By: Quinn Mullen
The NBA playoffs has finally arrived. This is when winning a game actually matters and the players need to step their game up. In most playoff situations, the veteran players are the individuals who shine and come up clutch throughout the games due to their past NBA career experiences, however the rookies in this years playoffs are already putting on a show on the court.
Rookies Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, and Ben Simmons came out hot in their playoff debuts. Tatum had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists in the first game against the Bucks. Mitchell was on fire from the field with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists against Lebron’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Lastly, Ben Simmons came up just short of a triple double with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 14 points against the Miami Heat. These numbers if continued could break some records as rookies. These numbers however do not compare to other rookie playoff debuts in the past with players such as Derrick Rose and Lebron James…
With the rookies putting up these numbers, it starts to make the playoffs more exciting and questionable. Not everyone is 100% set on the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA Finals anymore. Teams like the Houston Rockets, Celtics, (maybe not anymore due to Kyrie’s injury) Sixers, and Cavaliers all have better chances to win the finals than they did in the past. Many teams have beaten one another regardless of their regular season standing, and it has caused a decent amount of commotion as well as confusion. Many of these rookies performances draws in college basketball viewers as well and makes the games more exciting as well.
If these rookies keep putting up numbers like these in the next few games to come, they will see themselves get closer to winning a NBA Finals trophy. Like I said earlier, the veterans are the individuals who put on a show when it matters during the playoffs, hopefully this will come true this year to prove my hypothesis as true.