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Rookies in the NBA

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Through the first 5 weeks of the NBA season, the rookies have been getting a taste of the NBA. According to the NBA rookie report posted by nba.com, the ranked rookies from the rookie ladder are:

  1. Ben Simmons, PHI – 18.1 PPG (1st), 9.1 RPG (1st), 8 APG (1st)
  2. Jayson Tatum, BOS – 13.9 PPG (6th), 5.6 RPG (6th), 1.4 APG (13th)
  3. Dennis Smith Jr., DAL – 14.5 PPG (5th), 4.2 RPG (10th), 4.5 APG (4th)
  4. Donovan Mitchell, UTA – 14.8 PPG (T-3rd), 2.5 RPG (T-14th), 2.8 APG (7th)
  5. Kyle Kuzma, LAL – 16.4 PPG (2nd), 7 RPG (4th), 1.3 APG (14th)

Donovan Mitchell, though ranked as fourth, is the best rookie from the 2017-2018 NBA draft.

Donovan has posted some of the best scoring numbers by a rookie in the month of November than the other rookies (19.9 PPG), and has even worked his way into the starting lineup, surpassing the 3-year player Rodney Hood.

Donovan “Spida” Mitchell has been constantly improving each game since summer league, where he averaged 28 points and 3.3 assists over 3 games, and he is projected to be better. Mitchell, as well as his stellar offense, is a star on defense, averaging 1.35 steals per game.

Some people may think that Ben Simmons deserves to be named ROTY because he is averaging the highest scoring, rebounds, and assists of every other rookie from the draft.

However, being named rookie of the year isn’t about your numbers alone; You also must take into consideration the defensive side, field goal percentage and much more, which Mitchell is better in compared to Simmons.

    Mitchell, in terms of rookies, was the biggest steal. He was picked up 13th in the draft by the Denver Nuggets and traded to the Jazz for their 24th pick and Forward Trey Lyles. Mitchell also stunts a 6’3” stance with a 7’0” wingspan, making him a nightmare guard defender. He can do it all.

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