Even though we are only a few games into the 2020-21 NBA regular season, the rookie class is beginning to make some noise. Second overall pick James Wiseman has inserted himself nicely as the Warriors’ second best player with Draymond Green still out. Meanwhile fellow classmates Cole Anthony and Tyrese Maxey have provided some sparks off of the bench for their respective teams.
Along with those players, we can’t forget about LaMelo Ball, who is a highlight machine and wizard when the ball is in hands. Will any of these players be featured in our first stock watch of the season? Let’s break it down below!
James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors (+250)
It is only right that we being this list with Wiseman, who came into this year’s draft as the best big man. In his debut on Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets, Wiseman scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, grabbed six rebounds along with two steals in 24 minutes.
Then on Christmas, the 7-foot-1 big man showcased his three-point prowess, going 3-for-4 from behind the arc in the Warriors’ 39-point loss. Wiseman ultimately produced 18 points and eight rebounds. The second overall pick will likely receive more minutes with backup Marquese Chriss out for the season.
Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves (+400)
Just like Wiseman, first overall pick, Anthony Edwards has looked good in his first two NBA games. In his debut against the Detroit Pistons, Edwards recorded a stat line of 15 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3PT), four rebounds, and four assists in 25 minutes off the bench. With Minnesota having both D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley in their starting backcourt, they can usher Edwards in as the sixth man.
On Saturday night against the Jazz, Edwards scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 shooting from three-point range. The 19-year-old guard has an innate ability to score at multiple levels, which makes a serious threat on the court at all times.
La Melo Ball, Charlotte Hornets (+600)
The third overall pick will likely not be on the stock down portion of stock watch often this season, but he has had a rough start for the Hornets. Just like Edwards, Ball is coming off the bench for a Charlotte squad that has a starting backcourt of Terry Rozier and Devonte Graham. Through two games this season, Ball is averaging 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 15.5 minutes per game. But where Ball must continue to show improvement at is his shooting. He’s only shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from three-point range.
Deni Avdija, Washington Wizards (+2500)
The ninth overall pick was named a starter in Washington with second-year forward Rui Hachimura out for a few weeks. However, Avdija hasn’t made a significant to begin the regular season. In his debut on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, he had seven points (2-2 FG, 2-2 3PT) and four rebounds in 28 minutes per game. Then on Saturday against the Orlando Magic, Avdija recorded five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3PT), three rebounds, and two assists in 14 minutes.
Luckily, Avdija should be able to adjust as he’s playing next to Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal.
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