Slow Start For The Rookies

It's still very early in the NBA season, but it's worth our time to take a look at how our high school to the NBA players are faring. So far, the results haven't been real good.

Making The Adjustment

Last year, four high school players – Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry and Sagana Diop – were picked in the NBA Lottery. So far, the best news we can pass along about them is that each is receiving a big-time paycheck.

For Diop and Brown, the injury bug struck early. Brown went down in his first game against the New York Knicks. Diop is out 2-4 weeks with a strained PCL. For the others, the learning curve has proven a little steep.

Of the four, Chandler is the only one with a start. Tim Floyd rewarded him for "battling" in practice with a starting nod this week. That's certainly a good sign, but the road ahead is a long one. Chandler played 21 minutes in the start, his highest total of the season. His season high for points in his five games is five. He has two field goals on the year and is 7-10 from the line.

Curry is averaging just over 11 minutes of action and his season high is 16. He did help the Bulls beat the Knicks when he chipped in 10 points and is getting four shots a game. He's 6-10 from the line.

Brown, because of injury, has played in just one game. He was 1-2 with 3 rebounds in the contest. But, he did block 3 shots in the game.

Diop is the only one of the four yet to score. In his only action, again because of injury, he played just six minutes and grabbed 2 boards. He missed his only field goal. Cavaliers coach John Lucas had planned on getting Diop 15 minutes of action a game prior to his injury.

As a group, the four have accounted for 35 points, 6 blocks and 16 rebounds. Keep in mind injuries skew the statistics some, but it's still been a rough start for the group.

They certainly haven't gotten out of the gates quickly. Ousmane Cisse, a second-round pick, is currently not in the NBA.


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