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  1. Vonleh in for quiet rookie season?

    Joe Kaiser

    Will Charlotte's 2014 lottery pick Noah Vonleh provide more of an impact this season than Cody Zeller did as a rookie lottery pick last season? As the ninth player selected in a draft deemed as the best in years, Vonleh will enter the NBA with hig...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  2. Did the summer raise Gobert's value?

    Joe Kaiser

    Rudy Gobert showed glimpses of his upside as a 21-year-old NBA rookie last season, then impressed over the summer both in Las Vegas Summer League and, more recently, the FIBA Basketball World Championship. Have these fine performances altered the ...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  3. New look for John Henson in year three?

    Joe Kaiser

    John Henson's development will be interesting to watch in his third season in the NBA. He shined as a rookie after being taken with the final pick of the draft lottery in 2012, then followed it up with a solid second season, finishing with a PER righ...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  4. LaVine's top priority after Summer League

    Joe Kaiser

    Minnesota selected Zach LaVine as much for his upside and potential as anything, and the rookie explained what he plans to do next in his development. At 6-foot-5, LaVine has good size to play either of the two guard positions in the NBA, but he t...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  5. Is Trey Burke's future on the bench?

    Joe Kaiser

    Utah's Trey Burke finished third place in the running for the NBA's Rookie of the Year honors last season, but when prized Australian guard Dante Exum slipped to the Jazz in last month's draft the question must be asked: Is Burke's future in Utah tha...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  6. What Cody Zeller needs to show

    Joe Kaiser

    In a lot of ways, Cody Zeller's Summer League performance offers promise of a bright future in the NBA. The lottery pick floundered in his rookie season in Charlotte, so Zeller's impressive play this summer has to have a lot of Hornets fans relieved....

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  7. Can Zach LaVine handle point guard?

    Joe Kaiser

    One of the big questions surrounding Minnesota's Zach LaVine as he prepares for his rookie season is whether he has what it takes to be a NBA point guard. If not, LaVine has the size (6-foot-5, 180 pounds) and top-shelf athleticism needed to thrive a...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  8. Early favorite for 2014-15 Rookie of the Year

    Joe Kaiser

    Based on the way the NBA draft played out on Thursday night, who is the early favorite for the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year? A number of our top experts point to the same guy. As always, you have to look at the players who are advanced offensivel...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  9. Will Memphis' rookies make early impact?

    Joe Kaiser

    ESPN Insider and NBA draft expert Chad Ford gives Memphis a "B" grade for its two draft picks on Thursday: Jordan Adams (22) and Jarnell Stokes (35). But based on the team's needs and the skill set of Adams and Stokes, both rookies could play earl...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  10. Is Antetokounmpo's brother NBA material?

    Joe Kaiser

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo is ranked No. 47 on Chad Ford's latest Big Board, and with the way his younger brother Giannis took the NBA by storm as a rookie this season, it certainly has to cause NBA teams to give him a longer look. What type of player...

    Blog | June 15, 2014
  11. Gobert's offseason priorities

    Joe Kaiser

    In his first season in the NBA, Utah's 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert showed flashes of the type of player he may one day become. But the 21-year-old Frenchman also played in only 45 games as a rookie, and has a long ways to go offensively to become a k...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  12. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Doug McDermott among potential imp...

    Joe Kaiser

    Joe Kaiser looks at the fantasy value of next year's rookie class in advance of where they might end up.

    Story | Conversation | April 10, 2014
  13. Wolves shutting down Muhammad?

    Joe Kaiser

    Very little has gone the way Shabazz Muhammad would have hoped in this, his first season in the NBA; Minnesota isn't the playoff-bound team many expected, and the rookie out of UCLA has barely been able to crack the rotation. On Tuesday, the news ...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  14. Impact of Dieng's recent hot streak

    Joe Kaiser

    As of last update, Minnesota center Gorgui Dieng ranked No. 38 on ESPN Insider David Thorpe's rankings of the NBA's Top 50 Rookies, but that's about to change. Dieng's 22-point, 21-rebound effort against Houston on Thursday may have come without D...

    Blog | March 21, 2014
  15. Another start for Len?

    Joe Kaiser

    Alex Len recorded 6 points and 6 rebounds in his first NBA start on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, and the highly touted Phoenix rookie could stay in that role for at least another game. In fact, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek told reports to...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  16. Should Jackson use Barnes less?

    Joe Kaiser

    Before I go on, it's worth first mentioning that Harrison Barnes is only 21 years old and in the middle of his second season in the NBA. The problem is that as Barnes plays nearly four more minutes a game this season than he did as a rookie (29.3 com...

    Blog | February 10, 2014