Last season there were eight rookies who averaged double figure points. As I write this there are only three rookies averaging double figure points and one of them only played in six games. The rookie class has been subpar so far.
Scoring isn’t everything but it is important. Brandon Ingram has a different role for the Lakers. He was supposed to be this scorer but his shooting is not there right now. He is running the offense for the 2nd unit which happens to be the best bench in the NBA. He plays with Lou Williams who will take the majority of the shots. He also shows promise as a defender.
Buddy Hield has been a huge disappointment so far this season. He was supposed to be a shooter but he’s shooting just 25% from 3-point range and he’s hit more than one 3-pointer just three times this season.
The best rookie by far is Joell Embiid. Even in his limited minutes he leads all rookies in shot attempts. He averages 18 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.4 blkpg while shooting 50% from beyond the arc. He’s scored in double figures in every game he has played in and he has four double-doubles. He’s playing just 22 minutes per game and he’s only played in 12 games because of rest but Embiid is looking like the real deal.
One rookie who has steadily improved is Jamal Murray for the Denver Nuggets. He struggled early, scoring just two points in his first four games. However, in his last five games he’s averaging 18.8 ppg while shooting 48% from the field and 51% from 3-point range.
At this pace Joel Embiid is a lock to win rookie of the year. His rookie teammate Dario Saric is a solid player as well. Keep an eye out on Jamal Murray and Brandon Ingram. Let’s see if Buddy can grow and improve his shooting. Thunder rookie Domantas Sabonis shows flashes and shoots 44% from 3-point range.