Rookie Watch: It's hunting season
Each week thus far, I've mentioned, in one form or another, the challenges presented to each rookie. But for a smaller number of guys, the challenges are even greater because they play for teams with legitimate playoff aspirations. Each play is magnified a little more and studied a little longer. One bad game can lead to a string of bad games, prompting the coach to change the rotation or perhaps the GM to make a deal that brings a veteran into the fold.
Guys like Derrick Rose, ...
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NBA Rookie 50
During the regular season, Scouts Inc.'s David Thorpe ranks the rookies and provides observations on the entire class. Rookie 50
Thorpe's weekly reports• 01/06: Who's bringing the D?
• 12/30: Big men making their mark
• 12/23: Hunting for playoff minutes
• 12/17: Mayo takes over No. 1 spot
• 12/10: Westbrook soars into top 10
• 12/02: Augustin races into top 10
• 11/26: Oden climbs back into top 10
• 11/18: Rose takes over No. 1 spot
• 11/11: Mayo jumps into top five
• 11/05: Fernandez shoots to top of the list
• 10/29: The debuts of Rose, Oden
• 10/24: Oden begins season at head of class