He’s still a baby … He’s already doing amazing. It’s going to be scary. It’s going to be scary when he fully figures it out and he starts to really hit his prime.” ~ Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers forward

“He’s the most exciting player that has appeared in basketball in recent years.” ~ Giannis Antetekounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks forward

“I really think he’s the future of this league. He’s unbelievable. Last year, I was extremely impressed with his game. He has taken it to a whole new level. … I looked up at the score and saw his stats and I thought, ‘Man, that’s the most quiet 29, 15 and 14 I’ve ever seen in my life.’” ~ Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers forward

“He going to be a problem. He already a problem, but he’s going to be really good for a long time. He is exciting to watch. He has kind of lifted that franchise.” ~ Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors forward

“He’s a really, really, really good player. Not just for a rookie. … He’s got real game. He’s a real pro.” ~ Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers point guard

“He’s a tough guard. He’s a physical guy. He can get any shot pretty much that he wants. … It just goes to show you how impressive he is. Nothing fazes him, nothing speeds him up, his shot has gotten better. He’s pretty much a magician.” ~ Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards guard

“He’s going to push Dirk Nowitzki for the greatest European to ever play this game.” ~ David Fizdale, New York Knicks coach

“He has great vision, Lebron-ish. … But I think Luka’s just going to be — Luka and people are going to try to probably model their game after him more than him modelling after anyone else. ~ Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers coach

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NBA Leaders in Most Triple Doubles; No, It’s Not Russell Westbrook Yet

On his second outing playing for the Houston Rockets, Russell Westbrook passed Magic Johnson with his 139th triple-double record. He is now the second NBA player with the most triple-doubles.

On the game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Rockets won 126-123. Westbrook chipped in 28 points, ten rebounds, and 13 assists.

What is a triple-double?

That is precisely what triple-double is: achieving a double-digit total on three out of five statistical categories in basketball such as point, steal, rebound, assist, and block in a single game.

Only a few NBA players reached double-double and triple-double in one game. Here are the names of who hold the records (as of November 2019).

#1 Oscar Robertson (181)

Robertson still holds the career-record triple-doubles at 181. He reached his 100th triple-double status in just 277 games. The Big O is the only NBA player who has back-to-back triple-double seasons. He averaged 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in one season while he was still playing.

Robertson was also listed as one of the best guards in NBA history.

#2 Russell Westbrook (139)

Westbrook’s last two season averages are a triple-double. Only 30 years (turning 31 on November 12) and with no injuries, Westbrook has up to six good playing years ahead of him.

Interestingly, he was also the third NBA player to get passed the 100th mark of games with triple-doubles at 736 games. 

#3 Magic Johnson (138)

Johnson’s on-court physical dominance was the key to amassing such many triple-doubles. He was a shooter, rebounder with excellent assisting skills. However, he had to retire early because of an illness. He too could have passed Robertson’s record if he continued playing for Los Angeles Lakers.

He reached his career-record of 100 triple-doubles in 656 games.

#4 Jason Kidd (107)

Kidd was the triple-doubler who has his ways with the ball. He often starts with a rebound, dribbles the ball to the other side, and passes the ball to his teammate. He was scoring triple-doubles even on his rookie season. 

He held the record of most triple-doubles that pass the 25 points until Luka Doncic steal the record On November 3 Dallas Mavericks game against Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kidd is now the assistant coach of Los Angeles Lakers. 

#5 LeBron James (81)

James is the second active NBA player in the top five. Although he also has a good shot taking over the #1 spot from Robertson, he isn’t explicitly aiming for it. And at 34, sports analysts say that the number of high-level years from King James is already limited.

Nonetheless, he is still in the running for reaching his 100th triple-double. But that the fans have to wait.

The question now is not whether Westbrook can surpass Robertson’s record because he surely can. It’s only a matter of time—there’s only a 42 deficit, and NBA teams play for 82 games per season.

The 2019-20 NBA season could be it.

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For Westbrook’s likely take over of the #1: will it be this 2019-20 or 2020-21? What do you think?