How close is this year’s All-Rookie team to being the best ever?

Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks talk (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks talk (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Much like the seemingly very close MVP race between Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the Rookie of the Year debate has heated up with Trae Young closing the gap on Luka Doncic with a statistically scintillating second half of the season. And while those two are the massive frontrunners (perhaps destined to be co-winners like Elton Brand and Steve Francis or Jason Kidd and Grant Hill) just behind them lie a healthy crop of other first year players that have their franchises excited. Marvin Bagley, Collin Sexton, Deandre Ayton and Jaren Jackson all might have been brought home the award in previous seasons. Shai-Gilgeous Alexander is playing a large starting role on a 47-win Clippers team.

So all of all the promising rookies, which ones are the most deserving of one of the five spots on the All-Rookie first team? And how does this year’s class stack up against the best five rookies of other seasons?

On a new episode of Fastbreak Breakfast we examine these questions looking at the deep rookie class, plus dive into a host of other topics, including:

  • An explainer how to sneak away for 24 hours on a vacation to fly to an NCAA tournament game and back without your significant other knowing
  • Andre Drummond has never lost a basketball game to Karl-Anthony Towns. How should Towns cope with this?
  • Cory Joseph put up a historic streak that still no one is talking about, despite our many efforts.
  • If you were given Zion Williamson’s elite dunking ability and could unleash it upon one unlucky player, who are you posterizing?

Fastbreak Breakfast is a podcast for serious NBA fans that is incredibly not serious. All episodes are available on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud or any other major podcast service.

Music provided courtesy of New Man and Codaphonic.

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