Fans will have to wait for the NBA regular season before they really get to see what their new rookies are made of. In the meantime many of the top NBA freshman are competing in a basketball tournament in Vegas for their respective NBA clubs. Some of these youngsters are already showing flashes of their game and what they’re capable of doing. The sample size is still small but based on what we’ve seen so far we can take an educated guess at who some of these rookie of the year candidates might be. Find out how to bet on sports at www.lowvig.ag. To bet on horses check out www.lowvig.ag/horse-betting.
Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics: Kelly Olynyk looked great playing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs so it’s no surprise that his game has transitioned thus far in Las Vegas. People weren’t too sure how high Olynyk would be drafted, but he ended up as the 13th pick and could be a huge steal for the Celtics. Olynyk is a smart and athletic big who can use his size and smarts to create scoring opportunities for himself and for his teammates as well. Boston is now in the process of a rebuild so Olynyk should get a chance to play some decent minutes and compete as a ROY candidate. Olynyk finished as the rookie scoring leader in Vegas averaging 19.5PPG and 7.8RPG.
Cody Zeller,Charlotte Bobcats: Cody Zeller will join his older brother Tyler this year in the big leagues. Zeller was the fourth overall selection in the 2013 draft and plays with a lot of toughness which the Charlotte Bobcats desperately need. Many scouts say that Cody Zeller has potential but needs to work on parts of his game. While there may be some truth to this Zeller has played pretty good thus far in Vegas, and the fact that he plays on the lowly Bobcats means that he will probably get more playing time than many rookies. If he excels he could definitely compete for a ROY trophy. Zeller averaged 16.3PPG and 9.3RPG
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo comes into the NBA with big expectations and the Indiana product has not disappointed thus far. The second overall pick can do a variety of things on the court, he is a SG but has made the transition to PG so far during his stint in Vegas. Oladipo can penetrate, shoot the three and dish it off to his teammates. He is 6’4 and will probably be used as a combo guard in Orlando. Oladipo should see his fare share of minutes in Orlando and will be a top contender for ROY. He averaged 19PPG,4.3 RPG and 5.0APG in Vegas.
Ben McLemore, Sacremento Kings: Ben McLemore is a very polarizing figure. Not too long ago he was projected as the number one overall draft pick by many mock draft sites, because he has the potential to be a future NBA superstar. On draft day McLemore surprised many by slipping all the way down to seventh overall. He possesses elite athleticism and a polished jump shot that were too much for Sacramento to resist. McLemore has been inconsistent at times, but at other times he looks like a bonafide NBA superstar scoring 26 against the Raptors. Only time will tell but I have a feeling McLemore is gonna have a great rookie season for Sacramento.
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