The 2014 NBA draft was a night to remember. From Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, to Julious Randle, this draft featured a great amount of young studs with unlimited potential who are ready to make the big leap from college to the pros. The question on all of our minds is, which talented, young player will have the best rookie season? The clear cut answer is either Wiggins or Parker, right? Wrong.
Chicago Bulls forward, Doug McDermott is primed to have the best rookie season. McDermott was taken with the 11th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets but was sent over to Chicago shortly after. McDermott is coming into the season with the most complete skill set. coming off a senior season where he became the fifth leading scorer in NCAA history, McDermott made it very clear that he can shoot from anywhere on the floor. He scored 31 points in his second summer league game and is shooting 52% from behind the arc so far.
Experience and knowledge, these are two advantages that he has over other players. Growing up with a father who is a coach gave him the upper hand when it came to basketball I.Q. McDermott spent four years playing at Creighton University which gave him time to develop every part of his game before going to the next level.
The so called, “Douggy McBuckets” is coming into this season with minimal to no pressure on him. The Bulls are projected to finish in the top three in the East. With the addition of Pau Gasol and the return of Derrick Rose, McDermott will not be asked to lead this team and put up crazy numbers right away. However, he does have that ability. Doug McDermott is a weapon that the Bulls will use to their advantage a lot this upcoming season. The presence of McDermott will take away double teams from Gasol and Rose. A defender can’t leave to double when McDermott is standing on the three-point line. He brings confidence, a high skill set, and maybe the most important — popularity. Expect the 6’8 sharp shooter to average around 15 ppg and 6 rpg this season while shooting 40% from three-point land.
NBA 2015 Rookie of the Year Prediction
Despite this great showing from McDermott, the Rookie of the Year award will go to Milwaukee Bucks forward, Jabari Parker. Parker was selected 2nd overall out of Duke University, where he took the NCAA by storm. Putting on a show game in and game out. Coming to a team that won only 15 games last season will be a big adjustment.
Parker showed the world that he can do it all. He can drive to the basket, shoot from the outside, or go up and throw one down. He is a dynamic player with unbelievable athleticism. Milwaukee will be putting Parker into a lot of scoring chances. This is why Parker will average around 23 ppg and 8 rpg. These numbers will be enough to earn Parker Rookie of the Year honors, despite his team missing the playoffs.
This upcoming NBA season is sure to be exciting. LeBron James returning home to Cleveland and Carmelo Anthony staying with the Knicks are the two big headlines. Expect that to change once the season starts. The 2014 draft class will be the big headline throughout the season.