One of the best things about the NBA kicking off is that teams finally have the opportunity to display their new talent. Three of the newest and most popular names anywhere are Jimmer Fredette, Kyrie Irving, and Ricky Rubio. All three have very different skill sets but they have one thing in common; they are this year’s rookie class.
In a new series we are going to follow the three of them throughout the season along with their progression and run for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. This will be a running group of posts updating you on how they are doing against one another as well as how they are stacking up in the big scheme of things in the league.
Before we update you on their opening night games, we have to play Ms. Cleo and predict he future a little bit.
In the pop-culter led NBA, being cited in a Lil Wayne rap song is a huge deal. While everyone wants to be “shootin like Jimmer” only the Sacramento Kings will be able to use his basketball ability in their favor. Jimmer is the famed rook out of BYU who led the NCAA in scoring his senior year. He was similar to Stephan Curry in his ability to create his own shots while carrying his team. Ultimatly neither won a championship but Jimmer is the most hyped player out of BYU in some time and possibly the best since Danny Ainge back in the day.
On the season Jimmer should have a solid year. He can score but his defense could be a liability early on. Jimmer is not starting and is going to have to earn playing time. Expect him to be a solid role player at best in his first year. Yes, he will get a few starts but he is not the answer for this franchise this year. Coming off of the bench does not provide good recipe for winning Rookie of the Year, so don’t expect his name to be on the trophy.
Last year Kyrie Irving’s toe was one of the biggest stories on Tobacco Road. It is hard to believe that the first pick in the NBA draft only played in eight games during his long college season, but that is the case for Irving. Leading the Duke Blue Devils in scoring he suffered an odd toe injury that forced him to sit until the NCAA Tourney. Too much time had elapsed and the Devils (specifically Nolan Smith) had trouble inserting Kyrie into the game. In his last game at Duke they lost in the worst game of the year to Arizona. Kyrie was the only Duke player who could do anything positive while they got ran out of the gym. He scored 28 in the drudging and took his blue Nike’s to the pro game.
Kyrie is the starting point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While the Cav’s don’t have Lebron, they are going to be better than many assume this season. No, they won’t make the playoffs but they are rebuilding. Kyrie is a superstar in the making. His quickness and ability to score will be a huge asset for the Cavs in the next few years. Of this class, he is the player who is the most ready to play. Expect big things out of Irving this year. He will be a borderline all star and will run away with the year’s award.
Although he is no Chris Paul, the most interesting story may be Ricky RRRRRRubio. If you haven’t heard of him yet, he is the supposed to be the spanish version of Chris Paul. He has been hyped for a long time as he played professional ball since the age 14. One would think that this experience would put him at a huge advantage over Kyrie and Jimmer, but it is yet to be seen.
Throughout his career Rubio has been sort of like Bigfoot. He has been hyped as a new school European-style Pistol Peet, but not a lot of video and tape has been available for the general public. Rubio has the potential to be a solid player in this league, especially if the legend of Bigfoot turns out to be true.