Rookie Review Update: The Two Extremes Of Michael Porter Jr

By Matt Esposito In a prior review of Michael Porter Jr.’s rookie season, Nick Faggio wrote that he is a sweet shooter who need to shore up his passing vision, off-ball footwork, and defense. His play in this postseason, however, has only further accentuated these skill sets (or lack thereof.) In turn, NBA Twitter hasContinue reading “Rookie Review Update: The Two Extremes Of Michael Porter Jr”

2019-20 Rookie Review: Kendrick Nunn Is Still Slept On

(Image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Nick Faggio Kendrick Nunn entered the league undrafted and unheard of.  It did not take very long for Nunn’s name to be to the talk of the town, however. Nunn scored 112 points across the first five games of the season, setting an NBA record for most points by an undraftedContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: Kendrick Nunn Is Still Slept On”

Guest Author Rookie Review! – De’Andre Hunter Surprised Us

By Evan Zaucha The draw for teams in the 2020 NBA Draft  when it came to selecting De’Andre Hunter was that he was an NBA-ready on-ball wing defender with a promising three-point shot who wouldn’t need many touches to make his mark. In many ways, Hunter did exactly what was expected of him. In others,Continue reading “Guest Author Rookie Review! – De’Andre Hunter Surprised Us”

Rookie Review, Bubble Watch Edition: Keldon Johnson

By Jesse Cinquini The San Antonio Spurs — sans LaMarcus Aldridge mind you, went 5-3 in Orlando. And while guys like Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, and Rudy Gay deserve recognition for their help in keeping the Spurs afloat in the bubble — Keldon Johnson’s encouraging play might be the team’s most noteworthy storyline. His blendContinue reading “Rookie Review, Bubble Watch Edition: Keldon Johnson”

Bubble Update: Lonnie Walker Has Dimes Now?

By Matt Esposito Shame on me. Shame on me for writing an entire piece dedicated to uncovering Lonnie Walker’s ceiling and not sniffing out his passing ability. Fortunately, I spoke to my local basketball priest and he said that my penance is to simply watch more Spurs games. I’ve never felt more spiritual in myContinue reading “Bubble Update: Lonnie Walker Has Dimes Now?”

2019-20 Rookie Review : Carsen Edwards Hasn’t Lived Up To His Pre-Draft Hype (Yet)

(Image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Jesse Cinquini There were high hopes for Carsen Edwards heading into his maiden NBA season. At the time, he was coming off a superbly productive stint at the Las Vegas Summer League. Just how terrific was he? Well, Edwards’ Summer League performance ranks among the top in Celtics history. Over aContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review : Carsen Edwards Hasn’t Lived Up To His Pre-Draft Hype (Yet)”

2019-20 Rookie Review: RJ Barrett Has Superstar Potential But Needs Work

By Matt Esposito In 7th grade Health class my teacher, Mr. Green, knew students would have opinions on the difficult topics we were covering. To protect identities, he made us use an, “I know someone who…” model. Well, I know someone who argued that RJ Barrett has a greater chance at becoming a top tierContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: RJ Barrett Has Superstar Potential But Needs Work”

2019-20 Rookie Review: What Did Jaxson Hayes Show Us?

By Matt Esposito Do I defend having Jaxson Hayes 20th overall on my Big Board? Do I make a case that he’ll eventually turn into an efficient rim protector yet be undeserving of a big contract extension? I could go the Danny Ainge route and detail how players like Hayes can be mostly replacable andContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: What Did Jaxson Hayes Show Us?”

2019-20 Rookie Review: Kevin Porter Jr Truthers Are Celebrating

(Image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Matt Esposito Where was Kevin Porter Jr on my Big Board? Not high enough. Or, in other words, 14th. After just one season in the NBA, however, it is easy to see why KPJ needs to be bumped up on that list. Porter did not average more than 10 points perContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: Kevin Porter Jr Truthers Are Celebrating”

2019-20 Rookie Review: Tremont Waters Is Ready For A Role In Boston’s Rotation

(Image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Jesse Cinquini The Playgrounder pumped out Rookie Reviews for Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, and Carsen Edwards. There’s only one Celtics draft choice left for us to tackle — Tremont Waters. Selected with the 51st overall pick, Waters made a name for himself during his sophomore campaign at LSU. The season inContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: Tremont Waters Is Ready For A Role In Boston’s Rotation”