Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Every year a talented group of basketball players enters the league through the NBA draft. And there are hundreds, no thousands of discussions as to who made the best pick, who got this year's steal and who's draft was best in the long run.
But unless you are in a keeper league, as a NBA fantasy owner you only care about now - not the long run. You are interested in their first year in the league, only.
Why does one rookie put up better numbers than another in year one? They are all talented, they all can run, jump and shoot.
For me, its all about opportunity - which amounts to PT...playing time as announcer Dick Vitale would say.
The numbers below, through December 22nd, seem to agree with my theory.
It says that evaluating rookies and their ability to help your fantasy team, isn't about talent, it's about their minutes on the floor. Stop trying to figure out who is the best rookie and simply find out who will get the most playing time and you can easily add points, rebounds and assists to your total.