Ben Simmons is a 6ft 10 player with playing abilities of a guard minus the shooting. Ben was injured before the season started so his rookie campaign was in 2017-18 Simmons averaged 15.8 points 8.1 rebounds 8.2 assists and 1.7 steals he nearly averaged a triple double in his rookie season. However Ben did grab 12 triple doubles putting him 2nd in most triple doubles in a season by a rookie. Ben managed to beat Donovan Mitchell for rookie of the year
Blake Griffin like Ben was injured before the season could start. He made his debut in the 2010-11 season and was a human highlight reel with his ridiculous athletic dunks. Blake won the 2011 slam dunk contest not only this but he was a double double machine he went on a 27 streak of double double games which ended in January which is the most by any rookie. Griffin in his rookie season averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds (career high) he is 1 of 20 rookies to do this and is the only rookie since 2000 to average a double double. He also made all star in his rookie year and won rookie of the year and won rookie of the month every month.
Tyreke Evans had his best season as a rookie picked by Sacarmento kings with the 4th pick the 6ft 6 guard/forward took the league by storm his playmaking ability as well as ability to attack the rim saw Evans a superior force at point guard. In his rookie year he averaged 20 points 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists making him another one of the 5 rookies to average 20/5/5 for a season. He had an outstanding season and showed a glimpse of what he could be. Tyreke won 2 rookie of the months, made all rookie NBA 1st team and won rookie of the year.
LeBron James was one of the biggest hyped prospects in basketball history making headlines in high school. LeBron went with the number 1 overall pick and turned the Cavaliers franchise around when they just missed out on playoffs. LeBron averaged 20.9 points 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists and 1.6 steals. He along with Luka, Evans, Oscar and MJ are the only rookies to average 20/5/5. James is the youngest player ever to score 40 points. LeBron won rookie of the month every month, made all nba rookie 1st team and eventually won rookie of the year to put to bed all the criticism and doubt people gave him.
Tim Duncan spent 4 years at Wake Forest and entered the league at the number 1 pick. And the big fundamentals took the league by storm he averaged 21 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks and helped propel the Spurs to the playoffs. Duncan won rookie of the month every month, won rookie of the year, made all NBA rookie team, also made all NBA 1st team and made all NBA defensive team and Tim Duncan also was top 5 in MVP voting all of these in his achievements in his rookie season. There are worse ways to start an NBA career
Allen Iverson one of his most memorable moments as a rookie is the crossover on Michael Jordan. In Iverson rookie year he averaged 23 points, 7.5 assists and 2.1 steals, Iverson also is the only rookie to score 40 points in 5 straight games. Iverson secured rookie of the year, 2 rookie of the months and all nba rookie 1st team
Shaq drafted out of LSU helped Orlando Magic to a .500 record (41-41) this was the first time in franchise history this would happen. Shaq averaged 23.4 points and career highs with 13.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocks and had the 4th highest block % in the NBA. Shaq not only helped elevate and put Orlando Magic on the map but he also won rookie of the month November – February and rookie of the year, made all star his rookie year and made all NBA rookie team.
Mourning had tough competition in his rookie season with having to compete with Shaq. Alonzo averaged 21 points 10.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. He ranked 2nd in the NBA for block %. Mourning finished 2nd behind Shaq in rookie of the year voting and was selected for all NBA rookie 1st team. He also helped the Hornets make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and even hit a game winning buzzer beater to eliminate the Celtics
Robinson was drafted in 1987 but Spurs fans had to wait 2 years as he had commitments to the Navy. He helped boost the Spurs to 2nd seed winning 35 more games than last season, Robinson averaged 24.3 points 12 rebounds and 3.9 blocks. His rookie year saw him rank 3rd in blocks per game, 2nd in blocks %. D-Rob won rookie of the year, won rookie of the month every month and received all NBA honours for Rookie first team, all NBA 3rd team and all defensive 2nd team.
Jordan entered the league and he owned it. His airness led the rookies in scoring and finished behind Bird and King for most points per game. MJ started all 82 games for the Bulls and averaged 28.2 points, 5.9 assists and 6.5 rebounds as well as 2.4 steals. Shooting 51% from the field. Jordan had tough competition from Hakeem but still won rookie of the year also winning 3 rookie of the month awards and made all NBA rookie first team and made all NBA 2nd team.
Hakeem would’ve won rookie of the year had he not been drafted the same year as Jordan. He started all 82 games for the Rockets and also made all star and averaged 20.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. He led the league in offensive rebounding with a total of 440 and was 2nd in NBA for total blocks. Hakeem would go on to win 3 rookie of the months, make All NBA rookie first team and make All NBA defensive 2nd team.
Before the Rockets had Hakeem they had drafted Ralph a year before and he was a dominant center, averaging 21 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. He made all star his rookie season, won rookie of the month every month and would eventually go on to win rookie of the year.
The 1979-80 saw 2 young rookies change the NBA forever the rivalry of Bird and Magic. The Celtics sharpshooter averaged 21.3 points 10.4 rebounds and shot 40% from the 3. Larry Bird helped the Celtics win 32 more games than they did last season. He beat Magic for rookie of the year, made all star, also made all rookie NBA, and made All NBA 1st team.
Magic may not have beat Bird for rookie of the year but what he accomplished was much better than that. Magic Johnson put up stats of 18 points 7.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game he has the 3rd most triple doubles of any rookie in history. Magic helped Kareem lead the Lakers to the NBA finals after Kareem was injured in game 5, in a crucial game 6 Magic took over dropping 42 points 15 rebounds and 7 assists and eventually won finals MVP. Magic is the only rookie in NBA history to win finals mvp.
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Kareem had an impressive start to a NBA career, Kareem averaged 28.8 points and 14.5 rebounds and scored a total of 2361 most in the league and the 3rd most of any rookie of all time. Winning Rookie of the year, making All NBA rookie and All NBA first team as well as finishing 3rd in MVP voting that year.
Wes Unseld 1 of 2 players in NBA history to win rookie of the year and MVP. Wes is one of the best rebounders of all time. He averaged a career high 18.2 rebounds and 13.8 points, He had a total of 1491 rebounds that season, the 2nd most behind Wilt Chamberlain and was 2nd behind Bill Russell in Defensive win shares.
Elvin Hayes may have lost rookie of the year to Wes Unseld but Hayes averaged 28.4 points and 17 rebounds, he led the league in points per game, led the league in total points and led the league in field goals and led the league in minutes played, He made all star and all rookie NBA team
Lucas wasn’t the main scoring option and had to play alongside All NBA player Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas averaged 17.7 points and 17.4 rebounds, He has a game high of 40 rebounds the highest of any power forward. He also led the league in shooting % and true shooting %. He won rookie of the year and made all rookie NBA teams.
Walt Bellamy came out in the NBA averaging 31.6 points and 19 rebounds a game in the 1961-62 season he led the NBA in field goal % and led the league in true shooting %. Only Wilt Chamberlain had more points per game in a rookie season. Walt won rookie of the year.
The Big O was a walking triple double he averaged 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.7 assists. He had a total of 690 assists and was only 20 away from averaging a triple double the entire season. Oscar led the league in assists per game and true shooting % he also won rookie of the year, He ranks 3rd in highest points per game by any rookie.
Wilt has possibly the best rookie season ever, he averaged 37.6 points and 27 rebounds per game, he led the league in both categories, most rebounds per game, total rebounds per game, most points per game and most points scored in a season. No rookie in NBA history has topped his 37.6 points per game. He was the NBA first rookie of the year and MVP.