With all of the issues that the pandemic has caused, it’s been a hard year to be a rookie in the NBA. With no scouting combines or live workouts, and a condensed training camp, this year’s crop of rookies are no doubt behind where rookies from years past were at this point of the season. Now that we’re a month into the season, and we’ve gotten a closer look at the rookie class, let’s see who is making a name for themselves thus far in the 2020-21 season so you can keep betting against their NBA odds.
NBA Rookies to Look out for this season
James Wiseman – Golden State
The rookie big man has been a great addition to the Warriors. Had the Warriors had Klay Thompson this season, Wiseman’s impact may have been even bigger. He’s averaging just under 12 points per game. He can stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting ability, or he can finish at the rim off of a pick and roll. His shot blocking ability has also been a key factor in his rise.
Tyrese Haliburton – Sacramento
The 12th pick in this year’s draft is looking like the steal of the draft. Haliburton is averaging 11 points and five assists per game. He is shooting right around 50% from beyond the arc. His shooting form was one of the main reasons that he slipped to 12, but he has shown an improved shot and has been a huge asset for the Kings. He and De’Aaron Fox could be a great backcourt in the upcoming future.
LaMelo Ball – Charlotte
The boisterous rookie still isn’t starting, but he’s quickly showing everyone what a dynamic player he is. While he still struggles to shoot the ball, he is still averaging just under 12 points per game, with 6 assists and 7 rebounds per game. He has shown that he has great court vision, and that he has the ability to be a great point guard. If he can improve his shot and can get better on the defensive end, Ball can be a star in the league.
Tyrese Maxey – Philadelphia
Maxey has been a big factor in Philadelphia’s rise to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The former Kentucky Wildcat has overcome his slow start to become a key rotation player. He’s averaging just under 11 points per game. He may have the best floater in the NBA. He’s also becoming a defensive stopper for Doc Rivers. If he can start hitting shots from beyond the arc, he could be an even bigger weapon for the Sixers.
Patrick Williams – Chicago
Williams wasn’t a starter at Florida State. Many were surprised how quickly he rose up everyone’s draft boards, and he raised some eyes when he was picked fourth by the Bulls on draft night. However, Williams has shown everyone why he was picked so high. His smooth style, intelligent play, and his defensive ability have made him one of the league’s top rookies. He normally draws the opponent’s top scorer, and he has been praised by many for his defense. His offensive game is evolving, and by season’s end, many think that he’ll be a factor in the Rookie of the Year race.