Kyrie Irving. Brandon Knight. Enes Kanter.
These are the names of rookie athletes that everyone will be keeping their eyes on. From Irving’s placement as the overall No. 1 pick with the Cleveland Cavaliers to their surprising fourth overall pick Tristan Thompson, the NBA draft was filled with surprises.
However, there is a feeling in the pit of my fan-led stomach that suggests the accolades handed out for next year’s rookies will surprise just as much.
There must also be a large fraction of consideration for the situation that said athlete is lodged into. A player’s contributions to his team may dim in comparison to a superstar athlete just because of how small an organization is, or how effective the team is in their respective conference.
Take Kevin Love for instance. Love broke records this season, but is anyone truly speaking of him ahead of the league’s finest such as Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard or even Blake Griffin? That happened for two reasons: Love is not an explosive player and the Minnesota Timberwolves kind of suck. Not being brash, just being honest about the situation that Love has to settle with in Minnesota.
People are not flocking to their television sets to watch a Timberwolves game; therefore, no one takes much notice to the status of the players on that team.
There are some diamonds in the rough that will be pampered and cut into pure gems. However, only a few will standout far and wide enough to be considered for the season’s Rookie of the year Award.
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