NBA rookie power rankings
NBA rookie power rankings
The 2017 rookie class is one that will be debated for the long time. The Fultz-Lonzo debate was in full swing when the team holding the first pick decided they didn’t want either player. Then the guy who went fourth basically snubbed the team picking third. It was madness.
Now that the season has begun, lets check in on the careers of those chosen in the lottery to see who’s been the best.
1. Jayson Tatum
While the opening minutes of Tuesday saw LeBron James swat away his first shot attempt, Tatum was sensational in his NBA debut. The third overall pick finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, becoming the first Celtics rookie to post a double-double in his NBA debut since Larry Bird in 1979.
T-13. Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz has zero points and zero rebounds. Jayson Tatum has like 14 points and 10 rebounds.
T-13. Lonzo Ball
All the hype, but no stats. Doesn’t even have any points. Jayson Tatum has 14.
T-13. Josh Jackson
What is Josh Jackson doing in this picture? He's not scoring or rebounding in a regular-season game; I can tell you that much.
T-13. De’Aaron Fox
This week, De’Aaron Fox made headlines by saying Wendy’s is better than In-N-Out Burger. Know how Jayson Tatum made headlines? By becoming the first Celtics rookie to post a double-double in his NBA debut since Larry Bird in 1979.
T-13. Jonathan Isaac
Isaac is known for having a great reach. Would it be too much of a reach to ask for some points? He doesn’t have any so far.
T-13. Lauri Markkanen
Markkanen is from Finland, much like a lot of NHL goalies. His point total would be great if it were a goals against average, because it’s 0.00.
T-13. Frank Ntilikina
To be frank, he trails Jayson Tatum by 14 points and 10 rebounds. Does he even play?
T-13. Dennis Smith Jr.
The Mavericks might want this one back. He hasn’t done anything.
T-13. Zach Collins
Zach Collins? More like Phil Collins, because We Wait and We Wonder whether or not this guy is ever going to put up some numbers.
T-13. Malik Monk
Wait, how in the world did Monk fall to No. 11 in the draft? Oh right, because he’s got no points this season.
T-13. Luke Kennard
Let’s just say he hasn’t exactly been Jayson Tatum. If he had, he’d have something like 14 points and 10 rebounds this season.
T-13. Donovan Mitchell
Is it too soon to say “bust?” The guy’s got goose eggs across the board, so maybe.
N/A. Bam Adebayo
The Heat didn’t play on Tuesday night. It would be ridiculous to hold that against Adebayo. His team hasn’t played yet.