DAR Sports: The 2015-2016 NBA Rookies Recap

Intro By @TrueGodImmortal
-The 2015-2016 NBA season has been historic. The last season of Kobe, the Warriors making history and tying the believed unmatchable record by the Bulls, and the rookie class making a big splash. With Emmanuel Mudiay, Justise Winslow, Devin Booker, Bobby Portis, D'Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Kristaps Porzingis, and Karl Anthony Towns all making a splash or two this year, we decided to talk the best rookies and the biggest disappointment. Let's get into it.

NBA rookies this year were fun to watch. The 2015 class wasn't very strong, but it didn't lack any talent either. I think we can all agree on Jahil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, Emmanuel Muiday, Kristraps Porzingis, & D'Angelo Russell were the top 5 rookies this season. All very entertaining rookies with bright futures ahead of them.

5. Emmanuel Mudiay. 
-I did not watch the Nuggets much this season, but when I got a chance to, I made sure to see Muiday. I think he's a decent scorer & can explode to the basket, but other than that, I don't really have much to say.

4. Kristaps Porzingis
-Very fun to watch. He can rebound, shoot, pass, great IQ, can block shots, he can do it all, and efficiently. He was doubted at first, because nobody had ever heard of him, and New York Knick fans were pretty upset when he was drafted... I mean really upset. However, the fans fell in love with him and the hype started. He went on a absolute tear in November. He was putting up great numbers and still is. What sucks is his coach. Ever since he came, his efficiency dropped. New York is in a lot of trouble, so they must clean it up for Kristaps in order for him to reach his full potential.

3. Jahlil Okafor. 
-A GREAT player. It is very unfortunate this guy is a 76er. He can literally do it all. The guy is pretty great. He has great post game and get around big and small defenders easily. He is a paint monster. He doesn't dunk often like Shaq, but his post game is similar to his. It's very easy for him. His future is bright. Just hope he leaves that shitty team he's on right now.

2. D'Angelo Russell. 
-A good player with not as bright future. He's very talented and picked it up later on in the season after a slow start. After that Nick Young situation, I don't know how his future will hold. The Los Angeles Lakers players don't seem to enjoy his company anymore, and now apparently he might be traded to Philadelphia, which will ruin his career. I don't see it happening, as he is the Lakers future, but anything can happen.

1. Karl Anthony Towns(KAT)
-Don't think any explanation is needed. Rookie Of The Year.

When speaking about the NBA rookies this season, I'll say this: there were a few busts this season and a few huge surprises. The biggest bust to me? Kelly Oubre Jr. The three most effective rookies this season? As follows:

1. Karl Anthony Towns
2. Jahlil Okafor
3. Kristaps Porzingis

This year’s rookie class was to have game changers and potential stars. Without a doubt it, we knew it was a talented bunch through the board and as it played, we had some rookies that impressed us and some that disappointed us. As far as the strongest rookie, I could go with Karl Anthony Towns but that’s basically cheating, so I won’t go that route. I have three rookies who looked really strong this season. One is Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks. This is a guy who wasn’t really known to many which is common with international players. I mean when the Knicks picked him he was basically booed at the draft. Once the season started the Knicks fans and all the doubters were silenced immediately. He came out tearing up the league and impressing everyone including myself. The thing was that he’s been doing it consistently which is something you look for in a rookie. Another rookie that’s been pretty strong is the #2 pick in the draft, D’Angelo Russell. I wasn’t too keen on him when the Lakers picked him over Jahil Okafor, but I was glad I was wrong about that. When given the right playing time, Russell has shown how he can be a star for this Laker franchise. Despite the Lakers horrendous season and Kobe’s last year taking over, Russell’s play has been a bright spot. Finally, Devin Booker has been a guy who’s been pretty solid and has climbed the rookie ranks as of late. He’s a guy who could really be a huge part of the Suns plans going into the future.

As far as disappointing rookies, there’s one that sticks to mind right now and that’s Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay was a highly touted player coming into the draft and some believed he was a better point guard than D’Angelo Russell. He started the season off pretty well then just fell off as the season went. Yes, Denver hasn’t been that good, but I felt he could make some noise or help Denver in some capacity. He hasn’t really lived up to the hype in my view this season, but by no means is he a bust. I think once he really adjusts to the NBA and develop his game then he’ll be something special.

Outro By @TrueGodImmortal
-As the season closes out, we will likely see the Rookie of the Year honor go to Karl Anthony Towns. KAT has been amazing this season and I think he's destined to become a big name if he stays healthy. Porzingis is a solid player, but he's still perfecting his game like every rookie and he may also end up as a huge star going forward. While those two were the biggest successes this year IMO, along with Okafor right behind them, the one I'm watching out the most for is Devin Booker. Booker had a stretch of games where he showed out and put on amazing performances, and I think he's a force to be reckoned with in the coming seasons if healthy. The biggest disappointment to me has to be between Mudiay and Winslow, as neither have seemed to translate as well into the NBA as expected. D'Angelo Russell had a decent season as well, but while under the horrible coaching of Byron Scott and the Lakers throwing away their season to honor Kobe, I think he was held back some. He can potentially be a big star, and his scandal will only make his name bigger for all the reasons, but if he gets traded to a team that needs him and can be a contender? We have a star. This season of rookies all have potential, it's just now about who carries that potential into next season and beyond.



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