NBA Rookie Watch: Post Summer League

July 25th, 2010 by Leave a reply »
David Thorpe, author of ESPN’s weekly Rookie Watch recently published his post-summer league rookie rankings. To no ones surprise, No. 1 draft pick John Wall topped the rookie rankings with a stellar performance in Las Vegas, averaging 23.5 points, 7.8 assists, and four rebounds per game.

The surprise comes in at No. 2, where Thorpe has a Nets first-round selection. However, it is not Derrick Favors . Instead, Thorpe went with Damion James , who averaged 18.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in Orlando earlier this month. Thorpe writes, “James started off just OK in Orlando and then took off from there. His great energy combined with a solid outside stroke and lots of confidence makes him a scoring machine who just keeps coming at his opponent. It’s fair to expect rotation minutes for him at the start of the season.”

Coming in at No. 3 is Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins , who showed his rebounding prowess in Las Vegas. The rankings start to get even more interesting after No. 3 with Notre Dame alumni Luke Harangody at No. 4. Thorpe describes Harangody as, “He doesn’t pass the eye test as far as NBA players are con ...

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