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Wall leads rookies in rankings of questionable relevance


In the world of NBA rookies, it’s pretty well-known that John Wall is a step or two above the rest of the crop. Some people might need a little more convincing, though, and that’s what we’re going to work on today. Nothing says ‘indisputable fact’ like arbitrary and ultimately pointless predictions and rankings, so we’ll use a couple of those to shore up our case. Good plan, no?

First, and arguably least, comes this summary of the chances of winning the NBA’s Rookie of the Year for many of the top draftees. runs down their views on the class, and comes to the conclusion that Wall is the most likely to be holding the hardware at the end of the year. Their reasoning? Sure, his talent, athleticism and general awesomeness will go a long way, but the real secret to taking home the honor is…of course…Kirk Hinrich.

One thing we know for certain is that John Wall will be the leading front runner for all rookies in the NBA.

John Wall took over the summer league with 23.5 points per game and 7.8 assists. He’s everything that the Washington Wizards could hope for, and while his shooting leaves something to be desired, his sheer athleticism was overwhelmingly better than anyone on the floor at summer league.

What makes Wall even more dangerous in the 2010-11 NBA betting season is the acquisition of Kirk Hinrich who the Wizards traded for on draft day. The former Kansas guard averaged an unimpressive 10.9 points and 4.5 assists in Chicago, but was a serious threat in the playoffs. Hinrich produced 12.4 points per game in the post-season and also emerged with a 27-point effort against Cleveland in Game 3.

So, now that we know that Wall will win the Rookie of the Year, the question that’s probably on all your minds is something like, “Sure, but how will he perform for my NBA fantasy league team?” Luckily, that question has been answered as well. He’ll be the best rookie of them all:

#1. John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards

Talent rules in predicting what rookie from the 2010 class will have the biggest impact on the next season in terms of fantasy. If Wall and Arenas can share the rock, this will be a good fantasy season for the both of them. Wall should put up 18 ppg, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and two steals a night. Wall will be overrated come your fantasy draft, but his stats will be among the top for point guards and he will be rookie of the year.

And just like that, all the internal angst you were feeling about how John Wall would perform relative to the rest of his rookie classmates has been relieved. Now you can move on to contemplating the meaning of life.

**This post brought to you by a slow news day.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.