Ranking the Top 10 NBA Rookies in 2013-14

Ranking the Top 10 NBA Rookies in 2013-14

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Overall, the 2013 draft class was particularly weak group of young players. Six of the top 10 picks did not make any impact individually or for their team during the summer. The first overall pick, Anthony Bennett, has been a complete bust this season. Nonetheless, some were able to make a mark. Here are the top 10 rookies for the 2013-14 season.

10. Cody Zeller

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10. Cody Zeller

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Stat Line: 6.0 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 0.5 blocks per game with a Player Efficiency Rating of 13.12.
Zeller, the fourth overall pick, had an extremely slow start, but he became steady down the stretch. In the second half of the season he was able to rebound consistently, pulling down double-digit rebounds on a regular basis.

9. Ryan Kelly

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9. Ryan Kelly

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Stat Line: 8.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.6 assists per game, 0.8 BPG and a PER of 12.67.
The second-round pick was a bit of a surprise for the Lakers this season. Kelly was a consistent offensive player and had himself a couple of big games.

8. Giannis Antetokounmpo

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8. Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Stat Line: 6.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.8 BPG, 0.8 STL and a PER of 10.82.
Giannis certainly cooled down later in the season, but he enjoyed a successful start. In January, his minutes went up and he took advantage of every single one. He rebounded at a high rate and was able to put up double-digit scoring numbers consistently. He's only 19 and has a lot of potential.

7. Gorgui Dieng

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7. Gorgui Dieng

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Stat Line: 4.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.8 BPG and a PER of 16.58.
Dieng is extremely raw, so it took him a while to perform at a high level this season. He had a couple of monster games to cap off his rookie season including: 21 points and 12 rebounds vs. the Kings, 12 points and 20 rebounds vs. the Rockets and a 22-point, 21-rebound performance against the Rockets in March. The young big man averaged a double-double in the last month of the season.

6. Kelly Olynyk

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6. Kelly Olynyk

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Stat Line: 8.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.4 BPG, 1.6 APG and a PER of 15.27.
Olynyk was one of the most consistent rookies in 2013-14. He's a seven-footer who can put the ball on the floor, face up and shoot the ball from deep. He doesn't have a lot of potential, but he should be a steady player in the NBA.

5. Mason Plumlee

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5. Mason Plumlee

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Stat Line: 7.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.8 BPG and a PER of 19.09.
Stats alone don't show how much of an impact Plumlee made on the Nets. With Garnett down with an injury, Plumlee stepped up and became a defensive anchor for Brooklyn. He's tough and is one of the hardest workers.

4. Tim Hardaway Jr.

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4. Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Stat Line: 10.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 36 percent shooting from three-point land and a PER of 12.79.
Hardaway Jr. may have been the only exciting part of the Knicks' horrid season. Hardaway Jr. put up points in a hurry and was lights out from beyond the arc. He has a bright future as a scorer.

3. Trey Burke

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3. Trey Burke

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Stat Line: 12.8 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.0 RPG and a PER of 12.64.
Burke was a bit up-and-down from game to game, but once he found his groove, there was no stopping him. The young guard knows how to put the ball in the hoop and has a promising future ahead.

2. Victor Oladipo

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2. Victor Oladipo

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Stat Line: 13.8 PPG, 4.1 APG, 4.1 RPG and a PER of 13.64.
Oladipo had himself a solid first year with the Magic. The kid can do it all. He plays defense, can score, rebounds and can run the offense. Orlando has something to look forward to in the next few seasons.

1. Michael Carter-Williams

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1. Michael Carter-Williams

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Stat Line: 16.7 PPG, 6.3 APG, 6.2 RPG and a PER of 15.59.
MCW won the rookie triple crown by leading all rookies in points, assists and rebounds. He had an incredible season and should look to improve his shooting. MCW will win the Rookie of the Year Award, and he is the top rookie of 2013-14.

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