NBA rookies to keep an eye on

NBA rookies to keep an eye on

Hayley Hunter, Contributing Writer

The NBA Draft. Where teams select the best talent in two rounds. And talent there was in this year’s 2020 NBA Draft. Multiple prospects going at it for the No. 1 spot, some were very solid lottery picks, and others dropped in regards to placement. 

With another year in the books and now that teams have some new talent and excitement for their franchise, who should we be on the lookout for once the 2020-21 season gets underway? 

1. Lamelo Ball. Ball, who was anticipated to go No. 1 overall in this year’s draft, has gone No. 3 to the Charlotte Hornets and is following in his older brothers’ footsteps. Standing at 6’8, Ball has a lot of height at the point guard position which can benefit him as he could play more than one position besides the guard. With great court vision, he has a good chance that he could lead all rookies in assists. Not to mention his three-point shot that could have him battling other rookies for most points and threes this season. With his charisma and how well he fits in Charlotte already, that the Hornets could begin to build itself around Ball. Plus being in the presence of Micheal Jordan, the sky is the limit for him as he could develop great skills as a rookie and become a threat after only being in the league after a short period of time.

2. Obi Toppin. Coming off an amazing sophomore year at the University of Dayton, Toppin has now been drafted into the NBA. After winning awards such as 2019-20 AP POY, 2019-20 A-10 POY, Wooden Award, he was expected to go 1-5 in this year’s draft but he fell to the No. 8 spot, and the New York Knicks picked him up. With a 64.7 FG% in his previous season at Dayton, he whas the third-best of all-time among players to win AP collegiate POY right behind Bill Walton and Zion Williamson. The 6’9 small/ power forward has strong post moves as well as a dependable mid-range shot. His threes could potentially become a work in progress, but Toppin is a high flyer so along with his bounce to finish at the rim, he brings some much-needed excitement and talent to the New York Knicks that they desperately need.

3. Anthony Edwards. Being the No. 1 draft pick in the 2020 draft, Edwards will have a lot to prove. Averaging 19.1 ppg, and taking home awards such as Freshman of the Year and All-Conference 2nd Team, he is sure to live up to the hype. The 6’3 shooting guard has an explosive player on offense and is able to light up the scoreboard and score sheet with his athleticism, strengthand as well as his ability to shoot during his freshman year at Georgia. Along with said explosiveness, Edwards is shifty on the court whichthat allows him to create space as a shot creator. Although his defense can be worked on, he’s a great player all around. Now pairing up with point guard D’Angelo Russell and center Karl Anthony-Towns, he should fit well into the Minnesota Timberwolves and they could potentially become a threat over time.