It probably seems like longer, but we’re not even an entire month into the 2017-18 NBA season. Despite that, it’s been a whirlwind through the first few weeks. The Cleveland Cavaliers have underwhelmed, the Boston Celtics have shined despite an ugly injury to their star player in the opener, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are somehow one of the worst teams in the Western Conference.
Today, though, I want to focus on what we’ve seen from the incoming class of rookies. It feels as if, more than in previous years, this group of first-year players has been making an unmistakable early impact. Although there’s a clear frontrunner for 2017-18 Rookie of the Year, there’s no denying that race could heat up in the coming months.
With that in mind, let’s take a gander at a handful of rookies who are already looking like stars this season.