Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee is the clear NBA Rookie of the Year for 2014. The rookie was second on the Nets in total offensive rebounds and led the team in blocked shots. Also, Plumlee scored almost as many points per minute as Deron Williams (16 to 15 points/36 mins respectively).
Finally Mason posted an absurd 67% true shooting this year (2nd best in the NBA behind Brandan Wright). His true shooting percentage blew away the previous rookie record held by former Kansas City King Steve Johnson (64% TS in 1982).
As a 24 year-old rookie drafted 22nd overall Mason Plumlee may not get much better as an NBA player. But what he is right now is good enough to start on many teams and have a nice decade long run in The Association.
The Philadelphia 76ers were the worst team in the NBA this season. Brett Brown started a dozen different players throughout the year. Including Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, four Philly players averaged at least 30 minutes/night. Three sixers played over 2,200 total minutes. Philadelphia had a relatively steady lineup in 2014.
The San Antonio Spurs were the best team in the NBA this season. Gregg Popovich started seventeen different players. No Spur averaged 30 minutes/night (Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard played 29 minutes each). Not one Spur played 2,200 total minutes. San Antonio played a very uneven lineup in 2014.
Pop and the Spurs are shattering the preconceived notion of great teams needing to find solid lineups in order to win in the NBA.
On this day twenty years ago Orlando Magic rookie Anfernee Hardaway notched his first career triple-double. “Penny” went for 14 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a double OT loss to the Dino Radja led Boston Celtics.
The Magic led by Shaquille O’Neal and Hardaway would win fifty games in 1994 before losing to the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.
The former All-America from Memphis finished his rookie year in the NBA by becoming the first newcomer since Michael Jordan to average 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals per game. Besides MJ and Penny only Magic Johnson and Chris Paul have accomplished this feat in their rookie seasons.
Only four players in this NBA season have proven to be great shooters, good rebounders and good passers.
- 58% True Shooting
- 10% Total Rebound Rate
- 20% Assist Rate
To put this in perspective only three players in the entire 1980′s accomplished this feat in any season. They were Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. Magic did it five times while Bird had four such seasons.
On Friday against the Bulls Andre Drummond posted his sixth game of the season with ten or more offensive rebounds. As I’ve written before Andre Drummond is the best offensive glass-man since Dennis Rodman.
In the last three decades only Rodman and Jayson Williams had more than six 10+ offensive rebound games in one year. The only other guys with more than five such games are Charles Barkley in ’87 and Kevin Willis in ’92.
It’s not news that Joakim Noah is the reason behind the Chicago Bulls awesome run to the playoffs sans Derrick Rose. Acting as a point forward he has mixed great passing skills with elite offensive rebounding.
Noah is sporting the second season in NBA history (inclusive of the last four decades) with a 10% Offensive Rebound rate and 25% Assist rate. The last player to accomplish this feat was Alvin Robertson for the Milwaukee Bucks in 1990.
The only other players to get close to this level of point forward type production were Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler and Kevin Garnett.
*Thanks to Basketball-Reference.com
The 2014 NBA Rookie-of-the-Year is…not the #1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett.
It is not former Kentucky Wildcat standout and current injured 76′er Nerlens Noel.
It is not early season favorite Michael Carter-Williams.
Finally it is also not second overall pick Victor Oladipo.
The 2014 ROY is not a one-and-done. He is a college graduate.
The NBA Rookie-of-the-Year is Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee. The former Duke Blue Devil has been a contributor for Jason Kidd on both ends of the floor this year.
Statistically, Plumlee leads all rookies in wins produced, win shares and even the (somewhat questionable) player efficiency rating.