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randomness
08-11-2009, 05:59 PM
Which rookie from last year will have improved the most this year?

I would say Russell Westbrook. He has a big chance to help OKC get better this year.

18 ppg 4 rpg 8 apg

How about you?

Raps18-19 Champ
08-11-2009, 06:00 PM
Mayo will get 25ppg.

Jays Claw
08-11-2009, 06:07 PM
Michael Beasley needs to improve this upcoming season.

madiaz3
08-11-2009, 06:07 PM
From a pure differential standpoint I'm hoping my boy Gallinari (who played at 60% health and missed most of the season) can really shine this year.

By this I mean his 6ppg average shooting up to the mid teens or more, though Rose going from 17ppg to 20ppg or Mayo from ~19 to 23 would be impressive in their own rights.

b_rad23
08-11-2009, 06:09 PM
Beasley is my pick. I don't know about how much he'll improve, but to the untrained eye it will look as if he's an a whole other level.


He'll get starters minutes (if he would have last year his stats multiplied out to 20 and 8- but his rebounding really came on later on in the year) and shoot high percentages and everyone will be raving about him as if he's done a complete 180.

TheMicrowave
08-11-2009, 06:11 PM
The favorite will probably be Derrick Rose, but I think it is going to be O.J. Mayo.

LayZbone
08-11-2009, 06:12 PM
wonder who i'm gonna pick. :rolleyes:

I'm expecting HUGE things from Beasley. This year is going to be a huge ***** slap to all the critics.

Rhino
08-11-2009, 06:12 PM
I'm going with Oden since technically last year was his Rookie year.

what54!?
08-11-2009, 06:14 PM
I got beasley. He'll start and next thing we know there'll be one thread every other week about beasley's potential. :laugh2:

Hawkeye15
08-11-2009, 06:19 PM
Love. He will get huge minutes with the Wolves talking about playing the young guys no matter what. He should challenge for the rebounding crown, and get around 15 ppg at least.

AK23
08-11-2009, 06:20 PM
Which rookie from last year will have improved the most this year?

I would say Russell Westbrook. He has a big chance to help OKC get better this year.

18 ppg 4 rpg 8 apg

How about you?

yeah probably :shrug:

mrblisterdundee
08-11-2009, 06:22 PM
Russell Westbrook will probably improve the most. He's running point for an entire team, and Derrick Rose Doesn't have as much to improve on.

LayZbone
08-11-2009, 06:24 PM
Love. He will get huge minutes with the Wolves talking about playing the young guys no matter what. He should challenge for the rebounding crown, and get around 15 ppg at least.

for a sec I misread and thought you said rpg. I was like "daaaaamn! rodman 2.0"

Hawkeye15
08-11-2009, 06:27 PM
for a sec I misread and thought you said rpg. I was like "daaaaamn! rodman 2.0"

nah, if he gets 35-36 mpg, he should get around 12 rpg though. Like I said, push for a rebounding crown possibly

GAWDtv
08-11-2009, 06:34 PM
I like a few guys like Hibbert in IND, he looks poised to shine as well as the Anthonys -Randolph & Morrow in GS look poised, and positioned with the right system and situatiation to blow up this season.

ya_boi
08-11-2009, 06:36 PM
rose

jsumadchat
08-11-2009, 06:36 PM
no love for oden? he still has the tools to be a major force in this league. more so than any other young big man in the game.

Hawkeye15
08-11-2009, 06:40 PM
no love for oden? he still has the tools to be a major force in this league. more so than any other young big man in the game.

yeah, but statistically, he isn't going to get the chance to pop out. His effect will be felt by keeping guards out of the paint, and making people think twice about coming inside on Portland

chicago lulz
08-11-2009, 06:42 PM
Russell Westbrook
Michael Beasley
Brook Lopez
Derrick Rose
Kevin Love

Are all ones I think will improve off the top of my head. If Beasley gets more playing time then I wouldn't be surprised if his numbers go up quite a bit. According to Heat fans, that's what he needs.

Hawkeye15
08-11-2009, 06:45 PM
Beasley should, and will most likely get more PT this year. I love how people have given up on him so quickly. He didn't go to a typical #2 pick team. The Heat had players, they were all hurt. If he had gone to a crappy team, and gotten 37 mpg, he would have been a 18/9 player.
Beasley is a beast. Modern day Glenn Robinson, worst case. He will have a few years at 20+ ppg, and be near 8-9 rebounds, easy. The kid is smooth and talented.

jsumadchat
08-11-2009, 06:47 PM
yeah, but statistically, he isn't going to get the chance to pop out. His effect will be felt by keeping guards out of the paint, and making people think twice about coming inside on Portland

so are we talking statistically? or game changing? i think Oden's D could potentially add a dynamic to portlands game that would be scary considering they are loaded with sharp shooters and great scorers. just him cutting back on his fouls and clogging up the paint more creates more opportunities for a lot of things.

Hawkeye15
08-11-2009, 06:54 PM
so are we talking statistically? or game changing? i think Oden's D could potentially add a dynamic to portlands game that would be scary considering they are loaded with sharp shooters and great scorers. just him cutting back on his fouls and clogging up the paint more creates more opportunities for a lot of things.

oh, I agree with you brother. But we all know, improvement in the NBA, is measured in stats. I think a healthy Oden, who can play 75+ games, will have more of an effect on his team success than any of the other rookies can. But, he will get no more than 13/9/2. And stats win awards unfortunately.

bleedo83
08-11-2009, 06:58 PM
eric gordon

mdabstar
08-11-2009, 07:01 PM
id say michael beasley. i think he'll help out wade a little bit more than last year.

SeoulBeatz
08-11-2009, 07:11 PM
michael beasley needs to improve.

i expected big things out of him this season but from the heat games i watched he has a lot of work to do, mostly mentally.

he plays better than he is and often makes careless mistakes with the ball because his shot selection is questionable.

hes also not as good of a rebounder as i thought he was and he isnt as big as i thought he was. he looks skinnier for some reason and needs to put on some muscle to get half the numbers he was putting up in college.

i have faith in him but he needs to work on a lot of things. he has the potential but he has to put it all together or i could easily see him as the next derrick coleman.

this isnt just to hate on him heat fans, im just speaking from the 10-12 heat games i saw last year.

bigsams50
08-11-2009, 07:13 PM
beasley, i have a feeling he's gonna shine

TheMicrowave
08-11-2009, 07:34 PM
From a pure differential standpoint I'm hoping my boy Gallinari (who played at 60% health and missed most of the season) can really shine this year.

By this I mean his 6ppg average shooting up to the mid teens or more, though Rose going from 17ppg to 20ppg or Mayo from ~19 to 23 would be impressive in their own rights.

23PPG for Mayo would huge, in his second year. Everyone would be raving about him and he would be all over. His shooting percentage is solid especially for rookie season, as well as FT and 3PT. I think if he improves 4-6PTS, 1-2RBS, 1-2ASTS, he will be among the top young players in the league. 44%FG, 38%3PT, 88%FT (Rookie season).

18.5PTs, 3.8RBs, 3.2ASTS

23.5PTs, 5RBs, 4.5ASTs = allstar

Those numbers are deadly especially when you are shooting efficiently. I think it could definitely be done. Basically I think Mayo has a chance to become a star where as Gallinero will at best be a role player.

Baller1
08-11-2009, 07:36 PM
My boy, Westbrook.

zambo4president
08-11-2009, 07:43 PM
I would say Derrick Rose but isnt it impossible to improve when your perfect? Anyways Oden really needs to step it up this year, i think Eric Gordon is a good choice.

bogdanrom
08-11-2009, 08:06 PM
For me it's between Oden and Beasley. Both kind of need to improve. Both were highly regarded before coming to the NBA, and both so far have disappointed. Also I hope McGee will improve for the Wiz.

Toenail Clipper
08-11-2009, 08:07 PM
OJ Mayo and Eric Gordon!

mikantsass
08-11-2009, 08:22 PM
Brook Lopez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!! And Mayo too

deke173
08-11-2009, 08:41 PM
If Derrick Rose improves any more he's gotta definitely be ranked third best pg in the league after CP3 and Deron Williams. He was unbelievable last year and he might improve alot more by this seasons start. That is scary.

deke173
08-11-2009, 08:43 PM
Favorite players: Tracy McGrady. OJ Mayo. Kobe Bryant
Favorite teams: LA Clippers. Chicago Bulls. LA Lakers
Reason to hate LeBron: LeBron wearing an MVP LBJ shirt after winning MVP. LeBron being compared to Kobe and Jordan. LeBron is labeled as GOAT. LeBron thinks his crab dribble is not a travel. LeBron shows no sportsmanship after losing to the Magic. LeBron has an ugly form. LeBron stealing the videotape. LeBron dunking 24/7. LeBron is overrated.


Your reasons for hating LeBron are justified, but he is NOT OVERRATED!

Name one other player who puts a bunch of scrubs on his back and leads them to the playoffs and as far as the Cavs got last year and are possible title contenders year in and year out?
Even Kobe has Odom, Gasol, Bynum and Fisher.

Storch
08-11-2009, 09:01 PM
mayo for sure

asandhu23
08-11-2009, 09:02 PM
anthony randolph

Gideon
08-11-2009, 09:20 PM
As a Knicks fan I'd say Gallinari, but also Eric Gordon, Brook Lopez, OJ Mayo, Micheal Beasley, Anthony Randolph, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, n Kevin Love should all have big years! Sleeper pick is Mario Chalmers.

Reyes6
08-11-2009, 09:22 PM
Oden, last year was basically a back-up to Pryzbilla and this year he will most likely have a chance to make an impact with Roy. Roy/Oden the next Kobe/Shaq? Doubt it, but hey... ya never know.

goose15
08-11-2009, 09:39 PM
All sophmore team:

C - Lopez
PF - Beasley
SF - Gallinari
SG - Mayo
PG - Rose

goose15
08-11-2009, 09:40 PM
Oh I forgot about Randolph & Westbrook

Kidd>>>K-Mart
08-11-2009, 10:07 PM
I think most of the good rookies from last year will all do very well this year.

QuaLiThADoN
08-11-2009, 10:15 PM
I think brook lopez for the fact that he will be #2 without vc

JWO35
08-11-2009, 10:21 PM
OJ Mayo

HuRRiCaNeS324
08-11-2009, 10:22 PM
Beasley, he should be a lot better this year.

zezak
08-11-2009, 10:29 PM
Beasley comes to mind. If he gets 35+ min a game I wouldn't be surprised if he puts up 20 points.

hockeypro68
08-11-2009, 10:31 PM
Eric Gordon: 20ppg, 4reb, 4ast, 49%fg, 40%3fg

daleja424
08-11-2009, 10:33 PM
NOT Rose, Mayo, Lopez, Westbrooke, Gordon, etc. They will all improve but they were already getting starters minutes so the improvement won't be so dramatic.

Its the guys like Beasley, Love, Randolph, and Oden. The guys who were solid in limited minutes last year that will be MOST improved, as each projects to get major upgrades in minutes.

J$mo0th_3o5
08-11-2009, 10:40 PM
Mike Beasley!!!!

20/8

SpeeMN
08-11-2009, 10:58 PM
watch LOVE get 15ppg and 15rebs in 35 minutes

kozelkid
08-11-2009, 10:59 PM
NOT Rose, Mayo, Lopez, Westbrooke, Gordon, etc. They will all improve but they were already getting starters minutes so the improvement won't be so dramatic.

Its the guys like Beasley, Love, Randolph, and Oden. The guys who were solid in limited minutes last year that will be MOST improved, as each projects to get major upgrades in minutes.

I disagree with bolded.
Starting with Rose. He's going to get twice as many foul calls as last season like Wade did after his rookie season and with the leaving of Gordon he can easily end up averaging 22-23 ppg along with 8 or so apg.
Lopez will take a bigger offensive role with carter out and should at least be a 16-10 player imo.
Clippers just lost a huge blackhole in Randolph and got a terrific player in Griffin. Gordon should get more assists and more open looks with Griffin down there who will actually pass the ball.
I agree with the other 4 you listed though.
I also think people are overrating Mayo's improvement. That team went from selfish to even more selfish. It's going to be very entertaining to watch Gay, Mayo and Randolph all fight for the ball.

Bishnoff
08-11-2009, 11:06 PM
Goran Dragic for sure :p

He can only get better.

daleja424
08-11-2009, 11:26 PM
I disagree with bolded.
Starting with Rose. He's going to get twice as many foul calls as last season like Wade did after his rookie season and with the leaving of Gordon he can easily end up averaging 22-23 ppg along with 8 or so apg.
Lopez will take a bigger offensive role with carter out and should at least be a 16-10 player imo.
Clippers just lost a huge blackhole in Randolph and got a terrific player in Griffin. Gordon should get more assists and more open looks with Griffin down there who will actually pass the ball.
I agree with the other 4 you listed though.
I also think people are overrating Mayo's improvement. That team went from selfish to even more selfish. It's going to be very entertaining to watch Gay, Mayo and Randolph all fight for the ball.

My only point is that Rose could easily get up to 20 pts next year but looks at a guy like Beas who could do that same. The fact that Rose was so much better last year hurts his chance to be considered most improved.

whens it all said and done rose will be the best player from the 08 draft...Im just not sure he's the answer to this question

Fireworld
08-12-2009, 01:14 AM
i think Rose can still improve.

kozelkid
08-12-2009, 03:57 PM
My only point is that Rose could easily get up to 20 pts next year but looks at a guy like Beas who could do that same. The fact that Rose was so much better last year hurts his chance to be considered most improved.

whens it all said and done rose will be the best player from the 08 draft...Im just not sure he's the answer to this question

Fair enough. Personally I saw alot of flaws in his game even as ROY.
His defense is terrible (as was many other future superstars as rookies, Lebron and Wade to name a few). His jump shot was very flat which has improved and he didn't take over a game nearly enough.
I definitely can see Beasley having a huge season especially if they put him at sf which is the position I feel he belongs at. The guy is a pure scorer and I can easily see him averaging 20ppg if given a chance. I like Erik Spoelstra's idea of trying to discipline him, but at the same time, as I mentioned earlier, most rookies tend to suck defensively unless they are specialists in that area.
Personally I think Randolph will be most improved along with Beasley.

FlakeyFool
08-12-2009, 04:03 PM
NOT Rose, Mayo, Lopez, Westbrooke, Gordon, etc. They will all improve but they were already getting starters minutes so the improvement won't be so dramatic.

Its the guys like Beasley, Love, Randolph, and Oden. The guys who were solid in limited minutes last year that will be MOST improved, as each projects to get major upgrades in minutes.

homer homer

b_rad23
08-12-2009, 04:13 PM
Yeah the guy who scored most points per minute last year but still had limited minutes is really a bad pick.

Only a homer would expect him to improve...








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Carey
08-12-2009, 04:22 PM
Russell Westbrook's assists numbers will go up, turnovers down, will average around 5 boards and points should go up a little more because he'll be more efficient

chin chukwu
08-12-2009, 04:39 PM
eric gordon...no doubt.

j-bay
08-12-2009, 04:41 PM
rose

JayW_1023
08-12-2009, 04:44 PM
I hope Lopez, Randolph and Love make big leaps because the league needs more good big men.

I have a hunch that Westbrook kid could become special...he has the potential to be Dwyane Wade-good...seriously. His numbers and helter skelter type game are eerily similair to Wade in his rookie year.

MaHaRaJaH
08-13-2009, 12:41 AM
Beasley is my pick. I don't know about how much he'll improve, but to the untrained eye it will look as if he's an a whole other level.


He'll get starters minutes (if he would have last year his stats multiplied out to 20 and 8- but his rebounding really came on later on in the year) and shoot high percentages and everyone will be raving about him as if he's done a complete 180.

Everybody already does. Unfortunately.

madiaz3
08-13-2009, 12:55 AM
23PPG for Mayo would huge, in his second year. Everyone would be raving about him and he would be all over. His shooting percentage is solid especially for rookie season, as well as FT and 3PT. I think if he improves 4-6PTS, 1-2RBS, 1-2ASTS, he will be among the top young players in the league. 44%FG, 38%3PT, 88%FT (Rookie season).

18.5PTs, 3.8RBs, 3.2ASTS

23.5PTs, 5RBs, 4.5ASTs = allstar

Those numbers are deadly especially when you are shooting efficiently. I think it could definitely be done. Basically I think Mayo has a chance to become a star where as Gallinero will at best be a role player.

Gallinari is a role player at worst. :/

King P
08-13-2009, 01:05 AM
No love for Courtney Lee? I saw alot of potential in him, and now that he is on the Nets, he will get a lot more touches. I'm predicting at least 16-20 ppg for Lee.

fairandbalanced
08-13-2009, 01:12 AM
Beastly

ombada
08-13-2009, 01:14 AM
Brandon Rush? Until Dunleavy returns he will be the starting SG in indy.

ryanj12344
08-13-2009, 01:45 AM
O.J. Mayo for sure. he is gunna be so good.

Kyben36
08-13-2009, 01:56 AM
Rose will have to have a huge year for the bulls to be succesful, So Im going with him.

we did loose our Best Scorer and the guy who took the ball out of Rose's hands, so hopefully, rose can take advantage of the ball time

But I see Speights from the 76ers having a good year. He was very impresive when Brand went down and is a better fit than brand for their team.

Niro
08-13-2009, 04:43 AM
anthony randolph

Bulls_fan90
08-13-2009, 05:54 AM
My vote is for Kevin Love, Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose.

Love will get alot more minutes (he is a rebounding machine)
Beasley must improve (at least that's what i hear from heat fans)
Rose will be the go to guy and have alot more points now that Gordon is gone.