Last year's rookie class was, to put it nicely, underwhelming. Malcolm Brogdon won the Kia Rookie of the Year, having averaged just 10.2 points and 4.2 assists per game. Joel Embiid played just 31 games and Dario Saric wasn't very efficient. No. 1 pick Ben Simmons didn't play and the guy -- Kris Dunn -- fellow rookies picked to be the star of the class had a disappointing season, after which he was traded. This season's rookie class arrives with more fanfare. But interestingly, with the big names in the first few picks, the class thinks highest of the guy selected at No. 9. Dennis Smith Jr. made quite an impression in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in six games. For one fellow top-10 pick, Smith's potential is about "how explosive he is and how capable he is at getting to the rim, and him developing his shot. I think a lot of people are underestimating how good he is right now and how good he's going to be in the NBA." His fellow rookies aren’t, though. NBA.com sat down with 39 rookies at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot at the Knicks' practice facility earlier this month. They answered seven questions about their class, as well as a few about the current player they most admire and what they're expecting as they make the jump to the NBA.
Rookie survey: Dallas Mavericks' Dennis Smith Jr. stands out from crowd
NBA.com | Aug 22