NBA Playoffs: Five Rookies That Will Change the Postseason

April 16th, 2010 by The Rookie Wall Leave a reply »
When the regular season comes to an end, the veteran, more experienced teams usually tend to rise to the top, filling out the eight playoff seeds. Because that is the case, there are likely very few teams with rookies handling key roles. With that being said, careers are made in the postseason, so here is our take on the five rookies who could change the outcome of various playoff series.

Brandon Jennings

If there is anyone who could beat Kings star Tyreke Evans for Rookie of the Year, it's probably Jennings.  After starting the season with a 55-point game, Jennigns has kept up a very high level of play.  His game is more balanced than those who called him a chucker coming into the season could have imagined.  On the year, Jennings has averaged 16 points, six rebounds, and three rebounds per game.

The Bucks drew the Hawks as their first-round matchup, which based on past performance, may be a terrible matchup for Jennings.  The load offensively will be even more on his shoulders with the injury to Andrew Bogut late in the regular season.  Against the Hawks this season, Jennings has only sc ...

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