NBA Rookie Ladder: How the Top 10 Stack Up Entering 2017

December 22nd, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
2016 can't come to an end soon enough for most of the NBA's current rookies.

Sure, there was plenty of excitement on draft day. And for players such as Joel Embiid and Dario Saric—whose debuts in the Association were put off by circumstances beyond their control—finally getting a taste of the world's best basketball league must've been a treat.

But by and large, the 2016-17 season has thus far been forgettable for those who, in NBA terms, are still wet behind the ears.

Ben Simmons, 2016's No. 1 pick, is recovering from foot surgery. Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 selection, hasn't found any semblance of consistency on a more veteran Boston Celtics squad. Dragan Bender, at No. 4, has fallen behind another rookie teammate of his with the Phoenix Suns. And No. 5 pick Kris Dunn hasn't done enough to steal Ricky Rubio's spot with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Still, there's been progress among other lottery picks from this year's draft—enough to land six of them on the list. So before we look ahead eagerly to 2017, let's bid farewell to 2016 by ranking the top 10 NBA rookies so far, based on individual production and team-wide imp ...

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