Top 5 Impact Rookies In The NBA For The 2014-2015 Season
Top 5 Impact Rookies In The NBA For The 2014 Season
NBA 2014-2015 Season
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Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks – Parker was the most NBA-ready player in the draft and the Bucks have absolutely nothing going for them on either side of the ball. Last season, the Bucks ranked 28th in points per game and 25th in the NBA in points allowed. Needless to say, the Bucks need production immediately. Last season at Duke, Parker averaged close to 20 points per game and nearly nine rebounds. Parker can create his own shot, drive to the basket and is capable of playing defense when he wants to. With a team full of no names and a new coach in Jason Kidd, Parker is likely going to be the leader of the Bucks this season. It’s a new day in Milwaukee, and Parker will be given the keys to this franchise sooner than later.
Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers – Besides an aging Kobe Bryant and a wild Nick Young, the Lakers don’t have much to be proud of this season, especially after losing Pau Gasol to the Chicago Bulls. That’s going to give Randle plenty of chances to make an impact right away and give Laker fans some hope for what the future holds. Randle is a high energy player who is capable of dominating as a big man at the next level. In just one year at Kentucky, Randle shot 50 percent from the field, averaged 10.4 rebounds and 15 points. Randle plays with a chip on his shoulder and won’t take losing lightly. He’s the perfect player for the Lakers at this moment.
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Dante Exum, Utah Jazz – Exum has been tearing up the summer league and has been putting smiles on the faces of Jazz fans. Exum is a rare 6’6”, point guard who sees the floor extremely well, sets his teammates up and can create his own shot with ease. The Jazz are an up-and-coming team that needs help at the point guard position and Exum fills that hole. Last season, the Jazz were 29th in the league in scoring and 26th in the NBA in assists per game. Ding, ding, ding. Exum can help both of those categories and set up guys such as Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Derrick Favors.
Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat – Whether Norris Cole or Napier starts, the former UConn superstar is going to get his minutes and chances to keep the Heat afloat. With or without LeBron James, Napier brings a championship pedigree to Miami and fits right in with a team that has played for the NBA title in four straight seasons. Napier is a leader on and off the court and plays with the heart of 100 men. He hates losing more than he enjoys winning and usually finds ways to keep his team alive. Napier is far from the biggest and most athletic player on the floor, but that’s never stopped him before. Napier will have a massive impact on a team that just lost its best player simply because he does a lot of the little things right.
Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls – The Bulls ranked dead last in points per game last season with an average of 93.7. That number is likely going to improve with Derrick Rose coming back, but it’s going to take more than a star point guard to turn the corner completely. McDermott was one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball history, shooting 45 percent or higher in each of his last three seasons from downtown. McDermott is a lights out shooter who has unlimited range and can go on stretches where he knocks down five or six threes in a row. McDermott will be a spark off the bench and could be one of the missing pieces that helps put the Bulls over the top in the East.