Andy G and I are starting a series on players you’ll be watching for one reason or another this season on League Pass.
Here’s the first installation: Rookies you’ll want to watch on League Pass, and why you/I will be watching them. The first team is below the fold.
PG – Alexey Schved: Did you see the Olympics?
SG – Bradley Beal: Plays for my local team, perfect pick, will be great next to Wall. The interesting question is, how much better does Beal make Wall? Imagine passing to Nick Young or Jordan Crawford and knowing that you just wasted a possession. Beal’s gonna change all that and help Wall a ton.
SF – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: I thought picking a long, defensive specialist at #7 was a reach when the Wolves picked Corey Brewer. Imagine having taken Brew at #2. That may be the world the Bobcats are in. Or it might not. Depends on what you believe! I wish there were a bizarro David Kahn in Charlotte we could plant there to say, “You’re gonna hate watching Michael play.”
PF – Royce White: White’s the most interesting player in the draft. Given the latitude, he could be an 11/8/6.5 guy. For the advanced stats guys, I say he’s the odds-on favorite to lead the league in John Lennon solos/48.
C – Anthony Davis: He’ll be best player in the draft. We already know that, and since Kentucky was televised at the rate of an NBA playoff team last year (wait, were they an NBA playoff team last year?), I feel like I’m already familiar enough with this guy not to be that intrigued. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen him play more times by now than Roy Hibbert. And Roy Hibbert was an all-star. Last year. Ant Davis will be great, but he won’t be my HIGHEST PRIORITY to watch on League Pass.
6th man – Dion Waiters: Lots of style, little substance. Sort of like JR Rider, except JR had plenty of substances both on and off the court.