Since the 2010-2011 season, 20 players that were picked outside of the NBA lottery have been named to the NBA All-Rookie teams. 9 to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and 11 to the NBA All Rookie Second Team.
With the NBA draft having been here and gone, here are my 5 players I think have the best shot of being the next post lottery picks to become a part of All-Rookie teams.
PG Jerian Grant, Notre Dame – Pick 19 NY Knicks
Jerian Grant is a 6’4 combo guard who can play the 1 or the 2. He has a high IQ and feel for the game that will help with the transition to the NBA. He is very good with the ball in his hand and knows how to create his own shot, that results in good scoring numbers. He is an unselfish player that likes to get others involved which will help him co-exist with Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks run a triangle offense that require there guards to shoot coming off the ball. He lacks the ability to come off the ball and shoot with consistency. Jerian has a lot of potential to be a good guard in the NBA, and should have plenty of opportunities because the Knicks lack Point Guard depth. With all the opportunities he should get, he should be a contender for a All-Rookie spot.
2014-2015 Notre Dame Key Stats: 16 PPG, 6.6 APG, 1.7 STL, 38 MPG
SG/SF Justin Anderson, Virginia – Pick 21 Dallas Mavericks
Justin Anderson is a 6’6 wing player that could play the 2 or 3 in the NBA. He attended the University of Virginia, that in my opinion was the best defensive team in college basketball this year. Attending Virginia helped him become a very good defender, with an above average defensive IQ. Along with his ability and IQ defensively, he has a very high motor, and is said to have an exceptional work ethic. All these things combined could potentially make him a dominant defensive player in a few years. His defense is whats gonna give him plenty playing time his rookie year, filling a need for the Mavs, but his offensive game is what could make him a All-Rookie player. He has worked tirelessly to improve his 3pt shooting and has continued to get better throughout his three years at Virginia, shooting 45% from behind the arc in 2014. He will also get a few second chance points due to his relentless hustle. Although he is only 6’6, he has a 7’0 wingspan and max vert of 43″ that will benifit him offensively and defensively. He does lack ball handling skills, but his jumper should give him the time and opportunity to develope the ball handling skills needed. Justin Anderson is one of my favorite players in the draft and has a shot to be a steal if injuries don’t come back to haunt him.
2014-2015 Virginia Key Stats: 12 PPG, 4 RPG, 28 MPG
SF/PF Sam Dekker, Wisconsin – Pick 18 Houston Rockets
Sam Dekker is a 6’9 forward that plays primarily the 3 spot but can play the 4 spot in a 4-out system. He was a valuable player all year for the Wisconsin Badgers and really shined in their run to the national championship game. Dekker has a lot of strengths as scorer. He is a good spot up shooter. He lacks a bit in coming off the dribble behind the arc. But that shouldn’t be a problem considering he has James Harden who is one of the best off the dribble and making shots. Hardens driving ability open up the door for Dekker to be the spot up shooter he can be. He attacks the basket very well, and is strong enough to finish through contact. Dekker is very good as a face up high post. He has good footwork and a quick first step to get by most post players that are defending him. He also has a good mid-range jumpshot that he will knockdown if defenders play back attempting to preventing the dribble-drive. His ability gives him a wide range of offensive options. Add that to the Rockets roster that should give Dekker plenty of playing time, and Dekker has a good chance to land himself as one of the top 10 rookies in their first year.
2014-2015 Wisconsin Key Stats: 13.9 PPG, 52 FG%, 5.6 RPG, 31 MPG
SG R.J. Hunter, Georgia State – Pick 28 Boston Celtics
R.J. Hunter is a shooter…He can score from anywhere. He has what seems to be unlimited range. He can spot up, and shoot off the dribble, but he is best coming off screens which is a real need for Boston. But the most dangerous thing he has in his arsenal is his confidence. It is through the roof, and he is not afraid of anything when it comes to his shot. Hunter also is a coaches son which in turn has given him a high basketball IQ, He does lack great ability in defending the ball and doesn’t have great athleticism, but with his shot, he should have opportunities for playing time. Possible playing time coupled with his scoring ability could lead way to one of the top rookies this coming year.
2014-2015 Georgia State Key Stats: 19.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.5 APG, 2.1 SPG, 38 MPG
SF Kelly Oubre, Kansas – Pick 15 Washington Wizards
Kelly Oubre is a 6’7 forward with high ceiling potential. He has the potential to be one of the top guys in this draft. He fell in the draft because of his inconsistency as a freshman at Kansas. He is very raw, but has great athleticism, at times can shoot the ball from anywhere and makes plays many others cant. He is very long, has a 7’2″ wingspan. Which will help him defensively. Towards the end of the year at Kansas he became a decent perimeter defender, using his long arms to take away passing lanes. He is a good rebounder for a small forward, averaging 10 rebounds per 40 minutes. Even though he is 6’7 and very long, he is only 200 pounds. Adding a few pounds of strength could only help his cause. After losing Paul Pierce to free agency Oubre will contend with Otto Porter Jr for playing time. Kelly Oubre has the opportunity to follow in the shoes of another former Jayhawk and 2014-2015 rookie of the year, Andrew Wiggins. Kelly Oubre is not Andrew Wiggins, but could possibly come out and have similar story, making everyone look foolish by saying he is not NBA ready.
2014-2015 Kansas Key Stats: 9.3 PPG, 5 RPG, 21 MPG