Moving from the college ranks in the NBA is never an easy transition for any player, but you could certainly argue that the current class of rookies has had it tougher than most. Let’s not forget that a huge chunk of the NCAAB season, including March Madness, was wiped out last season, as was the Summer League. Add that to a shortened preseason and you are looking at a class of rookies who had gone something like 9 months without playing competitive ball. Despite all of that, we are seeing a few rookies get their season off to an exceptional start. There is still a lot of basketball to be played this season, but these are the current NBA Rookie Power Rankings. Let’s get right to it so you can make your bets against their NBA odds.
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- LaMelo Ball – Charlotte Hornets
Ball took a rather different route to the NBA, which was one that not everyone was on board with. He spent a season in the National Basketball League in Australia, and while it was viewed by some as a controversial move, you have to say that it appears to have paid off. Things looked decidedly rocky at the start, with the youngest of the Ball brother failing to register a single point in his first game for the Hornets. We can perhaps chalk that up to some nerves, as he has been very good ever since, averaging over 11 PPG, as well as 6 rebounds, and 6 assists per game.
- Tyrese Haliburton – Sacramento Kings
A lot of pressure fell on Ball after going as the #3 pick, and while there is always pressure on a first-rounder to perform, those outside the top 10 picks perhaps feel it a little less. Haliburton was selected 12th overall by the Kings and he had delivered the goods in the early going. Haliburton is a smart basketball player who can chip in with some points, going on a run of 8-straight games where he delivered double-digit points. Right now, he is averaging a touch over 11 PPG.
- James Wiseman – Golden State Warriors
Recruiting violations saw Wiseman forced to sit out early, meaning that he hadn’t played a game for a year when he played his opener for the Warriors as the #2 pick. Golden State probably didn’t plan on using the rookie as much as they are this season, but the injury to Klay Thompson means that Wiseman is learning on the fly. He has had some rookie moments in the early going, but overall, he has shown plenty of signs of the dominant force that he can be on the court, all while chipping in just shy of 12 PPG.
- Anthony Edwards – Minnesota Timberwolves
No rookie experiences more pressure than the player who is taken first overall in the draft. In the 2020 draft, that accolade went to Anthony Edwards, who went to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Edwards is having the prototypical NBA rookie season, lighting it up one night and playing poorly the next. Overall, though, his numbers are good, as he is averaging over 12 PPG right now. There have been a lot of comparisons to Dwayne Wade, but Edwards still has a way to go to reach that level.