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Thursday, October 07, 2004

I Just Noticed This Today

A Tale of Three Rookies

A basketball league is beset by lagging excitement and attendance when three rookies are all selected in the same draft and instantly infuse new energy and interest in the league.

Rookie 1 was selected first overall, and it was never a case of where Rookie 1 would go, but which team got the first overall pick. Rookie 1 has skills reminiscent of Magic Johnson and rediculously high expectations because of it. All expectations are fulfilled en route to joining the top echelon of the league in scoring instantly. Through no fault of Rookie 1, however, the the team fails to make the playoffs.

Rookie 2 is more of a forward than Rookie 1, who is a guard, and finished with a higher rebounds per game stat. Rookie 2 also has the benefit of being on a better team, and that team makes it into the playoffs but falls in the first round.

Rookie 3 is solid throughout the year, having ups and downs and showing flashes of brilliance along the way. Rookie 3's team was not predicted to make the playoffs because it had no superstars, but against odds and expectations it made the postseason. Once in the playoffs, Rookie 3 really comes alive and sparks the team to playoff success with acrobatic slashing moves and becomes the talk of the league.

The basketball league's executives know these rookies are good for the league and will contribute and compete for a long time. It needs them to take the game to new heights in order for sustained growth.

Are Rookies 1, 2, and 3 the NBA's LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade, or the WNBA's Diana Taurasi, Alana Beard, and Lindsay Whalen? It's an awfully interesting parallel.


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