The rookie class of 2014-2015 didn’t live up to the immense hype that accompanied it for so many months before last June’s draft. Even if this season’s crop of first-year players hadn’t been ravaged by injuries, that likely still would have been the case. Modern rookies, frankly, are ill-equipped to make a consistent impact during their professional debut befitting their long-term potential.
But the lengthy absences of lottery picks Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh and Doug McDermott certainly contributed to the feeling that this group is underwhelmed. Joel Embiid and Julius Randle combined for 14 minutes of play in a single game, too.
Don’t let the overarching national narrative fool you, though. The rookie class was solid at the very least, and has a chance to become one of the best in recent memory as the league finishes this decade and embarks on the next one. It’s the former notion, unsurprisingly…
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