This NBA Rookie Class is Special

Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Hunter Sallis (10) comes away with a defensive rebound after a missed shot by UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Clark (0) and makes an outlet pass; Gonzaga defeats UCLA Basketball 83-63, November 23, 2021, Las Vegas, NV.

This group of 2023 NBA rookies has the chance to be very special. Victory Wembanyama has the potential to be one of the best players of all time which would obviously carry the class but there are a handful of other players that can be great, as well as numerous other players who look like they can be really good.

If we are including Chet Holmgren in this class, then it may already be special with just Wemby and him. Chet has arguably been better than Wemby so far as a rookie and looks like he could be one of the best players in the league soon. Holmgren was drafted the year before but didn’t play any games so is eligible to be the Rookie of the Year and on the rookie teams this season.

In this class we also have Scoot Henderson who has drawn comparisons to Dame Lillard. He has struggled early in his career but if he is 95% of what Dame turned out to be he would add to this great class. Brandon Miller was taken before Scoot and has gotten better and better as the season has gone on. He could be a possible All Star in the future.

The next group are wildcards. The Thompson twins have looked great, especially Ausar as Amen hasn’t played much. Neither can shoot the ball but do everything else exceptionally well. If they can get a jump shot the sky is the limit.

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This class is so deep. We also have Julian Strawther, Bilil Coulibaly, Marcus Sasser, Jordan Hawkins, Jaime Jaquez, Keyonte George, and Dereck Lively II who look like they will have long and solid careers. This is not to mention countless other high draft picks or diamonds in the rough who haven’t gotten a chance yet like Kobe Brown, Jordan Walsh, Nick Smith Jr., Cam Whitmore, Jarace Walker, and more.

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