New Kids on the Block: Top 5 Rookie of the Year Favorites
Whether it be from overseas or here in the United States, basketball players are always hungry to showcase what they've got and this year is no different.
60 draft picks are looking to stamp there names on the NBA in a mighty way.
Ty Lawson and Jonny Flynn will lead the point guards and attempt to live up to the past Rookies of the Year like Jason Kidd and Chris Paul.
As for the big men, Tim Duncan and Shaq are the premier legends to have won the honor. Following in their footsteps are DeJuan Blair and Dante Cunningham.
Here are the Top 5 candidates...
G Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
Coming out of Compton this kid had the rare qualities of a prolific point guard.
He played at Oak Hill where he was a standout star and the best player. He commited to Arizona before opting to play in Europe. This left the nation wondering and many questioning his decision.
He's only 6'1 but is very lengthy and can literally jump out the gym. He possesses great quickness in the open court somewhat like Chris Paul.
Playing overseas helped him mature as a person and a professional, he should be ready to handle the NBA pressure.
I'm not sure if he'll sport the Kid-N-Play look this season but that shouldn't affect his play.
G Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
Evans played at Memphis after Derrick Rose left town.
In his system he really played how he wanted and had no particular offense.
At 6'6 playing point guard, Evans is a tough cover for any player. His size helps him simply beat up on smaller guys.
He can leap and finish around the rim with the best. He has a smooth vibe to him like Wade in Miami and plays freely.
Evans can shoot and get rebounds with the bigs. HIs defense is his only weakness but his steals will go up as the season grows because of his athleticism.
It looks like the Kings will give him the keys to the castle, so watch out Western Conference.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Coming out of high school in Charlotte he was only recruited by primarily Virginia Tech, while other schools say he lacked size.
Well when he signed with Davidson he shot his way onto the scene. Curry became the best shooter in basketball while averaging nearly 30 points a game.
As a sophmore he led Davidson to the Elite 8, where Kansas barely beat them.
He is a pure shooter with a quick release. Curry, omly 6'3 is an exceptional 3-point shooter and underrated defender too. He should flourish in Don Nelson's free-lance scheme.
G Jonny Flynn, Minnesota Timberwolves
Flynn came out of New York with fellow mate Donte Greene and both went to Syracuse.
Greene left after one year but his friend stayed.
Jonny emerged and was vital to the team. He led Syracuse to a 6-overtime win against Uconn in the Big East tourney.
Flynn is 6'0 and plays like 6'6. He creates off the dribble like no other and can hit the nice floater. Flynn is extremely fast and strong like Ty lawson. I'm not sure if he wasn't better than Lawson, honestly.
He's so calm under pressure and plays with a heart bigger than he is. The T-Wolves could use a player like Flynn as a cornerstone to ultimately have a franchise built around.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
You didn't think Griifin wasn't #1 did you? I hope not...
Griffin, in his sophmore year emerged as a dominant force. He controlled the paint on both ends. He rebounded out the sky and scored points like a guard.
He was the Tim Tebow of college hoopz.
Just a freak of nature, Griffin time and time again could be seen jumping all over the court in his amazing highlights. Dunking over three defenders or hitting his head on the backboard, he did it all.
The Clippers will love his presence and he should absorb contact like never before. Look for him to be a force for years to come and win Rookie of the Year.