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The 2010 NBA Draft Is The Worst Rookie Class In A Decade

Submitted by on February 14, 2011 – 1:00 pmOne Comment

Forget Blake Griffin for one moment. Now think about it. How horrible is the 2010-11 rookie class? While all eyes are on Blake Griffin and his ridiculous “rookie” season, people tend to forget that Griffin was drafted in 2009 and had to sit out his first season due to a knee injury. So, obviously, Griffin is going to win rookie of the year. But when you look at this draft class for what it is, it reminds you of that dreadful class of 2000 that ended up being absolutely pitiful. If you don’t remember the 2000 NBA draft, don’t worry, it was completely forgettable.

Kenyon Martin, Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, Marcus Fizer and Mike Miller.

Those were the top five picks in the draft. None of them are impact players today. Hell, three of them don’t even play in the league anymore.

Here are some more names: Mateen Cleaves, Chris Mihm, Erick Barkley, Khaled El-Amin, Courtney Alexander.

This draft class was bad, real bad, Michael Jackson. (c) Kanye West

But the 2010 class isn’t shaping up to be much better. Outside of John Wall—who has the potential to be an excellent point guard and all-star in the next few years—everyone else has been nothing more than bench-worthy. Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins have potential but nothing otherworldly, while Evan Turner has been a dreadful #2 pick. But if you think the first five picks are bad, take a look at the rest of the first round: Larry Sanders, Ekpe Udoh, Luke Babbitt, Avery Bradley, Trevor Booker. If there was any class that you’d want to get rid of your lottery pick, this was certainly it.

These rookies flat out stink. There may be a late bloomer or two, but what we’ve seen thus far is nothing more than below average. Wall leads all rookies in scoring with a 14.7 ppg clip on a lousy Wizards team. That’s scary. It’s also not a good sign that anyone else has a chance to be an all-star. Maybe one day, probably not.

But thanks to Blake Griffin, people have forgotten just how wretched this class has been. Probably the only negative to a pretty exciting season.

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