11. Myers Leonard - 5ppg playing 16mpg. Not a position of need 12. Jeremy Lamb- just recalled from D League. Played in 11 games, 2ppg 13. Kendall Marshall- played in 8 games, has yet to register a point 14. John Henson- 10mpg, averages 4/3 15. Mo Harkless- 18mpg, averages 4/4 16. Royce White- lulz 17. Tyler Zeller- gettin 25mpg, putting up 8/5. Not terrible 18. Terrence Jones- 8mpg 19. Andrew Nicholson- 14mpg, 7/3. Contributor 20. Evan Fournier- 8mpg 21. Jared Sullinger- 5/5 in 18mg. Contributor 22. Fab Melo- hasn't played a minute 23. John Jenkins- 6mpg 24. Jared Cunningham- 3pmg 25. Tony Wroten- has played in 3 games 26. Miles Plumlee- 2 games 27. Arnett Moultrie- 11 games, 5mpg 28. Perry Jones- 10 games, 7mpg 29. Marquis Teague- 7mpg 30. Festus Ezeli- 16mpg, 3/4
So which one of these studs should we have drafted at 10? Zeller, Nicholson and Sullinger are the only 3 who are even getting consistent PT, and we already have decent players at those positions. Most aren't even active every night and some haven't even played yet! Only so many rookies come out and play well in their rookie years. And they are usually taken in the top 10
We have a guy getting the 6th most minutes out of any rookies. He has ample chance to fail, but also is getting the chance to learn. 20 years old, 29 games into his career.
Good work. He is frustrating to watch at times but he is 20 and playing at the highest level of competition. He has a lot of learning to do and plenty of time to do it, and he's shown flashes of what he can become with work and experience.
AD/Drummond would be a formidable front court going forward
In case anyone was wondering, AD is 2nd in PPG, 1st in REB, 1st in BLK, 2nd in STL, 1st in DBL/DBL, 2nd in PER amongst rookies who get 20+ minutes. He's obviously the true jewel of the draft and he really isn't talked about as much as he should be nationally since Lillard is compiling numbers in POR
Rivers, to me, is having a "welcome to the NBA" moment. It's a huge transition being the son of a famous NBA player and coach, and being a the "big man on campus" at Duke. Now, he's just a guy at this point.
Monty gets a lot of praise of being a great coach. This is where he has to earn that title. Rivers has the potential and pedigree to be an All Star. Lets see Monty and Dell do their thing.
It's hard to say right now as most rookies aren't given the opportunity to play right now. And most of them aren't ready to make an impact. Rivers is in that same boat. He isn't ready but was forced to log heavy minutes due to Gordon's setback prior to the season. It's all a bunch of knee-jerk reactions stemming from the role the kid was forced into early on.
People forget that Austin was drafted initially with the plan of likely having him come off the bench behind EG. Now that he's kinda been thrown into the fire, he knows what he needs to work on and can watch how EG plays now and learn from him off the bench.