Growing up fast
Early last week, I overheard a certain local TV play-by-play duo shocked that a player on the team it covers wasn't getting more respect from the media.
The broadcasters went on to praise "their" player while having a hard time coming up with another rookie whose stats could even compare with their guy's.
So, I thought I'd take a closer look at the numbers. Below is a comparison of four of the top rookies since the All-Star break.
Just looking at the numbers, Player A obviously gets the most minutes and scores more but has a low shooting percentage. Player B has a slightly lower scoring mark with a slightly better shooting percentage. Meanwhile, Players C and D have great numbers from the field while contributing in multiple categories.
So which player was the play-by-play team's guy? Player B, aka
And that's the beauty of this year's rookie race -- there are so many first-year players contributing in big ways. Player A (