NBA Rookies - The Future Stars

Snippets from the NBA Rookies – the Season that was

Tue, 18 Apr, 7:28 AM


Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is a beast. It’s a shame he’s so injury prone. Embiid came out of the 2014 draft but wasn’t able to play due to a faulty foot. Fast-forward and Embiid had a rocket of a start wowing fans and opponents in ever city he played.

The product out of Kansas was on his way to running away with the Rookie of the Year award before injury struck the young Cameroonian once again, going down to a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Hopefully Embiid returns to full health because he has a boatload of potential and it would be a shame to see it go to waste.


Dario Saric

Saric is exactly what teams in today’s NBA crave. He stands at 6ft 10in, 101kg and the boy has shooting potential. Saric is only 22 and has come into the league after being drafted by Orlando and being traded for the rights to Elfrid Payton.

Saric’s form this season for the 76ers has been very impressive. The kid is averaging 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Not bad for a big man in his first year.

Saric really came into the fray when fellow rookie Joel Embiid went down. U p to that point Embiid had won every Rookie of the Month award. After his injury, Saric went on to win the Rookie of the Month award for February and March.

Saric was capped in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend. Think of Saric as a poor man’s Kristaps Porzingis. We’ve seen a lot from him thus far and he has the chance to improve a tone.


Brandon Ingram

The tattooed youngster is running out in the Laker purple and gold at the tender age of 18. Ingram was the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Ingram’s debut season has been slightly underwhelming when compared to his lofty pick.

The young Laker is averaging 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. There is certainly a lot of room for improvement. In his first start, he scored 16 points against the Warriors and against the Raptors had 9 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Had he hit a triple double, he would have become the youngest player in NBA history to record one.

Ingram is a wiry player who would be lucky to weigh 90kg, soaking wet. He’s still young, and after developing a perimeter game and putting some time in the weight room, he has the potential to flourish in a Laker team who desperately needs him to come good.


Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm who? Malcolm Brogdon ladies and gentleman. This unassuming rookie has shone very bright. But his star has been dimmed because the Milwaukee market is one that many aren’t familiar with. Brogdon was the 36th pick out of the 2016 draft.

Brogdon’s unexpected rise was capped with a call-up to the U.S team in the Rising Stars challenge at All-Star Weekend. Brogdon is averaging 10 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal per game. He’s outplayed his 36th pick tag and has the potential to be a key cog in this young Milwaukee line-up.


By Nik Hatzi

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