The NBA All-Rookie team was announced on Thursday. Although these young players on (mostly) bad teams are far from the elite class of superstars, there is always a chance that one of them could emerge in the future on an All-NBA team. So here at The Inquisitr we want to change the question. We don’t just care how the NBA All-Rookie team did this season. We want to know, “which of these NBA All-Rookie players have the brightest futures?”
It is difficult to predict anyone’s future, much less that of young NBA rookies who are usually still playing on lottery teams. In order to make it easier we are looking at two factors. First, when considering an All-Rookie team member’s future, it is important to consider the future of their team. If the team is underperforming, has coaching uncertainties, or has no room for growth because of finances, it severely hampers the development of their rookies. Tim Hardaway Jr. doesn’t make the cut because of the mess in New York.
The second major factor is the ability to improve. This does not mean rookies who are terrible and need to get better. Rather, these are rookies who can limit mistakes and improve on their strengths the easiest. Sometimes, an NBA All-Rookie team player has already hit their ceiling. The NBA All-Future team consists of players who have the most to gain from time and coaching.
NBA All-Future Team
5) Steven Adams
Anyone who has been watching the NBA playoffs has observed a serious problem in Oklahoma City. Beyond the big three of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka, the cupboard looks bare. There is one bright spot slowly emerging out of the quickly closing 2013-2014 NBA season for the Thunder. NBA All-Rookie second team center Steven Adams has shown opponents that he belongs on the court. Adams’ defense and all around hustle are attributes that will make him a role player anywhere. But if he continues to improve his shooting, he will become a dangerous two way starter in the NBA.
4) Giannis Antetokounmpo
The “Greek Freak” had the unfortunate fate of being stuck on the worst team in the NBA last season. However, ask just about anyone in the NBA about this NBA All-Rookie second teamer’s future and they will agree that it is bright. Probably the most athletic player in the 2013 draft class, Antetokounmpo has some great opportunities ahead of him. Though his shooting range needs some work, he will have the advantage of playing alongside the number two pick in the 2014 draft. Whether it is Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, or Joel Embiid, that is quite a core to build a future on.
3) Trey Burke
Even though Burke missed the first three weeks of the season, he quickly proved he belongs on the NBA All-Rookie first team. Though he has average height and speed, his maturity and basketball IQ give him a huge advantage over everyone else on this list. His shot will most definitely improve over time, as his 38 percent from the field was underwhelming. Add the Utah Jazz’s fifth pick in this year’s draft (Julius Randle?) and there is serious potential in Utah.
2) Michael Carter-Williams
MCW obviously deserved his rookie of the year award and his unanimous selection to the All-Rookie first team. So what knocks him down to number two? Two problems are going to follow Carter-Williams. The first will be the bad habits he developed in his first season. 3.5 turnovers per game is not something you want to see from your point guard. Sure that number will decrease over time (hopefully) but on both offense and defense Carter-Williams was lazy at times this season. The second concern is that he appears to be developing injury prone tendencies. After the season ended, Carter Williams had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Nagging injuries throughout the season limited his playing time.
1) Victor Oladipo
The Orlando Magic are set up to excel in the future and with the fourth and twelfth picks in the 2014 draft, they are about to get better. Whether they decide to trade one of those picks or use them both to select good players in a deep draft, they have options. This allows Victor Oladipo to grow as a player. He does not need to be the superstar on the Magic and can grow naturally into his position as a two guard. Expect the Magic to select a quality point guard, either Dante Exum or Marcus Smart, to pair with Oladipo in the backcourt. As Oladipo grows, he will become a premier defender and shooter in the NBA. His place on the NBA All-Rookie first team is well deserved and has the most potential for growth on the All-Future team.
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