Can you guess the two things the following players have in common?
Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Danny Granger, Kevin Martin, Al Jefferson, Devin Harris, Antawn Jamison, Zach Randolph, Joe Johnson, Tony Parker, Stephen Jackson, Michael Redd, Al Harrington and David West.
The first should be pretty easy to figure out: All of these guys are big-time scorers in the NBA, averaging 20-plus points per game, to be exact. And at 19.7 ppg, Corey Maggette is close to joining this club, too.
The other connection is that every guy on the list averaged less than 10 ppg as a rookie.
The teaching point is obvious: If a rookie is not scoring (or rebounding or defending) much now, it is not indicative of how his career is going to play out -- as long as the player continues to develop. Naturally, playing for the right coach and in the right system help a great deal, too.
That is the start of Coach David Thorpe's latest article, highlighting the rookies who are showing promise this year without necessarily a high level of production. Check out the full article by clicking here. Also, Coach Thorpe's weekly chat is available for reading after-the-fact by clicking here. Enjoy!