It's that time of year. As the regular season ends and many rookies go home, let's hand out some Rookie 50 hardware, starting with my All-Rookie teams: Thorpe's Award Winners Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin, Clippers Best in Class ('10 draft)...
David Thorpe provides analysis of nine notable rookies after the first two days of the Orlando Summer League, including the good (Gordon Hayward, Luke Harangody), the mediocre (Evan Turner) and the uninspiring (Daniel Orton, Stanley Robinson).
Value. Need. Each aspect argues for a different move for teams picking in the top five of the NBA draft. David Thorpe evaluates each pick on both factors, and it gets awfully interesting after the clear No. 1 pick.
Fans watching the lottery should pay attention to which team lands the fourth pick and which ends up fifth. There's a big drop-off between those two spots, so this draft's intrigue starts at No. 5. David Thorpe breaks down the players available there.
David Thorpe of Scouts Inc. joins the NBA draft blog to provide his eyes-on opinion for 2010 draft prospects, starting with the three highest-rated freshmen: John Wall, Derrick Favors and Xavier Henry.