We’re about a quarter of the way through the 2016-17 NBA season, and it’s time to take a look at how the rookies stack up.
This class has been weak to start. Joel Embiid appears to be the runaway Rookie of the Year winner, and Jamal Murray and Dario Saric are the only other first-year guys who have stood out. Nevertheless, other rookies are producing, but their outputs have been watered down by the incredible start by Embiid.
November 25, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric (9) dribbles against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) controls the ball against Philadelphia 76ers guard Nik Stauskas (11) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
1Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Dec 6, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid warms up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports