Ok, so obviously it all depends on which player goes to which team....BUT as you can recall in previous drafts (ala Jerryd Bayless) we would have though he was gone at pick 4 to Seattle and would immediately make an impact with playing time there.....he drops to Portland and doesn't get off the bench.
SO.......besides Griffin, who do you see making an immediate impact and playing big minutes their rookie year??
My pick is if OKC drafts Harden/DeRozan and puts one of them at the 2. I see them getting the starting nod 1/4 through the season.
Anyone see any immediate starters??
James Harden, Hashemm Thabeet.
Harden should definitely earn some immediate playing time, he's the obvious choice along with Griffin, who will start from day one.
I would also expect Jordan Hill and Gerald Henderson to find their way into starting lineups quickly.
A sleeper to play early is Toney Douglas. He doesn't have much upside, but his defense and scoring should make him able to produce immediately.
I think the top point gaurds like Rubio, Jennings, Lawson, Curry, Maynor and Flynn will see the most of the minutes outside of BGriffin. I think in sports everybody wants to copycat what works and with the success of Rose, Westbrook, Augustin, and Chalmers teams will have a little motivation to play there rookie PG's early and often....
This is good question and honestly this can't be answer until we know the order because no matter how good a player is it is all about the right situation if someone plays their rookie year. obviously if Sacramento gets a point he will probably be starting.