As much as we all love Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric, last year’s rookie class was a bit of a dud. Thankfully this year’s crop is the polar opposite, full of exciting young players who generate a myriad of opinions, both good and bad.
We’ve waited almost three weeks to launch our first set of rookie rankings in order to get a sense of exactly what everyone is bringing to the table, and it’s finally time to unleash them. Keep in mind that these are not Rookie of the Year standings — this is a gauge of how well the players are performing right now, in this moment.
So quiet down, die-hard Lonzo Ball enthusiasts — just because he’s No. 7 right now doesn’t mean we think that talent-wise he’s the seventh best rookie in the NBA. It just means that’s how he stacks up to his competition at this point in time. Is Mike James going to be a better player than Lonzo by the end of the year? Probably not, but he is right now.