Top 2013-14 NBA Rookies to Watch and Collect
Just like the 2013 NFL rookie class, the 2013-14 NBA rookie class suffers from a lack of big-name talent as the anticipation builds for a strong upcoming crop of rookies. Already hailed as the top NBA draft since 2003, the 2014 NBA Draft is shaping up to include a powerhouse group of players, including Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker and many others. While the upcoming rookie class might get more attention, the current group of rookies presents quite a few appealing players for collectors to pursue in the meantime.
The following list includes the top rookies to watch and collect during the 2013-14 NBA season. Are there any other rookies from the 2013 NBA Draft that you are looking forward to collecting? Mention them in the comments below.
Top 15 NBA Rookies to Watch and Collect in 2013-14
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2013 Draft: 1st Overall
Although he may not have been a true number one talent, Anthony Bennett is clearly a top player. He joins a Cleveland Cavaliers team that is loaded with young talent and looking to make some noise.
2013 Draft: 2nd Overall
The early frontrunner for Rookie of the Year (ROY), Victor Oladipo headlines a rebuilding Orlando Magic franchise. The Magic plan to utilize him at both point guard and shooting guard.
2013 Draft - 3rd Overall
Otto Porter did not get a great start to his NBA career. He struggled in the summer league and then was injured before the start of the regular season. Once Porter returns, the hustle and well-rounded play he showed at Georgetown should translate to NBA productivity.
2013 Draft 4th Overall
Another former Hoosier, Cody Zeller will look to help revive the stagnant Charlotte franchise. He won't show as much flash as other names on this list, but you can expect consistent productivity.
2013 Draft - 5th Overall
While he is still very raw, Alex Len is a big man that the Suns hope can hold down their front court in the future. Ankle injuries will slow him at first, but a recent trade that sent Marcin Gortat to the Wizards, should open up a lot of minutes for the seven-footer.
2013 Draft - 6th Overall
Widely considered the first overall pick for much of the 2012-13 college year, Nerlens Noel slipped to New Orleans because of an ACL tear, and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday. Still recovering from his injury, it is unknown when he will start playing or if he will see the court this year.
2013 Draft: 7th Overall
Arguably the best overall athlete, Ben McLemore could give Oladipo a run for his money in the ROY race. McLemore joins a crowded Kings backcourt so it may take time for him to carve out a role.
2013 Draft: 8th Overall
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope joins a Pistons' squad that is expected to make a strong push back to relevance. Because of this, he will have to fight for early minutes, but could make considerable progress if he can overtake Rodney Stuckey.
2013 Draft: 9th Overall
A big name from his NCAA Tournament play, Trey Burke struggled in the NBA summer league and suffered a finger injury just before the season started. With limited viable PG options on the team, Burke should quickly see minutes once he returns.
2013 Draft: 10th Overall
Another player with an injury to start the year, C.J. McCollum broke a bone in his foot before the season began. This derails some early hype as McCollum looked strong in the summer league and now it could be months until he returns.
2013 Draft: 11th Overall
He does not get as much love as Oladipo or McLemore, but Michael Carter-Williams is a legit ROY candidate now that Jrue Holiday is gone. He should see a ton of minutes on a Philadelphia team that is clearly looking to the 2014 NBA draft. MCW nearly notched a triple double (22 points/12 assists/9 steals) against the Miami Heat, in his first NBA game.
2013 Draft: 13th Overall
Kelly Olynyk made a name for himself with Gonzaga and put forth a terrific preseason with the Boston Celtics. If he can get enough minutes to separate himself from the Celtics' front court logjam, Olynyk could emerge as a top rookie and collector favorite.
2013 Draft: 15th Overall
With a name like Giannis Antetokounmpo, it is no surprise that fans quickly embraced his nickname, "The Greek Freak." Antetokounmpo showed some terrific upside in the preseason and the main question heading into the year is how many minutes he will get. "The Greek Freak" is only 18 and might be a good player to note for the future.
2013 Draft: 17th Overall
Former Team: Phantoms Braunscheig (Germany)
Another international player, Dennis Schroeder is a great facilitator, in the same vein as Rajon Rondo. He should see solid minutes as a backup for the Hawks. As he develops, Schroeder could emerge as one of the steals of the draft.
2013 Draft - 29th Overall
Archie Goodwin rounds out the list. The Kentucky product could earn decent minutes on a rebuilding Phoenix Suns team.