Monday, August 04, 2014

Top 25 Rookie Seasons In the Past 25 Years

And there is a tie for #25.   Note that there are no teenagers on the list.  Sabonis was 31.  Robinson (having served his two years in the Navy) was 24.  Bird (who spent a year at Indiana and then 4 at Indiana State) was 24.

Some of the most surprising entries?  Bill Cartwright?  Really?  Brevin Knight?  Tripucka?



1 David Robinson* 1989-90, age 24,  15.1 Win Shares

2 Michael Jordan* 1984-85, age 21, 14.0WS

3 Tim Duncan 1997-98, age 21, 12.8WS

4 Larry Bird* 1979-80, age 23,  11.2WS

5 Magic Johnson* 1979-80,  age 20, 10.5WS

6 Chris Paul 2005-06, age 20,  10.4WS

7 Shaquille O'Neal 1992-93, age 20,  10.4WS

8 Hakeem Olajuwon* 1984-85, age 22,  10.2WS

9 Blake Griffin 2010-11, age 21,  9.8WS

10 Bill Cartwright 1979-80, age 22, 9.7WS

11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas 1997-98, age 22,  9.4WS

12 Larry Johnson 1991-92, age 22,  8.9WS

13 Buck Williams 1981-82, age 21, 8.9WS

14 Yao Ming 2002-03, age 22,  8.7WS

15 Terry Cummings 1982-83, age 21,  8.7WS

16 Brevin Knight 1997-98, age 22,  8.4WS

17 Arvydas Sabonis* 1995-96, age 31,  8.4WS

18 Alonzo Mourning* 1992-93, age 22,  8.2WS

19 LaPhonso Ellis 1992-93, age 22,   8.0WS

20 Chris Webber 1993-94, age 20,  7.8 WS

21 Jeff Ruland 1981-82, age 23,  7.8WS

22 Pau Gasol 2001-02, age 21, 7.6WS

23 Mark Jackson 1987-88, age 22,  7.6WS

24 Elton Brand 1999-00, age 20,  7.5WS

25 Charles Barkley* 1984-85, age 21, 7.5WS

26 Kelly Tripucka 1981-82, age 22,  7.5WS

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