So, the NBA announced their All-Rookie teams yesterday...and Dillon Brooks wasn’t on either the 1st or 2nd team.
Wow...— Dillon Brooks (@dillonbrooks24) May 22, 2018
We feel the same way, Dillon.
Brooks was flat ROBBED. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Yes, this rookie class was probably the deepest we’ve seen this century. There are plenty of guys in this class that are potential franchise cornerstones and 10-12 year rotation players. There’s no denying that.
Yet you’re trying to tell me though that Josh Jackson or Bogdan Bogdanovic were better than Dillon Brooks this season?
Sure, Josh Jackson had nice numbers in the 2018 calendar year, and he’ll probably be a good two-way player for years to come. Before that though, his numbers weren’t much better than Brooks’ numbers in that same stretch.
Bogdan Bogdanovic was a fine rookie, as he established himself as a nice scoring option and a secondary facilitator next to DeAaron Fox. Aside from his assist numbers though, what does he do that makes him that much better than Brooks?
Unlike these prospects, Dillon Brooks established himself as a rotation player — and a potential starter — on a playoff-caliber team (before the Conley injury, ya know).
Just another case of the Memphis Grizzlies and its player getting robbed. But it is OK. Here is why-
1) Here are some names of players named to All-Rookie teams in the past decade: Emmanuel Mudiay, Elfrid Payton, Michael Carter-Williams, Trey Burke, Kyle Singler, Derrick Williams, Gary Neal, Wesley Johnson, OJ Mayo (*sheds a tear or 13*), and Al Thornton. All-Rookie teams don’t always indicate long-term success.
2) The exclusion from the All-Rookie team doesn’t harm Dillon Brooks’ value as a prospect for this team.
Brooks is still a valuable piece for this team’s success next season and beyond. He proved all season long that he can score at multiple levels: at the rim, from mid-range, off the dribble, and from deep. In addition, he showed upside as an above-average perimeter defender.
He could easily join the next wave of elite role players due to his all-around impact on the game.
Don’t let the All-Rookie team selection distract you from the fact that Dillon Brooks is a very good basketball player with a bright future ahead of him.