5 NBA rookies to watch out for in 2018-19

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The NBA preseason tips off on September 28th. Fans will finally get to see their teams’ latest offseason signings in competitive action. The preseason will also give fans the chance to see the latest rookies who entered the Assocation through the 2018 NBA Draft.

While some rookies will fight for a roster spot, others will be nailed on for regular minutes on the hardwood. PA sportsbooks gives all basketball fans the chance to wager on NBA games and futures bets like which player will win the Rookie of the Year Award.
So, which rookies should fans watch out for in 2018-19? There are a few who could steal the show in their first year in the Association.

Deandre Ayton – Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018-19 draft. The 7ft 6in centre from the Bahamas has already been called the future of the Phoenix Suns. Ayton is just 20-years old and entered the draft after just one season at Arizona. He has youth, size, and power on his side. The Suns have missed the playoffs in eight straight seasons. Perhaps that drought will end with Ayton playing in the paint.

Kevin Knox – New York Knicks

Kevin Knox was taken ninth overall by the New York Knicks. The 19-year-old will have heavy expectations on his shoulders in the Big Apple. However, Knox has already shown he may be up to the task of turning the Knicks franchise around. He averaged 21.3 points per game in the NBA summer league.

De’Anthony Melton – Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets drafted De’Anthony Melton with the 46th pick. Melton spent just two years playing at the University of Southern California before entering the NBA Draft and brings youth and excitement to the Rockets. Melton will see minutes this season. He should play point guard behind veteran Chris Paul. Not only will he learn from Paul, but Melton should see time on the court when the veteran needs a game off. Paul is 33 and injuries have plagued him for the last two seasons.

Collin Sexton – Cleveland Cavaliers

Collin Sexton has some big, big shoes to fill in Cleveland. The 19-year-old point guard was the eighth player taken in the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sexton will be the player the franchise builds the team around now that LeBron James has moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. No one expects him to be the ‘next LeBron’, but fans will hope he can be the first building block in the team’s re-building phase.

Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic joined the Dallas Mavericks having already played three seasons for Spain’s Real Madrid. The Slovenian is considered a ‘mystery’ as he has spent his entire career thus far playing in Europe. In addition, Doncic skipped the NBA summer league. Some NBA insiders claim Doncic could be the ‘next big thing’ to come out of Europe. He has a tremendous number of accolades to his name already. It may take some time, but he could be just what the Mavs need at the two guard.